Who was it that waxed pithily about consistency and hobgoblins and small minds? Well, Iâ€™m sure someone else came up with a snappy comeback about inconsistency and flightiness.
In my twenty years of playing with tarot, I cannot claim any sort of consistency in any area. Not one. And that includes my practices regarding spreads. I started off, as a mentioned previously, of collecting and using any published spread I could find. Then I spent many happy years creating new spreads for each and every question. There was the short-lived and non-productive â€śI donâ€™t need no stinkin spreads!â€ť phase, where I just tossed cards on the table and stared at them.
For a while I detested the Celtic Cross. Yeah, I know. In fact, Iâ€™m ashamed to say that I bash it pretty thoroughly in one of my books. But I have since come to recognize the value of the Celtic Cross and other basic spreads. I like knowing a spread as well as I know my cards. My brain can process things quicker that way and it allows me to see patterns and relationships between the cards easier, because Iâ€™m not busy trying to keep track of what the positions mean.
These days I tend to rely on a handful of spreads that are easily adapted to meet many situations as well as occasionally inventing new spreads on the spot. The Horseshoe Spread, which from what I understand has been around for a while but I learned about here, has become a favorite.
What are some of your go-to spreads? Or do you prefer to not rely on go-to spreads?
PS In the comments of the last post, Mitch asked about spreads: “Does the shape really matter or is it just fun?” He got a few answers in the comments. Look them over and share your responses. It is an interesting question.