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    Frequently Asked Questions about the Tarot

    "When we lay out the Tarot in the Spirit of Wisdom, we objectify the subjective, make the invisible visible and provide form for the formless. The Tarot exteriorizes the interior life, it reveals the inner life like disclosing fluid." -- Naomi Ozaneic, _The Element Tarot Handbook_


    
    
    Table of Contents
    =================
    1) The Layouts
          1.1) Action Spread (#5, C2)
         *1.2) Eliphas Levi Wheel Spread (#5, C3, X) 
          1.3) The Line Spread (#5, C1, L)
          1.4) Spread of the Elements (#5, C2) 
         *1.5) Chakra Spread (#7, C3, X) 
          1.6) Magic Seven Spread (#7, C4) 
          1.7) Soul Dreamers Spread (#7, C4, SX) 
          1.8) Spirits of the Circle Spread (#7, C4) 
          1.9) Split Hexagram Spread (#7, C4) 
          1.10) Four Seasons Spread (#8, C5, S)
          1.11) Hearth Spread (#8, C2) 
          1.12) Planetary Spread (#8, C3, A) 
          1.13) Amanda's Fan (#9, C3) 
          1.14) Arianrhod Spread (#9, C4, 1year)
          1.15) Awen Spread (#9, C2, L) 
         *1.16) Mandala/Alchemical Spread (#9/13, C3/4)
          1.17) Spiral Layout (#10, C1) 
          1.18) Tree of Life Spread
              1.18.1) Davis' Tree of Life (#10, C5, X)
              1.18.2) Doane's Tree of Life (#10, C6, X)
              1.18.3) Peach's Tree of Life (#78, C7, X)
              1.18.4) Comments and Variations
         *1.19) Trinity Spread (#10, C3, L) 
          1.20) Yes or No Spread (#10, C2, Y)
          1.21) The Celtic Cross
              1.21.1) Waite's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
              1.21.2) Danburg's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
              1.21.3) Peach's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
              1.21.4) Lines within the Reading (C7)
              1.21.5) Variations and Comments.
         *1.22) Cup of Relationships Spread (#11, C4, S) 
          1.23) Key Spread (#11, C4) 
          1.24) Four Trines Spread (#12, C5, A) 
         +1.25) Twelve Houses Spread (#12, C5, A)
         +1.26) Astrological Spread (#13V, C4, A)
          1.27) Magic Cross Spread (#13, C3) 
              aka Christian Cross Spread
          1.28) Planetary Spread (#14, C4, A)
          1.29) Qabalistic Cross (#14, C3) 
          1.30) Daily Spread (#15, C4, 1day)
          1.31) Fortune Teller's Spread (#15, C3)
          1.32) Thoth Spread 
              1.32.1) Original Thoth Spread (#15, C4)
              1.32.2) Peach's Thoth Spread (#16, C4)
          1.33) Wish Spread (#16, C4, S) 
          1.34) Grand Source Spread (#21, C6)
          1.35) Playing Deck Spread (#21, C3, L) 
          1.36) Pyramid Spread (#21, C4) 
          1.37) Romany Spread (#21, C2, L)
          1.38) Twenty-One Card Spread (21, C6)
          1.39) Sephiroth Spread (#26, C9, A) 
         *1.40) Triangular Spread (#28, C8) 
          1.41) Magic Mirror Spread (#29, C5, S)
          1.42) Spread of Thirty-Six (#36, C4, L)
         *1.43) Story Spread (#45, C7) 
          1.44) Solar Spread (#49, C5, LA)
          1.45) Life Spread (#50, C9) 
          1.46) Three Fans (#54/78, C9)
          1.47) Ladder Spread (#78, C9)
          1.48) The Waite Spreads (#43/78, C9, L)
              1.48.1) The Forty-Three Card Layout (#43, C9, L)
              1.48.2) The Thirty-Five Card Layout (#35, C5, L)
         *1.49) Geomancy Spread. (#V, C9, AX)
          1.50) Name Layout (#V, C3, L) 
          1.51) Tetragrammaton Spread (#V, C7, LX)
          1.52) Timing Spread (#V, C2, Y) 
    2) Layout Modifiers
          2.1) Additional Card Modifiers
          2.2) Extending the Path
          2.3) Rotating the Layout
          2.4) Yes/No Answer 
          2.5) Querent Cards
              2.5.1) Personality Traits
              2.5.2) Astrology
              2.5.3) Physical Traits
              2.5.4) Open Deck
              2.5.5) Random Selection
              2.5.6) No Querent
         *2.6) Ateration of the Elements
         *2.7) Multi-line Associations
    3) Useful Information
          3.1) Astrological Houses 
          3.2) Planetary Symbols
          3.3) Astrological Symbols
          3.4) Divination w/ normal deck of playing cards 
          3.5) Timing Information 
         *3.6) Astrological House Numbering
         *3.7) The Four Elements and the Tarot
                   A Lesson in Relationships between Cards
              3.7.1) Stage One: Traditional Method
              3.7.2) Stage Two: Elemental Rules
              3.7.3) Stage Three: Positions
    4) Rituals of Meditation
          4.1) Mandalas 
              4.1.1) Daily Focus Point 
              4.1.2) Contemplation Ritual
              4.1.3) Opening the Door 
          4.2) Qabalistic Cross of the Tarot Ritual (4) 
          4.3) Suit and Function Meditation (14) 
          4.4) Figure of Eight (22) 
          4.5) Square-Triangle Layout (78)
    5) Useless Information
          5.1) Copyright Notice
          5.2) Where to find this document
          5.3) Administrativia
          5.4) Who am I and how this list got started
          5.5) Really Useless Information
         *5.6) How to Use this Document.
               5.6.1) If you are new to tarot....
               5.6.2) If you are new to this document....
               5.6.3) Supplements and version numbers
               5.6.4) Paradigm Spread
               5.6.5) Maps and Legends
    6) References and Thanks
    7) History of this document 
    
    A - Astrological Spreads.
    L - Line Spreads.
    S - Specific Question Spreads.
    X - Cross Subjects.
    Y - Yes/No Spreads.
    
    + indicates new information was added to this section since v3.0.1
    * indicates a totally new section in this FAQ since v3.0.1
    - indicates that part or all of this section was removed and/or 
         incorporated elsewhere
    
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    1) The Layouts
    
    1.1) Action Spread (#5, C2) (Morison)
    Layout:  
    1                5
        2       4
            3
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    Reading: 
    Card 1: The question itself, important aspects of the question.
    Card 2: Past Events.
    Card 3: How the querent has reacted to the matter or character 
         strength which are more relevant to the matter.
    Card 4: Environment
    Card 5: Solution to problem.
    
    1.2) Eliphas Levi Wheel Spread (#5, C3, X) (Guiley)
    Layout:     1
                |
             4--5--2
                |
                3
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card 1 - Present situation
    Card 2 - Waning influences.  Obstacles already overcome.  Changes
              which have occured in the past.
    Card 3 - Hidden or unconscious influences
    Card 4 - Emerging influences.
    Card 5 - Synthesis.  Draws together the other four influences.
    
    Comments:  The layout is so named because it is based upon the
    Eliphas Levi Wheel, a version of which is seen on Trump 10 in the
    Rider-Waite deck; Levi did not invent this layout.  Levi's Wheel
    assigned letters of the Tetragramaton (Yod, He, Vau, He,
    respectively) to each of the four positions shown above.  Levi's
    wheel also offers some additional interpretations of the four tarot
    suits, the four ranks of court cards, and the meaning of the
    letters T, O, R, and A.  For further information, consult some of
    his works on the subject.
    
