Time Tarot Reading – How to Make Precise and Timely Predictions

Time Tarot Reading

Time Tarot Reading – Make Tarot Predictions with Precision

Time Tarot book cover

One frustration of Tarot reading is making time-sensitive predictions. As a divination tool, Tarot reading integrates one’s psychic sense, but calling upon that talent can be inconsistent for some. A concrete determination of time is obscured by layers of symbolic meaning. Pinning down ‘real time’ is difficult, if not impossible, unless one’s psychic sense is strong. Even then, it is not automatic like ‘clockwork’, and can be hard for the novice to achieve.

Luckily, there are Tarot ‘time value systems’ applicable to the classic Rider Waite Tarot deck, and the many decks beyond. My personal favourite is in the book, “Time Tarot” by Alarnah Tobin-Gray and Llyle Wentworth, published in 2002, a ‘Holy Grail’ of a book for Tarot readers.

Our Thanks to the Authors

We’d like to thank Time Tarot authors Alarnah Tobin-Gray and Llyle Wentworth for their very gracious permission for us to publish their Minor Arcana dates from the Time Tarot book. They’ve also let us condense (with editorial license) Time Tarot’s prediction directions in this article. This information is by no means complete, the book contains further details for the dates and timeframes, and reading advice.

Unfortunately, not many have seen Time Tarot, a magnum opus, as it is currently out of print, although copies may soon be obtainable through Llyle’s website http://www.llyle.com.au/ Please check there for availability, or search for it online.

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Dates and Timeframes Given

Time Tarot gives calendar dates and timeframes for each Minor Arcana card. Any Major Arcana card represents one year of time. Tobin-Gray and Wentworth use suit names you may know, Staves (Wands), Chalices (Cups), Blades (Swords) and Pentacles (Coins). Besides dates, Tobin-Gray and Wentworth created their own definitions for each Minor Arcana card, each Major Arcana card, and introduced a refinement of five ‘extra’ original defined cards called the Semi-Major Arcana; we won’t go into them in this article, however.

We present to you here a simplified chart of the Time Tarot date periods, as well as a highly condensed version of the authors’ suggestions for predictive readings. Please note this information has been abbreviated by us due to space constraints, but the time periods and their representative cards have been faithfully reproduced in the chart below. The chart of cards and their dates/timeframes appears below the instructions.

Step by Step to Prediction with Time Tarot

In the Time Tarot reading system, time periods are applicable for up to two years in advance. To acquire date predictions, the first method below is the most accurate for simple questions involving time. For example, “When is the best time for me to move house?“ or “When is the best time for my holiday?”. Remember: we are looking into the future, not the past, unless that is otherwise requested.

1. Formulate your question
2. Shuffle the deck, concentrating only on the issue, and set the cards face down
3. Do not cut the cards
4. Turn over the top card
5. If you draw a Minor Arcana card, the period shown on the chart is when the event will occur
6. If the date is prior to the tarot reading, the event will happen when the dates next occur
7. If you turn a Major Arcana card, continue to turn more cards until you get a Minor Arcana card, a maximum of five cards
8. If a Major Arcana precedes the Minor Arcana card, add one year to the period in question. For example, if the first and second cards are Major Arcana, and the third is Minor Arcana, the time will be one year from the reading, plus the time period on the card. Even if the first four cards are Major Arcana, they add only one year to the time prediction.
9. If you turn five cards without a Minor Arcana card appearing, you are being told no date is to be revealed at this time.
10. Do not try to force a date, it will turn out to be incorrect.

Timing within a Card Spread

You can use any of the variously known spreads for predicting with Time Tarot. Within a multi-card spread, the date is always the fifth card in the layout.
In a three card spread, the time card is the second card. We get there by counting cards one to three, then returning to the first card, which becomes the ‘fourth’ card, and the next card (actuallly the second) becomes the fifth card.

If only Major Arcana cards appear, it means NO TIME is given for the reading, as there will be changes happening before you should make a permanent decision.

Similarly with a four card spread, the first card is counted as the ‘fifth’ card as you count through.

In a spread with more than five cards, the fifth card will always signify time. If the fifth card is a Major Arcana, look at the fourth card and add one year to the date. So, a reading done in February showing March on the date card means March of the NEXT year, not the pursuant month. If a date is not given, the reading is to be applied to the past year.

Using the Time Tarot Book as an Oracle

Should you be able to acquire the book, Time Tarot itself can also be used as an oracle. To do so, ask a single question, then open the book at random, and read both Positive and Negative definitions. Positive being the most likely outcome, Negative showing what you must do or give up in order to achieve your desired outcome. Dates do not apply when using the book itself as an oracle.

