I've been reading tarot cards for five years, and I usually inquire within the standard tarot spreads like the celtic cross, or three card spread.
To me, these spreads are better referred to as maps.
Each map defines the parameters of what you are able to discover within a reading by defining the number of card placements, the meaning of each placement, and the format in which the placements are laid.
I desired a map that would suit what I want to learn during this eclipse season, so I created one that would give me what I was looking for.
I welcome you to use the map I've created with your own tarot or oracle cards and I would love to hear about your experience.
There were some basic questions I had to ask myself if I was going to create my own tarot map for the eclipse:
- What do I want to know at this time?
- How can I create a map that would extract that information?
- What kinds of card placements do I want to include?
- How can I keep it as constructive as possible?
I decided I would ask what duality within myself needed the most unification at this time in a matter of 7 placements:
- 2 placements to indicate each aspect of the duality presenting itself for review.
- 2 placements to indicate what theme of the past within each aspect defines my historical challenges with it.
- 2 placements to indicate what would best help me grow past that theme.
- 1 placement to indicate what best to seek in order call the whole duality into harmony.
I'd defined the placements, their meaning and their relationship to each other, now I could seek to find my canvas with intention.
I went to Goodwill. I found a velvety sage green pillowcase that I bought for 2 bucks. Then, I went to see what colors would pair well with my choice.
Even though I knew what placements would be included, it wasn't until I had all the materials in hand that I formed a clear idea of how the they would appear.
Besides fuzzy memories of an Eeyore cross-stitch I made when I was 9 and the friendship bracelets I wove growing up, I'd never done this before.
I found myself drawing new relationships to my memories of those weaving methods in order to create in an unfamiliar way.
This circle represents what best to seek.
This circle represents the aspect of the duality that is influenced by the moon and its attributes.
This circle represents the aspect of the duality that is influenced by the sun and its attributes.
The 2 themes of the past, and the 2 best helps to grow will be represented by the clouds.
Personally, I'll locate these placements at diagonals from their counterparts.
If you decide to use this map for yourself, it doesn't matter how you choose to arrange these last placements as long as you commit to the intention of each one BEFORE you begin.
I'll strengthen my intentions by naming the placement as I set down each card in its location.
In the end, I didn't use all the colors I had intended because it felt better to concentrate emphasis on the placements themselves rather than extraneous design.
I'm excited to use this map! If you decide to use it too, I'm interested to hear your reflections.
Contact me if you'd like to set up a reading over Skype, phone, or FaceTime.
And did I mention it's a pillow?