This spread is Egyptian Tarot’s answer to the Celtic Cross Spread.  It is an all-around spread for addressing many aspects of a question and is also wonderful for what-surrounds-questions like “What surrounds my new job?”  “What surrounds my relationship?” or “What energies surround me right now?” You will notice that the spread is laid out in a pattern of inverted triangles, The Church of Light Emblem.

The First Position represents the Past, however, the writer has found that many times the Past is still ongoing! The Second Position represents the Present; and the Third Position represents the Future.  These three positions make up the right-side-up triangle.  Notice that the cards are laid out clockwise and read backwards.  This is because Egyptian Tarot is based on the Hebrew and Egyptian languages, which are read from right to left.

The Fourth Position asks what the Querent can do, and is an indication of just how much power the Querent has in the situation.  This card is most telling because it can provide clues to resolution and insight to the Querent’s nature and response to the situation.  As an example, if Arcanum VIII, The Balance, comes up in this position, it may mean that the Querent needs to use discernment, perhaps obtain legal advice, or warn against being too judgmental in the situation among other interpretations.  If a Court Card comes up, look at the characteristics of its corresponding zodiacal sign that may help or hinder the Querent.  If the Court Card represents a man, it could mean that the female Querent could obtain help from a man in her life.  Also explore the possibility of using the female Querent’s more masculine traits – or not using her more masculine traits.  If a Minor Arcana should appear in this position, be sure to look at the spiritual meaning of the card.  If a Ten should come up in this position, look to the element to aid the Querent., e.g. the Querent could be more fluid, ambitious, practical, or aware.

The Fifth Position describes the General Environment surrounding the question.  What energy surrounds the home, the workplace, or the environment of the question?

The Sixth Position indicates the nature of the Challenge or Obstacle in the situation.  Sometimes the card in this position is very positive, say, like The Adept or The Sun.  In that case, there may not be remarkable obstacles or challenges in the situation.  The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Positions make up the inverted triangle.

The Seventh Position, located in the center of the spread, indicates the Probable Outcome of the situation.  The word probable is emphasized because nothing is written in stone. The Querent, or someone else, can always make choices to change the outcome.  Often times, the reading itself provides the Querent with options and possibilities not considered before that can make a difference.

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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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