“No Spread” Tarot Spreads

The “No Spread” spread… Yesterday, I posted about using big spreads versus little ones. As we discussed this week in the Tarot Toolkit class that I’m co-teaching, though, you can also use no spread at all. It’s okay to just pull cards – whatever number feels right – and see what kind of meaning you can … More “No Spread” Tarot Spreads

Tarot Tip:Lack of Humanity

Yesterday, I posted about how the RWS deck was noteworthy in part because it added scenes to the Minor cards.  Instead of a few Suit emblems bobbing in a sea of featureless white background, we finally had people and other beings actually doing things in these cards.  Granted, the Aces each feature only a celestial … More Tarot Tip:Lack of Humanity

Tarot Tip: Scenic Minors

One of the greatest innovations of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck was the creation of scenic Minors.  Instead of, say, four Cups or six Wands emblazoned on a plain white background (as in early Tarot “pip” cards), you now had Minors that were every bit as populated and detailed as the Majors, with actual characters and fleshed-out scenarios. So the tip … More Tarot Tip: Scenic Minors

Tarot Tip: Reading Space

Obviously, it’s not always possible to trick out a given area before you get busy with your cards. For example, if you’re reading for someone in a coffee shop, you can’t really violate local fire codes by setting up handfuls of candles and incense, and you can’t demand that the local populace shut its collective … More Tarot Tip: Reading Space

Tarot Tip: Point of View Characters

Tarot Tip: Point of View Characters. You’re not under any obligation to read a card in the same fashion every time it comes up in a reading. One characteristic that can vary each time out of the gate is point of view. That is, which character in the card (if any) represents the subject of … More Tarot Tip: Point of View Characters

Tarot: Yes/No Questions

Along with questions about the timing of events, Tarot practitioners often consider binary yes/no questions to be some of the inquiries that Tarot is most ill-equipped to handle.  After all, using Tarot to answer questions isn’t really the same thing as flipping a coin.  Or at the very least, it’s like flipping a 78-sided coin — … More Tarot: Yes/No Questions

Tarot Tip: What *Isn’t* There…?

When you practice Tarot, you spend a tremendous amount of energy on examining what’s there in a reading: “What cards show up, and which of their meanings can apply in the context of this reading…?” Take a look at this example reading… Let’s say it’s looking into a potential new romance.  Of the cards revealed … More Tarot Tip: What *Isn’t* There…?

The Arrow In Flight Spread

Tarot Tip: You can make up your own spreads. You’re not required to stick to the Celtic Cross spread, for example, just because everyone else seems to use it. You can create spreads to suit your needs, and they can be based on visual designs, symbols, themes… Here’s one I cooked up to look at … More The Arrow In Flight Spread

Tarot Tip: On Adding Other Metaphysical Systems…

♈️ Once you start studying Tarot, you’ll quickly realize that it’s become common practice to use other metaphysical systems in conjunction with it. Some of the cards in the RWS even tell you this outright if you know what to look for, and where to find it. ♉️ ♊️ For one example, concepts drawn from Astrology … More Tarot Tip: On Adding Other Metaphysical Systems…