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Sources for tarot spreads - books and websites

Post by Nemia » 22 Sep 2017, 06:37

Let's collect here our sources for spreads - I want to start with books.

Most tarot books have a spread section, and some are such wonderful sources for spreads that they'll be mentioned here, too (Benebell Wen and Katz/Goodwin, looking at you!). But let's start with spread-focused books.

My first book about spreads was "Power Tarot" by Phyllis Vega and Trish MacGregor. I bought it many years ago and it's very useful. Unfortunately, the authors felt the need to add card meanings to the first part of the book - there is such an abundance of card-meanings-books on the market that I feel this is superfluous.

Well, maybe I'm too harsh here? They give for every card a short introduction, the meaning in a reading, and specific meanings for work, romance, finances, health and spirituality. They finish each card of with an affirmation and that's nice too.

But the spread part is good. They sorted the spreads according to the number of cards used, and that's a surprisingly useful. You go from the simple to the complex and complicated. Over time, I found that I honed in on the four-to-seven cards spreads.

One of my all-time-favorite spreads is from this book.

Desire spread

1
2
3
4

1 - what you have
2 - what you desire
3 - what you need
4 - what you get

What is lacking in this book? It gives you fish but doesn't teach you to catch your own fish. There is no instruction on basic building stones of a spread, and how to make a good one yourself.

Nevertheless, this is a good book to have, and I have used mine pretty well over the last 16 years!

Barbara Moore's "Tarot Spreads: Layouts and Techniques to Empower Your Readings" is the answer to this lacuna. This book really has everything. Moore's intelligence and passion really jump from the page in this book. Just look how it's built up:

Tarot spread basics
Design principles and layouts
A collection of spreads
Techniques to add to any spread
How to modify spreads
Do-it-yourself spread design
How to do a 78-card reading

There are appendixes about curious old spreads and elemental dignities.

After reading this book, you really feel empowered to make up your own spreads - and this book offers so many good spreads that you'll want to try them all.

One of the most useful spreads in this books is called Barbara's General Spread, and here it is.

________1_________

2_______3_________4

________5__________

1: General overview of the situation
2-4: The experience or what will happen
5: outcome

This is such a nice and versatile spread. You go from focused (1) to broad and narrative (2 to 4) and back to focused again.

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Tierney Sadler, Deck of 1000 Spreads - and book!

Post by Nemia » 22 Sep 2017, 07:05

I have a soft spot for Tierney Sadler's Deck of 1000 Spreads. (I added some of my ideas how to work with that deck to her website but will write an update here soon). It's a brilliant idea and really useful, and there are many ways of using this deck.

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A simple linear spread designed using the Deck of 1000 Spreads

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The deck of 1000 spreads spreadcards used in a reading for a friend

Here, I want to tell you what I think of the book that comes with it.

Tierney shows you how can you best use her deck in order to design tailor-made spreads to every question and problem - but you can use her ideas without her cards, too, once you understand how spreads work and how they work for YOU.

She starts with basics about spreads and her spread cards. There are lots of ideas for "re-tooling" classic and traditional spreads, crafting new spreads, and divining new spreads. The book is concise, well-written and well-illustrated.

Her website (linked above) gives you more ideas how to work with spreads. I read her book before I found Barbara Moore's broader and more analytical book, but I still find it useful and inspiring. Whether you buy the Deck of 1000 Spreads or design your own spread maps (as I did, again before I found her deck) or spread cards, you make life easier for yourself, especially if you read for others or repeat the same spread regularly.

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Re: Sources for spreads - books and websites

Post by CharlotteK » 22 Sep 2017, 07:25

It's not a book - sorry - the only book I use for spreads is Barbara Moore's.

I admit to being a big fan of Pinterest for finding spreads. I have also found some really great spreads on Angelorum as she had developed a lot of spreads for 'personal development' which is mostly what I used Tarot for. We are using her "Mabon's Blessing" spread for our Sept Dark Decks Reading club:

http://angelorum.co/tarot-spreads-tools ... velopment/

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Pinterest - search tarot spreads

Post by Nemia » 22 Sep 2017, 07:36

Pinterest - oh yes, I use Pinterest, too!

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Re: Sources for spreads - books and websites

Post by Barleywine » 22 Sep 2017, 12:50

For general reading, I stick mostly with the standards: the Celtic Cross, the first operation of the Opening of the Key, and variations on the 3-card and 5-card line. For specific topic areas, I will say immodestly that I've found none better than those I create myself, although I've been known to steal an idea now and then.

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Barleywine's tarot spreads

Post by Nemia » 22 Sep 2017, 14:55

Dear Barleywine, I think you know that I saved every. single. one. of your spreads in my Evernote Tarot folder. Your spreads are complex, intelligent and unique. I'm waiting for the day you put them out as a book. A self published e-book, don't you think that would be great?

You can post some more here :-) two are not enough!

And I have the link to your spreads on AT here. I hope you don't mind I posted it :-)

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Re: Barleywine's tarot spreads

Post by Barleywine » 22 Sep 2017, 16:20

Nemia wrote:
22 Sep 2017, 14:55
Dear Barleywine, I think you know that I saved every. single. one. of your spreads in my Evernote Tarot folder. Your spreads are complex, intelligent and unique. I'm waiting for the day you put them out as a book. A self published e-book, don't you think that would be great?

You can post some more here :-) two are not enough!

And I have the link to your spreads on AT here. I hope you don't mind I posted it :-)
I keep adding more spreads before I get around to doing it. I posted 60 or so at AT; I have around 80 now. I've been posting them on my blog when I create them, which is a form of publishing. I thought I had posted the AT link here too, but it may have been another forum. Since you've done it, I don't need to.

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Re: Sources for tarot spreads - books and websites

Post by Nemia » 22 Sep 2017, 16:27

It's very well possible but why not have it here twice? Please add also your blog link! Your spreads are great.

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Re: Sources for tarot spreads - books and websites

Post by Barleywine » 22 Sep 2017, 17:04

Here's the link. In the Categories drop-down you can search separately on Tarot Spreads and Lenormand Spreads. There are a total of 69 spreads there now, although I have 78 in my binder. I must have missed posting a few. Be sure to page down to the notes most of them have; they explain the logic and method of use.

https://parsifalswheeldivination.com/

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