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2018, A Spread

2018 at a glance

I went a bit overboard with my 2018 spread. To be fair, though, I wanted to kick things off “right” and to solidify tarot as a prominent figure each day of the new year. Hence, the 36-card, 3 deck spread thing. Go ahead and laugh… it’s okay. It was a great idea; however, I haven’t really had the post-spread care time to dump into making all the connections for this beast yet. The cards still sit on my desk. This post is an attempt to summarize the whole shebang. Each month, I’ll post a detailed overview of each set of 3 cards and how I think they’ll influence the month.

I mentioned on Tarot Visions how this spread was in homage to my friend, Jennifer Diallo. She’s combined tarot and oracle decks in beautiful ways so they give clarity and bring helper aspects to her clients life. This is a modified version of what she does. The first deck, The Enchanted Map, by Colette Baron-Reid, sets the thematic stage of each month. I saw this card as what to focus on for each reading. The second deck, my Triple Goddess Tarot drawn by the wonderful Franco Rivolli, gives me the details on how the theme should be accomplished. Finally, the last deck, Spirit Cats by Nicole Piar, give me a cute “spirit guide” whose energies can help me keep the focus.

As you can see from the image, doing a reading this size can get out of hand. However, this is just an overview post (and I’ll come back to this index to link each month as I go along), so I’ll leave the interpretations for later. However, as you look at the image and read the month’s cards, notice the patterns. Some cards seem to be colored similarly. Some names are close on others. All of these overarching items help out in a reading.

theme: #47 sacred pool
how: the sun
helper: guardian
theme:  #22 intension
how: 2 of Swords
helper: night magic
theme: #18 magic stream
how: King of Wands
helper: flow
theme: #12 slow and steady
how: judgement
helper: warrior
theme: #33 peaks of joy
how: magician
helper: seeker
theme: #3 wizard of awareness
how: Knight of Swords
helper: patience
theme: #3 rock bottom
how: tower
helper: majesty
theme: #35 education
how: 8 of swords
helper: cuddles
theme: #27 home
how: 4 of cups
helper: unconditional love
theme: #48 wishing well
how: wheel of fortune
helper: mystery
theme: #11 balancing act
how: 8 of pentacles
helper: passion
theme: #8 come together
how: knight of cups
helper: balance

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2017 NYE Spread

my NYE Spread

In keeping with the new theme of doing more tarot and blogging for 2018, I kicked off this new year with a New Year’s Eve spread. I chose to use, and modify, the NYE Spread from Beth of Little Red Tarot. This 10-card spread is designed to guide you in the transition from one year to the next. Ten cards is a lot, so I modified it by pulling fewer cards.

1. Center: What surrounds me right now? I pulled one card and got The High Priestess. Which is fitting because my word for 2018 is faith. Having this show up as my center for tonight’s energy seems auspicious. I welcome these energies and look forward to finding my center through it all.

2. Dusk: What am I leaving behind this year? I pulled one card and got the 5 of cups. 2017 had a lot of tears. I lost many friends and dealt with health issues. It’s time I leave all the tears and negativity behind, clearing my way forward. I cannot be held back by the pain and disappointment.

3. Horizon: What comes into my life this year? I pulled one card and have Justice. Justice IS the card of 2018 (adding all the numbers up, we get 11). Love this synchronicity. I’ve been through a lot in 2017 and I feel like I’ve been given a chance to start fresh this year. Things will return to balance this new year. I’m looking forward to it. And here’s to being back on track for my goals.

4. Focus: Where should I put my attention in 2018? I pulled two cards, the 4 of pentacles and the 4 of swords. Work and Health. I need to return to my words and to what matters to me and share my gifts more often. Hence, the need for blogging and writing. I also need to rest and find the balance in my mind. Perhaps it is time to give meditation a go again.

5. Tools: Resource to draw upon. I pulled one card and got the Queen of Wands. It’s time to let my leonine side out more often. I was made for the limelight and haven’t really allowed myself to go free. Let go of the dumpy, the boring, and paint the world once more with my perspective and colors. It’s time to be fearless and don’t look back.

