This is a quick and easy version of the Romany Spread, which can use anywhere from 15 cards to the entire tarot deck. This version uses 21 cards, which are usually laid out in 7 rows containing three cards each.
This lay-out is believed to have been invented by the Romany Gypsies, and was taught to me by my grandmother, who was part gypsy. Grandma read the cards as if they were an illustrated story book and each card was a page. She relied on the graphics, as well as on the traditional meanings of the cards to tell the story. And I find that this spread works particularly well with that style of reading.
The Romany Spread is most often used to explore both present and future
influences, and is very good when it comes to examining potential paths and influences. It is more complex than the
Celtic Cross and I feel it offers a quick in-depth look at any given situation.
The lay-out for this spread is fairly simple. The cards are shuffled and then split into three piles, which are rearranged by the seeker if the reading is in person. If not, the reader shuffles and rearranges the piles and lays the cards out in vertical columns.
1 4 7 10 13 16 19
2 5 8 11 14 17 20
3 6 9 12 15 18 21
Column 1: Cards 1, 2 and 3. This column represents you. It reveals that which is of most concern, and also suggests thoughts, feelings, ideas, grief, spiritual awakening which are beginning to develop within you. Underlying potential and/or influences are usually symbolized by the third card.
Column 2 : Cards 4, 5, and 6. This column represents the environment
in which you live and operate. Close relationships, including family, friends, lovers,
co-workers, etc. are the focus of this column. Every once in a while it signifies events that are now happening, or will soon happen, to someone close to you. In most cases, it signifies the general atmosphere surrounding you at home, in your extended family, in your social circle, or in your workplace.
Column 3: Cards 7, 8 and 9. Column three represents your hopes, fears, dreams and wishes.Card 1 is what you hope for right now, card 2 reveals your fears, and card 3 represents your long term dreams and goals.
Column 4: Cards 10, 11 and 12. This column represents plans in
progress, projects in motion, known factors. I may reveal progress,
success, delays, or failures.It often applies to work situations, but can be used to examine creative projects, relationship plans, and travel.
Column 5: Cards 13, 14 and 15. This column reveals hidden destiny. This is where the element of surprise often pops up. Unforeseen developments, hidden influences at work in your life - all of this would show up here. This is the column where the workings of fate and destiny can be revealed.
Column 6: Cards 16, 17 and 18. The near future. This column reveals
what may happen to you within the next two months or so. I say "may happen", instead of "will happen" because some situations/complications can be avoided if you have advance warning.
Column 7: Cards 19, 20 and 21. Further future. This columns concerns itself with events which may happen within the next 4 to 6 months. Columns
4, 5 and 6 often tie in with this one, so that together they tell an
unfolding story. If, however, this column seems to be mostly unrelated to the
rest of the spread, a surprising twist of fate may be in store for the you.
P.S. My favorite decks for this Spread are the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot
and the Tarot of the Trance because their bright colors and rich
graphics work well with the idea of reading the cards as if they were a