Have you ever tried to distill a reading down to one word or a single theme? It can be pretty easy to do when there is only three cards, but gets more complicated when you add more cards into the mix. One thing I do with my readings is determine the quintessential card for each reading.
How you calculate it?
Take each card in the reading and add them up. Example: 10 of Wands – 6 of Cups – 9 The Hermit (10+6+9=25). Since the sum is greater than 22, add the numbers together (2+5=7 the Chariot). If the sum is 22 the corresponding Trump is the Fool. If the sum is below 1-21, it corresponds to that Trump.
You can take one of three methods with the court cards. You can assign them a zero value (which is what I do). You can also assign them one of two sets of values (Page 1 or 11, Knight 2 or 12, Queen 3 or 13, King 4 or 14). Regardless of what method you choose, be consistent, use the same method each time.
What is this card good for?
This simple technique gives you a “big” picture view of the spread. It allows you to sum the core tenets of the reading into one card. As you go through the reading, you will be throwing a lot of information at the the questioner. Sometimes they will remember it and sometimes they won’t. If you calculate a quintessential card, you leave them with one card to remember rather than a whole reading.
I don’t always do this. When I do readings for myself, I tend to do a straight reading (no extra techniques). But I’ve found this to be a powerful technique when I read for other people. It gives them something to walk away with and provides closure to the reading. Before you decide to use or toss a technique, give it a try. Who knows, you might like it.