So what do you want to know?

 In my paranormal romance The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups (coming from the fine folk at Lyrical Press on 12/03/2012) reading the Tarot plays a big part in the story. At one point, our hero Ian turns to the cards to answer some nagging questions and creates a spread that I like to call “The Lover’s Triangle.”

You’ll have to read the book to find out just how that spread works but in the meantime, here’s a little help creating your own.

Creating Your Own Tarot Spreads

There are numerous books with literally hundreds of Tarot spreads on the market. There really isn’t a trick to creating your own; it’s just a matter of determining exactly what your question is, and exactly what you wish to gain from your reading.

The process goes like this – write down as much information about the current situation as possible then write out your questions. After review, put your questions in (as much as possible) a sequential order so that you are able to more easily follow the flow of events.

Here’s an example: Mary and John have been dating for just over a year.  In the last weeks, he seems to have become more distant. Mary is concerned; she really likes John and doesn’t want the relationship to end. She has attempted to talk with him about this on several occasions and he replies that everything is fine.

NOT.  Mary needs to design her own spread to find out what’s really going on.

First – she needs to establish her question:

Why is John being so distant?” (whining optional)

That is, at best, a vague question, and will garner a vague answer. Let’s turn it around a bit, and put the focus more on Mary:

Is there something I am doing that is causing John’s distance?”

A little better, but still not quite what we’re looking for…

“What can I do to bring closeness back into my relationship with John?”


Mary takes out her handy dandy notebook and writes down what she wants to know:
1. The Situation/Significator
2. How does John view Mary in this relationship?
3. How would John like to view Mary in this relationship?
4. What Mary can do to improve the relationship
5. The Outcome

1st Position – Situation
Here you can use a Significator card to represent the current dynamics. A suggestion would be the 3 of Swords (heartache) or the 4 of Cups (ennui), depending on how time  sensitive Mary feels the situation is.

2nd Position – How John views Mary in this relationship:
The card pulled is the 9 of Pentacles reversed. The regal lady in this card is generally shown as self-sufficient and independent. Reversed, she is clingy, dependent and unable to make any decisions with outside help. This offers a major clue – John feels Mary is leaning too heavily on him.

3rd Position – How John would like to view Mary in this relationship:
The card pulled is the Queen of Wands. This Queen is strong willed and
independent, fiery and outspoken. Perhaps John is feeling the burden of having to make all the decisions all the time.

4th Position – What Mary can do to improve this relationship:
The card pulled is the Ace of Wands. Initiative and action are what this card is all about, and the message is clear – John wants Mary to step up and make some decisions of her own. This could be as simple as replacing “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” with “I heard about a great new restaurant, let’s try it out!”

5th Position – Final Outcome
The card pulled is the Two of Cups. A good card in this position, this indicates that if Mary becomes a little more assertive, this relationship can be saved. However, if Mary chooses not to become more assertive, the chasm between them could possibly widen.

Remember, when phrasing your question, state exactly what you want to know.
A vague question will bring an even vaguer answer. Remember to phrase the
question so that you and your behavior are the focus. Even under the best of circumstances, yours is the only one you have absolute control over, and it is possible that by changing yours, you can have the outcome you are hoping for. 

Here’s to Love and Happy Endings,

Shannon  xox


~ by Shannon MacLeod on March 8, 2012.

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