STAR SPREAD of the TAROT
 
 
 
            There are very few Tarot spreads which use the entire deck in a 
     single unified pattern.   What follows is a description of such a 
     spread.   It is best suited for situations in which a great deal of 
     complexity is present, and  for 'general' readings.   The steps for 
     creating the spread are: 

           1: Thoroughly shuffle the deck until it 'feels' right.  While  I 
     personably do not allow another person to shuffle my cards,  if the 
     reading concerns another it is acceptable to allow that person to hold 
     the deck while concentrating upon the matter in question.   This is a 
     personal preference, but  I am convinced that  the relationship between 
     reader and  deck is a very personal one and  that contact with the deck 
     by another may 'confuse' the reading. 

           2: Dealing from the 'bottom' of the deck (i.e. withthe cards face 
     down and dealing from the topmost position), create thirteen  piles of 
     six cards each.  The first pile is in the center and the other twelve 
     are in a  circle around it.   Each pile  should be dealt  consecutively 
     (all six cards at once). Although it is not necessary to actually place 
     them so, at least understand that the first card dealt in a pile  (Card 
     0) is in the center of a circle of  five cards (Card 1 through Card 5). 
     This circle is, in actuality, a Star.  When laying them out in a  Star, 
     use the following spread for each pile: 

  
                                                    
  
  
  
  
                                    3                              
                                                     0 
  
  
  
  
                                          5                    2 
  

     Note that if you trace the numbers from 1 to 5 you will trace a 
     five-pointed star, always moving clockwise around the circle to reach 
     the next point. 
  
        3: Interpret the spread. 
  
        Interpretation of this spread is based upon the astrological 
     symbolism of the twelve houses.   The first pile of cards in the circle 
     of twelve piles is House 1, the second is House 2, etc.. 

          The individual piles delineate the specific factors at work in each 
     of the  twelve basic areas.   Card 1 represents the  matter in question 
     (the 'problem', question, etc.).  Card 2 represents the 'source' (cause 
     of  the problem,  inception of  a  project, etc.).   Card 3 represents 
     factors which bear  upon the matter, but which are external to it (and 
     probably out of the control of the querant).  Card 4 represents actions 
     taken with regard to the matter.   Card 5 represents the outcome of 
     those actions.    Card 4 is the most difficult to interpret, since 
     'action'  could here represent several different things.  First of all, 
     it might represent an action which has already been taken.  If so, then 
     Card 5 will represent the probable outcome, unless counter actions are 
     taken.   Secondly, it might represent  the action which the  querant is 
     asking about (i.e. 'Should I ...'. 
     Card 5, again,  represents the probable outcome.   Thirdly,  it might 
     represent the suggested course of action (answer to the question 'What 
     should I ...').  In this case, Card 5 is the suggested goal.  It is 
     quite possible that Card 5 will relate to a past outcome  (i.e. 
     everything has already transpired).  If this seems to be the case, then 
     it  is possible that all five cards must be interpreted as relating to 
     another person, instead of the querant.   Most of the time the sense of 
     Card 4 should be apparent from the context of the reading. 

        Card 0 always represents the 'heart' of the individual Star spread. 
     Usually, this relates to  the querant's own relationship to the matter 
     which  is germane to the house in question.   It can also, however, 
     represent the underlying  ('behind the scenes') factors which 
     precipitated the matter, not to be confused with the 'cause' of a 
     problem.   In this sense, it will usually represent motivations, rather 
     than actions.  In some cases Card 0 will represent a person,  other the 
     querant,  to  which the  Star actually  relates.   In  such a  case, an 
     attempt should be made, based upon the situation and the nature of the 
     card to identify that person,  since this implies that the matter is 
     either  out of  the hands of the querant or  the querant  is only an 
     'ambient'  factor (and will then be represented by Card 3 for that 
     particular Star. 

        In a similar manner, Pile 0 (the one at the center of the circle), 
     represents the 'heart' of the entire reading.  This will always pertain 
     to the reasons (motivations) of the querant, and interpretation of this 
     Star spread must be used to modify all of the others. 

        This is not the place to delve into the meanings of the twelve 
     houses  in detail.  There are many  good books in print which deal with 
     this.   I highly recommend the following,  which give excellent 
     interpretations of the twelve astrological houses (coinciding with the 
     twelve '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 
     study of any matter.  The human condition is far too complex to use a 
     simple  yes-no approach  to any  matter of  importance.   More so than 
     spreads which involve only a small number of the total factors which 
     could come into play, the full deck star spread allows detailed 
     analysis of all of the options and avenues which are available.   It 
     will also show how the outcome of an action might affect areas of the 
     querant's life which were not specifically part of the reason for 
     consulting the Tarot in the first place. 

        It might take a little longer to use, and might require a little 
     more effort on the part of the interpreter, but the extra work will be  
     repaid many-fold in the certainty that no stone was left unturned. 

 

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