    1.3) The Line Spread (#5, C1, L)
    
    Layout:
      5  4  3  2  1
    
    Deal:  Right to Left
    
    Reading:
    Cards 4 and 5 represent the future
    Card 3 represents the prenysent
    Cards 1 and 2 represent the past
    
    Variation: A simple, and very commonly used, variation of the Five
    Card Spread works as follows:  instead of placing two cards on each
    side of the present card, place three our four, yielding a seven or
    nine card spread (or go higher if you wish).  The further you get
    from the center card, the further into the past/future you are
    looking.
    
    1.4) Spread of the Elements (#5, C2) (Carr-Gomm)
    Layout:   N
           W  Q  E 
              S
    
    Deal: Querent, East, South, West, North
    
    Reading: Use to gain insight into aspects of the self which need
              balancing or development.
    Card Q: Querent
      East: Intellectual or Mental Life
     South: Sensual and/or Instinctual Life
      West: Emotional Life
     North: Intuitive and/or Spiritual Life
    
    1.5) Chakra Spread (#7, C3, X) (Guiley)
    Layout/Deal:  Using only the major arcana, deal seven cards upward
    forming a single vertical line.
    
    Reading:  Each card corresponds to one of the seven chakras of the
    body.  Proper study of the subject would be advised when using this
    layout and the list below is intended only as a reference guide
    extracted from Guiley's book.  Interpretations of each position may
    vary depending upon your learnings.
    
    Card 1 - Root Chakra.  Self-preservation and instincts.
    Card 2 - Sacral Chakra.  Sexuality.
    Card 3 - Solar Plexus.  Emotions.
    Card 4 - Heart Chakra.  Higher consciousness, unconditional love.
    Card 5 - Throat Chakra.  Creativity and self expression
    Card 6 - Brow Chakra.  Psychic abilities, spiritual enlightenment.
    Card 7 - Crown Chakra.  Individual level of conscious evoluion.
    
    1.6) Magic Seven Spread (#7, C4) (Doane)
    Layout:
                    1
                  /   \
             5---/-----\---6
              \ /       \ /
               X    7    X
              / \       / \
             3---\-----/---2
                  \   /
                    4
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown above.
    
    Reading:
    Card 1: Past event leading up to the present state
    Card 2: The present state
    Card 3: Immediate future
    Card 4: Suggested Solution, what the querent should do to obtain
            more control over the current situation
    Card 5: The current environment and/or its affect on the matter
    Card 6: Opposition
    Card 7: Result
    
    Variation 1:  Change the following cards (Davis)
    Card 4: Issue to be dealt with
    Card 5 and 6:  Opportunity and limitation (these positions flip,
    use your intuition as to which is which in a given reading)
    
    1.7) Soul Dreamers Spread (#7, C4, SX) (Silbury)
    Layout: X X X X X X X X X X
            X   5             X
            X         2       X
            X       1       6 X
            X 4               X
            X         3       X
            X                 X
            X        7        X
            X X X X X X X X X X
    
    X's are used merely to show relative position of the cards.  The
    cards should be placed such that they create an outward clockwise
    spiral and should be more circular that the above diagram appears.
    
    Deal: Select card 1 as you would a querent card.  Shuffle the deck
              and deal numerically as shown
    
    Reading:  This reading is intended to help one understand a dream's
         message or meaning.
    Card 1 - Key.  Choose a card the represents the dream situation or
              your feelings about the dream.
    Card 2 - Dream Situation.  Tells something about the dream's 
              events, such as when where, how, and why.
    Card 3 - Energy Within.  Primary energy of the dream.
    Card 4 - Conscious Meaning.  What the dream means to you in 
              'walking life.'
    Card 5 - Subconscious Meaning.  What the dream means to you on an
              inner psychic level.
    Card 6 - Serpent Energy.  When energy is needed to cause the dream
              to manifest physically, if you desire, or to solve the
              dream's dilemma.
    Card 7 - Outcome.  How the dream will manifest and its effects.
    
    
    1.8) Spirits of the Circle Spread (#7, C4) (Carr-Gomm)
    Layout:  2  7  4
                1
             5  6  3
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading: 
    Card 1: Querent
    Card 2: Spirit of the Ancestors - influence of family elders 
    Card 3: Spirit of the Tribe - influence of culture
    Card 4: Spirit of Time
    Card 5: Spirit of Place - influence of birthplace and residence
    Card 6: Spirit of the Journey - influence of previous lives
    card 7: Awen - gifts/blessings/graces of the gods or nature
    
    1.9) Split Hexagram Spread (#7, C4) (Kraig)
    Layout:   1---2
               \ /
                3
                7
                6
               / \
              4---5
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading: 
    Cards 1 & 2: Unknown spiritual influences.  Card 1 will have a 
                   stronger affect than Card 2
    Card 3: Spiritual advice for the matter
    Card 4: Unconscious desires
    Card 5: Conscious desires
    Card 6: Practical advice
    Card 7: Final outcome if you proceed with matter at this time.
    
    1.10) Four Seasons Spread (#8, C5, S) (Cortese/Reed)
    Layout:
                   3
                 4     6
    
              1         5
    
                 2     8
                   7
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown.
    
    Reading:
    Card 1: Dominant for Spring, symbolizing the conception or
         initiation of an action or ambition, the planting of the seed,
         so to speak.  The modifier for spring is card 8.
    Card 2: Modifier for Card 3.
    Card 3: Dominant for Summer, symbolizing the progression of a
         plan, the way in which an idea will flower.  The modifier for
         summer is card 2.
    Card 4: Modifier for Card 5.
    Card 5: Dominant for Autumn, symbolizing the resolution of the 
         plan, how events will "wind themselves up."  The modifier for
         autumn is card 4.
    Card 6: Modifier for Card 7.
    Card 7: Dominant for Winter, symbolizing the period of reflection
         after an action or plan has been completed, or what the
         querent may wish to learn from the progression of events.  The
         modifier for winter is card 6.
    Card 8: Modifier for Card 1.
    
    Comment 1: "This spread is used to examine motivations for plans or
    ambitions. The cards are arranged so as to call to mind the
    progression of the seasons and also the progression of any action
    or plan through the four stages of conception, progression,
    resolution, and reflection." - Cortese
    
    Comment 2: Cortese obtained this spread from Ellen Cannon Reed's
    _The Witches Tarot_.
    
    1.11) Hearth Spread (#8, C2) (Carr-Gomm)
    Layout:   8
              7  1  2
           6  5  3
                 4
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Cards 1 & 2: East - Perceived - way querent perceives the issue
    Cards 3 & 4: South - Observed - way others perceive the issue
    Cards 5 & 6: West - Desired - way querent wishes issue to be
    Cards 7 & 8: North - Potential - way issue could be
    
    Variation: Meanings may vary with individual interpretations of the
         four directions.
    
    1.12) Planetary Spread (#8, C3, A) (Peach)
    Layout:
                 04
             03      05
         02       Q      06
             01      07
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card 1: Moon        Card 2: Mercury
    Card 3: Venus       Card 4: Sun
    Card 5: Mars - Also may represent the solution or answer to the 
              matter which is why it is called the reconciler.
    Card 6: Jupiter     Card 7: Saturn
    
    Comment: "Cards of this spread can and ought to be paired and read
         in juxtaposition, i.e., the card in the position of the Moon
         should be paired with that in the position of the Sun; the
         card in the position of Venus with that in the position of
         Mars, and so on." - Peach
    
    1.13) Amanda's Fan (#9, C3) (Davis)
    Layout:
        4   3   5
      6           7
    8       1       9
    
    Card 2 is laid across Card 1 as in a Celtic Cross
    Cards 3-7 are an arch above the line of cards shown; it should
         look like a fan
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    1. Questioner
    2. Crossing
    3. Foundation
    4. Past
    5. Present
    6. Future
    7. Outcome
    8. Inner Influences
    9. Outer Influences
    
    Comment 1:  Named after the person Davis was talking to when
    developed.
    
