Tarot spreads

My 3 Favorite Tarot Card Spreads…

As I’m preparing for my upcoming webinar/online class on the Celtic Cross Tarot spread, I’ve been thinking a lot about spreads.

Tarot spreads I love, Tarot spreads that suck, and the spreads I come back to again and again like an old boyfriend.

So I thought I’d share my three favorites with you!

 

Celtic Cross Spread: Revamped

This is actually a spread I use quite a bit. It’s my own version of the Celtic Cross Tarot card spread. I wasn’t in love with the original Celtic Cross spread, so I switched some things up. For me reading with this spread feels like putting on a pair of old jeans – comfy and classic.

Celtic Cross Spread RevampedFor a full explanation of this spread, go here.

 

Self Love Spread

Don’t get too excited, it’s not as dirty as it sounds!
If you have my Tarot Card Spreads for Love, Sex & Relationships, you might recognize this one.

While this is an important Tarot spread for everyone to do, I haven’t done it in ages! Probably why I hate myself 🙁 Just kidding. But really, I need to remember to do this one at least once a year.

self love spreadGo here for the full description of this spread.

 

Connect with Your Spirit Guides & Angels Tarot Spread

Like the title suggests, this spread helps you connect to the more ethereal, divine side of your life. This spread is a really fun one and it’s fun to do this one when you’re trying to make a big decision or needing inspiration for a project or something…

connect with your spirit guide tarot spread

Go here for the full description of this Tarot card spread.

I hope you have a ball trying out these spreads and come join me on June 16th for my webinar on the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread 🙂

celtic cross banner 2What is your favorite, go-to Tarot spread?

let me know in the comments below….

How to Connect with Your Tarot Deck….Part 2

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about how to connect with your Tarot deck in three easy steps.

This article has proven to be the most popular article on my site, consistently getting the most views and comments – so I thought I would expand on the topic for those of you who are ready to take things a step further!

My favorite thing to do when I get a new deck (or if I am just feeling disconnected from an old deck) is to interview it. This sounds a little kooky at first, I know, but hear me out…

I like to think of my Tarot deck as a close friend – one who knows all my secrets and who gives fantastic advice when I need it most.

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Hezicos Tarot

And like a close friend, I would never just dump all my problems on her and then walk away without asking how she’s doing or what’s new in her life. So why would I treat my Tarot deck that way?

Truth of the matter is, sometimes I start thinking of my Tarot deck as just a stack of paper and I forget to treat it like a good friend – and that’s when my readings go to shit.

So take the time to get to know your Tarot deck. Ask it some deep questions.

  • What is your main mission or message in this world?
  • What is most important to you?
  • What do you want to share with me?
  • What would you like me to know about you?
  • Do you have a favorite card in this deck?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • Which card sums up your personality?
  • What can I do for you that would ensure we have a good relationship?

When I asked my Crystal Visions Tarot deck “what is most important to you?” I got The Hermit, which I interpreted as meaning that meditation and deep contemplation were meaningful things for this deck.

When I asked the same deck “what can I do to ensure a good relationship?” I got the Six of Pentacles – a card about give and take and helping each other. I often see this card as being about being able to receive help from another, so this card could mean that gratiously receiving the help that this deck will give me is what will ensure a good relationship.

But what if you get a weird card?

For example, you ask “what is your main mission in this world?” and you get The Devil. Good god! What does it mean?

crystal visions tarot the devil
Crystal Visions Tarot

 

Look at your cards in the most positive light possible. The Devil is all about addictions and having the opportunity to bring awareness into the cycle of addiction so that you can rise above it. So this could mean that your deck’s mission is to help you break out of destructive cycles in your life.

Have fun with these questions and feel free to share your results in the comments below!

Halloween Tarot Card Spread

Halloween is my favorite time of year.

It’s full of costumes and candy and lacks the obligatory, tiresome vibe of Christmas and Valentine’s. What’s not to love?

Every Halloween night I bust out my incense and candles and do a special Tarot reading for myself where I reflect on the past few months and make plans for the coming months.

So I thought I would design a fun, campy, Halloween themed Tarot spread to help you do the same thing!

Halloween Tarot Spread
For a printer friendly version of this spread, click here.

If you would like to see this spread in action, using the Anna K Tarot, here is my demonstration video:

I would love to hear what you think! How was this spread for you? And what are your big plans and goals for the coming Winter?

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread: Revamped!

I was bored reading with the original Celtic Cross Spread, so I decided to revamp it and add my own twist:

Celtic Cross Spread Revamped

1) You right now – This card represents what is going on for you right now. It indicates what you are thinking, feeling or doing.

2) Strongest influence – what is influencing you right now. This could be a particular energy, desire, person or event.

3) Hidden desires – Oh la la! This is what you really want. Social expectations be damned!

4) Snakeskin: what you’ve shed – what you’ve let go of, what is no longer a part of you or your life.

5) What you think you want – This may or may not be in alignment with #3 (what you really want), but this is a goal that you are actively pursuing.

6) Into the forest! What’s next? – As you go deeper into your life journey, what adventure will await you next?

7) Your relationship to your higher self – how connected or disconnected are you from the higher aspect of yourself?

