The I.S.I.S method of reading three cards it one of the simplest and eye-opening ways to read the tarot. I.S.I.S stands for “Interactive Story Integrative Spread”.
The I.S.I.S method only uses three cards, that is what makes the reading so easy to do, you only need three cards. One challenge for me was becoming overwhelmed by spread with many cards. I like to keep things simple as much as possible without sacrificing quality. The I.S.I.S method does not include positional meanings. There is no “past, present, future” or “problem, advice, outcome” for the cards. They are free form, your intuition must guide you in the reading. You are telling a story. My I.S.I.S method is inspired by Robert M. Place’s method of reading the three cards as a story. When I heard Robert talk about his method on the Tarot Connection and did it I loved it. It has been my go to method of reading the cards and always provide interesting and insightful readings.
In my upcoming book Tarot : what the little white book won’t tell you I teach the I.S.I.S method and provide a few practice readings for you to interpret.
Lets do an example of the I.S.I.S method.
Maria comes to you for a reading, she and her boyfriend have been having issues. She says something is not right in the relationship and wants a reading to figure out what. You pull three cards.
Queen of Swords, 10 of Wands and 8 of Cups (You can pull these cards out of your own deck if you want). What story do you see?
Courts – People in the situation, actions and attitudes
Body Language – What do the position or direction of the bodies in the cards say?
Challenges – Which cards pose a challenge or block.
Now integrate and interact, what story are the cards telling you? Look at the cards as one big card.
Post your reading in the comments.