During the last few weeks of the tarot series we concentrate a lot on how to bring together the elements we’ve been studying in order to interpret & understand the tarot spread before us. In my personal practice as well as in the classes I teach, I often use a 5 card spread based on the pentagram. My lover has dubbed this spread the “Star of Man”. Star of Man spread is laid out as if banishing Earth utilizing the common elemental attributions. Imagine it with me. Bottom left is Earth, the first card. Top is 2nd & Spirit. Third is bottom right and Fire. While left arm is 4th and Air, the right arm 5th and Water. Understanding & interpreting the message happens several different ways. In some readings you will formulate a sentence from the cards that answers your question. In other readings each card will be talking about different areas of life such as work, school, love or financial. Sometimes I find that the triangle of cards in the Earth, Spirit & Fire positions tell the story and others it is the the opposing cards in Air & Water that really lock down the answer. Still other times it will take the combination of several of the above approaches and/or other ones not mentioned here. This is the Art part of what we do when we are working with the Tarot. I’ve done a reading before where all 5 cards were the number 5 and the entire reading centered around how to deal with a particularly Martial & angry person in their life.