Learning about numbers and their correspondences has helped me to learn why different spreads have particular objectives. Since finding out that the number five represents conflict, I now know why I like five card spreads. I like to problem solve, and these spreads suit my needs nicely.
“The Diamond Spread”
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For example, the Diamond Spread (a five card spread) corresponds with positions that carry the meanings of each number. One, the beginning, is the central card of this spread. It is the core issue from which the reading flows. Two, which means balance, is in this spread “what is hidden”. Once you know what is hidden, you can achieve balance. Three, which means synthesis, in the Diamond Spread is “what is revealed”. The three cards together show what you need to do to resolve your problem.
However, two more cards make up this spread. The fourth card is “what is needed for resolution”. This makes the solution, both solid and stable, much like the number four. The fifth card, which is the last one, is the resolution. Since five means conflict, the spread provides an answer in the fifth card.
The number of the card (such as Seven of Wands or High Priestess (II)) would also add meaning to its position in the spread. If a “five card” lands in the first position, then the problem is really what that card indicates. If it is in the fifth position, then the problem is deeper than what you had thought. If it is a “four card”, the problem involves stability in your life. A “two card” would indicate where or if you need balance. In the fourth position, it would of course point to the area in which you need to rectify before you can resolve your problem.