    Comment 2:  "This is obviously based on the Celtic Cross and Sword;
    it was developed because we were both dissatisfied with the Celtic
    Cross--it just didn't *flow* logically.  So I reworked it." (Davis)
    
    1.14) Arianrhod Spread (#9, C4, 1year) (Carr-Gomm)
    Layout:      3
              2     4
           9     1     5
              8     6
                 7
    Cards 2 - 9 should be arranged in a circular pattern with card 1 in
    the center.  Card 2 represents the NW, Card 3 N, etc.
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading: Position two represents the beginning of the Druid New
    Year, also known as Samhuinn, a traditional time when this spread
    is used.  The sequence of eight cards is generally viewed as a one-
    year cycle, but may be used for other time cycles as well.  Lines
    between cards are seen as if a web connects each card to the center
    and a circle connects the outside ring.  Thus card 3 is related to
    cards 2 and 4 while cards 3, 1, and 7 will form a line.
    
    1.15) Awen Spread (#9, C2, L) (Carr-Gomm)
    Layout:  1  4  7  - Row 1
             2  5  8  - Row 2
             3  6  9  - Row 3
            C1 C2 C3
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading: 
    The three columns (C1 - C3) represent the past, present, and
    future, respectively.  In each row, cards are interpreted as
    follows:
    
    Row 1: Cause, dynamic, impulse, guiding idea, or motive being a 
              situation or event.
    Row 2: Effect of first card at the emotional, social, or
              relationship level.
    Row 3: Effect of first card at the physical level of manifestation.
    
    1.16) Mandala/Alchemical Spread (#9/13, C3/4) (Guiley) 
    Layout:
      10                11
               09
            08    02
         07    01    03
            06    04
               05
      13                12
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card 1 - The Self.   
    Card 2 - Desires.
    Card 3 - Dreams.  What we want to achieve.
    Card 4 - Pursuits.  What we actively try to achieve.
    Card 5 - Attachements.  Pursuits which hold us back from achieving
         our dreams.  For example, many people dream of happiness but
         pursuit money thinking it will make them happy.  However, it
         is the worry about money, not the lack of it, which actually
         prevents happiness.
    Card 6 - Qualities.  Good aspects about the querent.
    Card 7 - Sorrows.  Faults of the querent which need improving.
    Card 8 - Self-Image.  How the querent views him/herself.
    Card 9 - Soul's Urge.  One's true purpose and desitiny.
    
    Card 10 - Earth.  Darkness, mystery, and the unknown.
    Card 11 - Air.  Spiritual illumination and enlightenment.
    Card 12 - Fire.  Intellect, rational thought, will.
    Card 13 - Water.  Creativity and emotions.
    
    Variations:  Doing the reading with only the first nine cards is
    called the Mandala Spread.  Adding the four elemental cards is the
    Alchemical spread.
    
    1.17) Spiral Layout (#10, C1) (Biggs)
    Layout:
           7
          6 8
    1    Q5  9
     2  4
       3
    
      5 overlaps Q in the center
    
    Deal: Lay out the cards with Q first and then numerically.
    
    Reading:
    Q: The Querent
    1: Foundation:  What the querent's current situation is built on.
    2: Past Actions:  Actions that the querent has taken in the past
         that have contributed to the current situation.
    3: Past Emotions:  The querent's emotional status in the past
    4: Past Outside Influences:  Other peoples actions/emotions that
         have affected the querent's situation.
    5: Current Position:  Where the querent stands now in relationship
         to the situation.
    6: Future Outside Influences:  Others actions/emotions that will
         affect the querent.
    7: Future Emotions:  Emotions the querent should watch out for in
         the future.
    8: Future Actions:  Actions that the querent may take in the 
         future.
    9: Outcome:  The foreseen outcome of the situation.
    
    1.18) Tree of Life Spread
    Layout:
               / 1 \
             /   |   \
            3----+----2
            | \  |  / |
            5--\-+-/--4
            |\  \|/  /|
            |  \ 6 /  |
            | /  |  \ |
            7----+----8
             \   |   /
               \ 9 /
                 |
                10
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Readings:
    
    1.18.1) Davis' Tree of Life (#10, C5, X)
    10) Present
    9)  Inner guidance, intuition
    8)  Masculine -- intellectual inspiration
    7)  Feminine -- beauty of self, inspiration, passion
    6)  Soul as it should be--mutation & learning experience
    5)  Building the corner-stone of cosmocity within the self
    4)  Testing ground -- things to let go of
    3)  Unmanifest knowledge (fancy talk which means 'secrets')
    2)  Bridge to higher cosmos
    1)  Where your next stage of development will lead you.
    
    1.18.2) Doane's Tree of Life (#10, C6, X)
    Cards 3, 5, and 7 make up the Tree of Evil or the unfavorable tree
    Cards 2, 4, and 8 make up the Tree of Good or the favorable tree
    Remaining cards are outcome cards.
    
    Card 1: Spiritual outcome
    Card 2: Influence of Wisdom
    Card 3: Influence of Intelligence
    Card 4: Influence of Justice (and the quest of it)
    Card 5: Influence of Mercy
    Card 6: Love of Beauty, Love, and Life
    Card 7: Desire for Victory
    Card 8: Influence of Splendor
    Card 9: Environment
    Card 10: Physical Power or Material Outcome
    
    1.18.3) Peach's Tree of Life (#78, C7, X)
    After dealing, repeat the deal again and continue to do so until
    all 78 cards are used.  Select a Querent card for the querent. 
    Whichever pile the Querent card lies in will tell the main subject
    of the reading.
    
    Pile 1: Inner Spiritual Quest
    Pile 2: Personal Initiative
    Pile 3: Sorrows and Burdens
    Pile 4: Financial Gains
    Pile 5: Enemies and Discords
    Pile 6: Glory and Fame
    Pile 7: Love
    Pile 8: Business and Communications
    Pile 9: Mental and Physical Health
    Pile 10: Home
    
    1.18.4) Comments and Variations
    
    Comment 1: It is interesting to note that in all three tarot
    layouts I have seen that the numbers 4 and 5 are swapped although
    the meanings for those positions do not change.  Conversely, in
    most books I have seen about the Tree of Life the tree is numbered
    as above.  I chose the numbering above because it is more
    consistent with mt studies of the Tree of Life and also because the
    sequence 2, 4, 8, that it forms on the right hand side of the tree
    makes more sense from a numerological perspective.  Choose
    whichever ordering suits you best.  I have had reports that this
    can change either the dealing order or the meaning order or both.
    
    Comment 2:  Those with a background in Qabalism and/or the Tree of
    Life may find better meanings and/or other relationships between
    the cards and will probably be able to use this layout better. 
    Since each position in the tree of life may encompass several
    meanings, it probably wouldn't hurt to consider all the meanings
    given above for each position in the tree, for they are all valid
    interpretations.  For those who do not have a great deal of
    knowledge about the subject, I offer the following meanings for
    each position on the tree that may help you further, but by no
    means does this supplement proper study of the subject (Ozaniec):
    1) Kether - The Crown         6) Tiphareth - Beauty
    2) Chokmah - Wisdom           7) Hod - Splendor
    3) Binah - Understanding      8) Netzach - Victory
    4) Geburah - Severity         9) Yesod - The Foundation
    5) Chesed - Mercy             10) Malkuth - The Kingdom
    
    Comment 3: Davis attributes this layout to Ly Warren-Clark.
    
    1.19) Trinity Spread (#10, C3, L) (Guiley)
    Layout:     10
              7  8  9 - Future
              1  2  3 - Present
              4  5  6 - Past
    
    Deal: Using only Major Arcana and Court cards only, shuffle and
    deal numerically as shown.
    
