The Story Spread
From A Guide to Tarot Card Reading by Mark McElroy:
“The Story Spread allows you to see your situation in terms of plot points in an ongoing story.
“Positional meanings in the Story Spread include
- Once Upon a Time—This card represents your situation in the beginning, before complications occur. Expect to see your original goals or expectations reflected here.
- The Incident—This card represents how an action taken, person met, or decision made changes the course of events forever.
- Initial Response—When we encounter obstacles, we usually do our best to avoid them. This card reflects your first most basic, most impulsive response to the Incident.
- Insight—This card reveals something you must know in order to act with wisdom.
- Resolution—The Resolution points the way out of the forest, increasing your chances of living happily ever after.
“The Story Spread is a particularly effective spread for working with relationship issues because it clarifies original intentions, identifies misunderstood or misinterpreted actions, and suggests a way to move forward.”