In this arrangement, the cards are placed around the pointer tarot card creating an imaginary cycle and so we may call this layout planetary. Every card is also defined by the influences of each planet.
The moon describes the incidents that occur in our closest environment, situations concerning our family or partner. The planet of mercury is a messenger for financial or professional issues and also signifies the levels of our communication with others. The planet of Venus represents our love life and the Sun is a symbolism for personal success. Mars usually designates the traps and obstacles that we may face where Jupiter is the indicator for material profit. Finally Saturn can help us distinguish the importance and different influences of logic and emotion.
The interpretation of this layout is usually accurate when describing the cards in pairs and in contradiction with each other, using the following patterns:
1. Moon vs Sun
2. Venus vs Mars
3. Jupiter vs Saturn
It is also suggested that each of the seven cards could describe the events occurring on each day of the following week.
1. Moon – Monday
2. Mars – Tuesday
3. Mercury – Wednesday
4. Jupiter – Thursday
5. Venus – Friday
6. Saturn – Saturday
7. Sun – Sunday
Twenty One Cards
After selecting the tarot pointer card, the seeker shuffles and cuts the deck as we described in a previous article. The reader spreads the cards in a half circle placing the tarot pointer at the bottom middle section.
The first row of cards on the left is an indicator of the personality, temperament and the existing psychological state of the seeker. A psychobiography of the seeker that has the purpose to bring awareness on an existing situation.
The second row is about the relationship patterns that the seeker is following.
The third row is a representation of their hopes and fears.
The fourth row is revealing the intentions of the seeker in the near future. It suggests the level of their perception according to the development of the situation.
The fifth row is a warning and description for all the unexpected events, traps, obstacles and incidents that will occur during the progress of their affairs.
The sixth row foretells the near future and how things will evolve.
The seventh talks of a long term future and derives from an extended interpretation of the previous row.
The first card of each row is the basis of each thematic reading. It is addressed to the present time or an existing situation. The next two cards are representing the evolution of the seeker’s issues describing the immediate and distant future.
It is important to be able to connect all the cards with one another. A beginner may find that extremely difficult and thus the reading of the twenty one card layout is suggested only for more advanced readers. A beginner should gain more experience practicing previously described layouts, in order to advance to the twenty one card arrangement. It is important for the interpreter to make out an overall image by observing which deck has a majority of cards in the layout, Major or Minor Arcana, which suit has the majority of cards on the spread, and a situation where the upright cards are outnumbered by the reversed cards.