Using the Horseshoe Tarot Spread

The horseshoe tarot spread is one of the most popular tarot spreads for readers to use during a tarot card reading. This is because of the diverse information that the cards provide to the reader, as they cover varying time frames and topics.

This allows the reader to provide maximum insight to the person receiving the reading, and as much guidance and advice as they possibly can. Below we have included all the information you will need in order to understand the horseshoe tarot spread.

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Horseshoe Tarot Spread

The horseshoe tarot spread is known, and named, for its noticeable shape when you draw and spread the cards. With the cards being drawn left to right, in the shape of a horseshoe, the cards will provide you with advice on an area in your life you are currently struggling with. Alternatively, you may simply have a question that you wish to ask the cards. As the cards are drawn, you will receive insight as to what past, present and future influences may be affecting a specific area in your life. As well as the actions you need to take in order to resolve the issues you are currently having. The cards will also supply you with knowledge of any obstacles that are standing in your way, as well as the final outcome of the problem you are struggling with.

Influences From The Past

The first card to be drawn will relate to your past and how experiences you have previous had maybe effecting your current situation. This connection may be very clear to you or might be something that you have previously overlooked. Usually, this card will tell you of an instance or situation you need to work through or come to terms that is holding you back, so that you can move forward in the future.

The Present

You may find that this card, concerning your present circumstances, may relate to either your previous card or next one (or both). This card will symbolize where you currently are in life, perhaps relating to you as a person, work life or romantic/platonic relationship status. You will find that this card will have a direct relation to the situation you are seeking guidance on or the question you are asking this horseshoe tarot spread.

Future Influences

This card may compliment the previous two, as this one symbolizes the future influences in your life. This could indicate that you may experience some unexpected changes in your life that you will need to prepare for. Whether that is the introduction of someone new, the reappearance of someone or something from your past, or general changes to your life or career. This card usually provides the reader with an insight into the solution to their problem.

Guidance On The Actions You Should Take

Now that you understand the varying influences that either have, are or will affect your life, relating to the question or topic you require advice on. This next card will provide you with the first actions that you need to take in order to resolve the issue you are currently experiencing. This card could mean a variety of different things, but the previous three cards will help you decipher its true meaning.

Possible Obstacles Standing In Your Way

You may have previously been given an insight into the obstacles that are standing in your way that maybe causing issues in your life currently. This penultimate card may either confirm what the cards have already told you, or it will represent the major obstacle in your life. It is normal to assume that the obstacle stopping you is an outside influence, however, remain open-minded that part of the problem maybe yourself.

The Final Outcome

The last card to be drawn will represent the final outcome of the problem that you are seeking guidance for. You may find that this card may compliment the third card that was drawn, as they both represent variations of the future. Alternatively, this card may simply symbolize the outcome of the problem itself rather than your future overall. For example, if you are questioning your romantic relationship, this card may represent either you committing to your current relationship, a breakup or you finding new love. Either way, you will find the closure you are seeking when this last card is drawn.



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Mark Macsparrow

Mark has been working with the Tarot and his own spiritual development for around two decades. He shares his opinion on spiritual matters with a NO BS approach.