This is a basic yet multi-layered reading that can help you identify some problem areas in your life and gives advice about what energy may be best expressed.
First, sort through your deck and divide it into three piles;
– Court Cards
– Numbered Cards
– Major Arcana
Shuffle each deck with your question or problem in mind. Draw one card from each deck, respectively.
Card 1 – Court Card – You, the current role you are playing in this situation
Card 2 – Numbered Card – Your situation
Card 3 – Major Arcana – The archetypical energies that are being expressed… the root of your actions and situation, the advice card
If you wanted to, rather than randomly drawing the first card (the Court Card) you could choose one as a significator. Conciously choosing a card to represent yourself or the role you play may help you focus the reading in that direction. Not sure what card represents you in this current situation? Try Court Card Excersize 1 (previous post) and choose a card from the list you create.
Here is a format for anlyzing and interpreting the cards in your reading, from the book “Tarot For Yourself” by Mary K. Greer. Write the following sentence and fill in the blanks with the card meanings.
“I am acting like a ________________[Court Card], a ___________________________ __________________[describe the type of person you see in that card] in a _________________[Minor Arcana] situation in which ________________ ___________________________ __________________ [describe your situation using action verbs] because of ___________________ [Major Arcana], which describes my need to _____________________ __________________________[describe the archetypical energies in you that need to be expressed].”
EXAMPLE- I used The Queen of Pentacles and drew the 3 of Pentacles and The World.
“I am acting like the Queen of Pentacles, a nurturing and down-to-earth teacher who is rescourceful in a 3 of Pentacles situation in which I am working on my goals and seeing progress because of The World, which describes my need to gain and share wisdom for the greater good.”
Taking it further; How can I best deal with this situation?
“I can use the attributes of _________________ [Major Arcana] to _________________ ________________________ [describe the best qualities you see in this card] in order to deal with ________________ [Minor Arcana] , which expresses my desire for (to) _____ ________________ _________________ [ describe the situation you have drawn to yourself] experienced by my Inner ________________ [Court Card], the one who ___________ _____________________ ____________________ [describe that aspect of yourself that chose to experience the situation].
“I can use the attributes of The World to gain wisdom and understanding that lead to completion of my goals in order to deal with the 3 of Cups, which expresses my desire to cooperate with others as progress is made as experienced by my Inner Queen of Pentacles – the one who chooses to be nurturing & generous with her resources.”
As you can see, I used one of my own cards from the Court Card Roles excersize to give the examples posted above. The Queen of Pentacles is the card I chose to represent my role as teacher, since I am in this moment acting as a teacher by passing on this knowledge to others. I laughed as the other cards came up – the 3 of Pentacles which can represent working on goals or getting a job done because of your knowledge or skills. I have been feeling bad latley about not writing much on my blog, and it felt really good to be sharing and writing again. Then The World card popped up – oh, hello Saturn/Capricorn energy! I’m a Capricorn and really feel best when I’m getting a task completed – especially one that reflects my soul’s desire to share with and lead others. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn – the planet of Structure and Wisdom – and Saturn is related to the Tarot card The World. So it felt really good to me to have that card pop up as I worked this excersize as a confirmation that I’m doing the work I’m supposed to be doing. I really hope that this reading can help you on your own journey of self discovery. Feedback and thoughts appreciated – leave a comment with your results if you try this reading for yourself!