Most of the time, I create tarot spreads for specific questions. Sometimes, though, I am inspired by a quote, a particular card, or even a whole deck. Anything can provide inspiration for spread creation. Here is how a deck inspired me and the resulting spread.

From Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings 

True Magic Spread

A few years ago, I did some writing for an Italian. Each magazine came with a tarot deck and part of my job was to create spreads that were inspired by the deck. Here’s an example; it is called the True Magic Spread and was created for The Sorcerer’s Tarot.





4                      5



1                      2                      3



The Sorcerers Tarot explores the realm of magic, which is really a part of all things and within each of us. The deck’s premise is that as children, we seem to intuitively understand magic and how to use it. As we grow up, obligations, logic, and other priorities create a wall between magic and us. The Sorcerers Tarot is meant to help us connect, again, to our magical abilities.

While children have a natural connection with magic, anyone, who wishes to become more skilled at seeing and using magic can do so. In the cards of this deck, many of the young magicians wear pointed hats. These pointed hats represent a magical practice known as the Cone of Power. The Cone of Power is when a magician raises magical energy and directs it according to his will. Is this metaphoric or real? You will have to determine that for yourself. In either case, the concept makes for an interesting spread.

You can use the True Magic Spread to look at any situation or question with magical eyes. It can help you see what you may have missed and discover some “magical” ideas.

  1. What you have: The energy or resources that you have, whether or not you realize it.


  1. What you need: Energy or a resource that will benefit the situation. You should make an effort to acquire it.


  1. Who will help: This is someone who can help you. They may be right under your nose, so don’t overlook anyone’s value.


  1. What to do: This is an action you should take to increase the power or benefit of the energy or resources represented in cards 1 – 3.


  1. What not to do: This is something that your non-magical self thinks is a good idea, but that your magical self knows will be counter-productive in the situation.


  1. Outcome: If all the advice in this reading is followed, this is the best likely outcome. Whether positive or negative, find the magic in it.


The bottom row of the spread, cards 1 – 3, represent the gathering of energy (or resources), which is the first step in creating a Cone of Power. The second row, cards 4 and 5, focus on how to increase and amplify the energy. The top card, card 6, shows what happens if this energy is manifested.


Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...