Another Celtic Cross Spread

I have noticed that in my Celtic Cross readings, the Past & Future cards aren’t that useful, since I usually read it to work on someone’s problems. I have never had any real use of these cards… so I made up my own spread without them.

Modified Celtic Cross Spread

  1. Present / The current situation
  2. Obstaclethe main problem that must be dealt with now
  3. Feelingswhat’s going on on the emotional side
  4. Spirituallywhat’s going on on the spiritual side
  5. Causesthe roots of the question
  6. Consequences
  7. Advicean advice from Tarot
  8. External factors that cannot be influenced by the querent
  9. Hopes and fears
  10. Synthesis / overall outcomewhat would the answer be with only one card

I replaced the “past” and “future” cards by “Feelings” and “Spirit”, which explore two different sides of the question regarding the querent.

What do you think of it ? I haven’t tried it yet, however I think it could be useful at times.

Enjoy, and let me know if you liked it !

Improved I Ching Tarot Spread

Lately, I have been playing a bit with I Ching, an ancient chinese divination method, which was performed using 3 identical coins (in its simplest form). As a Tarot amateur, I started wondering, “Is there any way to perform I Ching with tarot cards instead of coins?”. I started thinking of it, and I created this method that not only creates the I Ching hexagram needed, but also provides additional Tarot data to answer a specific question.

Be careful though : I consider this spread to be a pretty complicated one :

  • It gives you both a hexagram and up to 12 Tarot cards to understand
  • You need some basic knowledge on how to do an I Ching reading
  • You need pretty good knowledge about Tarot.

It is not suited for beginners, and I believe it is even more complicated than the Celtic Cross spread (which full interpretation is always complex, no matter what you say), so keep it for big questions where you need an accurate answer. My first reading using this spread gave me 7 pages of data and took me hours to understand! (I’m no expert though, even if I’m not a beginner anymore I believe)

With that said, let me explain how it works.

The I Ching reading

Building the Hexagram

IChingTarot_without

First of all, draw 6 cards, one for each line of the final Hexagram. As in any I Ching reading, you build the hexagram from the base to the top, the same way you would build a building. Here’s how you determine the line corresponding to a card :

  • For a Major arcana :
    • if the card number is odd, then the line is young yang
    • if the card number is even, then the line is young yin
    • if the card number ends with 1, then the line is old yang
    • if the card number ends with 0, or if the card is the Fool, then the line is old yin
  • For Minors :
    • For wands : young yang
    • For cups : young yin
    • For swords : old yang
    • For Pentacles : old yin
Yin/Yang Major: card number’s unit digit suit Symbol
old yin 0 / The Fool Pentacles x
young yang 3, 5, 7, 9 Wands ——–
young yin 2, 4, 6, 8 Cups   
old yang 1 Swords —o—

Once this is done, you have your main hexagram.

Moving lines

Draw one card for each moving line. It will help you understand them.

IChingTarotThe green cards should only be drawn if the corresponding line is changing (old yin or old yang).

Interpretation

From now on, everything looks like a classic I Ching reading :

  • Look for the present hexagram in the book.
  • Read the part in the book for each changing line. This spread also provides an additional card for each moving line, to help you understand its context and how it applies to you.
  • Apply the moving lines and look for the transformed hexagram in the book, it represents how things will evolve.

The Tarot reading

IChingTarot_ppf

As you can see on this picture, this spread has 3 “rows”. How to read the Tarot from this is pretty simple.

  • The bottom line (containing cards 1 and 4) represents the querent’s past.
  • The middle line (with cards 2 and 5) represents the querent’s present.
  • The upper line (with cards 3 and 6) is the querent’s future.

That’s it ! I will add a practical example of a reading I did (of myself) when I have enough time.

I hope you’ll like this method. Feel free to comment to give me any feedback/suggestion/question, and tell me if this works !

Pyramid 6-card Spread

This spread is specifically designed if you got a particularly unclear Past/Present/Future reading. It shows new elements to analyze the situation and, hopefully, understand everything. Also, it’s very special to draw : each card is the sum of these directly below.

Pyramid Spread

  1. Past
  2. Present
  3. Future
  4. = Card 1 + Card 2. This explains why things happened this way.
  5. = Card 2 + Card 3. This represents the consequences of the events currently happening.
  6. = Card 4 + Card 5. This is the summary of the reading (which card you would draw if you had to draw only one).

To use this spread, start from your Past/Present/Future reading (cards 1, 2 and 3), then sum the cards up as described to get the new cards. No additional random card drawing there, as you simply want deeper understanding of your current data.

Hope it helps. Enjoy!

A Tarot Oui-ja board !

I was getting some data about Oui-ja boards… then an idea came to me. Why not combining Oui-ja and Tarot? This way, you could have an instant answer to the question you have asked! This would be a pretty different way to communicate with spirits, but I do think it worths a try.

And I realized that board. Here it is, freely available for you!

Oui-ja Tarot

The Oui-ja board rules of use don’t really change with this board, except that you use cards instead of the alphabet. Be careful, though: if you start enumerating cards in a descending order starting from The World down to The Fool, please stop the Oui-ja session at once; the spirit is trying to escape the board here.

I hope some of you guys get to try it one day and send me some feedback!

The Tarot Oui-ja board can be downloaded here.

Enjoy!

Persona 4 Deck on Visual Tarot

I have created a Persona 4 deck to use with Visual Tarot, so you can use them in your readings.

Here’s how they look like:

2013-07-27 - WeatherThis is tomorrow’s weather according to my Weather spread.

The deck is available here. Sadly, I have no idea who ripped the pictures, but any credit to them (of course, get in touch with me if you want me to remove this post).

Hope you enjoy it!

Persona 4 belongs to Atlus

Daytime 5-card spread

This 5-card spread allows you to have a detailed analysis of the upcoming day. Usually, it works well for the next day.

This is heavily inspired of the Stay in Bed Spread. However, I made some adjustments on it regarding my previous readings and so that it includes all the elements of your typical work day, and not only the drive to work time. Also, I thought it was somehow unbalanced : the Stay-in-Bed spread is too focused on the morning, and there’s nothing about lunchtime.

So… here it is :

Daytime 5-card Spread

  1. How are things before you go to work?
  2. How is morning?
  3. How is lunchtime?
  4. How is the afternoon?
  5. How are things after work?

Just like in the SiB spread, the card’s locations are a reference to the sun’s position during the day.

Enjoy !

Event Analysis 3-card spread

Here’s a fast spread that can be used to understand an event, whatever it is. It could be useful for pretty much anything, from understanding your first date to analyzing the appearance of a ghost, or why it’s raining today… Pretty much of an all-arounder.

I have based this 3-card version on the classic “past-present-future” spread. I need to try it… Let’s hope it’ll work.

Event Analysis 3-card Spread

Enjoy ! And tell me if it works !