THE INVERTED PENTAGRAM LAYOUT
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by R. Whitaker
I have never been much for the complicated layouts that are often
designed for placing the Tarot cards. Understanding that the spacial
significance of a card should be apparent on its own regardless of
physical position I came to use the Inverted Pentagram layout which was
shown to me by a Mr. Lynn Norton.
There a couple of qualifications.
1. You need to be comfortable enough with the cards -and know the cards
well enough- that you can easily do a reading with 5-6 cards period.
2. Do not give any of the positions pre-imposed designations such as "the
lower point of the pentagram represents an element of the past" etc...Lay
the cards out in any order you wish.
3. AFTER you lay the cards out, study them and THEN give them specific
time designations if you wish as you apply them to the context of your
An inverted pentagram layout is specifically that. One card will
represent each of the five points of the pentagram -in this case an
upside down star- an additonal card may be placed in the center if
The most essential and sublime use of the Tarot is that of an initiatory
tool for the individual aspirant. I'd rather read a "soul" than a
"fortune", I'd rather chart a course than be led down one not of my own
making. You Adepts should understand this.