So many things keep me busy these days that this blog doesn’t get nearly as many updates as I’d prefer, but my daily draw today (The Hermit) told me to take some *me time* — and I intend to do just that. Tarot seemed like the perfect solution, seeing as my Linestrider deck arrived today. AND I finally got a chance to catch up on my dear friend’s triumphant return to tarot bloggery: la reine de l’air!
Well, she did a full moon reading inspired by Kayla’s reading, which used Little Red’s very lovely looking Personal Compass Spread. At first, I thought to myself, “Personal compass? Probably not a spread I can use at the moment, but I’ll read her post anyway, of course.” And then as I was reading it I began to realize that a compass is exactly what I need right now!
It’s been a while since I posted on here (you don’t even want to know how many drafts I have sitting there half finished. Why do I have to have so many things I want to do and so little time with which to do them all?!). So, before I get to the reading, I probably need to give you a bit of a… My Life update.
My husband finished his degree in December — huzzah!
He landed a pretty fantastic job — huzzah!
This job requires that he spend 6 months in training … in another country!
When he returns, we will have to move, and we don’t know where yet.
He left last week, and my life has been a whirlwind since… well, since January, really.
Now, the tarot part of this post…
I decided I needed to do another spread for the whole year, like I did for 2014. People say that it’s hard to do predictive readings like this, and while I generally agree, I do feel like the spread I did for 2014 was helpful, and so I wanted it again for this year. Yes, I am aware that it’s already halfway through February, but I don’t care. [Decks used: Prisma Visions & The New Tarot]
We did readings for ourselves, drawing one card for each month of the year. They did theirs clockwise. I did mine counter-clockwise to match my internal synesthetic calendar. :P Below are the quick notes I captured on paper while doing this spread. I’m not going to add a bunch of additional explanation or analysis here, because I just am too emotionally exhausted to do so. At least, what I have here is my notes, which is what I really wanted anyway.
Okay, look. Call me a copycat if you want, but when I saw Irmata’s Deck Interview Conference Call last month, I knew I wanted to do this, too. Getting to know new decks can be kind of difficult for me, especially since I don’t read all that often (but I can’t resist buying new decks!). So. Welp. Yes, I’m even using her spread (mostly), because it’s just so damn perfect.
I’ve gotten a few decks in the past 6 months that I still don’t really know how to read. Tonight, I’ve called them together so I can more properly make their acquaintance. My guests for the evening are:
Sun and Moon Tarot (yes, I’ve read with it a couple times so far, but it still seems… off…)
Darkana Tarot (got from a Kickstarter campaign and have barely had time to even look at it yet!)
Have you ever created your own spread? If so, how effective is it?
Well, the short answer is no. The long answer is probably also very close to no.
I really don’t feel confident enough in my tarot skills yet to try creating my own spreads. Most of the time I use a spread created by someone else. Probably the closest I’ve come to creating my own spread is something like this. For example, if the querent wants to know about her career and her love life, I’ll pull 3 cards for each topic and lay them out in rows.
An example of my super awesome technique, demonstrated with the Mary-El Tarot
It’s not really making my own spread, but utilizing the 3-card spread multiple times within the same reading. I’ve had plenty of success with this method (I mean, it’s kind of hard to mess up).
Okay, sorry, I know this is pretty boring. Are you tired of hearing me talk about the 3-card spread yet? I know I’m getting tired of mentioning it. Hah!