I have the Rider-Waite tarot deck, and it came with a booklet which says you are connected to a certain suit based on some physical characteristics and you do readings using just that suit and the Major Arcana. Yet the way it's explained here, you're using the full deck for a reading and the suits are representing various challenges etc. Is this simply a difference in style or the intent of the reader? I'm curious as to your opinion on this?
Normally, the whole deck is used for a reading, otherwise you'd be excluding a lot of potential information. What you are describing is a special spread based on the seeker's dominant element. So, mine is Earth/Pentacles, so if I wanted to do a reading only based on that element, then I could use the spread you describe. However, I don't know why you'd want to unless it was for a birthday reading or something. If you read the booklet again, I'm sure you will see other suggested spreads there.
Updated on October 2, 2019
By Bev G