The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Tarot Spread

Good Guy or Player?
Good Guy or Player? He won’t tell you if he’s a Bad Boy but the cards will!

Ladies, instead of complaining about there being so few good men left, use the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Tarot Spread to help you find the one worth keeping. This Tarot spread sorts the men from the boys, the good from the bad and the emotionally intelligent from the clueless. The latter are the ones who know neither themselves nor what they want from life but operate at an opportunistic level and don’t care much about potential collateral damage.

Step 1

Decide which significator to use. The significator is chosen from among the 16 Court Cards in the Minor Arcana. To make it easy for you, I have compiled a list you can use based on his Zodiac sign.

Aries – Queen of Wands
Taurus – Knight of Pentacles
Gemini – King of Swords
Cancer – Queen of Cups
Leo – Knight of Wands
Virgo – King of Pentacles
Libra – Queen of Swords
Scorpio – Knight of Cups
Sagittarius – King of Wands
Capricorn – Queen of Pentacles
Aquarius – Knight of Swords
Pisces – King of Cups

If you don’t feel comfortable using a Queen for a man, feel free to choose a significator based on appearance instead!

Step 2

Stick the significator back in the deck. Shuffle and cut as usual. From the top (deck face down), keep pulling cards until you get to your significator.

Step 3

Carefully turn the deck over and fan the remaining cards out (don’t change the order of the cards!) and look from right to left for either The Lovers (good), The Devil (bad) or The Fool (“ugly”/clueless guy). It’s the first one of these three that falls to the left of the significator that counts. If all three of the Good/Bad/Ugly indicators precede the significator, you are not meant to read on it at this point in time. Put the cards away until you are better able to read in a detached state of mind!

Step 4

Collect the cards from the Good/Bad/Ugly card and include your significator, as well as all the cards between the two. It is possible that you will find one of the three main cards immediately to the left of your significator, in which case you are not meant to read further on this right now. But if you have three cards or more you can shuffle the cards together and do up to three rows of three. In this case, we had enough cards to do a full 9 Square.


As you can tell, this spread tells a story. The 2’s (including Justice and the High Priestess) talk about an ultimatum being delivered or the need to make a choice in order to move forward. But the central card being the 5 of Cups tells us that the Seeker has little hope of things actually going her way. She chooses to focus on service (High Priestess). However, her love interest (King of Cups) is likely to return after a while, with the Page of Wands as the final card… but has he learned his lesson? And by then she will have a choice between lovers (The Lovers).

If you only have 3-8 cards, simply shuffle them, lay them out in a line or two and read them intuitively, as a story.

Blessed be!


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