Ask Brigit: How to Choose the Best Tarot Spread for Your Reading

by Brigit on August 12, 2015 in Ask Brigit

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There are thousands of Tarot spreads to choose from – but how do you know which is the right Tarot spread to use in your reading?

Today’s Ask Brigit question is from Aasheesh who writes,

“There are a plethora of Tarot spreads available. How do I choose the right one?”

Watch this video to find out my answer.

I’ll give you my personal tips for how to choose the right Tarot spread for your Tarot readings.

After you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear about your own ideas on how you choose the right Tarot spread for your readings. Leave your comments below.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Brigit, Founder of Biddy Tarot – the place to be if you’re an aspiring Tarot reader and you want to transform your life and others’ through Tarot.

And this is a special Ask Brigit video post where I answer your questions about the Tarot.

Today’s question comes from Aasheesh, who is one of our long-time Biddy Tarot fans. So I am so glad to be helping out Aasheesh today.

Aasheesh asks:

“There are a plethora of Tarot spreads out there. How do I know which one to choose?”

This is a really great question, Aasheesh. And I think it is something that many Tarot readers struggle with because you are right – there are so many Tarot spreads.

Now the thing is that it is a little bit chicken-and-egg.

So let me explain: Do you choose a Tarot spread, and then apply a question and do the reading; or do you ask a question and then find the right spread, and then do the reading?

So, for example, you might have found an amazing Tarot spread that is all about spiritual development. You think, ‘I would love to try out this Tarot spread,’ – then it is kind of like you are doing more the reading for the spreads’ sake. A

And that is perfectly okay.

However, if you come into a Tarot reading and you have got a specific question in mind, rather than a specific spread that you want to use, then it pays to really be mindful about what spread you choose in order to answer that question.

So here are a couple of tips if you have got a specific question that you are trying to choose a spread.

Number 1 is you really need to get to the heart of the question.

What is really being asked when you are asking something of the Tarot?

For example, you can ask: When will I get back with my ex?

But really what we might be asking is: Is this the right relationship for me, or is it time to move on?

Once you start to unpack that question a little bit more, you will have a better understanding of which Tarot spread will answer that question.

So you might choose something a little bit more general like a Celtic Cross, or Past-Present-Future. And that is okay, but I would really encourage you to do is think about what spread is going to get to the heart of that question.

Will Past-Present-Future really answer the question of: Is this relationship meant to be?

So that is actually why I really like to work with custom spreads, or Do-It-Yourself spreads.

So rather than using a Tarot spread that has already been made up, and that may have been used for different types of questions, why not create your own Tarot spread by breaking down that big question, into small questions, and voila you have your very own Tarot spread that will get to the heart of that question.

And finally what’s really important is: Don’t overcomplicate things.

I know that we seem to have this tendency to want to make things more complicated than they need to be. So we might even use a 10 or 20 card spread, when we could have got the answer with just three cards.

So, as you are choosing your spread, or designing your own, just keep in mind that a great spread can still come out of just a few cards. And sometimes that can help us really focus on what we need to pay attention to.

So, there you have it, Aasheesh. That is my advice for choosing the right Tarot spread for your question: Think about doing your own custom spread. Make sure that your spread is aligned to what it is that you are actually asking. And remember to always keep it simple.

I hope that has been really helpful, and thank you so much for sending in your question, Aasheesh.

If you watched this video and you want even more Tarot goodness, make sure you head on over to the Biddy Tarot website where I have got loads and loads of Tarot goodies, right there waiting for you.

You will also find my free Tarot tutorial series: 5 Simple Steps to Read Tarot with Confidence, to get you kick started.

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Remember you CAN change your life and others’ through Tarot, so keep doing amazing things.

I will speak to you next time.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Aasheesh Kumar August 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Brigit for taking up my question. As always your wonderful inputs have enabled me to see the issue in a more clear light. Many times we do make that mistake of taking up a particular spread beforehand and then try to align the question.This often results in erroneous results. Your advice linking the right question to a customised spread is indeed the right approach. This clears up a lot of fog in the reading.Your advice-Asking the right question,customising the spread,and keeping it all simple is the ultimate mantra for all to follow.

Of course at a professional level the spread depends on the value of purchase but still the above principle holds good.

When i do a reading i listen to the problem patiently, and try to get the hidden issues which are the real cause of problem.It is then easy to pick a particular spread accordingly.Often the question needs to be reframed to get a better perspective.One has to be sensitive to the entire situation, else we may pick up a wrong spread.

Just one question…When we see lot of customised spreads in books by noted authors ,can we follow them ad verbatim..Or should we take the liberty of customising the spread ourselves.Would appreciate your advice.



Brigit August 15, 2015 at 2:20 am

I’m glad I could help, Aasheesh. I think it’s fine to use Tarot spreads that have been created by other Tarot readers and authors. Just make sure that it fits the question being asked and it gets to the heart of the question. Sometimes, we can also go the other way… we find an awesome Tarot spread and we shape a question around that spread. That’s perfectly OK too.


Xuey August 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Hi Brigit! I recently discovered your website and I found it very helpful. Thank you!

I’ve been practicing on drawing three cards every morning(me, my encounter during the day, conclusion) these couple of days. I had a lot of relatively negative cards appear in the encounter position(as I read the meaning of each card here) so I felt kind of anxious after that. There were “good” cards as well but very little. But in the end there weren’t anything bad happened. So what I’d like to ask is, is it something wrong with the card? Or the problem of interpretation?


Brigit August 22, 2015 at 7:38 am

Xuey, take a read of this blog post – I think it will help!


Emmy August 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I’m a novice, but I like to ask yes or no questions with one card answers and I find it works relatively well. More cards if needed to clarify.


Brigit August 22, 2015 at 7:33 am

Awesome! If it works, keep doing it!


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