Tarot Spread Illustrations

Tarot Spreads Illustrated
Tarot Spreads Illustrated

Good tarot spread illustrations are essential for learning different layouts. We'll give you three right here, plus tips on where you can find more!

About Tarot Spread Illustrations

Have you ever wanted to try a new layout with your tarot, but you couldn't quite understand how to position your cards for the reading? It can be frustrating, but not if you have decent tarot spread illustrations. Each illustration is a diagram you can follow to lay your cards out in the pattern of a particular spread.


The good news is that as interest in tarot continues to increase, it's getting easier than ever to find illustrations that are clear, concise and easy to understand. Let's talk about a couple of sources.


There are quite a few websites offering tarot illustrations these days, and BellaOnline.com is one of the better ones. The site offers a number of illustrations complete with directions for tarot spreads suitable for beginners through advanced tarot enthusiasts.

Tarot Spreads Illustrated

Online resources are great, but it's always nice to have at least one good tarot book you can put your hands on when you need it. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot Spreads Illustrated by Arlene Tognetti and Carolyn Flynn is one such book.

Like all of the Complete Idiot series, this volume is well organized and very easy to understand. There's a great tutorial on the meanings of the cards as well as how to develop your intuitive talents so you can get the most from your readings.

However, where this book really shines is in the explanations of many different tarot spreads. You'll find layouts that serve many different purposes. Some are designed specifically to guide you through romantic issues, while others can help you discern your life path and destiny. There's even a compatibility spread to help you gain a better understanding of your personal relationships and how they are likely to develop.

Easy Tarot Illustrations

Here are some easy to follow diagrams and directions for several popular tarot spreads. As with all tarot readings, you need to think hard about how what the cards mean in regards to your situation, as well as how they influence each other. Spend some time working with each spread, and you'll become a pro before you know it!

Past, Present and Future Spread

Also known as the Seven Card Spread, this particular layout is designed to give you some perspective on where you've been and where you're going. This is a good reading to consult weekly in order to keep your life on track.

Past, Present and Future Spread
2 6 7
3 4 5


  • Card one represents your background.
  • Card two represents your recent past.


  • Cards three, four and five represent what you need to know about the present.


  • Card six represents possible events in the near future.
  • Card seven indicates the most likely outcome.

Wish Spread

Ever wonder if your dreams really can come true? This spread will help you decide whether your wishes are obtainable or if it's time to get your head out of the clouds. Select one card from the deck that best symbolizes your wish, and build your layout around it.

The Wish Spread
6 5 4
3 2 1 Wish 9 8 7
15 14 13
12 11 10
  • Cards six through four are all about your wish.
  • Cards three through one deal with the events and conditions surrounding your wish.
  • Cards nine through seven represents opposing forces.
  • Cards fifteen through thirteen indicate whether your wish is likely to become reality.
  • Cards twelve through ten are about the lessons you'll learn regardless of the outcome of your wish.

Daily Lessons Spread

Are you ready to look Karma in the eye? This is the spread that will help you do it. We all have life lessons to learn, but wouldn't it be easier if you could see which lessons were coming? It's kind of like a pop quiz; you just know you could have done better on it if you had only known you needed to study.

This spread requires you to separate the Major and Minor Arcana cards. Once you've laid out the cards, begin your reading by contemplating the top row of Major Arcana Cards to see which lessons life has in store for you today. Next, move on to the second row with the Minor Arcana for guidance on how to make the best choices and learn the most from those lessons as they come along. Finally compare your corresponding cards for more clues.

Daily Lessons Spread
Major Arcana Cards: Today's Lessons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Minor Arcana: Your Free Will 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

If you enjoy these tarot spread illustrations, rest assured there dozens more to be explored, and tarot enthusiasts are developing even more to help us gain a glimpse into our personal destinies>.

Tarot Spread Illustrations