Love MBTI Spread
By Larry Gregg with editorial input from Lucy Voss, Lynda C, and Coral Bale
|Card 1||Card 2||Card 3||Card 4||Card 5||Card 6|
|Extroverted or Introverted||Sensing or Intuitive||Feeling or Thinking||Perceiving or Judging||Guidance of the Tarot||MBTI Type (Optional)|
This spread is designed to point the querent to a potential romantic or other partner. This spread, shown above, is explained below.
There are 16 personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Each of the 16 personality types is described by a combination of four letters, namely: E or I, S or N, F or T, and P or J; see chart below.
|E||Extroversion, energized by being around people.||I||Introversion, often feels drained when around people, needs alone time.|
|S||Sensing, uses the five senses to gather information.||N||Intuitive, uses intuition, i. e., internal knowing, to gather information.|
|F||Feeling, uses feeling and emotion to make decisions.||T||Thinking, uses thinking and logic to make decisions.|
|P||Perceiving, rolls with the punches. Is in no hurry to make decisions, open to how things will play out.||J||Judging, likes life to be scripted. Is at rest, when decisions are made.|
We will draw four cards to answer this example question: “With whom will I have a romantic relationship?” See the spread above to see the placement of each card as it is drawn in sequence.
If the first card drawn is odd, it maps to letter E, but if even to letter I.
If the second card drawn is odd, it maps to letter S, but if even to letter N.
If the third card drawn is odd, it maps to letter F, but if even to letter T.
If the fourth card drawn is odd, it maps to letter P, but if even to letter J.
For example, if we drew these four cards:
Card 1: Ace of Wands, this is an odd card, so the first letter is E for Extroverted
Card 2: The High Priestess is an even card, so the second letter is N for iNtuitive
Card 3: The Chariot is an odd card, so the third letter is F for Feeling
Card 4: Eight of Wands is even, so the fourth letter is J for Judging
I usually write down each letter.
Cards in the following images are from the CBD Tarot de Marseille.
MBTI personality type shown by the cards in the above example is ENFJ, which corresponds to Tarot King of Cups, according to https://tarotavenue.com/myersbriggs/.
See the table below, which matches the MBTI personality types to the Tarot Court cards.
Much more information on MBTI can be found online.
|MBTI Type||Tarot Court Card||MBTI Type||Tarot Court Card|
|INFP||Page of Cups||ISTP||Page of Coins|
|ENFP||Knight of Cups||ESTP||Knight of Coins|
|INFJ||Queen of Cups||ISTJ||Queen of Coins|
|ENFJ||King of Cups||ESTJ||King of Coins|
|ISFP||Page of Wands||INTP||Page of Swords|
|ESFP||Knight of Wands||ENTP||Knight of Swords|
|ISFJ||Queen of Wands||INTJ||Queen of Swords|
|ESFJ||King of Wands||ENTJ||King of Swords|
Table is from https://tarotavenue.com/myersbriggs/ by David Harvey. This website has a table which has columns for the Tarot Court Cards, MBTI Types, and his description of the Tarot Court Cards, which you may find interesting. Some authors may use different correspondences. You may use your own if you have a preferred method. In fact, I swapped the King of Wands from ENTJ to ESFJ and the King of Swords from ESFJ to ENTJ, as that made more sense to me.
To complete the spread I use a fifth card as the Guidance of the Tarot, which the reader may or may not choose to use. To get the fifth card, I usually use one of the following methods:
- Simply pull a fifth card
- Do a numerical reduction, where you add the value of each of the MBTI cards to get a number. The numeric value of each card is used for the reduction, with an Ace = 1, The Fool = 22, and the Court cards are assigned numeric values as follows:
Page = 11, as it comes immediately after the 10 of the suit.
Knight = 12, as it is the second card after the 10 of the suit.
Queen = 13, as it is the third card after the 10 of the suit.
King = 14, as it is the fourth card after the 10 of the suit.
If the sum is less than or equal to 22, you are done. If not, add the digits of this sum, which will be 22 or less. Let us do this for the example above:
Ace of Wands = 1
High Priestess = 2
The Chariot = 6
8 of Wands = 8
Sum = 17
Since no further reduction is necessary, pull the first, in this case only, card numbered 17, “The Star” as Guidance of the Tarot. See link below. So what happens if the total were, e.g., 10? Pull from the deck the first 10 card encountered, whether a Major or non-Major.
- Use the Court Card, which you just determined represents the personality type, if it is not already one of the four you pulled. Even if you do not include the Court Card in the spread, it helps to expose this card for review in the MBTI Type position.
- You can pull the MBTI type card from the deck and place in the MBTI Type position of the spread, if this card is not already one of the five cards in the spread. If it is, then you may leave empty, or fill however you wish.
Now that we have the complete spread, there are a several things we can do.
- Interpret the MBTI personality type, in our example ENFJ, like:
- E is an Extroverted personality
- N is an iNtuitive information gatherer
- F will use Feelings to make decisions
- J is a personality which likes all decisions made, with little open to change or chance.
- Since we know that our target personality type is a Court Card, in this case the King of Cups, we can describe this person from a Tarot perspective.
- You may use the cards in the resultant spread in a Tarot reading. I usually do this as an Open Reading, from card 1 through card 4, without assigned meanings to the card positions, except the fifth card as Guidance of the Tarot.
Here is the complete spread including the MBTI type:
It can be difficult, even for an expert, to type a person. Think of a compass needle pointing to a magnetic pole, or in this case, the Tarot pointing to a particular MBTI type. The querent may not be able to exactly find such a person, but as they search and the needle swings back and forth, they may encounter someone similar to this or even quite different, whom they find interesting, perhaps irresistible!
The Tarot is simply pointing in the best direction at this time, which may change over time as the situation and querent change. Remember that any MBTI type can have a successful relationship with any other type, but some pairings may require more patience and understanding than others. This is a starting place.
I think that the reader should encourage the querent to have fun with this search. To bring joy to the search will probably end better than if they bring desperate seriousness. It may be interesting to broach the idea that the person being sought may also be searching! 🙂
If the querent does not know their own MBTI type, then the reader might encourage them to take a test, of which there are a number of free tests online, to discover their type. Just learning and paying attention to MBTI may help the querent relax and be more open to possibilities, as they focus less on their loneliness.
This may seem complicated, but after a few repetitions, you begin to do it easily and quickly.