W H A T  S U I T S  M E  B E S T ?

These days I find myself explaining to people interested in consulting the cards with me the difference between the various types of readings that one can opt for and why we read according to size, so to speak.

In my own professional practice here, I have a sliding scale that goes from 5 to 13 cards (the few cards on the table option) and a fixed scale for the tableaus, the big picture that operates with 36 to 52 cards.

F E W  C A R D S  O N  T H E  T A B L E

Generally speaking, which option is best for a reading depends really on the nature of the question. The cards can confirm for you what you already know (the 3-card does a good job here), and then advise you even in spite of yourself, or some would say, against your better judgment (the 5-card that includes cards for DO and DON’T is uncannily useful).

But the cards can also tell you more about where you come from with your question and what motivates it – things that you may not even be aware of.  They can tell you why you want to know what you want to know before they indicate a trajectory for the future (9 to 13 cards on the table offer enough details.

Depending on what you want to achieve, on what the aim is with your question, I adjust the reading so that the spread addresses your need. I may start with a 3-card for the situation, but then I may also throw in cards that reflect a position, what to do and what to avoid, I may draw additional cards that clarify a particular aspect in the situation (hence the sliding scale here).

The more cards on the table, the more information. The 3-card string offers a snapshot of what is at stake in the question asked, pointing to ways of going about it. The 3-card is merciless, talking straight and transmitting coherently where the situation is at and where it’s going. For how to go about it exactly, I use extra cards on top and bottom.

L O T S  O F  C A R D S  O N  T H E  T A B L E

Reading the Grand Tableau is like good detective work. Past, present, and future lines intersect and weave a fascinating story. There are characters at every corner, and surprises that astonish us.

The Grand Tableau tells us the story of ourselves in relation, in great detail.

T Y P E S  O F  Q U E S T I O N S

In your questions, you can be as deep or swift as you like. You can pose some of the following questions:

  • Concrete: ‘What can I do to get that job?’
  • Metaphysical: ‘What is my purpose in life?’
  • Third party-questions: ‘What does he think of me?’
  • Predictive: ‘Is it a good idea to bet on horses this Thursday?’


The cards are a window to alternative possibilities, the possibilities that we don’t immediately recognize as potential, most often because of our cultural pre-conditioning.

The cards derail our sense of reality, expanding our ‘seeing’.

My aim is to make you see what I see. Nothing more nothing less.

How you use the information that the cards deliver ever so generously is entirely up to you. What kind of action you decide to engage with is entirely up to you.

I never judge your question and motivation for asking. I judge the situation that the cards spell out, and help you gain insight and a crystal clear sense of opportunity.

All I say is: Keep going.

S A M P L E  R E A D I N G S

For more elaborate readings and examples, you may want to look at my Taroflexions posts tagged with the following: 3-card, 5-cardsquare of 9, council of 13, grand tableau, and grand tableau with playing cards.

A popular example of an action-oriented reading is my post Clarity.

For a sense of the efficiency of the Marseille cards, you may read my short post: 10 Snappy Marseille Readings.

More generally for posts that demonstrate a method, you may look at my Method page. Enjoy!


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