8) Your role in your community – the role you often play at work, with friends and family and with the people you encounter in your day to day life.

9) The secret key to bliss! – what would make your life more blissful and fun.

10) Wonderful things that will happen – the good stuff that awaits you in the distant future.

  • What if you get a negative card in a "positive" position?

Negative cards represent blocks that, if dealt with and removed, will bring greater ease and joy into your life.

For example, if you get The Devil in the "key to bliss" position, it could indicate that dealing with your addictions will lead to a more blissful life.

Always keep the positive aspect of the negative cards in mind. If you get Three of Swords in the "role in my community" position, it could mean that you act as the shoulder to cry on when others are feeling down.

Watch this spread in action in my video below:

Please feel free to share your results with this spread in the comments below!

What Your “Higher Self” REALLY Wants You to Know (it may surprise you!)

Do you ever wonder what your “higher self” is trying to tell you?

Well guess what? Messing around with your Tarot cards is one of the best ways to find out!

But before I get to the real juice, I just want to say this – I really, really despise the term “higher self”. It sounds so snooty!

Whenever I hear that term, I get this picture of a much snobbier version of myself, reclining on a cloud, turning my nose up.

So from here on out, I will instead refer to the “Inner Self”. I like that phrase better, as it doesn’t sound so hierarchical and holier than thou. Plus, it just sounds more intimate and mysterious – like a deeper, truer part of myself.

Okay, so back to Tarot!

Our Inner Self communicates to us through symbols. We encounter symbols all the time – in dreams, waking life and of course in Tarot cards.

If we actively engage with those symbols, we can discover some fascinating things about ourselves.

Now what if you were to think of your next Tarot reading as a letter from your Inner Self to you?

A letter that is direct, to the point and maybe even a little bitchy!

Here’s an example of what I mean…

Me: “Inner Self, what lovely message do you have for me today?”

Inner Self: “OMG! I’m so glad you asked! You need to ____________ and __________ and for God’s sakes, stop __________________!”

When I did this exercise last night, this is what I got:

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Hezicos Tarot by Mary Griffin

I felt the message was pretty clear: “You need to make a decision and embrace being an outsider and for God’s sakes stop pretending to be helpless!

I found this Tarot exercise worked best when I limited my interpretation to one statement/sentence per card. This forced me to really feel for the essence of the card, rather than get all brainy and over-thinky about it.

Now, it’s your turn!

Shuffle your Tarot deck and as you lay out three cards, do so knowing that this is a letter from your Inner Self. As you turn your cards over, see if you can fill in the blanks:

“You need to _________ and _________ and for God’s sakes stop __________!”

Tip: Forget about the traditional card meanings and pay attention to the symbols that show up, the body language of the figures and of course, the overall feeling essence of the cards.

In the comments below, feel free to share your cards and your interpretation – I can’t wait to read it!!!

Tarot Spreads! Interview with Sasha Graham, Tarot Author

Join me as I sit down with “Tarot Diva” Sasha Graham as we talk about working with Tarot spreads, her B-horror movie career and her new book 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day.

We cover all kinds of  awesome Tarot topics, including:

Advantages to using a Tarot spread

Sasha’s tips for connecting the cards in a reading (these are good – take notes!)

Doing Tarot parties!

Predicting the future with Tarot – is it possible?

The one thing that B-horror movies, bellydancing, painting and Tarot reading all have in common…

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day will be out May 8, 2014 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

You can find Sasha Graham at SashaGraham.com and on her Tarot Diva blog.

In the comments below, let me know if you have a favorite Tarot spread to work with and what your biggest takeaway from this interview was!

New Tarot Spread for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day – with all it’s plastic flowers, heart shaped boxes, and creepy cupids – is almost here!

I know some of you may dread this day, while some of you might love it. Me, I like Valentine’s for one thing and one thing only….heart shaped chocolates. The way they form to the roof of my mouth as they melt sends shivers down my spine!

Anyhow, regardless of whether or not your in a relationship, we all have a relationship with ourselves. It’s the one relationship we can never leave….ever (shudder!) And I wanted to share a Tarot card spread from my e-book Tarot Card Spreads for Love, Sex & Relationships that everyone could enjoy. I didn’t want to leave anyone out in the cold!

So here it is….the Self Love Spread:

self love spreadWant more spreads like this one? How about a whole book of them?

tarot spreads for love, sex & relationships

This Valentine’s, do something romantic and delicious for yourself. I am planning on visiting the new, fancy chocolatier store in my town and then treating myself to a latte and an hour of sketching (or writing) in a nearby coffee shop. Eeeee! I feel seduced already!

In the comments below, tell me all about your Valentine’s day plans …..

New Years Tarot Spread: Mapping Out Your Year Ahead!

New Years Day is one of my favorite times to do a Tarot reading (along with Halloween and my birthday). This year, I have designed a special New Years Tarot Spread to help you get a snapshot of the year ahead as you sit down to write out your 2014 goals and envision what you want to create over the next 12 months.

New Years Tarot Spread

If you want to see this Tarot spread in action, check out my 2014 Tarot Forecast reading:

If you try out this spread, let me know how it worked for you. Specifically, what card did you get in the middle (position #5) and what does it mean for you? Tell me all about it in the reply section below…