There are very few Tarot spreads which use the entire deck in a
unified pattern. What follows is a description of such a
It is best suited for situations in which a great deal of
is present, and for 'general' readings. The steps for
the spread are:
1: Thoroughly shuffle the deck until it 'feels' right. While
do not allow another person to shuffle my cards, if the
concerns another it is acceptable to allow that person to hold
while concentrating upon the matter in question. This is a
preference, but I am convinced that the relationship between
and deck is a very personal one and that contact with the deck
may 'confuse' the reading.
2: Dealing from the 'bottom' of the deck (i.e. withthe cards face
dealing from the topmost position), create thirteen piles of
each. The first pile is in the center and the other twelve
a circle around it. Each pile should be dealt
cards at once). Although it is not necessary to actually place
at least understand that the first card dealt in a pile (Card
in the center of a circle of five cards (Card 1 through Card 5).
is, in actuality, a Star. When laying them out in a Star,
following spread for each pile:
if you trace the numbers from 1 to 5 you will trace a
star, always moving clockwise around the circle to reach
3: Interpret the spread.
Interpretation of this spread is based upon the astrological
of the twelve houses. The first pile of cards in the circle
piles is House 1, the second is House 2, etc..
The individual piles delineate the specific factors at work in each
twelve basic areas. Card 1 represents the matter in question
question, etc.). Card 2 represents the 'source' (cause
the problem, inception of a project, etc.).
Card 3 represents
which bear upon the matter, but which are external to it (and
out of the control of the querant). Card 4 represents actions
with regard to the matter. Card 5 represents the outcome of
actions. Card 4 is the most difficult to interpret, since
could here represent several different things. First of all,
represent an action which has already been taken. If so, then
will represent the probable outcome, unless counter actions are
Secondly, it might represent the action which the querant is
about (i.e. 'Should I ...'.
again, represents the probable outcome. Thirdly,
the suggested course of action (answer to the question 'What
I ...'). In this case, Card 5 is the suggested goal. It is
possible that Card 5 will relate to a past outcome (i.e.
has already transpired). If this seems to be the case, then
is possible that all five cards must be interpreted as relating to
person, instead of the querant. Most of the time the sense
should be apparent from the context of the reading.
Card 0 always represents the 'heart' of the individual Star spread.
this relates to the querant's own relationship to the matter
is germane to the house in question. It can also, however,
the underlying ('behind the scenes') factors which
the matter, not to be confused with the 'cause' of a
In this sense, it will usually represent motivations, rather
In some cases Card 0 will represent a person, other the
to which the Star actually relates. In
such a case, an
should be made, based upon the situation and the nature of the
identify that person, since this implies that the matter is
out of the hands of the querant or the querant is only
factor (and will then be represented by Card 3 for that
In a similar manner, Pile 0 (the one at the center of the circle),
the 'heart' of the entire reading. This will always pertain
reasons (motivations) of the querant, and interpretation of this
must be used to modify all of the others.
This is not the place to delve into the meanings of the twelve
in detail. There are many good books in print which deal with
I highly recommend the following, which give excellent
of the twelve astrological houses (coinciding with the
'Stars' of this Tarot spread):
The Astrological Houses: The Spectrum of Individual Experience
by Dane Rudhyar
The Astrology of Personality
by Dane Rudhyar
A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer
by Michael R. Meyer
The full deck star spread lends itself admirably to an in-depth
of any matter. The human condition is far too complex to use a
yes-no approach to any matter of importance.
More so than
which involve only a small number of the total factors which
come into play, the full deck star spread allows detailed
of all of the options and avenues which are available. It
show how the outcome of an action might affect areas of the
life which were not specifically part of the reason for
the Tarot in the first place.
It might take a little longer to use, and might require a little
on the part of the interpreter, but the extra work will be
many-fold in the certainty that no stone was left unturned.