5 Card Tarot Spread: If you are new to tarot reading, it can be quite confusing where to start. A good place to start is to look at tarot spreads and practice them for yourself and your friends and family.
Five Card Tarot Spreads are similar to Three Card Tarot Spreads, but provide more detailed information and understanding of the reading.
A tarot reading is of course heavily based on your own intuition and understanding of the universe. However, the Five Card Tarot spread can guide your intuition and allow you to grow your tarot reading skills.
5 Card Tarot Spread
This is a Tarot Spread that I use almost daily and usually at the beginning of a Tarot reading to see what is REALLY going on around a situation or person.
What Is The Five Card Tarot Spread?
Tarot decks are sets or patterns of cards that are placed in a tarot deck during a session. A spread is formed after the cards are shuffled and cut into a pack.
Each pattern has its own meaning, ideas, thoughts and there can be many combinations of 78 cards. Packs can be any size or pattern and usually contain between 3 and 15 cards.
Five Card Tarot Spreads use – as the name suggests – only five cards. There are many different five-card tarot decks that can answer questions about love, career, life and family. This is when you or the queen choose five cards and place them in a row, cross or horseshoe. Each card relates to a specific issue related to the theme.
5 SPERAD OF THE TAROT: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Let’s start with five tarot cards for the past, present and future. Reading past, present and future is a classic spread that is often practiced with just three cards.
However, adding two extra cards gives a better insight into the situation of yourself or the queen. The first three cards represent the past, present and future in that order. They can be lined up.
Under the first card (the past) you can place a fourth card that relates to what is stopping you or the queen from moving forward. This card relates to things in the past that you haven’t gotten over and that you need to deal with.
A fifth card can be placed below the third card (the future). This refers to what you or the queen must do to get ahead in life. This is an action map to guide you.
FIVE CARD LOVE TAROT SPREAD
There are a few different five card Tarot spreads for love, so I’ll go through them one by one and you can choose the one for you or for the queen.
FIVE CARD RELATIONSHIP SPREAD
This five card Tarot spread is for those in a relationship who need guidance. It reflects the current state of the relationship and what you need to do to make it as positive as possible.
The first has to do with what you put into the relationship, the second has to do with what your partner puts into the relationship, and the third has to do with the current situation. Next, place one card above the three and one below.
The fourth card above indicates positive things in a relationship.
The fifth card, below the three cards, refers to the negative things in the relationship and what you need to do to improve the relationship.
FIVE CARD SPREADS THE LOVE
This five card spread is about finding love and what you or the queen must do to overcome past problems.
The first card drawn is placed in the center and represents where you are in your life now.
The second card drawn can be placed diagonally to the left of the first card and relates to past relationships.
The third card drawn can be placed on the opposite side of the second card and indicates what is going well in your relationship.
Now drag the fourth card diagonally below and to the left of the first card. This card relates to past issues and relationships that are still currently affecting your search for love.
The last card can be placed to the right of the fourth card and indicates what needs to be worked on for future relationship success.
FIVE CARD BREAKUP SPREAD
Breaking up with someone always hurts, but with the help of the Tarot, you can gain guidance and insight into the breakup. This simple spread of five cards will help you understand the reasons for the breakup and where you are now.
With the help of these three cards, you can get an idea about the reasons for the breakup. Then place the fourth card on top of the second.
This way you can stay positive and get a bigger picture of where your life is right now. The fifth and final card goes under the fourth card and relates to what you can learn about the breakup.
FIVE CARD HORSESHOE TAROT SPREAD
Horseshoe Tarot spreads are very popular for answering a specific question and finding guidance on a specific topic in your or the interviewers life. This is a really versatile spread and you can do so much with it!
As you can imagine, the five cards of the Horseshoe Tarot are placed inside a horseshoe with the first three cards facing up and the last two facing up.
- The first card relates to influences from the past. This means that affect your current situation.
- The 2nd tarot card means and reflects your current situation and what you want from your situation.