    Reading:  Just as each row represents a different time period, each
    column represents a different force which shapes our life.
    Left: Emotions, impluses, inspiration, intuition.
    Center: Thoughts.  Rational and logical processes.
    Right: Actions.  Tangible manifestations of thoughts and emotions.
    Card 10: Integration - forces which may affect the picture revealed
         by the other nine cards
    
    Variations: Guiley states that only court and major arcana should
    be used.  A full pack could be used at the readers discretion.
    
    1.20) Yes or No Spread (#10, C2, Y) (Peach)
    Layout:             +-----+
    5        9          |Q    |
      4    8            |  +-----+
        Q               |  |     |
         1              +--|  1  |
      7    3               |     |
    6        2             +-----+
    
    Card 1 partially overlaps, but does not cross, the Querent as shown
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card 1 - Called the 'answering card'.  If upright, the answer to
              the question was yes; if reversed, no.  Also the outcome
              card for the reading.
    Cards 2 & 3 - 'Helpful' Influences.  Reasons the outcome will
                   occur.
    Cards 4 & 5 - Querent's thoughts regarding the matter
    Cards 6 & 7 - 'Adverse' Influence.  Things that are working against
                   the outcome
    Card 8 & 9 - Querent's feelings regarding the matter
    
    Comment 1: Peach suggests the cards be read in the following order:
                   1, 2&3, 6&7, 4&5, 8&9
    
    Comment 2: Note that 'helpful' and 'adverse' influences are always
    with respect to the outcome shown in card 1.  Thus if the answer
    comes up no, cards 2 & 3 will be aiding that outcome and not
    necessarily aiding the querent.
    
    1.21) The Celtic Cross
    
    Layout:                 +-----+ - Q
               10           |+-----+ - 1
         03    09         +----------+ - 2
      06 1Q2 05           |          |
         04    08         +----------+
               07            +-----+
    Note that card 1 is placed directly on top of, and therefore
    concealing, the Querent card.  Also note that card 2 is placed
    across (or perpendicular) and on top of card 1, as the diagram on
    the right not-so-vividly demonstrates.
    
    All comments in the 'Reading' sections will refer to this diagram. 
    Ignore alterations in the dealing pattern when cross referencing
    with this diagram.
    
    1.21.1) Waite's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
    Deal:  Numerically as shown.
    
    Reading:
    Card 1 - Influences, atmosphere.
    Card 2 - Obstacles
    Card 3 - Often called the crowning card.  May have one or more of
             several meanings:
      3a - Highest state the querent can achieve in the matter
      3b - Highest perception the querent has in the matter
      3c - What the querent wishes to achieve
    Card 4 - Often called the base card.  It represents foundations or
         possessions of the querent.  Events that have already passed.
    Card 5 - Past
    Card 6 - Future Influences
    Card 7 - Attitude or position in the matter
    Card 8 - House, Environment
    Card 9 - Hopes or Fears
    Card 10 - Future Events
    
    1.21.2) Danburg's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
    Deal: Reverse Cards 3 and 4.  Reverse Cards 5 and 6.
    
    Reading: 
    (These are all lifted from the alt.tarot FAQ)
    
    1. Where the querent is at the time of the reading.
    2. What holds the querent where they are.
    3. How the querent has been thinking about the question.
    4. Base of the question - why it is being asked.
    5. Near future
    6. Recent past
    7. What the querent has to bring to the situation.
    8. What the situation has to offer the querent.
    9. Querent's innermost hopes and/or fears.
    10. Final outcome of the situation, unless deliberately changed.
     
    1.21.3) Peach's Celtic Cross (#11, C4)
    Deal: Card 3 is in the top position.  Card 4, left.  Card 5, down. 
              Card 6, right.
    
    Reading:
    Card 1 - What is on the Querent's mind.
    Card 2 - Obstacles
    Card 3 - Past
    Card 4 - Immediate future
    Card 5 - Far future
    Card 6 - Present
    Cards 7-10 - Same as Waite.
    
    1.21.4) Lines within the Reading (C7)
    
    This section is taken from memory, out of a book.  Unfortunately,
    I can't remember where I originally saw it (sorry).  If you use the
    Waite method, there are four lines, or associations of cards, that
    exist in this layout.  Similar lines may be constructed from the
    other Celtic Cross layouts shown here.
    
    Cards 5, 1, 2, 6; Time:  This sequence follows an obvious pattern
                        from past to present to future
    Cards 10, 3, 6; Future:  These three cards all essentially project
                        into the future.  Sharing information between
                        these cards can yield more specific details
    Cards 7, 8, 4, 6; Influences:  Cards 7, 8, and 4 all represent 
                        things which influence the querent with
                        respect to the question. It is through the
                        combination of these influences that the
                        outcome shown in card 6 may be achieved or
                        avoided.
    Cards 4, Q, 2, 3:  I have not seen a good qualifier to describe the
                        relationship between these cards, but it
                        generally goes like this:  The querent would
                        like to achieve (or can achieve) what is
                        depicted in card 3, but certain influences
                        (card 2) prevent him/her from doing so. 
                        However, the querent does have the proper
                        resources (card 4) to overcome the obstacle. 
                        This line can vary depending upon which
                        interpretation you use for card 4.
    
    1.21.5) Variations and Comments.
    
    Variation 1:  Sometimes cards 7 thru 10 are placed on the other end
    (the left side) of the cross.  Again, this could alter the
    interpretations of the groupings stated in 1.21.4.
    
    Variation 2:  I have seen the Celtic Cross done locally (& it seems
    to be a local variant) with 3 cards allotted to each position in
    the "pillar" to the side of the central cross (i.e. positions 7 -
    10).  This means that there are 12 cards to work with, as opposed
    to the usual 4; it can be quite useful.  (Smith)
    
    Comment:  I have seen a few different (and occasionally
    contradicting) methods of determining whether the obstacle card
    (card 2) is upright or reversed.  Use your own discretion.
    
    1.22) Cup of Relationships Spread (#11, C4, S) (Sagie)
    Layout:
               09
      07                08
         05          06
               03 (04)
               02
            Q1 01 Q2
    Card 4 cross card three as in a celtic cross
    
    Deal: S1, S2, then numerically.
    
    Reading:  Read cards in order, as above.
    
    Q1  Significator 1
    Q2  Significator 2
    1.  The Foundation of the Relationship
    2.  Recent Past
    3.  Current State of the Relationship
    4.  Obstacles they both face
    5.  Views of #1 regarding the relationship
    6.  Views of #2 regarding the relationship
    7.  Expectations of #1 regarding the rel.
    8.  Expectations of #2 regarding the rel.
    9.  Best Outcome
    
    Variations: Sagie reccomends using additional modifiers on card 9
    if the outcome is unclear.  (See section 2.1).
    
    1.23) Key Spread (#11, C4) (Efran)
    Layout:
      2 4 6
    1       8 9 10
      3 5 7     11
    
    Row 2-4-6 and Row 3-5-7 should touch creating a stagger.
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card 1: Querent & position in relation to your question/situation.
    
