Powerful One-Card Tarot Spreads
The first set of spreads we'll consider are what I call the Dynamic Elemental Spreads. We'll begin by defining each of the five elements. Then we'll assign each element to one of the five tarot suits. Then we'll define the Dynamic Elemental Spreads and start reading.
It'll really help if you've already defined each of the seventy-eight tarot cards with the meanings and interpretations you want to use. The better you know and understand your cards, the easier these spreads will be to use. At the very least, you will need to know one key word, phrase or concept for each card. It's even better if you have both the upright and reversed meanings for each card well defined.
Fire. Fire is usually defined as will or the will to do something. Fire is the driving force behind everything we do. It's the drive we have to accomplish anything, the desire we have to do anything. Fire is therefore usually considered to be will, will-power, determination, intention, perseverance, drive, eagerness, zeal, zealousness, avidness, enthusiasm, desire, fortitude, single-mindedness, passion, gusto, inspiration, insight, intuition, career, work, and occupation.
Water. Water is usually defined as relationships or emotions. Water is the receptive power that enables us to interact with our environment and each other. It's the acceptance we have things the way they are and the way we'd like them to be. Water is therefore usually considered to be relationships, friendship, amity, love, emotions, fondness, liking, warmth, affection, devotion, tenderness, romance, adoration, adulation, attachment, admiration, addiction, craving, and feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and unworthiness.
Air. Air is usually defined as thought or ideas. Air is the ability to think both consciously and subconsciously. Some people even include unconsciously. It's the basis for knowing, understanding and communicating. Air is therefore usually considered to be thought, cogitation, ideas, concepts, conception, perception, contemplation, meditation, hope, expectations, planning, order, organized, pondering, planning, goal-setting, understanding, wisdom, opinion, orientation, disposition, reaction, psychological, attitude and demeanor.
Earth. Earth is usually defined as possessions or things. Earth is the material world and everything in it. It's the physical reality in which we live. Earth is therefore usually considered to be things, possessions, objects, articles, utensils, property, belongings, assets, worldly goods, the physical body, health, condition, fitness, disease, illness, constitution, vigor, money, currency, cash or wealth. Some authors also consider Earth to be personality, nature, temperament, grooming, clothing and things we wear to express our personality.
Spirit. Spirit is usually defined as our spirituality or our spiritual path. Spirit is the essence of life within us that's expressed as our individuality. It's also the spiritual path we're traveling to become a better person than we are now. Spirit is spiritual, spirituality, sacred space, psychic, nonmaterial, our inner being, and our awareness.
The first step in learning how to use Dynamic Elemental Tarot Spreads is to define the five elements. We each get to define these elements any way we want. It doesn't matter how we define them. It doesn't matter if we're the only person in the world that defines the elements in this way. What matters is that we really understand what these definitions mean to us. These definitions are the vocabulary we'll use to communicate with our own subconscious mind. We're just using tarot cards to help our conscious and subconscious minds communicate.