Welcome to April! This month, we‚Äôll move on to something fresh and new. Instead of looking at the cards, we‚Äôll focus on how we use the cards. That‚Äôs a long way of saying: April is Spreads Month!
But just one last note about the Hierophant. Studying a card from various decks is a fun and interesting way to delve deeper into an archetype. My friend, Helen, did just that and her month-long study culminated in a fascinating meditation that she wrote about here.
I‚Äôve always loved spreads at least as much as I love the cards themselves. From the very beginning of my tarot journey, I collected every spread I could and jumped for joy whenever I found a book with many spreads. One of my favorites was Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega‚Äôs Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Questions.
I am not sure where I thought spreads came from, but I had this idea that you had to use a spread that had been published. Remember, this was back in early 1990s and I don‚Äôt know about you, but the internet was definitely not a part of my life the way it is now. In fact, when I went through my ATA certification in the mid-1990s, my mentor and I corresponded via snail mail. So, my world of spreads was fairly limited.
Then I met Rachel Pollack and my world exploded (in a good way). She was in the Twin Cities for an event and was taking readings. I booked one. Nervous and excited, I sat down. She asked what my question was. Then she took out a little piece of paper and began scribbling. ‚ÄúOkay,‚ÄĚ she said, ‚ÄúI‚Äôve created a spread based on the things you talked about pertaining to your question.‚ÄĚ
She invented a spread right there on the spot! I didn‚Äôt know you could do that!
And that experience changed my life. I started creating spreads, both for general use and, as Rachel did for me, very specific to the question being explored.
So, to start off our month of spreads, what‚Äôs your spread story?