Three-Card Spreads: Reading with a Significator
Here’s a technique for getting a quick answer to a question. It’s especially useful if you want to know whether the universe, or Dame Fortune, supports your plans.
Designate a significator for the question. Keep it in mind, but don’t pull it out of the deck. Shuffle the deck while focusing on your question. Look through the deck for the significator and take it out along with the cards on either side of it. Line the cards up and look at how well the flanking cards support the significator.
Example: The night before I flew to Dallas for a tarot convention I asked if my trip would go smoothly. With the Chariot as the significator, I shuffled the deck then found the Chariot flanked by the Three of Batons and the Queen of Batons. The Queen reassured me that I was in control of the situation and had my travel arrangements well-organized. The structure of Three of Batons mimics the Chariot to some extent, which was reassuring. This card has the general meaning of events moving forward swiftly and smoothly.
The Chariot was supported by its neighboring cards. My trip went very smoothly, with no delays or missed connections.
I believe the cards respond to one’s intention; so consistency prevents confusion. Always use the same significator for the same situation. I use the Chariot for travel, Wheel of Fortune for the lottery, Eight of Coins for large sums of money and real estate, Two of Cups for relationships, and Three of Coins for work and career.
Use this technique for clarifying the meaning of a card in a reading. Put the card back in the deck, shuffle, then locate the card. The cards on either side of it are its clarifiers.
Give this a try and tell me us how it works for you.
Deck used in the illustration: Pierre Madenie 1709 Tarot de Marseille, facsimile produced by Yves Reynaud.