Five Card Tarot Spreads

Five Card spreads are progressively more complicated than three or four card spreads, but you can analyse a five card spread using the three card technique as the basis.

This Five Card Tarot Spread is an extension of Version Two of the Four Card Spread, except that the middle cards can be Principals (p) and the outer cards can be Modifiers (M), which is far more satisfactory, since there were difficulties in deciding which was the outcome in the Four Card Spread:

  • M
  • P
  • P
  • P
  • M

The suggested sequence of reading these cards would be:

  • M
  • P
  • M
  •  
  •  

Then:

  •  
  • M
  • P
  • P
  • M

Finally,

  •  
  •  
  • M
  • P
  • M

Alternatively, card 3 is considered the main Principal card as it would be the final result, and it would also be Modifier twice over!

A good grounding in the principals of Elemental Dignities and using this spread is helpful when considering Counting Cards in the Opening of the Key Spread.

Pairing Card Techniques

Card Pairing gives the Reader some extra information, and again is good practice for techniques involved in the Opening of the Key Spread. The technique is simple: the outermost cards (1,1 below) are paired, then (2,2). Since we have an odd number of cards, 3 is not paired.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

For the more adventurous, the number of cards can be extended and the same techniques applied.

Adding the Elemental Base

The addition of an elemental base creates a dynamic and very sophisticated spread...

Version Two - four elements plus Spirit

There are two main versions of the five card tarot spread which depend on the knowledge, experience and inclination of the Tarot Reader. In each case, the centre card will represent Akasha or Spirit, or the subject of the reading, either way, the centre card does not have an elemental attribution. The elemental attributions of the four surrounding cards will depend on the system used.

This version is more stable, and the four sides could be considered to represent the sides of a cube. For situations where major changes are not desirable.

The cards are not so connected, which might be useful for situations where change is required.

The Pentagram

Four Elements and Spirit

The top card represents Spirit.

The Pentagram represents a dynamic picture of energy flow between the elements.