1. L.E Scott says:

    There was a time when every spread written had a significator. The most famous of this type of spread is the Celtic Cross. Every reader would either go through the deck and pick a card to represent the seeker, have the seeker choice a card to represent them or let the first card dealt out represent the seeker. But, more and more today we see spreads without this card that once seemed so Important to the tarot spread. Many times today people don’t even include this card in spreads that traditionally have them. So why was this card important to begin with and what has changed to limit its use today?

    The Significator is an interesting card. The card know, matter how you pick it, ultimately becomes the representation of who we are today. Not where we are on the life path as the crossing card in the Celtic Cross spread tells us but who we actually are. You can see it in any card in the tarot it doesn’t just have to be a Major Arcana or Court Arcana card to represent who we are. So why is it not used as much today? The answer is simple. In today’s society we for the most part are not trying to fortune tell but divine the truth of what is happening in our lives. So what’s the difference?

    The difference is that in fortune telling we are set aside from our lives. In essence by removing the significator card from the deck and placing it at the top of your spread, you are disassociating the seeker from the events. Meaning that no longer does the seeker have a say or control over the things that is happening around him. Suddenly instead of being a person with free will he becomes a slave to his fate.

    When performing divination you leave the significator card in the deck. All cards then have the potential of representing the seeker and do represent the seeker. You get a complete view of his life with him smack dab in the middle of it instead of sitting on the side being an involuntary observer he becomes and active participant. Fate suddenly becomes his to command. What you are telling him can come true if he likes that out come and wishes it to come true. If he doesn’t however, he can change the events because those events are based upon his actions not the actions of others inflict upon him without his being able to act or react in kind.

    Based upon this idea is there even a reason to continue using a significator today? I believe there is. But, not in the sense that we use it today. No I believe instead of illuminating the significator all together what needs to be done is to change its use and purpose. I believe that instead of just not dealing the significator we should at the beginning of each reading before the question is asked shuffle the cards and pull a significator card to represent the seeker. We should then look at how this card represents the seeker. What is it about the seeker that this card is trying to tell us? Once we know whom the seeker is, we can return the card to the deck and reshuffle for the question at hand. Keeping in mind always who the tarot believes the seeker to be at this moment in time and how that reflects with the question and spread at hand.

    1. Melissa Martinez says:

      Good write up L.E!

      i agree with you and prefer to use one in my daily reads.

    2. Excellent.
      I am old school as well.
      I believe that traditionally the signifier card is important and I will always have it in a reading and this is why;
      Because the seeker who you do not know, (and even if you do, you NEVER know exactly what is in their heart), this card SHOWS to the reader WHO the person is -and can clarify to to seeker who they are if they are confused – Which is most people lol!
      This card also helps the reader decipher the messages of the other cards in relation to the signifier.
      I would never consider doing a reading without it.

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