Common Errors in Tarot Reading: Multiple Cards in a Single Position
In this article, you will learn how to avoid one of the most common errors in performing a Tarot reading, which is using multiple Tarot cards in a single position.
Imagine that you are performing a reading to answer this question: "Should I be in this relationship?"
This is a yes/no question, and requires a straightforward yet precise answer. See my article on how to perform a Yes/No reading correctly.
The mistake would be to do something along these lines: in the first position, which signifies a reason for being in the relationship (or not), you draw multiple cards.
NEVER draw multiple cards in a single card position, unless you are using a SPECIFIC card spread that REQUIRES multiple cards in a single position (which is exceptionally rare, simply because it would be utterly confusing in almost every regard).
Each card position has a unique significance, and should only contain ONE card.
Otherwise, the message will become irreparably blurred and indistinct.
Imagine that in this Yes/No reading, we drew the High Priestess, the reversed IV of Swords, and the reversed Magician, all in the same position. What would be the interpretation of this? There is none. It would be nonsensical.
Multiple cards in a single position is rare in traditional Tarot, for good reason.
Using multiple cards in the same position creates a bizarre message because what is happening (essentially) is that you are getting three (or more) specific answers all at once. To use an analogy, that is like having three friends shouting advice into your ear at the same time, instead of talking with each friend in turn.
Unless you have an exact reason to do otherwise, always assign only ONE card to each position in your Tarot readings. By avoiding this major error, you can clarify countless problems.