Party Spread

A question on the Tarot Talk Google+ community inspired this post. One of the members wanted to know if he could read more than one person at a time, like at a party, using the same spread. I think this is a great idea given the right party and people. I think it should be kept rather lighthearted and focused on the group dynamics and individual personalities, rather than trying to be predictive.

Let’s say there are nine people at the party. You choose one card to represent each person and then look at the layout to see how everyone interacts based on the visual cues. Here’s a real reading using imaginary people. I only used the court cards but you could use the whole deck or maybe just the Majors.

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Over the Moon Tarot deck
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The party goers:

Jerry (Page of Wands)

Steve (Queen of Pentacles)

Katrina (Queen of Swords)

Daphne (Page of Cups)

Debbie (King of Wands)

Mark (Knight of Wands)

Patti (Queen of Cups)

Stacey (Page of Swords)

Bill (Queen of Wands)

What do you observe about them and their interactions? Who came to the party together? Who has mentally checked out of the party? Where are the conflicts? Who is the life of the party? These are some possibilities….

There is a couple at the center of this group — Debbie and Bill — The King and Queen of Wands respectively. Debbie keeps the group in harmony (this King plays music). Debbie wears the pants in the relationship — Bill simply dances to whatever music Debbie plays. They came to the party with Jerry and Mark (the other Wands).

There are three people who are not really engaged in the festivities. They are all facing outside the spread. Patti, who is constantly looking at herself in the mirror, brought sidekick Daphne, who doesn’t want to be there and definitely isn’t having any fun. Mark, a natural salesman, is actually outside, selling bootleg CDs from his car trunk.

Jerry who always looks busy running around and often misplaces things (Page of Wands is missing a shoe), has to run interference between Steve and Katrina. Notice how the Queen of Pentacles and Queen of Swords are having a face off. Everyone at the party knows Steve and Katrina don’t get along…perhaps it’s just some misplaced sexual tension.

Stacey doesn’t notice anything that’s going on with the people at the party. An animal lover, she spends her time trying to get the pet parakeet to repeat her name.

What do you see?

My Hateful to Grateful Reading

I did The Tarot Lady’s Hateful to Grateful tarot spread. It helps you to see the good in the bad. I decided to go through the deck and consciously select my first card for the HATEFUL part, the way Theresa does. The 5 of Swords seemed to reflect my pain the best — the little girl left crying alone in the street represents me and the man in the card represents my ex who stole my heart and ran away.

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The Knight of Pentacles was chosen at random from the deck. Ironically, this card showed up in Theresa’s reading too, although she used the Rider-Waite deck. In this image, a man is helping a woman up the stairs. He reminds me of a doorman. What’s interesting is that he’s wearing a similar hat and colors as the thief in the 5 of Swords so this doorman represents my ex which means I’m symbolized by the woman. My take-away from this pairing is that my experiences in that relationship helped me to evolve (step up to a new level of understanding) on many levels. I get the sense that I have “graduated” from a pattern of relationship experiences and now I’m ready for new ones. And I am very grateful for that.

COMBO THIS: 7 of Wands + The Emperor

Have you been following @mzzlee #TarotToo weekly combinations via Twitter? Her latest combo is the 7 of Wands + The Emperor. Here’s this combo with my Over the Moon Tarot deck. What do these 2 cards say to us when they appear together in a reading? My ideas are below.

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Trying to relax and forget a really stressful day.
Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon: I’m too old for this sh*t!
A little boy getting in trouble and Dad doesn’t know—–yet.
No matter who tries to de-throne me, I’m the king of my castle.
What do you see? Add your comments about this combination.

My Jerk Whisperer Reading

I found this hilarious post and wonderful spread on Tarotize — Jerk Whisperer Tarot Spread. I immediately did my own reading.  I teach adult continuing education classes at several schools and, at one in particular, a few students who appear to be part of a clique, disrespectfully and blatantly carry on conversations while I’m teaching. Also, a few evaluations have stood out for their negative comments. It’s only a few students and I know one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch but it’s really shaken my confidence and willingness to teach more classes at the school next year. So the question I posed for this spread was: What do I need to know about the negative feedback and disrespect I’ve received at this school?

I adapted some of Lisa’s meanings to fit my own understanding of the spread. Here is the layout and the cards chosen from my Over the Moon Tarot deck.

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I am struck by the visual presentation of this reading. Looking at the top row, the 8s which represent advice, show a solemn and slow energy in contrast to the Page of Wands. In the second row, the Magician is making pies in the center and is flanked by someone begging for food and another person selling food.

(1) Me and how I’m coping right nowMagician…I’m making the most delicious pies/teaching the most desirable classes that everyone wants.

(2) My inspiration impulsePage of Wands…movement, staying busy, so many projects, things to do and people to see…but also running away.

(3) The jerk brigade – the jerk’s perspective 6 of Pentacles…the jerks are represented by the old beggar who keeps begging for my pies, acting like I owe him/them something, and I barely have anything left to give.

(4) How I can support myself/how to deal w/them and any human or divine support system I haveKnight of Wands…ignore them and keep selling my pies, promoting my classes.

(5) How to let go of my attachment to the jerk’s input8 of Swords…pout in a corner for a long time?? Actually, this card suggests surrender to me, not to the jerk but to the fact that I cannot change what anyone does.

(6) Result/outcomeStrength…a power struggle…we both want something from each other and each person thinks the other has it easier.

(7) Best approach or overall guidance8 of Cups…I had to look at the spread a few times to notice this but in this card the boy is walking down the path toward home while the Page of Wands is running down the path away from home. Actually, this makes me revisit (2). Perhaps it reflects my impulse rather than my inspiration. My impulse is to run away from home (in this case, the school). But the 8 of Cups visually gives the advice of going back home (continuing to teach at the school).

Make an Oracle Deck on Printerstudio.com

I’m a little addicted to card decks. I have had many night-time dreams of finding the perfect tarot deck. Alas, it has not become a reality. So, I’ve started to create my own oracle decks on www.printerstudio.com. I like the easy drag-and-drop interface and ways you can customize your deck. Here are a few I’ve created:

Over the Moon Tarot – a tarot deck of 78 cards + blank card featuring images from The Real Mother Goose book (Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com).

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The Cinderella Deck – a deck of 54 cards (27 images repeated twice), featuring 27 images from The Wonderful Story of Cinderella – Rhymed and Retold (Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com). It’s turning out to be a great deck for love and relationship readings.

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Pathways to the Soul – a deck of 54 cards featuring photographs of pathways. I’ll be using this as a personal meditation and soul coaching deck (Images courtesy of Photorack.net).

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Made any decks on Printerstudio.com? Add a link to the images in the comments section!