Single Card “Spread”

I don’t usually see single card draws as a spread, but here’s a neat way to rethink the single card draw and put a twist in your reading using just one card. I’m always a fan of single card draws and if your in a funk with your tarot practice, try this out! It may be just the thing you need to get back your card slinging mojo! I do this method often when I pull a card for my day but you can use it in any question or situation.

First, grab a deck! It must be a standard format tarot deck, no oracle decks for this. The deck must have the standard Major Arcana, Courts, and Minor Arcana.

As you shuffle the deck, focus your intention with the question “What is the energy, attitude to adopt, or action to take today?” – then pull a card!

If you pulled a…

Major Arcanathis is the energy or theme of the day
Court Cardthis is the attitude you need to adopt today
Minor Arcanathis is the action you need to take today (also with Ace’s, taking the action of allowing yourself to be open to gifts and potential, etc)

Deck Used: Spirit Speak

The other morning I pulled the 3 of Swords, so this told me it was an action needed today:

“Remove those swords, slap a bandaid on your wounds and look to a brighter day. I know this seems way easier said than can be done, but try your best to not let any mental anguish affect your day. Keeping your head in a rain clouded space will only have you focusing on the negative things that may show up in your day, it makes it difficult to see any good happening. It’s the first day of the week, don’t allow these feelings to dictate how your week will go.”

Let me know below if you try this method and how it worked for you!

Daily or Weekly Temp Check Spread

Thought I would share this little spread that came to mind on Monday after posting the weekly reading. I’m a fan of getting right to the issue when it comes to tarot readings and cutting out all the clutter. While it’s nice to have extra details and little notes from other cards, I like to focus on the matters at hand that are right in my face. If I feel I need a little extra, I’ll pull a card or two but it’s rare.

This spread uses just 3 cards and you can add in an extra oracle or tarot card for a message to go along with this reading or a shadow aspect. When I do pull an extra card, I will often pull the bottom card in the deck. This either validates the reading for me or helps to tie it all together.

Grab some coffee (or a beer, why not?), your deck, and let’s get shuffling! If you are using this for a weekly reading, the best time to do this reading is on Sunday or early Monday morning. If it’s a forecast for the day, I like to pull cards that morning before starting my day but you can pull them the night before if that floats your boat!

Card 1 This is you right now! The energy you are giving off, what you are currently doing, or what is going on in your world right now.

Card 2 This is the energy and the people around you. It could be the actions of others and what they are doing, it could also be what is greeting you this week.

Card 3 Take this card as your ticket to make it through the day/week. This is how to handle the situations that come up and what energy to send out in order to survive the day/week!

Spread in Motion

I’m using one of my favorite decks, the Spirit Speak tarot! My love of this deck never dims and I don’t think it ever will. I decided to do this sample reading for myself, why not?! Ok, let’s check out the cards!

(Deck used: Spirit Speak Tarot)

Card 1 (4 of Coins) – I had to laugh a little when this gem showed up as “me”… I have been racking my brain all morning with how to earn some extra funds so I can do a little retail therapy on Amazon. I woke up feeling a bit selfish and I gave myself permission to feel this today, I do a lot for others. Right before shuffling, I made some extra money online and said out loud “this is my spending money today!”… being an adult… with a kid… and spouse, brings on responsibilities (ahem, bills) so it’s rare that I splurge on myself, lol! I was determined that this was mine to use lol! So this card is very spot on today for me, I’m being greedy and have no shame.

Card 2 (The Empress) – “Nurturing” was my first response to this card and I feel it today! Despite the horrible crap going on in the news, I have felt the love today being shared around both online and around me while running errands this morning. Sometimes the Empress can come off as a little smothering though, much like an over protected parent. This card can also act as a heads up as to not get too defensive over the actions of others, they may mean well but may also not be aware of what they are doing.

Card 3 (Ace of Swords) – Since today has been going very well for me (knock on wood), I will for sure raise my sword up high in victory and seize the day! I would see the Ace of Swords urging me to be clear with my thoughts and words today. I mentioned the Empress being a bit smothering at times and this card may come in handy when speaking up a bit. Also, I ended up spending my extra cash and ordered a book on learning astrology! Lately, I have been wanting to dive further into learning and it has been on my mind… quick like a sword being swung, I hit the “buy” button on Amazon, lol!

I would love to hear how this spread worked for you, so be sure to leave a note in the comments below!

“What’s the Focus Right Now” Spread

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I’m a fan of simple things, if you can’t tell in my own spreads that I create! I used this spread recently in the new “Weekly Focus” reading earlier this week. You can use this spread in just about any situation, not just a weekly reading. Use it for your daily pulls or in needed advice from the cards. Just base your question to suit what you are after, here are some examples:

– What do I need to focus on today? or What do I need to focus on this week?
– What do I need to know about my current job/relationship/etc?
– How can I improve my intuition with tarot reading?

– Why am I having trouble in my studies?

Like all my 2-3 card simple spreads, I do not claim to be the first to create them because of their simplicity. The questions can be endless! This spread is about finding the main focus in the matter and then presents two other aspects that reflect it. I often like to use an oracle card for the first card and tarot for the rest, or you can use all tarot or just oracle. Totally up to you, it’s your reading so customize it to suit your own needs. Here is a a quick run down of the cards and what they mean:

Card 1 – Main Focus

This is the heart of the matter and the main focus of your situation or question.

Cards 2 and 3 – Aspects

These are two aspects reflecting the center card, I also call this “opening up the card”. These will help open up the main card and present options, advice, and/or ideas linking to the heart of the matter. Imagine that the first card is the book and the other two cards are the words written in it.


