Tarot Structure
The Alchemist's Spread Print E-mail
Tarot Structure - Spreads


The Alchemist's spread is a highly mystical spread, claimed to have been devised by Nostradamus himself. In her book “Tarot” (Collins/Gem publications) Rowenna Stuart says that this spread should be drawn only once for each Querant during his or her lifetime.

My advice to anyone who wishes to perform this spread is to use only the Major Arcana cards and strictly avoid any reversals. If a card appears ill-dignified, the readed must turn it to its upright form.

The Guidance Spread Print E-mail
Tarot Structure - Spreads


This is a spread with eight advisory positions that can be used for guidance when you feel confused about what is happening around you. This spread can provide some good advice about what to do and what to avoid doing in a given situation. 

Frequently Asked Questions Print E-mail
Tarot Structure - FAQs
1. What is Tarot and what is their origin?
The Tarot deck consists of 78 cards, 22 of which make up the major arcana and the rest 56 make up the minor Arcana. There are many theories about the origins of the Tarot, accoridng to which they could be coming from ancient Egypt, India, France, even Atlantis ... The historical data, however, show that Tarot most probably first appeared in Italy in the 15th century.
2. Which Tarot deck should I choose?
There are hundreds of decks available today but I suggest you stick with a classic Raider-Waite deck for a start. I wouldn't recommend decks following the Marseilles tradition as the minor Arcana is not illustrated (thus it will be difficult for you to memorize the cards' meanings). As you advance with the study of Tarot, you will be able to use more complicated or sophisticated decks.
3. How far can the Tarot see?
Time is always an issue in cartomancy and the more you practise the better you will get with yout time predictions. Also, specific readings help: you can do a daily draw or the "Alchemist Spread" which pretty much talks about your entire life. Don't try to limit Tarot down to time, it will be too stressful. Keep a journal and take notes when your predictions come true. This will give you a good feeling of how far you can see with the Tarot. 

4. Who can I do a reading for?
You can consult Tarot for yourself or for someone who asks for it. Also, you drwa the cards for somenone you know well but necer for a stranger or someone you haven;t met (e.g. a rock star). Tarot readings always work best with the consensus of the person we do the reading for. 
5. What is the correct interpretation of each card?
Well, all of them! Each card is interpreted according to its position in the spread and the question posed. This means that you must familiarize yourself with the concepts and situations symbolized by each card before you decide to do a reading. Study, examine the illustration, read the meanings and try to communicate with the card. Observe the other cards around and the general feeling of the spread. The more you practise, the better you'll become. Soon, your intuition and xperience will lead to so-called "correct" interpretations without much thinking. 

6. I get confused with the court cards. How do I know whether they represent a person or a situation?
The court cards most usually represent people. Only when the surrounding cards indicate so (or when you just have too many court cards), can you interpret them as messages, meetings or trip. You need to have combinations that back up your choice to read these cards as situations. And again, practice makes perfect. 

7. How do I choose the right spread?
The selection of the suitable spread depends on the nature of the question. I would advise you to avoid complicated spreads, especially at the beginning of your study. Three to five cards can give you a very detailed reading. 

8. I can design my own spreads?
Certainly. You can ask whatever you want and define appropriate positions to get the advice you need. Just don't mock the process: asking the same question again and again using different spreads won't get you very far. 
9. I have more questions!
You can contact me at     i.shelma @ gmail.com
Preparation and procedure for a Tarot reading Print E-mail
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One of the most important steps in the procedure of reading the Tarot is the preparation you need to make before you sit down to read the cards. Unfortunately this step is neglected by many aspiring readers but it should never be ommited or overlooked.  

Practically speaking, you may wonder about the space or room or table or colour of cloth you need to use. There are many styles of decoration for your space: you can choose something simple or more dramatic, it's a matter of taste. You may gather some personal objects that are filled with your energy, like crystals, jewels etc. Some flowers, candles or burning incense are also a good idea. As for the cloth, you may want to go classic with this and choose a piece of light blue or purple silk to lay your cards on. All of these are personal choices and absolutely optional. What you basically really need is an empty surface and silence. 

What is really important and necessary is your mental preparation for reading the cards. Sit down calmly and relax. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Try to get rid of all thoughts and troubles. It is very important to remember that when you're too anxious or worried or sad, you can't read the cards right. The Tarot cards will function as a mirror and only show you the worst of your fears. Try to lift your spirit off all problems for a while. Disconnect the telephone and turn of the television. Try to empty your mind.

Contact Print E-mail
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Please feel free to contact me at     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it        for any questions you have on Tarot. 
Also, book a live reading though Skype or order your personal reading online!

I'll be happy to hear from you!
Demetra Serafimidou

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