    Cards 2 - 7: These cards are arranged into 3 pairs (2 & 3, 4 & 5,
         6 & 7).  Each pair represents a conflict between two opposing
         influences, factors, people, opinions, etc.  The
         interpretation will depend on the question, but the conflicts
         tend to be problems or obstacles the querent faces.  You may
         want to choose one option in a pair over the other, or attempt
         to reconcile the two, or simply recognize that a conflict
         exists.
    Card 8: Past
    Card 9: Present
    Card 10: Future -- where things are headed.  This could be the 
         future if no action is taken, or the desired future, or the
         future if some specific action is taken.  You could try adding
         a card between 9 and 10 to represent the action or decision
         that will lead to card 10's future, or have several 'future'
         cards for various possible outcomes (two would be reasonable). 
         If you are comfortable with a single card 'prediction' of the
         future, the layout is probably ok as is.
    Card 11 (Optional): A summary of the reading, or a final comment on
         the situation, or advice, or a clarification of cards 8-10 if
         they are unclear.  I don't always use this card -- I have
         found that it generally doesn't clarify things much.  (See
         card 10 for other things to put here instead.)  I feel that
         there should be a card here, because then the layout is shaped
         roughly like a key (hence the name), which in my opinion looks
         cool.  I suspect the layout would look unbalanced without a
         card here. [ed. note: 'I' refers to Efran who made the layout]
    
    Comment 1:  "Here's the Tarot layout I use, one I invented (as far
         as I know).  I developed the basics of the layout very soon
         after I became interested in the Tarot (I didn't think much of
         the standard ones), but I'm still working on it.  It's not
         meant to be primarily predictive.  Instead, it's intended to
         help the querent examine their question in a new light.  (For
         this reason, it's a reasonable layout for self-readings, if
         you do them.)  There are predictive elements, but I tend to
         use them rather broadly." - Efran
    
    Comment 2:  Since this is an ad hoc layout made by a beginner (at
         least a beginner at the time) there is obviously a lot of
         flexibility and room to play with.  With a good interpretation
         for card 11 and maybe by extending the line (section 2.2) this
         could become interesting.
    
    1.24) Four Trines Spread (#12, C5, A) (Doane)
    Layout: Twelve cards are displayed in a CIRCLE.  In clockwise
    order, starting at the left (nine o'clock) this is the numbering of
    the cards: 1, 5, 9, 2, 6, 10, 3, 7, 11, 4, 8, 12.
    
                 09 02 06
               05        10
               01        03
               12        07
                 08 04 11
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown.
    
    Reading:  As the name suggests, there are four sets of three cards
    (trines) that work in conjunction with another.
    
    Trine of Life (1, 6, 11):
      Card 1: Personal life: health
      Card 6: Mental life: travel
      Card 11: Life of Posterity: children, love affairs, pleasure,
               speculation
    Trine of Power (2, 7, 12):
      Card 2: Honor and authority: business, reputation
      Card 7: Environment: illness, work
      Card 12: Wealth
    Social Trine (3, 8, 9):
      Card 3: Partners: marital, enemies
      Card 8: Kin and thought: siblings, intellectual matters
      Card 9: Associates: friends
    Trine of Secrets:
      Card 4: Things concealed in the environment
      Card 10: Money: debts, taxes, inheritance
      Card 5: Afflictions: enemies, failures, obstacles
    
    Variation 1: I have seen a variation with a querent card placed in
    the center of the layout. (Jones)
    
    Comment 1:  Doane indicated that this layout was influenced by
    astrology, although its relation to astrology is not immediately
    apparent.
     
    Comment 2:  For card numbering information, see section 3.6.
    
    1.25) Twelve Houses Spread (#12, C4, A) (Doane)
    Layout:  Numbering is the same as the Four Trines Spread but uses
    a diamond formation instead of a circle
    
           02 06
         09     10
       05         03
       01         07
         12     11
           08 04
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:  Even though the deal uses the awkward scheme shown above,
    the cards are read by what house they are in astrologically.  House
    one is in the same position as card 1, but house numbers increment
    by one going in a counter-clockwise direction.  Thus, House two is
    in position 12, house three in position 8, and so on.
    
    Variation: I have seen a varation with a querent card placed in the
    center of the layout.  (Jones)
    
    Comment:  For card numbering information, see section 3.6.
    
    1.26) Astrological Spread (#13V, C4, A) (Peach)
    Layout:
    Cards are arranged in a circle and point outward from the Querent
    
               11    09
             12   10   08
            01     Q    07
             02   04   06
               03    05
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown.  The reader may, before the reading,
         continue to redeal the deck in the same order (minus the
         Querent position) and thus putting two cards into each slot
         and providing more information regarding that aspect of the
         persons life.  Peach suggests dealing up to four or more into
         each slot.  Also, cards may be dealt in blocks of four (or
         five or whatever) into each position instead of repeating the
         deal four times.
    
    Reading:
    Card 1: Aries            Card 2: Taurus
    Card 3: Gemini           Card 4: Cancer
    Card 5: Leo              Card 6: Virgo
    Card 7: Libra            Card 8: Scorpio
    Card 9: Sagittarius      Card 10: Capricorn
    Card 11: Aquarius        Card 12: Pisces 
    
    1.27) Magic Cross Spread (#13, C3) (Doane)
          aka Christian Cross Spread
    Layout:
              06
              07
        01 02 03 04 05
              08
              09
              10
              11
              12
              13
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Left Branch: The past
    Card 3: The present
    Lower Branch: The future
    Right Branch: Obstacles
    Upper Branch: Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams.
    
    1.28) Planetary Spread (#14, C4, A) (Davis)
    
             14
       12          13
          10 09 11
    08                07
          05 04 06
       02          03
             01
    
    Each row shown has the height of half a card length, thus the cards
    look staggered.
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    1. Earth            2. Moon
    3. Sun              4. Mercury
    5. Venus            6. Mars
    7. Jupiter          8. Saturn
    9. Uranus           10. Neptune
    11. Pluto           12 & 13. Environment
    14. Divine Light...advice from Higher Power
    
    1.29) Qabalistic Cross (#14, C3) (Peach)
    Layout:
                    08
                    09
                    10
           01 02 03 Q4 05 06 07
                    11
                    12
                    13
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    It is suggested that the cards in this spread be read in the order
         shown below
    Card 4 - Querent's state of mind
    Cards 13, 12, 11 - Past, with 13 being the farthest back in time
    Cards 1, 2, 3 - Present
    Cards 10, 9, 8 - Future, with 8 being farthest in time
    Cards 5, 6, 7 - Feelings of others involved in the matter
    
    1.30) Daily Spread (#15, C4, 1day) (Peach)
    Layout
     M        8        D
              9
             10
     1  2  3  4  5  6  7
             11
             12
             13
    M - Month Card   D - Day Card
    
    Deal: First, remove the month and day card indicated in the table
         below and place them in the positions shown above.  Shuffle
         and cut as normal, then deal numerically as shown.
         Month          Card           Day            Card
         Aries          Emperor        Sunday         Sun
         Taurus         Hierophant     Monday         High Priestess
         Gemini         Lovers         Tuesday        Tower
         Cancer         Chariot        Wednesday      Magician
         Leo            Strength       Thursday       Wheel
         Virgo          Hermit         Friday         Empress
         Scorpio        Death          Saturday       World
         Sagittarius    Temperance
         Capricorn      Devil
         Aquarius       Star
         Pisces         Moon
    
    Reading:
    It is suggested that cards be read in the order presented below.
    Cards 11-13: Events leading up to the day in question.  Start with
                   card 13 and work toward 11.
    Cards 1 - 3: Morning Events, start with card 1
    Cards 5 - 7: Afternoon Events, start with 7
    Cards 8 -10: Evening Events, start with 8
    Card 4: Outcome of any special projects of the day and/or how the
              day will go overall.
    