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The Manifestation Spread

As you have probably noticed, I’m finally getting around to writing the “novels” about my adventures at the Readers Studio. One of the things I briefly discussed was the spread that me and Theresa Reed crafted during Barbara Moore’s talk. I decided that I wanted to post it up here on the website as a freebie and I linked it there. I’m bringing it up again today because I wanted to discuss the spread a bit more in depth here.

Grab the spread here and print it out. As you read through this post, keep the spread handy to compare notes. Got questions? Leave a comment and I’ll get to ya.

Step One: Determine Focus
Barbara’s first step in spread creation had us either choosing a situation to focus our spread on, or drawing a random card as inspiration for brainstorm. We chose the random card draw method.

The 3 of cups imagery from the Hanson Roberts and the Sun and Moon tarot fueled our creative brainstorming. We decided that the card had elements of : play, moon, 3 women in ritual, happiness and that it invoked a sense of “what habits or rituals do I incorporate into my daily life to manifest abundance?” This was the initial basis that a formed our spread.

Step Two: Create Positions
Here we learned about single and multiple cards and what they mean to a spread. We also learned about the variances of patterns (triangle, square, circle, etc) and what those lent to a spread as well.

As Barbara went on to discuss how positions and the amount of cards in a spread work to guide a reading, we jotted down notes on what would work best for our Spread/Ritual. We settled on 5 cards: center the first card, for it acts a a focus. We labeled that the manifest desire position but as my friends pointed out, this first card can also be a significator card.

I don’t like to set anything in “stone” and this spread and the positions can be played with to accommodate your need (as you’ll see later). The rest of the positions “circle” around this first card and they act as energies that draw towards or away from the manifestation process. We decided to use the 3-dimensional idea of “up and down” to act as our north and south and labeled those as air and ground; going against a more traditional Pagan circle approach where the north position is Earth and South represents fire. Again, you are free to play around with your own designations based off where you live or what you believe in.

We also figured that we could add cards that crossed others, to add depth and clarity to the reading. I recall lifting up two cards so they hovered above another card, giving this spread a more 3-dimensional quality to it. Imagine reading the “what grounds you card” with 3 cards that divide body as the table level, mind, hovering a bit over that table card, and then a spirit card hovering higher over the mind card. Changes the game of what tarot spreads can do, doesn’t it? I think we’ll need a bigger spread cloth and a clear plastic setup for this design, as well.

We also figured that you could combine the outer circle cards by sliding them around to create even more meaning, or change the meaning of the readings, if you read them as a 3 card reading either left to right horizontally or up to down vertically (or vice versa). I loved the idea of reading these three cards as stepping stones to build energies or see patterns of influence.

Step Three: Accessorize
Here we learned some fun ways to add even more depth and personalization to the cards.

Barbara gave us ideas on dividing the deck out into parts so that a position of the spread could have aspects of only one of the suits, or court sets, or majors. Our Manifestation Spread is build that you could do this if you want to; but we wanted to keep the core idea simple where you just use the whole deck. You could also add in a second deck and work the first position as one deck and then use the second deck for the outer circle. We toyed with the idea that the majors could be position one, then pentacles as south, swords as north, wands as west, and cups as east. Then you can add court cards in to help focus energies or lend personality traits to the mix. Still with me on this? I hope so.

We also worked more with the idea of location where we could slide cards around, to move various energies to where “they need to be”. Or that you can strengthen various elemental cards by moving them to a more stronger location. I also told Theresa how you could turn the cards “on or off” to stall certain energies if you want. To do this, you just turn the card so it doesn’t flow with the others in the position. Of course, this is better explained in video than in writing, but perhaps I’ll do that in another day.

Final Thoughts
It occurred to me as we were making this spread that one could build more into it as they needed. Therefore, we ended up just posting a very simplistic version and hoped that the spirit of play would allow people who used it to mix and match and build off it as they wished. I felt power in this spread, so much that I think I may use this spread and focus as the capstone for what I am aiming my tarot practice (both in service to others as well as in spirituality) to become. Now if you excuse me, I think I’ll step away from the system to go play with this creation and see just how well it works in reality.