- The third card tells about possible unexpected problems that you need to be aware of.
- The fourth card is a card of guidance and advises on the best course of action now.
- The 5th tarot card refers to the outcome of the situation.
FIVE CARD CAREER SPREAD
The Five Card Tarot can be very helpful when it comes to where you are in your career or what decisions to make regarding promotions and job opportunities.
FIVE CARD TAROT SPREAD FOR A NEW JOB
This five card Tarot spread is perfect if you are offered a promotion or a new job and don’t hesitate to accept it.
The first card drawn refers to the advantages of the job offered to you, and the second to the disadvantages.
The third card drawn tells you where you are currently in terms of your career. You can place a quarter on the second card, which suggests the best course of action and what you should do with this job opportunity.
Finally, place the Fifth card under the second. This tarot card mens and refers to the outcome of the situation.
5 TAROT FOR YOUR CAREER DIRECTION
If you’re feeling a bit stuck in your career, a quick spread of five Tarot cards will give you guidance and insight into where you are now and what you need to do to move forward. This spread is placed in the shape of a star.
The first card reflects your current situation and where you are currently in terms of your career.
The second drawn card can be placed above and to the left of the first and indicates the attitude towards work and dreams. Next, place the third card on the spread.
This card represents what is holding you back from being successful in your career. The fourth card drawn relates to what you need to work on, and the fifth reflects the next step.
The last two cards are instructions that show what you need to do to progress in your career and achieve success.
FIVE-CARD TAROT SPREAD FOR HEALING AND SELF LOVE
This five card Tarot spread is about healing and finding self-love. If you have low self-esteem and struggle with self-love, you can use Tarot for healing and growth.
Sometimes it can be hard to love yourself and we can often slip into negative thought processes, but the Tarot is a spiritual tool that can guide and help. This 5 Tarot spread for healing and self-love is in the shape of a cross.
The first three cards drawn indicate positive signs and should line up. The first card relates to what makes you who you are and why you are the wonderful and unique person that you are.
The 2nd tarot card drawn shows why you should be proud of yourself. It can be about your career, friendships or positive traits. The third card relates to the wonderful things you do that positively affect those around you.
After these three cards, draw a quarter and place it in the second place. This card relates to negative actions and thoughts you do or have that damage your self-love. This may indicate anxiety or destructive behavior. It can also relate to bad thoughts that everyone has about themselves! The fifth and final card relates to positive actions you can take to feel better.
FIVE CARD GENERAL TAROT SPREAD
You may not have a specific question or problem at this time and are therefore looking for a more general reading. So I’ve designed two five-card tarot decks for regular use to guide you in your overall life. These are great spreads that allow you to practice Tarot and learn the different cards and what they mean for different things.
FIVE CARD GENERAL CONFIRMATION
This five card Tarot spread indicates where you are now and what you can do for yourself. Three cards that should be placed in a row are related to love, family and career.
They show where you are with these things now. Then place the fourth over the second card. It can be a specific thing, like money or a current relationship.
Or it can be more general and relate to your outlook on life. The fifth and last card should be placed below the second and relates to something negative that is in your life right now. This is something that needs attention.
COMMON FIVE CARD FUTURE SPREAD
This five card Tarot spread is the perfect way to reveal your future and what is happening in your life. This is a great spread at the beginning of each week to get some guidance and insight into the week ahead.
The first card should be placed above the others because it is the main card for the reading. It is what shows you your near future goal and what is important in your life.
The second card drawn reflects your love life, the third your career and money, the fourth your health and the fifth relates to your home life. This will give you a general guidance on those parts of your life and what you need to do in the near future.
WHICH SPREAD WILL YOU CHOOSE FIRST?
Most of these five card tarot spreads are great for beginners and experts alike. They are a great way to understand the cards and receive guidance in so many areas of your life! If you’re looking for more popular tarot cards, check out my article here that explains 11 great spreads for beginners and advanced readers.
Which Five Card Tarot spread will you try first?