The Two or Three Card Arrangement
This method has been mostly used by nomads and has great historical importance as it takes us back to the Ancient fortune-telling rituals where people would offer silver to the priests in order to find out what the future will bring.
The reader can use either the Major Arcana sequence of cards or the whole deck for this method. Firstly we define the pointer tarot card and place it on the table. Afterwards we follow the shuffling procedure that we described in a previous article. The participant cuts the deck once and chooses two or three cards placing them next to the pointer. When we are using two cards, the first one is describing the present situation of the person involved in the reading and the second the future outcomes or an actual person in their life. When we are using three cards, the first represents past situations, the second the present time and the third is a messenger for the things to come.
This arrangement is very restrictive in a way that it can only give us some clues about the overall picture and is not analyzing and examining in detail the issues that concern the participant. It is highly suggested though for people who are starting to read the tarot as it can help them gain experience and study the cards in practice.
The Five Card Arrangement
This method is more descriptive than the previous one and is mainly based on numerology. It is also important that we use only the Major Arcana cards for this arrangement. Each card is associated with the number that it carries where the fool takes the number 22. The reader is shuffling this time and asks the participant to tell them the first number that comes to mind. They then count the exact number of cards from the top of the deck and reveal the one that goes under that number, writing it on a piece of paper. The cards should be placed down in a cross-shaped arrangement. They continue the same process for the second, third and fourth card, shuffling each time a card is put on the table. For the selection of the fifth card the reader needs to add up all the existing numbers written on the piece of paper. With the number that comes up they will need to add up all the digits until they reach a single digit number. For example if the final sum is 37 we need to add 3+7= 10 and 1+0 =1. The fifth card will carry that single digit number.
The first card represents all the positive influences the participant has on their state of affairs, anything that can be constructive towards their question. It is an indicator for all the advantages, benefits, personal profits and achievements concerning their situation. The second card represents negation. It symbolizes all the traps, obstacles, worries and troubles the participant is facing. It may also suggest their fears and ways to avoid dangers and enemies. The third card works as a mirror of true judgment. It helps the participant comprehend the objective reality of the situation and helps them see the way for a possible solution. The fourth card is the result of the previous. It is a pointer for the solution to a problem or the right decision one needs to make. The fifth and last card is a representation of the composition of the arrangement. It is the card that is referring to all the rest and is consisted by them. In this card the reader may seek the general picture but also the details that lie within it.