A lot of card readers have a go-to spread. For some, it’s the three card Past-Present-Future spread, and for others maybe the Celtic Cross. For me, it’s the Name Spread. I love it because it’s so simple, but it can be used in many different ways and takes away the need to remember fifty different spreads for fifty different situations.
I got the idea from Gillian Kemp’s Good Witch/Bad Witch Oracle, which has the Name Game Spread. Here, she instructs you to pull a card for each letter of a person’s first name, in order to divine their future.
But this method is so much more versatile than that! Yes, it’s good for looking into the future, especially because the straight line of cards can be read left to right for a chronological series of events.
There are so many other ways to use this spread though! For example:
- I suppose there’s the obvious opposite. This is a good spread to get to know someone’s past as well as their future. Which is especially helpful if you’re trying to…
- Get to know someone better! You can use the Name Spread to get an overview of their personality. This also works great for fictional characters! I’m not the only one who uses tarot and oracles for writing and fandom, right?
- You can use different names for different aspects of someone’s personality. For example, hellboundwitch, Jasie, and Jasmine might tell you different things about me and how I relate to each name I use and the people I use it around.
- (You can also use someone’s full name for a really in-depth look)
- People aren’t the only things with names! Situations (L-O-V-E, M-O-N-E-Y, even F-U-N), pets, places, things…If you’re going on vacation to Orlando, O-R-L-A-N-D-O can give you some intel as to how it will go.
- This spread can also just be used for generic questions. Stacey wants to know about her love life? Lay down her name and tell her (or the name of who she’s got her eye on…) Michael has job questions? No need to look up a spread, just throw down the letters!
This spread works well with tarot cards, oracle cards and playing cards and I suspect it would work well with many other divination systems like runes. It’d be interesting to see how this would play out in a bibliomancy context!