One card reading are great for beginners and advanced Tarot readers alike.  Beginners can get to know their deck by doing a one card reading every day and seeing how the card “plays out.”  Daily questions might be: 

What will my day be like?

What message will I receive today?

What will today teach me?

How can I best face my challenge(s) today?

Mix these questions up daily according to how you feel, and make up questions for yourself as they occur to you.  It’s also helpful to keep a journal of your daily readings.  A quick way to do this is on a separate calendar with big squares.  Write down the card, whether it’s reversed or not, it’s key word, and how the card “played out” at the end of the day.  Remember that your “message” may come from a snippet of conversation, a billboard, or a song.  The feeling of the card may be expressed through a piece of artwork you see or the kind of day you had at work. 

A phenomenon becomes clear during this practice.  There will be times when the same card comes up repeatedly for a matter of days or even weeks.  Then, suddenly, a different card will surface regularly.  These cards, of course, reflect the types of energies that are cycling in and out of your life.

For those difficult passages in life, there is a wonderful question offered by Christiane Northrup, MD that is most useful to beginners and advanced readers:   “What is the highest teaching available to me through this situation?”  This writer likes to add the word today to the question.  This one card spread has served as a bridge over troubled waters on many occasions!

A one card spread also characterizes or defines a problem.  It puts the problem in picture form so that it may be “viewed” from a different perspective.  For example, you may ask “What is the nature of the problem I have with…?”

Some readers use one card spreads as yes or no spreads.  The card right-side-up means Yes with some insight, and the card reversed means No with some insight.

Other exercises for one card spreads are:

Sleep with a card under your pillow and see what dreams transpire

Meditate on a card.  Try to walk into it and interview the character(s) in the card.  You might ask them questions like:  What are your responsibilities?  Where are you going?   What do you hope to achieve?

Next week, we’ll look at how Three Card Spreads can be used.

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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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  1. The one card reading has helped me not only answer questions about what lesson is going to be taught to me today, but has helped me be very specific about issues or problems myself or my clients are facing. It is a wonderful discovery when one particular object in that one card jumps out to me and is of significance to the issue being discussed.

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