Putting the spread into action! I’m using the Vessel Oracle and the Spirit Speak Tarot for this sample reading. One of my favorite resources EVER is the “scenario generator” over at the Farmhouse Oracle. I find this great for creating situations to read on when practicing, trying a new spread, or learning tarot before reading for others. I highly recommend it!

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Sample Question:

Should I get a new roof or redo the kitchen?

I used two tarot decks for this one (Circo Tarot and Spirit Speak) – you can use an oracle and tarot or just one tarot deck too! The cards pulled were The Magician (card 1), King of Wands (card 2), and Ace of Cups (card 3).

Card 1 – Main Focus // the Magician

Right off the bat, this card feels very kitchen to me! We have a magician standing behind a table of tools that reminds me a lot of being at the kitchen counter with cooking utensils and prepping a meal. The pentacle looks like a dish, then we have the cup and a knife… this magician is skipping the magic tonight and cooking up dinner!

Card 2 – Aspect // King of Wands

I was drawn immediately to the contract in the hand. Even though this is a court card and can represent the querent, someone in their life, or even a personality trait… I’m reading this card as the contractor coming in to inspect what is the focus with plans in hand. Whether the querent is leaning towards the kitchen redo or a new roof, plans are going forward.

Card 3 – Aspect // Ace of Cups

What brings the querent the most joy and happiness? When I think of our house and where love is shared the most, I think of the kitchen. This is a place where gatherings take place, people cook together and socialize. When we have family events, there is always family hanging out in the kitchen sharing stories and laughing together.

All together, I can clearly see that the kitchen redo will bring the querent the most joy and seems to be the most practical to focus on right now. Mix it with the Magician at his kitchen counter, the contractor with the kitchen plans in hand, and the overflowing cup of joy.

What do you think? Do think the reading is leaning towards the roof instead? Leave your comment below!

The 2-Card “Bad Mood” Spread

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I’m sure we all have those days where nothing seems to go right and your stuck in a frustrating mess that you just can’t snap out of. Yesterday, that was me! I was having a really bad day and it wasn’t directed towards anything in general – just a blah day. I decided to sit out on the patio to get some fresh air (it was gloomy and sprinkling, my kind of weather!) with a tarot deck and ended up pulling a few cards that inspired this simple 2-card spread. I’m a fan of quick spreads, ones that get straight to the point – this may or may not be a new spread at all due to its simplicity!

1 – What is causing my bad mood?

Let’s get to the heart of the matter, dig up what is really causing your funk today! This card will help you see the bigger picture and bring more focus to what may be bothering you today.

2 – How can I shift out of this mood?

Treat this card as an action to take or how you can shift your perspective.

If you ever want more detail on a card, here is a method I use to dig a little deeper! Place the card in question back into your deck and reshuffle… then find that card again and pull out the card in front and behind it in the deck. Those two cards are your extra details!


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Spread in action! I used the Circo Tarot for this mini reading and it was just the slap I needed to snap myself out of the funk I was in… I should have turned to my cards earlier!

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I really didn’t feel money was the reason for my mood, even though we’re a couple days away from pay day and having some spending money would be a nice mood booster – it just felt deeper than that. My attention was drawn to the negative space where the footsteps were, it’s like they are purposely avoiding the coins buried in the snow. It hit me! All day I have been adding to my bad mood by staying so fixated in feeding this frustration by focusing solely on the negative aspects of my day that I wasn’t willing to see anything positive. There were highlights in my day that could have turned this mood around if only I had only taken the time to open my eyes and realize them. Not to mention there were many people that could have cheered me up if I reached out to them!

The Chariot

The action was clear! In order for me to move out of this blah headspace I need to actually steer myself in a new direction and take charge on how I want to feel. I’m the driver and if I’m going down Sad Avenue it’s because I’m directing myself there. Just like driving an actual car, if you reach a dead end you turn around and try another route. Just like that, I took the advice of the Chariot and changed my perspective and direction by switching my focus to the positive notes in my day. I decided to take back the power of how I feel!


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The WTF?! Spread

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Decks Shown: Golden Thread Tarot + Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot

I thought I would share a spread that I use often, it’s part free-form and part spread… meaning, the cards have positions, but kind of not really. I like to use two decks, or sometimes three! This adds some depth to the reading, sometimes you may get a double card and that draws my attention quick! If you want to use a different deck for each card… go for it! You can even swap out any card for an oracle card instead as well, or do the whole reading with an oracle deck. Have fun with it, nothing is set in stone.

The reading above was for a fake reading I did for my cat, Fish. He has been troubled by the bullying our Golden Retriever is doing to him… ya, lol! I would say that first card is pretty spot on with how he is feeling!

Double cards: If you use multiple decks in a spread and see the same card pop up twice (example: you get two Ace of Coins), I see this as a huge focal point. Something is obviously going on here and the cards want you to pay close attention! I read these cards as top priority and see them magnified in a reading.

✖︎ The first card is your situation, question, or can even be intentionally pulled to represent the querent or the theme of the situation – example: use a court card to represent the querent/you, or use The Lovers card to represent a relationship, etc.

✖︎ The middle cards are seen as the pages in a novel. You have the first card as the “book cover”, then the middle three cards are the story or info relating to the situation. This could be themes playing out, factors involved, or even can be read as a sentence. I like to read these as details and reasons involved for the current situation. Example: perhaps things are moving very rapidly (8 of wands) – you currently are handling several things at once (2 of coins) – you are determined to keep going (9 of wands).

✖︎ You end the reading with two cards. One represents advice or a focal point, the second card is more of what to avoid and watch out for. You can even swap these out for “what to focus on – how to do that”.

➡︎ Here is an awesome post I found on using multiple decks in a spread!

If you try this spread out, please tag me on IG or Twitter (@tarotseed)! I would love to see how it worked for you and what decks you chose!