    Comment: "This spread is particularly useful for answering specific
         questions about settled future events -- like parties, for
         instance, or job interviews.  It is _not_ particularly useful
         as a daily device to be used everyday before leaving the
         house, and it should _not_ be used in that way" - Peach
    
    1.31) Fortune Teller's Spread (#15, C3) (Morison)
    Layout:
              05 04 06
    14 13 15  02 01 03  11 10 12
              08 07 09
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    Reading:
    Cards  1- 3) To You: Outcome
    Cards  4- 6) At head: Querent's Thoughts
    Cards  7- 9) At feet: Things you control, possible choices
    Cards 10-12) By side: Things which give you strength
    Cards 13-15) Surprise: Things not known to querent or overlooked
    
    1.32) Thoth Spread 
    Layout:
    13  09  05  04  08  12
          02  01  03
    14  10  06  07  11  15
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    1.32.1) Original Thoth Spread (#15, C4)
    Reading:
    Cards 2,1,3: Nature of querent and question
    Cards 13,9,5: First Possible outcome
    Cards 4,8,12: Second Possible outcome
    Cards 14,10,6: "Psychological commentary" on the whole spread 
    Cards 7,11,15: Factors beyond the control of the querent.
    
    Comment: This is called the Thoth Spread as it is the spread that
         comes with the Thoth deck.
    
    1.32.2) Peach's Thoth Spread (#16, C4)
    
    Deal: Use the same deal, but add a Querent card underneath card 1.
    
    Reading:
    It is suggested that the cards be read order described below
    Card 1: Querent's primary concern
    Cards 2, 3: Further depth into problem and/or Querent's character
    Cards 14,10,6: Background, how the querent came into the situation
    Cards 7,11,15: Activities of other people in the situation
    Cards 4,8,12: How the problem will progress, harmonize w. 7,11,15.
    Cards 13,9,5: Possible alternative actions
    
    If two cards in set 7,11,15 are Major Arcana then the progression
    given in set 4,8,12 cannot be changed, otherwise the querent has
    the power to alter the situation via events in set 13,9,5.  If two
    Major Arcana appear, set 13,9,5 indicate either how a bad outcome
    can be lessened or how a good outcome may be assisted.
    
    1.33) Wish Spread (#16, C4, S) (Doane)
    Layout:
            6  5  4
     3  2  1   Q   9  8  7
           15 14 13
           12 11 10
    
    Q - Querent card
    
    Deal:  Select a card to represent the querent.
    Shuffle and cut deck.  Deal numerically as shown.
    
    Reading:
    It is suggested that this reading be used if the querent has a
    specific wish that s/he would like to happen, hence the name.
    
    Each group of three cards has its own significance
    
    Group  1: Environment
    Group  4: Description of querent's wish
    Group  7: Opposition
    Group 10: Factors that will enter into this matter
    Group 13: Realizations of the querent (usually in the future)
    
    The nine of cups is often called the wish card.  If this card
    should turn up anywhere in the reading, except in group 7, this
    would be a strong indication that some part or all of the querent's
    wish will come true.  The closer it appears in the above numeric
    sequence, the sooner the wish will be realized.  If the nine of
    cups appears in group 7, this is an indication that the wish will
    probably not come true; the other two cards in the group will yield
    the cause.  If the nine of cups does not appear, this should not be
    taken as an indication of either fate, although other cards in the
    reading may confirm or deny the wish.
    
    Alternate Reading (Morison):
    The following alternate reading was sent to me, but this
    interpretation does not necessarily need to be associated with a
    wish as above.
    
    Group  1: Present, General Situation
    Group  4: Resent Past
    Group  7: Actions that can be taken by Querent.  Personality traits
         which my be used to querent's advantage.
    Group 10: Uncontrollable aspects of the situation.  May be
         aspects/opinions of others.  May describe a new situation.
    Group 13: Final Outcome
    Card 16 (Querent in original): Optional Card, add it if the reading
         is confusing.
    
    1.34) Grand Source Spread (#21, C6) (Cortese)
    Layout:
           01  02  03  08  10  12  15  16  17
    
         Q       07          14
    
           04  05  06  09  11  13  18  19  20
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    Card Q: Querent
    Cards 1, 2, 3: Inner influences at work, the motivations of the 
         querent, or what the querent wishes to learn.
    Cards 4, 5, 6: Outer influences, or the influences from people or
         things outside of the querent that may have caused the querent
         to ask their question.
    Card 7: Initiation of the action, the seed that will grow, or the
         question that will be answered.
    Cards 8, 10, 12: Three stages of the action or answering of the 
         question under examination, and they are modified respectively
         by cards 9, 11, and 13.
         Card 8: beginnings.  The initial stages of the actions.
         Card 9: modifies card 8.  It may give a hazy picture of the
              outcome that the querent has in mind, or it may simply be
              a further examination of the beginnings of the action
              under consideration.
         Card 10: Progress.  The way that the outcome is achieved.
         Card 11: modifies 10 in the same way card 9 does card 8.
         Card 12: possible changes in plan, or resolution.  This card
              may serve to examine any ways that the querent will have
              to change course in midstream.
         Card 13: modifies 12 like card 9 does card 8.
    Card 14: Outcome of the process outlined in cards 8 - 13.
    Cards 15, 16, 17: Possible effects of the resolution on the querent
    Cards 18, 19, 20: Possible effects of the resolution on things 
         other than the querent or on the querent's relationship to the
         world around him/her.
    
    Comment:  "This is a good general-use spread for giving an overall
    picture of the resolution to a problem in the past or future.  It
    affords an opportunity to examine inner and outer influences before
    an action is taken, the inception or motivation of the action, the
    progression of the action, the resolution, and what inner and outer
    effects this will have.  It may also act to highlight the process
    by which a question uppermost in the querent's mind may be
    answered, though it may not give the answer." - Cortese
    
    1.35) Playing Deck Spread (#21, C3, L) (Vienneau)
    Layout:
         01 02 03
         04 05 06
         07 08 09
         10 11 12
         13 14 15
         16 17 18
         19 20 21
    
    Deal: Shuffle the pack choose a Querent card.  Cut the pack into
    three decks, one each to signify the past (left), present (middle),
    and future (right). Have the Querent pick one pack.  Indicate which
    deck is which please! 
    
    Reading:
    Row 1: Situation, State of mind
    Row 2: Family, Relationships
    Row 3: Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams
    Row 4: Long-term expectations
    Row 5: Unexpected events
    Row 6: Immediate Developments
    Row 7: Long-term results
    
    Comment 1: Although it suggested to choose a Querent card, there is
    no mention of its location in the layout.  Also, no directions are
    given if the chosen deck is cut too short. Use your own discretion.
    
    Comment 2: This is called the 'Playing Deck' spread because this is
    the layout which Vienneau included in his post about fortune
    telling with a regular deck of playing cards.  (See Section 7.1)
    
    1.36) Pyramid Spread (#21, C4) (Doane)
    Layout:
                  21
                20  19
            18  17  16  15
        14  13  12  11  10  09
    08  07  06  05  04  03  02  01
    
    Deal:  Face Down, Right to Left, Bottom upward
    
    Reading:
    Cards 5, 9, 13, 17, and 21 are referred to as key cards
    Cards are divided into five sequences as follows:
    Sequence 1 - cards  1 - 5
    Sequence 2 - cards  5 - 9
    Sequence 3 - cards  9 - 13
    Sequence 4 - cards 13 - 17
    Sequence 5 - cards 17 - 21
    
    It is important to note that each key card is not only the final
    card in a sequence of five, but also the first card in the next
    series of five.  Thus 9 ends the second sequences and also starts
    the third.  The four cards to the right of a key card represent the
    events previous to the time or event that the key card signifies. 
    Key cards always represent significant events; if a card of the
    Major Arcana appears in a key location, it may mean that event is
    of great significance.  This is a list of the suggested time
    intervals each key card represents.
    Key 1 - Present
    Key 2 - Immediate Future
    Key 3 - Intermediate Turn of Events
    Key 4 - Distant Future
    Key 5 - End of the Matter
    
    Comment 1:  The design of the layout lends itself to being read
    from the apex down the sides, i.e. 21, 19, 15, 9 and 1.  Ditto on
    the left.  It may sometimes be split down the middle IF the two
    halves conveniently fall into 2 distinct "stories" or messages -
    this happens surprisingly often.  I think this spread is quite 
    sophisticated, and can be used for in-depth readings.  (Smith)
    
    Comment 2:  Note that the time intervals given here are a
    guideline.  First, in the example reading given to me for this
    layout and due to the nature of the question, key 4 was more
    appropriately labeled the present and keys 1, 2, and 3 were in the
    past.  Secondly, if the matter is to be resolved in a short period
    of time, the term 'Distant Future' would only be distant with
    respect to the matter, but not necessarily distant with respect to
    this persons life or our time frame.
    
