Rhee’s sixth question for Tarot readers is:
What was the first spread you learned?
Good question. Celtic Cross, of course (this pic is from Joan Bunning’s Learning the Tarot–excellent course). Must be the most-used, most traditional spread in the Tarot reading world. I think the reason it’s had such longevity is that it deals with time (past, present, and future), potentials, underlying issues, the environment around the person, and what they think of themselves. Lots of opportunities to weave symbolism together into a coherent story of what’s going on with a querent. It’s also great for getting an overall view of an issue over more than a brief period of time. Making a three-card reading about an entire year, would be tough, I think, although it can be done. Having ten cards to work with just provides more scope.
For those not in the know yet, here are the meaning for the different positions, at least my variation on them. The basic ideas seem to remain the same, but folks take different angles on them, so your meanings may vary slightly:
1) The main issue for the querent
2) An influence that either reinforces the first card or diminishes it/blocks it in some way
These first two cards are often called a mini-cross, in that they tend to synthesize the theme of the spread.
3) Unconscious influences (or stuff from the past)
4) Things in the past that are moving away from the querent’s life or leaving the situation
5) Conscious influences and potential–what the querent wants
6) What’s coming up next in the near future to influence the situation
7) The querent’s sense of self (confident, afraid, social, withdrawn, etc.)
8) What other folks think about the querent’s situation
9) The querent’s hopes or fears about the situation
10) The ultimate outcome if these influences are not changed by the querent’s intent and actions
Like I said, covers a lot of territory. I wouldn’t use it for every question, but it forms a nice basis, particularly for general themes over a period of time.