Spreads 01: Triangle spread

Tarot Spreads 01:  The Triangle spread

The Triangle spread is a multi-purpose spread having many applications in terms of its positions and the concepts behind it.  Using the three sides of the triangle as representing Thesis, Anti-Thesis, and Synthesis we can find great flexibility in its structure.

A flexible Thesis, Anti-Thesis, Synthesis spread.

A flexible Thesis, Anti-Thesis, Synthesis spread.

There are several strengths to be found in this spread.  First, each of the three sides can be seen as representing Thesis, Anti-Thesis, Synthesis.  Second, the reader has the choice of using two cards per side to represent a singular meaning, bringing more subtlety to that side’s meaning. Third, each card on a side can have a separate meaning—-for example, instead of cards 1 and 2 representing one’s present position, card 1 could represent the basis of the current situation and card 2 could represent the issues that you employ to maintain the current situation.  Fourth, the central card represents an “overview” or influence.

I often employ the central card, #7, as a possible modifier or mediation card.  Employing the methods of Robert Place, I use the central card to complete a triad between the cards of each side of the spread —- 1, 7, 2 and 3, 7, 4 and 5, 7, 6.  The posture and facing direction of each cards impacts how it interacts or doesn’t interact with the other triad set.

Depending upon the question of the querent, and the context for that question, the reader can set this spread up to address almost any requirement.  There are, of course, other criteria that the tarotist can use to finess this or any spread, but the thoughts expressed here seem to be certainly sufficient to make this spread a primary resource in one’s tarot tool box.  Dave


About dadsnook

Dave has been exploring cyclic astrology since the mid-1970's. CYCLIC astrology utilizes both Return charts and planetary-pair cycles for short-term prediction. These practices and four years of archived material are available for study or reading at ninthhouse.wordpress.com A new book, Personal Prediction ISBN 978-9-615-63033-5, has been published and the MC-Solar Cycle technique is now supported through a recognized software provider so that all students and practicing astrologers can apply these techniques for their own use. Recently, Dave has been exploring a new charting format:, transiting Moon to natal Sun Return charts. These moon-sun returns show how see seek to maintain or deal with change in our lives. A book is expected to be released in 2015. Contact Dave for details at dadsnook@charter.net Dave is a retired business systems analyst and automation systems engineer, enjoys woodcarving and tarot in addition to astrology.
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