You can use tarot cards without doing a full spread.
In fact, a tarot one card reading can provide plenty of insight into situations or specific questions. One card pulls are also perfect for daily inspiration or messages from spirit.
How do you read a tarot one card layout? And when should you use one?
In this guide, we’re sharing all that, plus 7 quick tarot one card spreads.
As opposed to a full reading, tarot one card spreads focus on one theme. Although a one card pull probably won’t give you the ins and outs of a situation, it will help you focus in on an aspect.
When is it best to use a tarot one card pull? You can pick a one card spread whenever it feels appropriate. That includes:
Reading a tarot one card spread is a lot different than reading a full spread.
With a full tarot layout, you interpret each card, their placement and each card’s relation to each other.
When you only pull one card, how can you get the most out of your reading? The answer is by going deeper into the card’s meaning. Consider these tips on how to read a tarot one card spread.
Choose the tarot one card spread ideal for your situation.
In this tarot one card spread, this card represents what today has to teach you. This could be something you can expect to happen today or it may be a lesson to ponder inside your mind. Think about the advice this card has to offer. If it presents a challenge, what solution does the card hint at? What stage of the hero’s journey might this card refer to and what can you learn from that step in the journey?
This is a great tarot one card spread to use if you have a single question. Ask the card a question. Try to be as specific as possible. The card you pull represents the answer. Look at the symbolism on the card to better understand possible internal and external influences.
If you want to know the energy around a situation but don’t want to dive in too deeply, this tarot one card layout is for you. Ask about a certain situation, like a new job offer, relationship, or challenge. The card pulled represents the current energy around that situation. The card may refer to internal or external influences or aspects you’re not considering. Mostly though, it summarizes the situation, helping you understand it better.
Life is difficult and although tarot can’t give you all the answers, it can inspire your solution. Before shuffling, ask the cards to give you guidance on specific challenge you’re experiencing. The card you pull represents the solution or something to consider that will draw you closer to a solution. Use this card to gain insight into the situation, both from other perspectives and from a birds-eye view.
Sometimes we know where we want to go, but we’re not sure how to get there. This tarot one card pull helps you understand your next step forward. Before shuffling, tell the cards about end goal and ask them to provide guidance on your next step. The message may reinforce the step you’re already pondering taking, or it may highlight a route you haven’t considered.
What message does your spirit guide or higher-self have for you? Before shuffling the cards, ask your spirit guides or higher self for a message. Investigate the card that’s drawn for its meaning and symbolism. How does it relate to your life and what may it be trying to tell you?
Life can be dull and depressing and if you’re going through that stage, this is a good tarot one card spread for you. Before shuffling, ask the cards to help guide you toward happiness. The card you pull may represent something tangible you can do for a glimmer of happiness (ex. doing crafts, having a hard conversation, going for a walk). It may also point to a belief that you can practice to amplify happiness.
Tarot one card spreads are great to use when you need quick insight into a situation. They’re also great for when you have a very specific question that doesn’t require a full layout. Others use tarot one card spreads to get a message from spirit or daily wisdom.
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