Most expert tarot readers are well versed in other areas of divination. Many have a strong understanding of horoscopes, the zodiac and can read tarot cards using a horoscope layout of the cards. The reason an expert Tarot reader can connect with astrological principals and meanings is because Astrology has the same earth elements that are represented in most traditional Tarot cards. Tarot and Astrology use four elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth.
For example, Gemini represents an air sign, Taurus and earth, Aries fire, Pisces water and so forth. In a Tarot spread air, fire, water and earth elements are represented by Cups = Water, Swords = Air, Pentacles = earth and Wands = Fire. These symbols represent various ways of expressing energy. Through your energy, the reader is able to pick up spiritual clues to what is happening in your life. The cards representing water reflect feelings, emotion, love. Fire symbolizes imagination, creativity, work issues. Air is connected to with intellect, the capacity to think to make choices. Earth cards are associated with bodily needs, money, housing, jobs, etc. Each force of nature is represented in both the horoscope and tarot.
Reading tarot cards and laying them out in a Zodiac spread can be quite useful when looking at all areas of your life. The practitioner or reader uses 12 cards, each representing the 12 houses in the zodiac. Positioning and layout of a tarot spread is extremely important to the whole reading because the position of where a card falls also has meaning and can bring more insights into your particular question or problem.
Every expert has his or her own method of reading cards with Horoscope spreads, most horoscope spreads are made up of 12 cards.
Most experts are familiar with three basic methods. The first is a layout of 12 cards placed in a circle pattern, shaped as a representation of the Zodiac. (see diagram). All 78 cards in the deck are used when shuffling. Cards are usually placed face down until the practitioner is ready to do the reading. After the 12 cards are chosen, the reader begins to place them from her left and goes around counter clockwise. Each position of the card represents a House in the Zodiac and the cards are read according to the astrological “house” position of the card.
The second method is to use only the suit cards. The suit cards are the strongest representation of earth, air, fire and water. Twelve cards are also used and placed in a circle and read with your sun sign in mind and where your “house” positions are at this particular time in your life.
The third method is to use the Major Arcana -( the 22 trump cards in the tarot deck) These cards represent the “human condition.” Each card represents the joy and sorrow we all experience as human beings. These cards are particularly good to use if you want a specific question answered. A good reader will choose a card from the Major Arcana that represents your particular problem or part of your journey. This card is placed in the center of the zodiac circle of cards.
It’s always good to remember that Tarot, horoscopes and other divinatory tools are just that. Tools. Connecting to your reader and understanding his or her methods to helping you with the problem is the most important thing. The images and clues we get come from spirit come from our connection to you! So keeping an open mind, and asking questions while someone is doing your reading provides a good flow between you and your reader and opens a channel where all mysteries are revealed! Namaste~