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Martie Groenewald
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Have you ever thought, "Never again"? Then this spread is for you. Most tarot spreads are about doing something, taking action, and solving the problem. This spread is about never repeating an action ever again. The spread How did it happen? Why did it happen? How can I make sure it never happens again? A sample reading My problem statement: I procrastinated on writing a blog post and missed the deadline. I don't want that to happen again. Deck: Tarot of Mystical Moments. I drew these cards, laid out in a row from left to right: When I look at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Do you use tarot cards for creative writing? Something bad happened When I created the "Something bad happened" technique, I mentioned that it can be used for journalling and creative writing. I think, however, the creative-writing aspect of the technique deserves more space. So here it is: something horrifying happened to your protagonist. How can she respond? Crisis and action Lay out five cards as illustrated. The sequence doesn't matter. Starting with the vertical row, let the three cards describe facets of the crisis or a sequence of beginning, middle, and end. Tell the story. Now for the horizontal row.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Do you use tarot cards to solve problems? Be careful you don’t make the wrong assumptions! What do I mean by that? If you assume things, you will ask the wrong questions, choose the wrong spreads, and waste your tarot reading. We make assumptions based on our background, experiences, and beliefs. For example, if the querent wants to save money and you're into finance, you might think it’s all about numbers, but forget their feelings. If you’re good at empathy, you might understand that others spend money for emotional reasons, but not think about the practical stuff. We see the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Contents An overview Individual cards If a card doesn't make sense Patterns Ask 10 tarot readers how to read tarot, and you will get 10 answers. I don't have the ultimate guide to reading tarot cards, but here is a list of items to help you delve deeply into a reading. To see how I use these tips, look at I want to get fit again! A tarot reading. The list items below are not rules. You don't have to use them all or in any specific order. It might seem too analytical to follow a checklist for a tarot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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It’s time for a sample reading! I want to get fit again, so I reached for my cards for inspiration. I used a spread from The Sceptic’s Tarot on reaching a goal. This time of year, reality has set in, and some of our goals have already bitten the dust. I want to remain enthusiastic about my goal and be fit again by the middle of the year. I chose the Fantastic Menagerie deck from Magic Realist Press because I enjoy the deck’s quirkiness and energy. I didn't use reversals in this reading. A little background In January 2023, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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If you believe tarot cards can reveal hidden things, it’s tempting to delve into someone else’s head. What does he feel about me? Is my ex going out with someone else? If so, who? How can I get my mother-in-law to move out? Why did she do that? This is called “other reading” or “third-party reading.” You can also call it psychic stalking. What you are asking is for the cards to reveal someone else’s secret feelings, thoughts, desires, motivations, and fears. Or maybe you want to know how to control their actions. To put it mildly, it's like stepping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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In her book Under the never sky, Victoria Rossi asks, “If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?” It is such a profound statement that I thought it needed to be explored with tarot cards. Here you go: What is the fear I'm going through? What will give me comfort? What will give me courage? As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You might also consider my tarot-reading course, "Reading the cards for your self." If you like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2024 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Xmas, whether you celebrate it or not, is the ideal time to look back at what was good in the year past and dream a little about the year to come. This spread looks complicated; just read the cards as indicated below. You start with reading the three columns of three cards each: Cards 1, 2, and 3: Three things that gave your life meaning in the past year Cards 4, 5, and 6: Three things you are grateful for Cards 7, 8, and 9: Three things you have learned Now you read the same cards, but diagonally, again starting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Ready for another variation on reading tarot cards? The usual way to read the cards is to shuffle your deck and draw, face-down, the cards you need for a spread. Occasionally, for special techniques, you will go through the cards face-up and select cards. (In my Chosen cards technique, for example, you select cards you feel are appropriate.) For the optimist’s technique, you choose the cards you want to see in a reading—perhaps the ‘nice’ cards, such as the Sun, the Nine of Cups, the Ten of Cups, or the Ten of Pentacles. Or maybe you have a favourite card... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Like the "Reading the context" spread, this cheerful spread hid inside an article. It is such a hopeful spread it deserves an article of its own. It takes a problematic situation and brightens it up. My situation A reason to be optimistic about my situation Where is this going? What is the potential for good in this situation? What do I need to do to get out of the situation? Hope for the future. As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Several of my spreads are hiding inside articles. Here is one I'm digging up. This one is also a favourite of mine when I want a quick look at where I am and what is going on. The card positions are similar to the first six cards of the Celtic Cross, except that I don't have a "Covers me" position. Around me Below me Above me Behind me Before me Read card position 4, "Above me," as a blessing or something helping you. "Behind me" and "Before me" are recent past and immediate future, respectively. The original article is Reading... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Having one of those days? Nothing seems to go right. Maybe you should stop for a while and think: What is really going on? Here is a spread that will help you break the chains of a bad day. What is going on? What is the real problem? What challenge must I overcome? Be kind to myself What can I do to make things better? As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You might also consider my tarot-reading course, "Reading the cards... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Previous tarot spreads on goals explored a failed goal and progress with an existing goal. This spread, however, examines setting a goal and how you can reach it. Try it and let me know! What do I want? What is my ideal outcome? What is the most important thing to achieve? How can I reach this goal? What is the next step I should take towards this goal? As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You might also consider my tarot-reading course,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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This is my Star Trek spread: "Make it so, Number One." (If you're not a Trekkie, it's not really important!) Use this spread when you feel dissatisfied with your reality. Make a change (or changes) to where you want to be. Make it happen! What is What could be How could it be? Make it so As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You might also consider my tarot-reading course, "Reading the cards for your self." If you like this post, please... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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By now, you know how cool tarot cards are for solving problems? Of course! But before you can solve a problem, you must know what is really going on. One way to clarify a situation is to use a spread with a card representing the problem. My spread The root of the problem has as its first card position the question, "What is the problem?" Another spread with a similar card position is the Celtic Cross with the first card position, "This covers you." These 10-card spreads explore a situation in depth. But maybe you don't want to use a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Tarot cards don’t have to be used only for tarot reading. I think I have shown this throughout the blog! One excellent use of tarot cards is in creative problem-solving. And at the centre of creative problem-solving lies combinations. Steve Jobs used to say that creativity is just combining things. You can combine objects, concepts, or ideas to create new products or concepts. Here are a few examples: The iPod combined the Walkman and digital music compression (MP3). The Walkman itself combined a cassette player, headphones, and portable music. The first smartphones combined a mobile phone with the functions of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Ready for another twist on reading tarot cards? The usual way to approach a reading is to draw cards at random from a deck. Suppose we turn this on its head and choose the cards we want? Choose the cards This is the spread we are going to use: What do I want? What is standing in my way? A strength that I can use A weakness that may work against me An opportunity to take advantage of The best thing to do Step 1: Think of a question you want to ask or a problem or dilemma you want... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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We know by now that tarot cards are excellent and versatile tools for solving problems. What is also true is that in solving problems, the more ideas you have (even wild and crazy ideas), the more likely you will find an effective solution. How can we combine the versatility of tarot cards with coming up with many creative ideas? You ask the cards! Here is one way to come up with ten unusual ways to solve a problem. (Even if some ideas are silly or impossible, they can be modified into something practical.) The technique Think of a problem you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Tired of reading long tarot spreads? This one is a short but sweet clarification spread: Yes ... But WHY? I'd love to hear from you if you've enjoyed this spread! As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A quick guide." You might also consider my tarot-reading course, "Reading the cards for your self." If you like this post, please share it on Facebook or X (Twitter) with the buttons below! And follow The Sceptic's Tarot on Facebook and X (Twitter) by clicking the links below... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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What would you do better if you could do it again? No one likes making mistakes, but how can we make sure we won't make it again? Try this spread: What happened? What went wrong and is still not resolved? How can I resolve it? How could I have handled it better? What is the most important thing I have learned from this event? What would I do better when something similar happens? I would love to hear from you if you've tried this spread! As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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This spread came to me one morning when I felt groggy and a little lost. Try it! Where am I? How did I get here? Did I do something wrong? What did I do right? How do I get out of here? Who or what will give me some help? Where will all this lead to? What is the best I can do under the circumstances? I'd love to hear from you if you've tried this spread! As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article "How to read tarot cards: A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Some tarot spreads have a poetic quality to them. The cards, with their beautiful images, always evoke pleasure and stimulate the imagination. And sometimes the questions have a rhythmic quality that is pleasing to the ear. Here is such a spread. (It also presents a super way to go from "what you have" to "how to get what you want"!) What is What could be How would it be Make it so I'd love to hear from you if you tried this spread! As always, if you need a brief refresher on reading tarot cards, look at my free article... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Do you have a goal you tried to reach but failed? Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions fizzled out within a few weeks? We probably all do. (If you don't, please tell us your secret!) I have goals that leave me frustrated and feeling helpless that I can make no progress. I created the resolution circle spread to help me reconnect with a goal and why I want to reach it. Let's try it! The goal I have tried to reach but failed. Why did I fail to reach this goal? What can I learn from this failure? How... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Procrastination is common. Experts are still debating the reasons for procrastination: fear, lack of impulse control, perfectionism, disorganization, poor planning, or lack of motivation. So much has been written about procrastination; there are even tarot spreads on overcoming procrastination. What about trying this one? (You can google the others ... later!) Disclaimer: This blog does not offer medical or psychological advice. Procrastination can be a symptom of ADHD or depression. If you are unsure whether you suffer from one of these, please consult a professional. How do I feel when I'm procrastinating on this task? How do I benefit from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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If you enjoyed the previous two tarot games, "Odd card out" and "Crime cards," you might like "Improve me." Have you noticed that with the "Odd card out" game, you had to study the cards closely to find differences and similarities? You might have looked up or recalled the traditional divinatory meanings of the cards and paid close attention to details and symbols. "Improve me" is another game in which you have to study the cards in detail to come up with creative answers. It works like this: Shuffle your deck, draw two cards randomly, and place them face up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2023 at The Sceptic's Tarot