    1.37) Romany Spread (#21, C2, L) (Doane/Peach)
    Layout:
      21  20  19  18  17  16  15  - Future
      14  13  12  11  10  09  08  - Present
      07  06  05  04  03  02  01  - Past
    
    Deal:  Right to Left, Bottom upwards as numbered above.  Another
    deal proceeds left to right, top down, opposite as above and also
    changing the order of past/present/future.
    
    Reading:  Each row represents events or influences for the time
    period indicated.  Adjacent card in the same row modify one
    another.  Ordering of cards in a row are not necessarily
    significant.
    
    Variation:  One variation of this reading is that the middle card
    of each row (18, 11, and 04) should represent the most significant
    event of the time period shown.  This makes cards farther out on
    the edges of the row (21, 15, 14, etc.) less significant. (Doane)
    
    1.38) Twenty-One Card Spread (21, C6) (Morison)
    Layout:
                   19
          18  11       12   20
                    4
          10   3        5   13
                    1
           9   2        6   14
                    7
          17   8       15   21
                   16
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    Reading:
    Card  1: The Significator
    Card  2: The immediate past
    Card  3: An important factor in the present.  Inobvious.
    Card  4: Seeker state of mind
    Card  5: Most likely immediate future
    Card  6: An important factor in the present. Very obvious
    Card  7: Seeker gut feelings.
    Card  8 &  9: Influences in the past that affected #2
    Card 10 & 11: Current influences affecting #3.  Inobvious.
    Card 12 & 13: Possible future influences, affecting #5
    Card 14 & 15: Obvious current influences, affecting #6
    Card 16: Seeker physical situation.  Possible health or life status
    Card 17: The root of the matter in the past
    Card 18: A current matter. It may be hidden or unknown and
              overlooked, or it may represent assumptions, possibly
              incorrect.
    Card 19: Seeker spiritual will. This may conflict with or
         illuminate the Seeker's conscious desires.
    Card 20: A likely future event. 
    Card 21: What the Seeker must think about
    
    1.39) Sephiroth Spread (#26, C9, A) (Doane)
    
    To do this spread, remove all 22 major arcana and the Ace of each
    suit.  These are the only 26 cards used in the reading.
    
    Layout:
    Row 1:              03 18     04 17
    Row 2:                    M C
    Row 3:        02 19        |        05 16
    Row 4:     20              |              06
    Row 5:               ASC --+-- DES               22 21
    Row 6:     01              |              15
    Row 7:        11 10        |        14 07
    Row 8:                    N C
    Row 9:              12 09     13 08
    
    Row 2 begins at the same height where row 1 ends.
    Row 3 begins at the midpoint of Row 2
    Row 5 begins where Row 3 ends
    Row 7 begins where Row 5 ends
    Rows 4 and 6 lie at the midpoints of Rows 3, 5, and 7
    Rows 8 and 9 are symmetrical to rows 1 and 2
    Cards are paired if their sum equals 21 (i.e. 3 and 18 are paired)
    Paired cards should be adjacent to each other.
    Pair 3/18 should meet at the same vertical line which divides the
         card ASC in half.  Follow symmetry.  Each pair is called a
         'throne'.  The throne number is the same as the lowest number
         of the pair.  (i.e. 3/18 make up the third throne)
    Pair 22/21 is called the Staff
    Note that ASC, DES, NC, and MC each denote only one card.
    
    Deal:
    The four Aces must go in the ASC, DES, NC, and MC position. 
    Shuffle the four aces.  Place the first Ace in the position marked
    ASC and continue in a clockwise direction.  (Humorous note: the
    Doane/Keyes book says to shuffle and three-cut these cards as you
    would the regular deck.  Is there actually anybody out there who
    has ever bothered three-cutting a four card deck?)
    
    The Major Arcana go in the remaining 22 locations.  Shuffle the
    Arcana and deal as shown numerically in the above diagram.
    
    Reading:
    The four aces represent the Astral Kingdoms and relate to the four
    angles of the horoscope.  Astrologically ASC represents ascendence
    or first house and pertains to life.  MC stand for Midheaven or
    tenth house and pertains to honor or business.  DES stands for
    descendence or seventh house and pertains to love or war.  NC
    stands for Nadir or fourth house and relates to secrets or
    outcomes.  You should start your reading based on which kingdom
    most closely relates to the question your querent has asked.  (ie
    if the querent asks about marriage, start the reading in the
    descending house)
    
    The following is a suggested list of how to interpret each Ace in
    each location:
    
       Ace | Ascendence     | Midheaven | Descendence | Nadir
    ==============================================================
    Pent   | Strength       | Favorable | Great      | unfortunate
      acle | Vigor          | but req.  | Strength   | outcome
           | Vitality       | effort    |            |
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Wands  | Favorable      | Great     | Difficulty | struggle
           | Work or        | Power     | caused by  | or small
           | Responsibility |           | Difference | return
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Cups   | Pleasures may  | Pleasure  | Joy and    | pleasant
           | deplete        | may ruin  | Happiness  | result
           | vitality       | honor     |            |
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Swords | sickness/death | failure   | disputes   | favorable
           |                |           |            | outcome
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Note that Asc and Des have three thrones while Mid and Nadir have
    only two.  When reading the Asc or Des thrones, the center throne
    (1 or 6) will indicate the most important factor of that throne.
    
    Determine which kingdom is most appropriate to the Question.  Cards
    in the thrones of this kingdom indicate what conditions caused the
    outcome suggested by whichever Ace appearing in that kingdom. The
    kingdom opposite the Question is the opposition.  It thrones detail
    what opposes the querent. The kingdom immediately clockwise the
    Question represent the events which will lead to the conclusion.
    The kingdom counterclockwise to the Question yields the outcome of
    the matter.  Its thrones give more specific detail of that end.
    
    If the whole reading or any part of it seem contradicting, the
    staff will reveal why the answer was unclear.
    
    1.40) Triangular Spread (#28, C8) (Blackburn)
    Layout:          01
                   02  03
                 04  05  06
               07  08  09  10
             11  12  13  14  15
           17  18  19  20  21  22
         23  24  25  26  27  28  29
    
    Cards are dealt in pyriamd shape touching each other.
    
    Deal:  No dealing order is specified.  Some type of top down scheme
    would be consistent with the interpretation given below.
    
    Reading: The layout shows the possible progresses into the future
    from the present situation (card 01) to the final out come (row 7). 
    It is most often used to plot a genreal fortune form derived from
    one element of the present specified by card 01 to the end of life. 
    Each level goes a little farther down the path of life, and splits
    into greater complexity and/or diversity of possibilities.  
    
    1.41) Magic Mirror Spread (#29, C5, S) (Davis)
    Layout:
                              09 04 14
              23 19 27         Earth          20 16 24
          Transformation                    Inspiration
    
    
      08 03 13                10 05 15                06 01 11
       Water                  Essence                   Air
    
    
              22 18 26                         21 17 25
             Sacrifice                       Integration
                              07 02 12
                                Fire
    28 and 29 are Magic Cards
    
    Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    In each group of three cards, the middle card is the key card.  The
    other two cards are used for additional insight.  Suggested order
    of reading is Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Essence, and then "the four
    gates which are linked to the four Wiccan Sabbats".
    
