Curious about all the different tarot spreads out there? Wondering if they’re a keeper – or a lemon? Me too. Let’s take them for a test drive and find out!
Each month, I’ll pick an interesting tarot spread (from a book or around the web) – and give it a spin. I’ll look under the hood, kick the tires – and show you exactly how it works…or doesn’t. No haggling necessary. Ready to roll? Let’s go!
This month’s tarot spread: You, The Tarot Reader from Little Red Tarot Spreads
Allrighty, so I’m a fangirl of Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot. She’s running one of the best modern tarot blogs out there. She’s also got a pretty cool crew of talented guest posters like Siobhan Rene hanging out at her online hub so you know it’s kinda the place to be.
A while back, I picked up a copy of her ebook, Little Red Tarot Spreads, which contains 21 original spreads for tarot fanatics of all stripes, both beginners and pros (psst…it’s a steal at only $10!). In short, it’s useful, well done – and 21 spreads oughta hold even the most rabid tarot freaks! Ha ha!
So let’s test drive one of these and see what happens.
The spread I picked is: You, The Tarot Reader – a spread that can help you discover what you’re all about as a tarot reader! Right up my alley – let’s see what I’m made of.
Beth says this of the spread: “There are no complicated positions, you just lay down six cards as follows:
About you in general: what is your most important characteristic?
What strengths do you already have as a tarot reader, what are you bringing to this course?
What limits do you feel as you start this course?
What key lesson can you learn on your developmental journey with tarot?
How can you be open to learning and developing on this journey?
What is the potential outcome of your tarot journey?
Queen of Wands
Queen of Cups
Page of Swords
Seven of Swords
Three of Cups
Now the interps:
About you in general: what is your most important characteristic? Queen of Wands – the Queen of Wands is the queen o’ fire. She’s passionate. A look around my world and you quickly see that I am hyper-gungho about all things tarot. After 35 years, I’m still as hot for tarot as I was the first day I had a deck in my paws. So my enthusiasm is probably my most important characteristic. (Heck, you gotta be pretty into something or someone to hang on this long!
What strengths do you already have as a tarot reader, what are you bringing to this course? Queen of Cups – I’m highly sensitive, compassionate, and intuitive. Even though I’m fiery to the core, that energy is tempered by love, kindness, and a connection to all things divine. My greatest strengths lie in my heart, which is as buttery-soft as a fresh marshmallow.
What limits do you feel as you start this course? Page of Swords – well, I’m no spring tarot chicken! I’ve been at this for 35 years – certainly not starting at this point. But I can say in the early years, lack of information was an issue in my learning. There was no internet and few good tarot books to choose from (not many decks either). I started out with zero instruction and the bare tools – a deck and the little white book. That’s it.
Which meant I had the learn the hard-scrabble way from the get go – not just how to read tarot but also how to run a business. Everything for me has been an uphill climb. My limits were my lack of access and formal training – but I more than made up with that through sheer will + passion. (Wish there was an Alternative Tarot Course back in my day!)
What key lesson can you learn on your developmental journey with tarot? Seven of Swords – let go of the outcome. Don’t carry it all with you. Simple as that. It’s easy to get hung up on the outcome you want – which often causes readers to fret about a reading long after it’s over. Learning to detach from the outcome and let the Universe sort things out – yeah, that’s a big one. Also, this card makes me think of boundaries. Saying no to brain pickers, internet thieves, and clients that aren’t a good fit…yep. Do this work for a while and you’ll find the same lessons apply.
How can you be open to learning and developing on this journey? Three of Cups – by engaging with other tarot readers. I do this every year at the annual Reader’s Studio, a big tarot conference. This is such a fantastic way to learn new things in tarot. Plus, I sure love my tarot community!
What is the potential outcome of your tarot journey? The Magician – hell yeah! The mastery of the skill. BAM! (Psst…I don’t believe anyone ever masters truly masters tarot – there is alway more to learn.)
This is a sweet spread for any tarot reader but I think it might be best for anyone who is just starting to step forward on the journey. I’m an old broad here so some of the energy around starting is long in my past but I still found some good insights!
If you’re a tarot reader or thinking of learning tarot – check this one out. What might you discover about you, tarot reader?
Okay – that marks the end of this little tarot spread test run. I’ll be taking the tarot wheel and hittin’ the road with a new spread next month. If you want to ride along with me, keep an eye on my blog. Happy tarot trails!
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016
images from The Fountain Tarot and the Thoth Tarot
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