The Romany Layout.
This method is one of the oldest methods of laying cards. Historically link to the Gypsy of yesteryear.
I use this layout often when I don’t want to do a full 36 board with the Lenormand or Sibilla type cards.
I have used the sacred Tarot as well and found that the reading was quite in depth and took longer to synthesize.
21 cards is a little easier to handle when you link the combinations in each line and staff.
Staff 1, 8, 15 : The Seeker of the cards- describes you and what surrounds you at the time of the reading.
Staff 2, 9, 16: The environment- expands on the circumstances of the question if one is asked, if not, will bring to focus what is significant. Love, money, relationships, business, travel etc.
Staff 3, 10, 17: Opportunities & Challenges- here you will find supporting or adverse cards linked to the question or theme of the reading.
Staff 4, 11, 18: Expected- these cards will expand on your hopes & fears.
Staff 5, 12, 19: Surprise- the cards of the unexpected influences, events or people involved.
Staff 6, 13, 20: Near future- approximately 3 months.
Staff 7, 14, 21: Distant future- generally 6-9 months which is a common timeframe.
For example: reading the Staff of Near Future
Card 6 is the past
Card 13 is the current
Card 20 is the outcome
Looks confusing doesn’t it? All situations have 3 stages usually. Even though it is the Near Future, there will be a link with the past -to establish the situation. Then it becomes current. The outcome is the result.
In summary: The probable situation that will occur in the very near future within a 3 months span could very well have aspects of the cards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 within it, to some degree. If this Staff is taken as a stand alone and card 6 is a card depicting 1 situation OR person, then the current & outcome of the staff will only show you the results of that. After careful study of the cards you will be able to determine how to blend everything so that it makes sense. Sometimes all 21 cards will deal with 1 question or problem.