Longer Spreads and Example Reading

Five-Card Spreads

Medium-length spreads (five or six cards) tend to have a more specific focus, such as relationships, money, spirituality or difficult choices, and they provide more information about the issue. The cards can be laid out like this:

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A typical five-card spread will provide information about the perceived problem, past or future actions, and an outcome. For example, I might choose a five-card spread to examine whether to accept my partner’s proposal of marriage:



  • Card #1 = Struggle Feeler, reversed

    • ​Position Significance: perceived problem

    • Suit: Struggle = thinking and reason

    • Number: Feeler = inward-focused, inner knowing, feminine energy

    • Image: a figure standing at a crossroads, deciding which way to go; reversed = self-responsible choosing energy is blocked/intercepted by calculation

    • Reversed Keyword: Calculating

    • Reversed Card Meaning: Manipulative; controlling; vindictive; spiteful; allowing an emotional reaction to cloud our vision

  • Card #2 = 5 of Skills

    • ​Position Significance: hidden aspects

    • Suit: Skills = possessions and the material body

    • Number: 5 = with effort

    • Image: a figure with images of stormy weather in their head 

    • Keyword: Triggers

    • Card Meaning: Experiencing triggers; unresolved trauma; preoccupation with past events; neglecting our bodies; feeling excluded and insecure

  • Card #3 = Affinity Thinker

    • ​Position Significance: immediate future

    • Suit: Affinity = emotions and love

    • Number: Thinker = outward-focused, power in the world, masculine energy

    • Image: a seated figure with hands raised to symbols of creativity, love, reason and embodiment

    • Keyword: Self-Regulation

    • Card Meaning: Mastery over ourselves and our emotional states in relationships; social responsibility; balance between emotions and intellect

  • Card #4 = 6 of Vitality

    • ​Position Significance: action to be taken

    • Suit: Vitality = creativity and will

    • Number: 6 = balanced

    • Image = a figure with arms raised in celebration, while others applaud

    • Keyword: Approval

    • Card Meaning: Achieving success; being acknowledged; feeling worthy of notice; optimistic vitality

  • Card #5 = X Persona

    • ​Position Significance: outcome

    • Suit: Major Arcana

    • Number: Stage 2 = inhibiting our true self

    • Image: a figure holding a mask up to their face

    • Keyword: Persona

    • Card Meaning: Our ego, which becomes our identity (rather than our essence); assigning meaning to make sense of the world; presenting ourselves as strong and perfect; only knowing how to repeat past behaviors


So the story of this reading might be that my current mindset toward my partner, of cold calculation (card #1), might be related to my history with a past partner who caused me to fall into debt (card #2); my current partner is loyal and loving (card #3), and I can feel confident that my marriage with him will be a success (card #4). It’s really up to me, whether I can overcome my past experiences and find the courage to trust (card #5). In this example, the fact that I pulled a Major Arcana card as the outcome card is a further indication that this issue represents a very important life lesson to be learned.