(This spread was created by Beth Owl’s Daughter and it’s included in the Gaian Tarot companion book. I love it because it empowers the person who seeks a reading to take charge and move in the direction of her dreams, instead of passively waiting to be told what her future might be. Thank you, Beth.)
Beth first separates the Major Arcana cards from the rest of the deck. From the Majors, she asks her client to look through them face up and choose two. One will represent how they feel about or would describe their current situation, and the other represents where they wish to be.
She says, “Because it can be hard to narrow down one’s favorites from all the beautiful possibilities, I’ve found that if they go through and first discard the ones that don’t fit at all, then make a subset of their ‘semi-finalists,’ it’s easier for them to finally settle on the ones they want. And they always amaze me with their wise, powerful choices! Even (sometimes especially) when they have no prior knowledge of the Tarot.”
Beth then shuffles the deck thoroughly, mixing the Majors back in with the rest of the deck. The client then chooses 4 cards, face down. These are placed between the two face-up Majors they chose.
Card 1: (Client’s face-up chosen Major): Where you are today.
Card 2: (First card, chosen face down) What challenges you.
Card 3: (Second face down card) What action you can take to meet this challenge.
Card 4: (Third face down card) The next step.
Card 5: (Fourth face down card) How does Mystery (God/dess) help you?
Card 6: (Client’s face-up chosen Major): Outcome / Where you want to be.
Dear Reader, please try this spread out and let me know how it goes for you.