Seven Card Tarot Spread – the Planets
The Seven Card tarot spread has all kinds of mystical associations, particularly the planetary energies. However, the planets are not necessarily the best method for doing a reading, since the reader needs to have a method for reading the cards.
The planetary characteristics in the table below are alchemical.
|Planetary attributes in tarot readings|
|Planet||Element||Roman Deity||Greek Deity||Symbolic Meaning|
|Saturn||Earth||Saturn||Kronos||Time, number, restriction, death|
|Jupiter||Water||Jupiter||Zeus||Good fortune, mercy, rulership|
|Mars||Fire||Mars||Ares||Aggressiveness, power, war|
|Sun||Fire||Apollo||Helios||Beauty, poise, harmony, music|
|Venus||Earth||Venus||Aphrodite||Love, pleasure, delight, abundance|
|Mercury||Air||Mercury||Hermes||Magick, art, writing, trickery|
|Moon||Water||Diana||Artemis||Chaste, the hunt, dreams|
|Source: The Key Of It All: Book 2, David Allen Hulse|
Analysing opposing planets
One method of reading this spread is to analyse the opposites; Mars/Venus, Moon/Saturn, and Mercury/Jupiter. The Sun at the centre has the role of harmonising the entire spread, and represents how the querent ‘shines’.
The planets do not have to be in the order suggested here they can all be in a circle with nothing at the centre.