#### earthair

Step 1

Shuffle the deck, then lay out 22 cards face down on the table to represent the Major arcana archetypes= the positions.

I like doing it in grid of 4 rows like this-

*,*,*,0,*,*,*

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

8,9,10,11,12,13,14

15,15,17,18,19,20,21

Turn over 0 (in the Fool position) - this is your question, or area which needs examining.

From the pile of remaining cards, turn over the top one, and whatever the number is, dictates how many cards will be turned over in Step 2, so pips 1-9 are what they are - i.e the 8 of wands would mean turn over 8 cards. The Death card would be 1+3=4 cards to be turned over. Courts count as 11,12,13,and 14 so 1+1=2 for Pages, 1+2=3 for a Knight etc.

Step 2

Let's say you have found you that need to turn over 4 cards. For the next bit of the spread, you now use your intuition to turn over whichever 4 you think will answer the question, or feel right to you...or let the sitter turn over their choices.

Or... use a separate majors only deck, shuffle, draw 4 cards, and let them tell you which to turn over- so say you drew the Lovers, then turn over card 6 of your grid.

Or... using a deck like the Pointner, which numbers all 78 cards, you draw 4 additional cards from the pile, and count the number on the card to tell you the position to turn over, so card 20= turn over card 20, card 40 would tell you to turn 40 minus 21 = card 19, card 60 would tell you to turn 60 minus 21+21 = card 18.

Or...using the rest of the undealt pile, use the numerical value on the next 4 cards to count gaps between the ones to turn over.

Then the reading is done by seeing how particular cards interact with the essence of the position they are in. So you might turn over the Death card, in the 6th = Lovers position. (So how would change relate to choice in your question?)

Things get really fun when you turn over a card and it's in the 'correct' place already.

Theoretically you might turn over the Fool as your number of cards to draw... in which case count it as the 22nd card 2+2 = 4.... or count it as 0 and don't turn over any cards, instead go and have a cup of tea and try to answer the question without tarot cards