In Tarot, the single most requested reading topic is love. Not just love, but love. All-caps he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not LOVE. However, despite the popularity of love readings in the Tarot world, this is a subject I’ve really never touched on the blog. Today, we’re going to remedy that.
Below is a relationship spread that I made up last week in a reading for a friend. I only noticed after the fact that it’s vaguely heart-shaped (something that I’ve tried to highlight with a wonky hand-drawn heart in the picture; pardon my poor photo-editing skills).
The cluster on the top left represents Partner A. The cluster on the top right represents Partner B. And the cluster on the bottom represents the prospects for their relationship together.
- Partner A’s personality
- What Partner A wants
- What Partner A needs
- What Partner A offers
- Partner B’s personality
- What Partner B wants
- What Partner B needs
- What Partner B offers
- A strength in the relationship
- A challenge in the relationship
[Nota Bene: If you like to use significators, then cards 1 and 5 can be replaced with significators for the relevant partners.]
This spread turned out quite nicely, and it’s one that I think I’ll keep around for relationship readings in the future. I like it because it affords me the opportunity to examine each partner as a complex individual before moving on to their partnership; too many love spreads spend too little time addressing how partners function apart before bringing them together.
As always, if you give this spread a try, please comment and let me know how it reads for you. I’ve been absent from the blog for a couple of weeks, mostly because I’ve been traveling. I moved out of my place in New York,** and am currently on the West Coast visiting my parents. I start my Ph.D program next week. (And I’m totally not freaking out. Nope. Not me. Nothing to see here.) Hopefully, if I can get my act together, I’ll be back with another post next week, a second love-related post where I talk about the relationship between the Lovers and the Two of Cups. Until then, enjoy the spread!
*And thank goodness it is, because somehow the accolades have not yet started pouring in from the four corners of the Earth. I continue to work away in brilliant, humble anonymity.
**And I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this at any point on the blog, but I. HATE. PACKING. It is one of my least favorite things. The list goes something like:
[EDIT: I have no idea why the title of this page decided to move the D from “Spread” down onto its own line, and I don’t know how to fix that formatting error. Sorry for the ugliness.]