An Easy Way to Find Tarot Card Meanings in a Larger Tarot Reading

A Tarot card reading can reveal a lot of information — but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. When you are looking for Tarot card meanings in larger spreads, let the cards tell you the story. Here is one way that works best for spreads of six cards or more.

Follow the cards of each suit to find mini-stories inside the larger spread. For example, let’s say you have the following spread:

CARD 1: The Fool - CARD 2: 3 of Cups - CARD 3: 4 of Swords - CARD 4: 6 of Cups - CARD 5: 2 of Swords CARD 6: 8 of Cups - CARD 7: 2 of Wands - CARD 8: King of Pentacles - CARD 9: 7 of Swords - CARD 10: The Wheel of Fortune

CARD 1: The Fool - CARD 2: 3 of Cups - CARD 3: 4 of Swords - CARD 4: 6 of Cups - CARD 5: 2 of Swords
CARD 6: 8 of Cups - CARD 7: 2 of Wands - CARD 8: King of Pentacles - CARD 9: 7 of Swords - CARD 10: The Wheel of Fortune

Read each of the cards of the suit together to see what they tell you. This works best for suits where at least 3 cards show up. In this case, you can start with Cups - 3 of Cups, then 6 of Cups, then 8 of Cups. So the story can be that you’re having a good time with friends (3 of Cups), reminiscing about the past or spending time with people from your past (6 of Cups), but then you decide that you have to leave something behind and move on (8 of Cups).

Then you can try the same thing with another suit or the Major Arcana cards. This will give you several smaller snapshots that you can then put together into the overall Tarot reading to get the bigger picture.

This is especially helpful in a more complex Tarot reading because each Minor Arcana suit can describe a different type of experience - emotional, mental, financial etc. This way, you can address the potential development of many different areas of a person’s life. Of course every Tarot reading is different, and sometimes you need to combine several techniques for an accurate reading. But when you are looking for a quick and simple way to read larger spreads in Tarot, try this way and see what you get!