spreads:
SMALL TABLEAUS as situation analysis


Please note that the following instructions treat Small Tableaus as comprehensive analysis of situations, and they do this in a very specific way. Many more approaches to Small Tableaus can be found online.



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1 The layout of the spread

2 When reading Small Tableaus as situation analysis is useful

3 How reading a Small Tableau as situation analysis works
3.1 The positions' meanings
3.2 Interpret your Tableau - combine meanings

4. Example readings
a) ... for a situation analysis
b) ... for the situation analysis of a person



1. The layout of the spread

For small Tableaus a selection of cards are laid out in a square, most often 3x3 cards (also called "box spread" or "square of nine"). Here is an example:



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2. Reading Small Tableaus as situation analysis is useful if:

You want a comprehensive look at a specific situation
Variation: You want a comprehensive look at a person's situation

Please note that if you want a concise answer to a clearly defined question (e.g. "What should I do regarding X?") a String (or even a Single Card reading) would be a better choice!

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3. How reading a Small Tableau as situation analysis works

3.1 The positions' meanings

The Core: The card in the very center of the Tableau is the core aspect of the situation you asked about. It shows you the issue this situation revolves around.

Variation: If it's your own or another person's situation you are interested in, you could also pick one of the Men, Women, or the Wild Card, as your/their representative and put that card in the center by default. The advantage of this is that it allows additional specifications when interpreting the rows and columns (see below).

The Rows: The central row modifies/specifies the core aspect. The bottom row represents an aspect of the situation the querent can control - or ways in which they can try to influence, manipulate, steer the situation. The top row stands for aspects of the situation the querent cannot influence - or ways in which they can react to the situation.

Variation: If a person card is in the center, the central row describes that person. The card they have their back to is a characteristic which they heed to little - or which is waning. The card they are facing, a characteristic which they pay a lot of attention to - or which is getting stronger. (Wild Card: the characteristic which is getting stronger is to the right.) The bottom row shows an aspect of the person's present situation they can control- or something they can do -, and the top row, what they can't control - or what is done to them.

The Columns: The columns represent phases of time. The left column represents a past stage of the situation. The central column represents the present, and the right column, the future.

Variation: If a Woman/Man card is in the center, you could take take different routes.
a) The central column is the person's present. The column they have their back to is their past, the column they are facing, their future. (Wild Card: the future is to the right.)
b) The central column is what they have. The column the look away from is what they wish to avoid, the column they are facing, what they want. (Wild Card: what they want is to the right.)

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3.2 Interpret your Tableau - combine meanings

The Core: First, the Core is interpreted by itself. If you chose a person card by default, skip this step. If a person card is there by chance, this has significance and should be interpreted!

Central row: Combine the two cards next to the core card with the core card, each of them as modifiers of the core card. Then, combine them with each other and interpret this combination as a reason or foundation for the core card's issue.

Bottom and top rows: I personally combine the rows from the center outward, too. Accordingly: The central card is the topic, the two outer cards each modify/specify the topic. Then combine the two outer cards with each other and interpret this combination as the reason or foundation for the central card's issue.

Columns: Again, combine from the center outward. The central card of each column is the topic, the two outer cards modify/specify the topic. Then combine the two outer cards with each other and interpret this combination as the foundation or consequence of the central card's issue.

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Tip: There are other reading techniques you could use to further elaborate your Small Tableaus' readings. I personally don't feel comfortable with them because they make no intuitive sense to me from a visual standpoint. Also, they make the already rather long-winded small Tableaus really cumbersome. So I haven't written about them (yet). But you can find them online easily: just search for "Knighting", "Diagonals", and "Mirroring".

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4. Example readings

Coming soon
 



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