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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - March 2013

Personalize Your Tarot Readings Through Spreadcrafting
by Tierney Sadler

Llewellyn.com - March 2013

A good tarot reading is often like a story, reconstructing, constructing, and forecasting relevant pieces of a person's life to bring understanding about a particular topic. While our tarot cards reveal the details of the story, it's the spread that provides the outline and asks all the right questions. You can find spreads in books or online, but the best way to make sure you get one to fully address your specific question is to create it yourself.

The spread is the structure or the layout of a tarot reading. Each position in the spread gives you a context for how to read the tarot card that lands in that position. So, say you get the Three of Swords, the traditional card for indicating heartbreak. If it lands in the Past position of the spread, it might indicate that a past heartbreak is influencing the current situation. Get the same card in the Hopes and Fears position and it could suggest that you not only have a fear of heartbreak, but that you might actually have a desire for your current relationship to end, whether consciously or subconsciously.

What really goes into crafting a spread?
Beyond providing the context in which your tarot cards are read, spreads are complex animals. Each position is threaded together to form a snapshot of the querent's situation—so when you create your own spreads, you'll want to choose positions that tell the story you want to hear about. Then you want to put them in an order that reveals the story in a logical manner. Additionally, you may want to add shape to a spread to focus its energy, like fashioning a love reading in the shape of a heart or a Cupid's arrow.

If you really want to get nerdy about crafting your own spreads, you may also want to consider the interplay between positions—how certain spread positions work together to reveal a third position—and group spread positions together accordingly in the spread's design. We see this type of arrangement in a Celtic Cross, where the left side of the spread gives a concise snapshot of the situation and the right side of the spread shows how the attitudes of yourself and others impact that snapshot to cause the outcome. It's also seen in the way all the cards on the left of the Celtic Cross encircle the Situation and Crossing positions, each exerting equal and direct impact on the pair of cards in the center.

So, spreadcrafting can run the spectrum from a simple one-card spread to more complex ones, depending on how deep you want to get into the art and theory of the craft. As I started diving down into its complexities, I realized that trying to craft a spread with pen and paper just wasn't cutting it for me; if I wanted to move the cards around or rename them, I had to scratch things out and it became all too messy and frustrating. Then I lit on a better way—The Deck of 1000 Spreads.

How Can the Task of Spreadcrafting Be Simplified?
The Deck of 1000 Spreads is a deck of oversized cards with spread position names on each card. While you're crafting your spreads, simply sift through the cards and pick out the positions you want in your spread. Once you have your card positions chosen, you can move the cards around into different order, switch positions out with new ones, and move the cards into different spread shapes—without ever putting pen to paper. It's a three-dimensional, visual system of creating spreads faster, more easily, and more enjoyably than ever before.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - March 2013

by Llewellyn

1. You've recently put together The Deck of 1000 Spreads. What inspired you to create the deck?

Simply put, frustration is what inspired me to create The Deck of 1000 Spreads. Most of the time when I would give readings, it would be at a tarot meetup or over coffee with a friend. Because of the spontaneous nature, I usually didn't have paper with me, so I would make up a spread on the fly. As I was dealing out the cards, I would say, "This is the Situation, and this is What is Hidden, and this is what your Partner thinks," and so on. By the time I was done, I'd have maybe seven tarot cards on the table, and usually about the time I got to the third card, I'd forgotten what position I said it was going to be! Even if I had paper available, having to write stuff down while I was "in the zone" was annoying. Or if I was at home creating a spread on my computer or on paper, the editing process and logistics of it got on my nerves. I just felt there had to be a way to craft spreads easier and without taking me out of the "zone." Then one day it hit me—a deck of spread cards!

2. There is already a great deal of books and decks about tarot spreads available; what makes The Deck of 1000 Spreads stand out from this crowd?

There are certainly books about spreads and spreadcrafting out there, but there has never been a deck of cards like The Deck of 1000 Spreads. It's a deck of sixty-five cards, each with a different spread position name on it. Choose the positions you want for your spread one-by-one, then move them around and arrange them as you like. It's a visual, tactile, three-dimensional way of creating spreads and, short of making your own version, you won't find anything else like it for tarot. It's a whole different category of tarot tool, and it opens the door to new techniques people haven't been able to do before. The companion book that comes with the deck has a lot of information about spreadcrafting and has a number of sample spreads in it, but it distinguishes itself from other spread books by describing the color-coded spreadcrafting system of The Deck of 1000 Spreads itself. While there's a lot of great information in the book, people will be buying this kit for the cards and its simplified spreadcrafting system.

3. My tarot experience is limited; would I still be able to use the deck to create my own spreads?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - March 2013

Faeries and Love
by Cassandra Eason

The lore of the faery realm has, like the world of humans, traditionally focused on love—both tales of faery lovers and of fey beings who have fallen in love with mortals and sometimes tried to keep them forever in their faery kingdoms. These stories, whether perceived as pure lore or used as a way of explaining past mortal occurrences, tell the tales of true love, of faery temptresses, of lover's quarrels, and more. Cassandra Eason, author of The Magick of Faeries, explains the possible history behind these tales.

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How Does a Psychic Reading Happen?
by Karen Page

What can you expect during a psychic reading? Are they all the same? Karen Page, psychic for over forty years and author of My Life Across the Table, discusses what clients can anticipate during a psychic reading with her.

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Invoking the Angels
by Migene González-Wippler

Most people think of angels as ethereal beings, dressed in white, diaphanous gowns, with gossamer wings and shiny halos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Angels are very real, but they have no physical substance. So, who are the angels, and how do we contact them? Migene González-Wippler, author of The Kabbalah & the Magic of Angels, explains.

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Llewellyn.com - New Releases - March 2013

Anatomy of a Haunting, by Lee Strong
Anatomy of a Haunting
by Lee Strong


Angel Whispers, by Maudy Fowler and Gail Hunt
Angel Whispers
by Maudy Fowler and Gail Hunt


Classical Feng Shui for Wealth & Abundance, by Master Denise Liotta Dennis
Classical Feng Shui for Wealth & Abundance
by Master Denise Liotta Dennis


The Deck of 1000 Spreads, by Tierney Sadler
The Deck of 1000 Spreads
by Tierney Sadler


The Kabbalah & Magic of Angels, by Migene González-Wippler
The Kabbalah & Magic of Angels
by Migene González-Wippler


The Magick of Faeries, by Cassandra Eason
The Magick of Faeries
by Cassandra Eason


My Life Across the Table, by Karen Page
My Life Across the Table
by Karen Page


Premonitions in Daily Life, by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst
Premonitions in Daily Life
by Jeanne Van Bronkhorst

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