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Martie Groenewald
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Some spreads are neither about a problem nor about self-exploration. They can be more clearly described as 'wisdom spreads.' The following 2/3-card spread can be done over and over. You can choose to read the first two cards only; if you like drawing something practical from a reading, add card 3. How wise do you feel? What is worth knowing? Why? What can you do with it? [This spread was first posted on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Sceptic's Tarot
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One of my favourite spreads is a modification of the traditional Celtic Cross spread. The emphasis is on identifying and exploring a wish. What do I want? What is standing in my way? The ideal The danger Where does this wish come from? Where is it going? Where am I, in this wish? (What is my role? What can I do to make this wish come true?) How can I arrange my environment (people, resources, etc.) to give me what I want? How are emotions blocking or helping me? Possible outcome [This spread first appeared on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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This spread will help you build bridges between what you want, what you have, and what you need. Every card in this spread is essential for reflection, not only card 6 or the two 'building bridges' cards (cards 4 and 5). What I want What I have What I need Build a bridge between what I want (1) and what I have (2) Build a bridge between what I have (2) and what I need (3) Complete the bridge (or synthesize) Let's do a sample reading. Sample reading I have used the Buckland Romani Tarot, with a question about how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Let's explore our 'selves' today. One convention of tarot reading is selecting a significator, a card representing you before you start the reading. (This is not compulsory.) Let's turn this on its head and draw several cards at random and explore how they represent us. Think of this as different aspects of ourselves we are revealing. True to the basic principle of thescepticstarot, we will not be accessing any supernatural forces for this exercise. Instead, Tarot cards act as a mirror, and what sparks the reflection is an honest look at ourselves and the light each card throws on us.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Resentment is an ugly emotion. It colours everything you do and can destroy relationships. If resentment is kept bottled up it transforms into bitterness and jealousy, which is much more painful to get rid of. The root of resentment is the feeling that someone said something or did something that was unfair. Sometimes it is circumstances and not people who make you feel resentment, and you feel there is nothing you can do about it. The catch is, sometimes we enjoy the feeling of being a victim and having a good sulk about it. But this is not a good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Stuck trying to find an idea for a story? Stories can inspire ideas; so can doing things differently. Let’s tell a story, but start at the end. Shuffle the deck, then draw a card. This is the end of the story. What happens? Is it a happy-ever-after story, or a tragedy? Draw a second card and place it to the left of the first card. This is the middle of the story. How does this card connect to the first one? What happened in the middle of the story to get to the end? What kind of story is it:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Solving a problem needs a creative mind. So let’s be creative with a tarot reading and solve some problems! Tarot spreads are usually read by interpreting or reflecting on cards the reader drew randomly from a deck of cards. How about reversing the order of a tarot reading and giving the interpretations first? This is how it works: Write down your question or problem statement. For example, “How may I make my mother-in-law’s visit as pleasant as possible for all of us?” Choose or design a spread covering the aspects of the problem you want to consider. For my problem,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Those of you who keep a journal may know this: reflecting about a situation is often the way to a solution or, at the least, a way forward. Reflecting with Tarot cards is even better. Usually, a tarot reader chooses cards randomly and places them in a pre-determined layout called a spread. Since reflection is, in a way, turning yourself inside-out, let's turn a tarot reading inside-out for this reflective exercise. The exercise has five steps, and by the end of the exercise, you will have a thorough grasp of your situation and a solution. Step one: In your journal,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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I don't know about you, but at this time of the year I often feel a little lost. The new year started with a bang. But then things happen; and you break all your resolutions; and you're not sure what you should do next. I created a spread that will help: How did I get here? What did I bring with me? Where am I going next? What should I discard? What should I take with me? Let me know if this works for you! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Time for a short three-card spread? The questions in this spread are based on the work of educationist Terry Borton, who used them as a framework for reflection. What? (What happened? The experience.) So What? (Reflecting on the event, including its consequences.) Now what? (What is the next action? or, What have you learned?) Simple? The questions might seem elementary, but their combination is effective in both small and great problems. Source Borton, T. (1970). Reach touch and teach: Student concerns and process education. New York: McGraw-Hill. [This spread first appeared on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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When you get stuck at a card, try using all your senses to spark your imagination. Look at the Seven of Swords, for example. If you were on the card, what would you smell? Smoke? Perhaps the man in the Seven of Swords set a fire as well as stole some swords. Fear? Perhaps that is the emotion you should focus on now. Pancakes from the circus tents? Perhaps you should put down your swords and do something pleasurable. See? Does he see a chance for escape, or is he looking in the wrong direction? What does he see behind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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These days most of us feel sad and uncertain. What about a happiness spread to lift the mood? This spread is also good for journalling. I remember … (a happy memory) Right now, this would make me happy Because … I enjoy … Because … I love … Because … I like this about myself Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Frustration comes about when something in your environment blocks or exasperates you. However, when it upsets you so much that you become obsessed or anxious about it, it may help to explore reasons that lie within you. You may not be able to remove the frustration, but you might be able to remove some of the distress if you have more understanding of—and therefore control over—your reaction. Describe the situation Why does this upset you? Go deeper: why does this upset you? What can you do? How can you make peace with the situation? [This spread first appeared on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Most people deal with unpleasant and upsetting memories by either trying to suppress them, or wallow in them to the point where they cause depression and anxiety in the present. The ‘Lessons learnt’ tarot technique will help you gain a clearer perspective on the memory and turn it into an opportunity for learning. It works well as a journaling exercise. Focus on the memory of an event that you found upsetting for some reason. Try to recall as much about the incident as possible, but not to the extent that the memory leaves you depressed and in a negative mood.