Review – Tarot Spreads

Tarot Spreads - Barbara Moore

 

Tarot Spreads

Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Reading

Author/Barbara Moore

Publisher/Llewellyn Publications 2012

ISBN:  978-0-7387-2784-4

Before we get started, I just wanted to say that I love the cover design.  Who would have thought a gray book cover could be so pretty?

(Excerpt from the Introduction)

“Our wonderful world of tarot spreads begins with examining the role of spreads in a reading.  After we establish the importance of a spread’s job, then we can discuss how layout design influences a reading by affecting interpretation.”

Did you ever wonder where Tarot spreads came from?  Where are they developed and tested?  Is it necessary to use predetermined spreads/positions when reading Tarot or Oracle cards?  Will a spread be “ruined” if you modify it?  Will the Tarot Gods reach down and snatch you bald headed if you dare to entertain the idea of creating your own Tarot spreads?

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Card by Card – Two of Swords

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

If you missed last weeks post on the Three of Pentacles, you can read about it here.

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Two of Swords is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Two of Swords we’ll be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.

The suit of Swords is usually associated with the element of Air and is sometimes also known as daggers, spears, and at times just by the name of the element itself.  What does it mean when the Two of Swords turns up in a reading?  The suit of Swords engage our intellect usually by presenting challenges.  That’s not to say that the challenges are all gloom and doom, because they aren’t.

In Tarot For Life by Paul Quinn, the attributes listed for the Two of Swords are:  Indecision; Unresolved, impartial, discerning, cool-headed, striving to be objective, suspending judgment, embracing paradox, avoiding premature decision, procrastination.

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Card by Card – Three of Pentacles

The Aquatic Tarot Three of Pentacles

If you missed last weeks post on the Two of Wands, you can read about it here.

The Three of Pentacles is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

Let’s take a look and see what we can discover about the Three of Pentacles.  The first one up is from the Aquatic Tarot.    As far as I can tell there is no (lwb) for this deck, so I will be consulting Tarot Your Everyday Guide by Janina Renee, to help get us started.

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