Business Tarot Spread

Finding a career and making money are always important issues in life. Constructing a spread applicable to business is not easy, but what this spread facilitates is the importance of making the various areas of business inter-related. Assigning an element to each of the twelve positions is not easy, since it will depend on the understanding and knowledge of the business, the querent, and the person doing the reading. To get round this problem, the positions are grouped together in fours.

Elemental Dignity interpretation of spread

The Business Tarot Spread comes from Emily Peach's book Tarot For Tomorrow, which first alerted me to Elemental Dignities.

Emily Peach says:

This positional spread is basically a very simple one, the value of which lies in the precision and order of its placements. The finished spread should look like this, the cards being laid according to the numbers shown.

In this spread, the cards must be read in 'blocks' of four that are interrelated by their nature, dealing as they do with factors that are interactive in any business. These 'blocks' break up as in the diagram.

Obviously, this method means that many of the cards must be read twice or three times relative to various different subjects, and it must therefore be remembered that it is the relationship of one position to another that is important in this spread.

This will mean, of course, that both dignity and suit are vital components of the spread, as is the principle of resonance and dissonance, for it is these things that will establish the nature of the relationship concerned and serve as the keys to its complexities.

Any given card — that representing 'marketing' for instance — may be intensely positive in relationship to one 'block', and indeed to two cards of a second 'block', while remaining unequivocally negative to the remaining card of that second 'block'. Only dignity, suit, and resonance and/or dissonance will enable the reader to identify these 'blackspots' in the spread, and assess the reasons for their existence and their possible potential for damage to the business as a whole.

The principles Emily Peach delineates can be applied to any other spread where there is an awareness of Elemental Dignities.

  1. Finance
  2. Sales
  3. Administration
  4. Cash flow
  5. Marketing
  6. Personnel
  7. Credit
  8. Assets
  9. Partnerships
  10. Accounts
  11. Premises
  12. Plant, machinery and vehicles
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

You do not have to start at position 1 and work through to position 12. Flexibility is the key. What this spread lacks is a 'product', which is rather surprising. If the querent is self-employed, the notion of a partnership is not be necessary.

Reading cards in Blocks

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

This spread is read in blocks, so for example you would read 1, 2, 4 and 5 when looking at the office and financial cash flow of the company. There are in fact six blocks of four in this spread for you to explore.

A lot of experimentation and work may be required to get the maximum out of this spread. However, if you find some of the more vague cards such as Eight of Cups are in prominent positions, then the business client may need to look at those areas. Feel free to redesign this spread - it all depends on your own insights and understanding. One method might be to do three readings, past, present and future, making notes each time, so you can see a progression, and find out where the problems are.