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7-Card Spread

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Seven-Card Tarot Spread: 


The seven-card Tarot spread can be done in two ways. First, the cards can be arranged vertically, horizontally, or stacked on top of each other. Second, they can be laid out in the shape of a horseshoe, with the top or bottom of the horseshoe pointing upward or downward. In both methods, the card in position number 4 always occupies the center of the spread, making it the central card and representing the person seeking the reading or the central theme of the situation.

In reality, whether the cards are placed side by side, stacked, or in a horseshoe shape, there won't be much difference. The only distinction is whether the cards surrounding card number 4 are pulled upward or downward when using the horseshoe arrangement. Essentially, the spread is the same, but the placement of these cards being shifted up or down is the only variation.

For those who are unsure which direction of the horseshoe to use (pointing north or south), it depends on their situation. If they perceive themselves in a higher position (such as a boss, parent, or authority figure), they should place card number 4 at the top, using the horseshoe pointing south. If the question is related to interactions with individuals in higher positions (like bosses, elders, or influential figures) or career advancement, then card number 4 should be anchored at the bottom.

This spread, as the most detailed among the spreads we've covered so far, is suitable for more complex matters and provides a deeper insight. As mentioned earlier, there are no strict rules on which house serves what purpose, but on this page, I will provide information on which areas the horseshoe spread houses are commonly used.

The selection of houses for cards, whether laid out horizontally, vertically, or in a horseshoe, is determined before card selection. When using the horseshoe spread, there are two methods available: the upward-pointing horseshoe and the downward-pointing horseshoe. The choice depends on the question being asked. In this spread, card number 4, positioned in the center, serves as the focal point.

The uses of the houses in this spread are as follows:

Card 1 - Past or causes:

This card represents the reasons behind the current situation, why the situation has unfolded as it has, and any mistakes made. Its purpose is to help recognize past mistakes and avoid repeating them. As we all know, the past is unchangeable. The reader's goal is to understand why the person is in their current situation by examining this card.

Card 2 - Current situation:

This card reveals what is happening right now, the current issues at hand, ongoing problems, or the effects of the past on the present. The reader's aim is to identify the mistakes the person is currently making and offer guidance. The events in this house can still be influenced and changed through actions.

Card 3 - Hidden factors:

Everything outside of the person's awareness, those who talk behind their back, those involved in secret activities, and facts unknown to the person are hidden in this card. The reader should be cautious when interpreting this card and disclose any hidden details that could potentially harm the person. Even if the card is very positive, it should be slightly tempered because this house mainly sheds light on negative situations.

Card 4 - Central card:

As the card placed in the fourth position, the central card, as the name suggests, is at the heart of the reading. It represents the center of everything, and many Tarot readers choose it with the intention of representing the person themselves. However, if desired, it can also symbolize the person or the most central aspect of their life. If this card represents a person, it also reflects their perspective on the situation.

Card 5 - External influences or effects from different people:

This house provides information about the influences and perspectives of different people on the situation. Sometimes, it may indicate support or harm coming from external sources or individuals. A card placed in this house can also suggest external attacks and potential intrigues. If the card in this house is directly facing the central card, it may imply that someone has sinister plans or that an encounter with this person is likely in the future.

Card 6 - Advice:

This card offers insights into what needs to be done and the best course of action regarding the current situation. The goal is to guide the person on the most appropriate actions to take. Sometimes, this house provides solutions or a way out of a negative situation.

Card 7 - Possible future outcome:

This card reveals where the current situation is likely to lead, potential obstacles or surprises that may arise. Of course, the future depends on the person's decisions and is yet to be determined. If circumstances or choices change, the future can also change. Therefore, my advice is not to place too much emphasis on this card or to make it clear to the person receiving the reading that the information in this house is subject to change based on their actions or decisions.

Pentagram Spread


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