Welcome to April! This month, weâ€™ll move on to something fresh and new. Instead of looking at the cards, weâ€™ll focus on how we use the cards. Thatâ€™s 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.
Iâ€™ve 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 Vegaâ€™s 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 donâ€™t 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. â€śOkay,â€ť she said, â€śIâ€™ve created a spread based on the things you talked about pertaining to your question.â€ť
She invented a spread right there on the spot! I didnâ€™t 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, whatâ€™s your spread story?