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Full Deck Tarot Star Spread
by Unicornis

There are very few Tarot spreads which use the entire deck in a
single  unified  pattern.   What follows  is  a description  of  such a
spread.   It is  best suited for  situations in which  a great  deal of
complexity  is  present, and  for 'general'  readings.   The  steps for
creating the spread are:

1: Thoroughly shuffle the deck until  it 'feels' right.  While  I
personably do  not allow  another person  to shuffle  my cards,  if the
reading concerns another it is acceptable to  allow that person to hold
the deck  while concentrating upon the  matter in question.   This is a
personal preference, but  I am convinced that  the relationship between
reader and  deck is a very personal one and  that contact with the deck
by another may 'confuse' the reading.

2: Dealing from the 'bottom' of the deck (i.e. withthe cards face
down and dealing from  the topmost position), create thirteen  piles of
six  cards each.  The first pile is  in the center and the other twelve
are in a  circle around it.   Each pile  should be dealt  consecutively
(all six cards at once). Although it is not necessary to actually place
them so, at least understand that the first card dealt in a pile  (Card
0) is in the center of a circle of  five cards (Card 1 through Card 5).
This circle is, in actuality, a Star.  When laying them out in a  Star,
use the following spread for each pile:

1

3                               4
0

5                    2

Note  that if  you trace  the  numbers from  1 to  5 you  will  trace a
five-pointed star, always  moving clockwise around the circle  to reach
the next point.

3: Interpret the spread.

Interpretation of this spread is based upon the astrological
symbolism of the twelve houses.   The first pile of cards in the circle
of twelve piles is House 1, the second is House 2, etc..

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The individual piles delineate the specific factors at work in each
of the  twelve basic areas.   Card 1 represents the  matter in question
(the 'problem', question, etc.).  Card 2 represents the 'source' (cause
of  the problem,  inception of  a  project, etc.).   Card  3 represents
factors which bear  upon the matter, but which are  external to it (and
probably out of the control of the querant).  Card 4 represents actions
taken  with regard  to the matter.   Card  5 represents  the outcome of
those  actions.    Card  4 is  the most  difficult to  interpret, since
'action'  could here represent several different things.  First of all,
it might represent an action which has already been taken.  If so, then
Card  5 will represent the probable outcome, unless counter actions are
taken.   Secondly, it might represent  the action which the  querant is
Card  5, again,  represents the  probable outcome.   Thirdly,  it might
represent  the suggested course of action (answer to the question 'What
should I ...').  In this  case, Card 5  is the suggested  goal.  It  is
quite possible  that  Card  5  will  relate to  a  past  outcome  (i.e.
everything has already transpired).  If this seems to be the case, then
it  is possible that all five cards  must be interpreted as relating to
another person, instead of the querant.   Most of the time the sense of
Card 4 should be apparent from the context of the reading.

Card 0 always represents the 'heart' of the individual Star spread.
Usually, this relates to  the querant's own relationship to  the matter
which  is germane  to the  house in  question.   It can  also, however,
represent   the  underlying   ('behind   the  scenes')   factors  which
precipitated  the matter,  not to  be confused  with  the 'cause'  of a
problem.   In this sense, it will usually represent motivations, rather
than actions.  In some cases Card 0 will represent a person,  other the
querant,  to  which the  Star actually  relates.   In  such a  case, an
attempt should be made, based upon the situation and the  nature of the
card to  identify that person,  since this implies  that the matter  is
either  out of  the hands  of the  querant or  the querant  is only  an
'ambient'  factor (and  will then  be represented  by Card  3 for  that
particular Star.

In a similar manner, Pile 0 (the one at the center of the circle),
represents the 'heart' of the entire reading.  This will always pertain
to the reasons (motivations) of the querant, and interpretation of this
Star spread must be used to modify all of the others.

This is not the place to delve into the meanings of the twelve
houses  in detail.  There are many  good books in print which deal with
this.    I  highly  recommend  the  following,  which   give  excellent
interpretations of the twelve  astrological houses (coinciding with the
twelve 'Stars' of this Tarot spread):

The Astrological Houses: The Spectrum of Individual Experience
by Dane Rudhyar

The Astrology of Personality
by Dane Rudhyar

A Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer
by Michael R. Meyer

The full deck star spread lends itself admirably to an in-depth
study of any matter.  The human condition is far too complex to use a

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simple  yes-no approach  to any  matter of  importance.   More so  than
spreads which involve  only a small number  of the total factors  which
could  come  into  play, the  full  deck  star  spread allows  detailed
analysis of all  of the options  and avenues which  are available.   It
will also show how the outcome  of an action might affect areas  of the
querant's  life  which were  not specifically  part  of the  reason for
consulting the Tarot in the first place.

It might take a little longer to use, and might require a little
more effort on the part of the interpreter, but the extra work will be
repaid many-fold in the certainty that no stone was left unturned.

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