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Playing With The Cards

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on April 15, 2010 | Comments (1)

There are two areas that I plan on exploring rather intensively over the next few months and I’d love to hear about any adventures you may be having with similar ideas.

Ever since I learned Josephine Ellershaw’s Life and Anchor Reading in Easy Tarot, I’ve been bewitched by the idea she presents. This reading is really two spreads that are read in tandem. The Anchor uses the Major Arcana only. The Life Spread uses the whole deck. Ideally, you should have two of the same deck, so you can use the Majors for the Anchor and the other full deck for the Life Reading. I tried using two different decks and decided that it is much easier using the same. Because you are using so many cards, it is easier visually if you see an Empress in the Anchor and then the same Empress in the Life Reading, and such repetitions are important to note.

While I love Josephine’s concept, her specific spread is not a good match for me. So, I really want to work on inventing a spread or two of my own that incorporates two decks in this manner.

The other idea I’m working with is actually playing with the cards. That is, once a certain number of cards are selected and are in play, so to speak, what can be done with them? Do they have to stay in their spots? Does anything useful happen if we move them around? Discard one and draw another? I recently spent a weekend at a cabin with friends where I spent a lot of time playing Soltaire while visiting. It reminded me of how much I love just playing with the cards. That has to translate to tarot somehow.

So, come on! Let’s play!

Just a reminder…the next three entries will be posted from the Readers Studio and with any luck will include pictures. I won’t have Photoshop on my laptop, so they may not be perfect, but I’ll do my best.

Reader Comments

Written By Joanne
on April 15th, 2010 @ 8:11 am

In the 2006 Tarot Reader, there is an article by Mark McElroy, Tarot for Two. Tammy and I have played it several times with pretty amazing results. We then expanded it to include our daughter and her husband. They both come from a pretty strict church experience and have only just begun to read Harry Potter so tarot was way off limits to them. They gained so much insight into their relationship issues and have even begun to make changes based on the results of the games. Their minds have been changed about the evils of tarot cards AND they can work on their relationship in a positive direction.

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