Spheres Tarot uses a modified tarot deck. Each player deals out a ten-card spread. The cards, and their positions in the spread, have special abilities. These are activated by using the cards in certain combinations (called rituals) with each other. The object of the game is to take control of the cards in your opponent's layout. No cards change hands; instead, they are pivoted 180 degrees to face the current controller. Many rituals deal with the capture and recovery of the cards, but others change their position or alter the content of the layout.