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.
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