Time Tarot Date and Timeframe Chart

CardTime PeriodKeyUprightReversed
Ace of StavesMarch, April, MayBeginningsNew beginningsDelays
Two of Staves20 March to 31 MarchPlanningSuccessReorganize
Three of Staves31 March to 11 AprilCompletionOpportunityDisappointment
Four of Staves10 April to 21 AprilHarmonyRewardObstacles
Five of Staves22 July to 1 AugustEffortNew challengesConflict
Six of Staves1 August to 11 AugustAcclaimSuccess after strifeBad news
Seven of Staves12 August to 23 AugustPatienceHolding your ownStrong competition
Eight of Staves22 November to 3 DecemberPositive changeProgress, actionAdjustments required
Nine of Staves30 December to 13 JanuaryGainsEfforts pay offMust work harder
Ten of Staves13 December to 23 DecemberOppressionDarkness before dawnReevaluate goals
Page/Princess StavesWithin 10 weeksMessengerGood newsBe careful
Knight/Prince of Staves23 November to 23 DecemberMovementProceedingBad decision
Queen of Staves20 March to 22 AprilLoyaltyFidelityRestriction
King of Staves21 July to 24 AugustLeadershipEnterpriseSeek clarity
CardTime PeriodKeyUprightReversed
Ace of ChalicesDecember, January, FebruaryHappinessBeginning of good thingsMake a change
Two of Chalices20 June to 2 JulyAppreciationBeginning of a relationshipLoss of balance in a relationship
Three of Chalices1 July to 13 JulyFulfillmentStart of a new lifeMake new plans
Four of Chalices12 July to 24 AugustDissatisfactionTime to reconsiderSelf-pity
Five of Chalices21 October to 3 NovemberPossibilitiesMore to comeReview before deciding
Six of Chalices1 November to 13 NovemberSerenityRelocationLiving in the past
Seven of Chalices13 November to 25 NovemberEmotional situationsResolution brings contentmentSelf-delusion undermines progress
Eight of Chalices17 February to 27 FebruaryChange brings benefitsAbandon past plansGiving up hope
Nine of Chalices9 March to 22 MarchSatisfactionMaterial gainsSelf-indulgence
Ten of Chalices10 March to 22 MarchRealization of dreamsOn-going contentmentDisappointment
Page of ChalicesWithin five daysLoving messengerImportant message arrivingSelf-centered, manipulative person
Knight of Chalices17 February to 23 MarchExalted, idealistic feelingsGoodwill givenLook before you leap
Queen of Chalices20 June to 24 JulyIn controlA wise woman will help youSomeone who lacks depth
King of Chalices21 October to 25 NovemberTrustworthyA responsible manDisillusionment
CardTime PeriodKeyUprightReversed
Ace of BladesJune, July, AugustVictorySuccessObstacles
Two of Blades20 September to 6 OctoberIndecisiveBalance 
Three of Blades3 October to 15 OctoberDifficulty understanding sorrowGratitudeDisorder, confusion, upheaval
Four of Blades13 October to 24 OctoberSolitudeMeditationFeeling of opposition
Five of Blades20 January to 30 JanuaryFacing one’s limitsLong-term goal achievedFeeling unlucky
Six of Blades29 January to 9 FebruaryInsight, ability, adjustmentSolutions foundPlans postponed
Seven of Blades7 February to 20 FebruaryTime for tactSurprise opportunitiesPlans upset
Eight of Blades17 May to 31 MayIndecision, trust intuitionFreedom and movementSeek good advice
Nine of Blades1 June to 13 JuneAnxiety and fear about futurePatience, good things are comingIllness, hardship
Ten of Blades10 June to 22 JunePainful, final endingTravel by waterSetbacks or accidents
Page of BladesTwo yearsStart of mental powersUnexpected changes are goodFeeling defensive
Knight of Blades19 May to 23 JuneSudden changesSomeone who favors youSomeone opposed to you
Queen of Blades22 September to 23 OctoberAn unknown quantityStrong, helpful femaleInflexible, intolerant female
King of Blades19 January to 21 FebruaryDual Personality A person in controlA stubborn, calculating person
CardTime PeriodKeyUprightReversed
Ace of PentaclesJune, July, AugustStart of prosperity, successMaterial achievementMissed opportunities
Two of Pentacles21 December to 31 DecemberMoney, energy becoming availableA beneficial change in finances, fortuneFinancial difficulties
Three of Pentacles30 December to 10 JanuaryEarly success in material endeavourEfforts finally rewardedPoor workmanship, lack of ambition
Four of Pentacles10 January to 20 JanuaryDo not become overly attached to material thingsWatch for four new opportunitiesSetbacks and obstacles
Five of Pentacles21 April to 2 MayPeriod of financial difficulty, lossUse opportunity wiselyUnemployment, failure, bankruptcy
Six of Pentacles1 May to 13 MaySharing money, belongingsImprovement in businessUnsettled feelings, concern over poverty
Seven of Pentacles12 May to 22 MayA difficult work decisionWelcome change in financial situationSelf-pity
Eight of Pentacles22 August to 3 SeptemberTalent worthy of developmentPrepare for the futureLimited ambition, dishonesty
Nine of Pentacles2 September to 13 SeptemberTime to analyse goals, desiresPeriod of pride in achievementDifficult situation, possible loss
Ten of Pentacles12 September to 23 SeptemberPeriod of on-going contentmentFinances beginning to growLowering of living standards. Court involvement with family.
Page of PentaclesThree weeksGathering energies, someone hopes to profit from youSomeone gives you good, life-changing newsWasteful with money. Living beyond means
Knight of Pentacles21 August to 22 DecemberSelf-development, inner strength, industriousHigh energy level, responsibleTrustworthy person needs constant motivation
Queen of Pentacles23 December to 21 JanuaryWish granter, powerful influenceKind woman happy at work or home.Fear of failure, lack of motivation
King of Pentacles20 April to 22 MayIndividualityApproachable, helpful wise personDouble-dealing dishonest person

More Information on Tarot Prediction

Here are links to a couple of videos with different methods and perspectives on timely predictions with Tarot cards. Use their time values, or apply the Time Tarot dates and timeframes.

A quick prediction method:

A three-part tutorial on Tarot prediction:

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