    Comment 1:  "This reading's only purpose is to examine oneself.  I
    only do this at Samhain because of the intensity.  One could do
    this reading with another person, but the process would have to be
    one of giving the person ideas as to what the cards might mean and
    letting her figure out how this fits into his/her life.  This would
    probably take even longer than usual. :-)" (Davis)
    
    1.42) Spread of Thirty-Six (#36, C4, L) (Doane)
    Layout: six rows of six
            36 35 34 33 32 31
            30 29 28 27 26 25
            24 23 22 21 20 19
            18 17 16 15 14 13 - Future
            12 11 10 09 08 07 - Present
            06 05 04 03 02 01 - Past
    
    Deal:  Left to Right, Bottom up
    
    Reading:
    The first three rows should be read from right to left, bottom up. 
    Each of these rows are associated with their own time interval as
    shown above.  Cards whose sum total 37 are related.  Card 36 should
    be used to either modify, clarify, or gain more information about
    the details of card 1.  Similarly, card 35 modifies card 2, etc..
    
    1.43) Story Spread (#45, C7) (Aldridge)
    Layout:
       01          04
    02    03    05    06
    
       07          10
    08    09    11    12
               
             13
          14    15
    
    Deal: No dealing order is specified.
    
    Reading:
    Cards are grouped together in triples as indicated above.  The
    middle card of each group, called the prime card, is the most
    significant and should be read first.  The other two cards are
    story cards and should elaborate further upon the prime card.  Each
    triple deals with a different subject as follows:
    
    01 - 03: Home and Family Life
    04 - 06: Job and Purpose in Life
    07 - 09: Finances and Physical Security
    10 - 12: Health
    13 - 15: Relationships and Emotions.
    
    The layout should be done three times, once each for past, present,
    and future.  Shuffle and redeal for each time period.
    
    Comments/Variations:  Aldridge reccomends that in the past spread,
    the first number card should indicate how many years distant the
    reading will go.  The future spread should be interpreted as being
    two years forward in time.  The reader can change this to their
    personal preference.
    
    1.44) Solar Spread (#49, C5, LA) (Doane)
    Layout:  Seven rows of seven
    49 48 47 46 45 44 43 -- Saturn
    42 41 40 39 38 37 36 -- Jupiter
    35 34 33 32 31 30 29 -- Mars
    28 27 26 25 24 23 22 -- Sun
    21 20 19 18 17 16 15 -- Venus
    14 13 12 11 10 09 08 -- Mercury
    07 06 05 04 03 02 01 -- Moon
    
    Deal:  Right to Left, Bottom up.
    
    Reading:
    In each row, the middle card (4, 11, 18, 25, etc) represents
    present conditions or influences.  The three cards to the right
    represent the past; the three to the left, the future.  Each row
    will relate to either a certain aspect of life or certain people
    (or perhaps both)
    
    1.45) Life Spread (#50, C9) (Doane)
    Layout:
    
    15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22
    14            37            23
    13         36    38         24
    12          /----\          25
    11     35  |  50  |  39     26
    10  34      \-41-/      40  27
    09  33  32    31    30  29  28
    08  07  06  05  04  03  02  01
    
    The book which I am getting this out of shows one diagram for the
    layout but then shows an actual layout with cards in a different
    order.  I will attempt to describe both.
    
    Diagram:  Cards 34 - 40 form a pyramid starting at the at the
    places shown by cards 34 and 40 and peak at card 37.  Cards 41-49
    are placed in a circle surrounding card 50.  Card 41 is in the
    correct position; others follow clockwise.
    
    Layout: Cards 34, 43, 42, 41, 49, 48, and 40 are all placed in a
    row.  Card 41 is the lowest and the cards to the side are raised
    very slightly, each card going up the further out you proceed
    forming a very broad V shape.  Cards 35, 44, 50, 47, and 39 follow
    a similar pattern but are not packed in as closely together and
    raise up making a steeper V.  Cards 45 and 46 lie above cards 44,
    50, and 47 and about halfway up cards 35 and 39; they are centered
    in their row.  Cards 36 and 38 lie to the sides of cards 35 and 39
    but are one row up.  Essentially it looks more like a series of
    cascading arches more than it does a pyramid and a circle. 
    Experiment with both of these for awhile and try to find something
    that works.  It would be difficult to show this with only text
    graphics.
    
    Suggested Deal: Numerically as shown
    
    Reading:
    As the name suggests, this should be used for a general life
    reading; a specific question is not required or suggested but may
    be used to focus on one area of the querent's life.
    
    Cards 1 - 28, the material square:  These cards represent
    activities on the physical plane.  These cards reflect only
    physical events and conditions; spiritual interpretations should
    rarely be considered.  Interpretations should be directed toward
    the physical body, possessions, people, and the like.
    
    Cards 29 - 40, the mental trine:  These cards represent events in
    the mental plane.  Consider those interpretations dealing with
    intellectual pursuits and attainment of knowledge.
    
    Cards 41 - 49, the spiritual circle:  These cards represent
    activities on a spiritual level.  Consider interpretations that
    relate to spiritual changes and goals.
    
    Card 50, dominant life factor:  This card represents the most
    important event that occurs and affects all three planes.  This
    card will show the most dominant influence shaping the life of the
    querent.
    
    1.46) Three Fans (#54/78, C9) (Peach)
    Layout:
                         15 14  13 12
                    17 16            11 10
               19 18                       09 08
             20                                 07
           21          11 10 09 08 07             06
         22          12              06             05
       23          13                  05             04
      24         14       07 06 05       04            03
     25         15      08        04      03            02
    26         16     09            03     02            01
              17     10              02     01              A
                    11                01       B
                                         C
    
    This should look more like 3 fans than it does the above layout.
    Also, cards should all point outward from a central point.
    
    Deal:  Shuffle the deck and deal into three piles.  Take the middle
    pile and set it aside as Pile A.  Take the remaining two piles and
    shuffle them.  Again, deal into three piles.  You should have one
    extra card, set it aside.  Take out the middle pile and set it
    aside as Pile B.  Take the remaining two piles and extra card,
    shuffle and deal into three piles again.  You should have two extra
    cards, set them aside.  Pull out the middle pile as Pile C.  Take
    the extra cards and extra piles and set them aside as Pile D.  Deal
    Piles A, B, and C into the three arches shown above.
    
    Reading:
    Pile A - Querent psychological condition in present & near future.
    Pile B - Querent's work or occupation and his/her thoughts of it.
    Pile C - Q's material condition regarding home, health, & finance.
    
    If the Querent's significator card is not in the above three fans,
    take Pile D and deal it out in a similar fan as the other three. 
    This fan may answer a specific question not answered by the fans.
    
    Comment: Peach recommends this as a six month reading to use when
    the querent has no specific question to ask.
    
    1.47) Ladder Spread (#78, C9) (Peach)
    Layout:
                          77
                        75  76
                      74  73  72
                    68  69  70  71
                  67  66  65  64  63
                57  58  59  60  61  62
              56  55  54  53  52  51  50 *
            42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49
          41  40  39  38  37  36  35  34  33
        23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32
      22  21  20  19  18  17  16  15  14  13  12
     Q  01  02  03  04  05  06  07  08  09  10  11 
    
    * - see variation below
    
    Deal:  Choosing a Querent card; note which direction s/he faces. 
    If the card faces to the right, place it in the lower left corner
    and deal as shown.  If the card faces left, place it in the lower
    right corner and deal each row in the opposite direction shown.
    
    Reading: Five timing cards should appear somewhere in the spread. 
    These will be the only method by which the reader can judge past,
    present, and future.  Clear your mind and try not focus on a 'story
    line', the main idea with this 

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