Do you know people who love to make jewelry but donâ€™t wear it, love to bake but donâ€™t eat sweets, or something like that? I am that way with spreads. I really love creating spreads; I donâ€™t mean the on-the-spot specific spreads, but more general spreads. I make them up, test them, use them a while, and then forget that I made them. I donâ€™t like testing them out on clients right away, so I make up people and pretend to read for them using the spreads. You all do that, too, right?
One of the places I turn for inspiration for creating spreads is the decks themselves. For example, for the Mystic Faerie Tarot, the theme of the deckâ€”a magical faerie gardenâ€”inspired a number of spreads and their too-cute-for-words titles. Like the Dew Drop (for a one card spread). Hey, I thought it was cute. Maybe youâ€™d like the Love Me, Love Me Not Daisy Spread? That one was for love and romance.
When creating spreads for Shadowscapes Tarot, the cards themselves inspired me. Hereâ€™s one I called Balancing Act.
This spread was inspired by the two of pentacles card in the Shadowscapes Tarot. It is a card about precarious balancing. In our lives, there are times when we must juggle many things: responsibilities, obligations, wants, needs, desires, etc. Sometimes these have to do with our external life, things that we do in our day-to-day existence. Sometimes they have to do with an inner balance of beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. This is a good spread for those situations. It helps you understand yourself and the environment that is surrounding and affecting your efforts. It also reminds you that even during these times of balance, nothing is every truly stable. Everything is in the process of coming or going. As you maintain the illusion of balance, what is really being created? What is actually being destroyed?
1. You: this card shows you something that you need to know about yourself in this situation. It can be how you are positively or negatively affecting the situation or how it is affecting you.
2. Creating: this card shows what is in the process of being created. This could be something tangible or intangible. It could be what you intended to create or it could be something you werenâ€™t expecting.
3. Destroying: this card shows what is in the process of being destroyed. This could be something tangible or intangible. It could be what you intended to destroy or it could be something you werenâ€™t intending on destroying.
4. Wind: this card, like the zephyr in the two of pentacles, represents the external environment that affects the situation. This card will show if it is beneficial or not. It will show if it is changing or remaining stable.
If you like to create spreads, where do you find inspiration?