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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If you enjoyed the Where does it go? technique, here is another way to read tarot cards for introspection. For this technique, you will read tarot cards in a spread, but not assume that anything you 'read' is the truth. It is a sceptic's reading, in which you draw random cards to help you think. How it works Lay out the cards in the spread below, then using only one keyword or phrase per card, do a strict 'use the right keywords' and 'one sentence' reading. Pretend you are reading for someone else and you are only allowed to use... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
Sometimes a bit of creativity shakes things up, even in tarot reading. Here is a technique that makes you look at the cards in a spread from a different direction than usual. You can use this technique with any question. Decide on which spread to use (for example, the Past/Present/Future spread, the Celtic Cross, the Horseshoe). Grab a deck, and shuffle. Draw the number of cards that the spread requires, but do not lay them out—keep them in your hand. Now, look at the cards in your hand. How do you feel about these particular cards in connection with your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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My husband found an excellent article by Reid Mihalko about difficult conversations and how to have them. I highly recommend this article, and based on its 'Difficult Conversation Formula,' I created this spread: What is NOT being said (but should be)? Fears: where such a conversation might lead. Hopes: what would you want to happen because of this conversation? How to start the conversation. Source Mihalko, Reid (20 March 2012). Say what is not being said: Reid's formula for difficult conversations. [A version of this spread first appeared on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Sometimes, when life feels a little out of control, we need to centre ourselves. Try The Sceptic's Tarot Body-heart-mind-soul spread. It does a quick but thorough 360° overview of what is essential to you right now. You can start the spread anywhere. Shuffle your cards and draw one for each of the card positions. When you read the spread, take this as significant: If a suit card matches its card position, for example, a Pentacles card on the Body position, that aspect of yourself is in harmony with itself. If a card is mismatched with its position, for example, if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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One pleasure of working with tarot cards is delving into the past for lessons to learn. Since problem-solving is a focus of The Sceptic's Tarot, this spread helps you consider how you solved problems in the past and what you could learn from that. You will be surprised how wise you really are! I have allocated three cards for each of the spread questions (except the last one), but you can use fewer if you wish. Problems or obstacles I faced How I dealt with them? What I could have done better? Lessons I learned What I still need to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Imagination is the source of creativity. This spread is about “what if” and “if only” and “maybe someday.” It is not a practical spread, at least not in the sense of solving a problem or making a decision. It does not have a “how to make my wish come true” or “next step” card, or even a nice concrete goal to shoot for. And really, what can you make of a spread position that merely says “Lift Off!”? I have no idea either. Maybe you could read “Wings” as “what will help me achieve this dream.” But you don’t have... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Ever had a problem you couldn’t solve? Duh, of course you have! Some problems can put you in a maze: you keep going, but you get nowhere. When you face such a problem, try this: pause, take a deep breath, and ask: “What if I do nothing?” It might sound paradoxical, but doing nothing is a valid option when you are trying to solve a problem. At the very least, consider doing nothing and seeing where that takes you. Here is a spread that might help. It explores three potential solutions for the problem (the more the merrier!), one of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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This article looks at: Unhappy cards The happy, hopeful cards Ambiguous cards Guidelines for reading difficult cards [A version of this post first appeared on SynTAROTis.] Some tarot cards seem frightening or depressing, and most people would prefer not to draw them for a reading. What happens when one of these cards falls in a positive position such as Blessing, Advice, Something you value, or Something that will help you? Or, of course, the opposite might happen. You might draw a card that seems happy and positive, in a negative position such as Fears, Obstacles, Disadvantages, Warning, or Burden. What... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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Four is the number of order and stability. The number signifies that you need to consolidate before you move on, that you need to make sure you have a solid foundation from which to work. Take stock with this spread, then take a deep breath and move on. What is ... ... but what is needed ... ... because ... ... and so ... [This spread appeared first on SynTAROTis.] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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How can we create the ideal future? We don’t have the power to determine our future completely, but we can make choices today that will benefit us tomorrow. “Future-me” is the you you will be in the future. She or he is the sum of all your choices today and has to cope with all the consequences. Should you invest this money or spend it on something you are sure you need? This job pays well, but you will get bored easily. Should you rather take the offer for the job that stimulates you, but pays less? These exercises are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot
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One of the most common experiences we have is regret and the need to move forward. A recent study has found that ending a phase of life with a sense of closure makes people feel happier. In fact, the researchers found that if we can tie up loose ends, we will experience fewer regrets and enter the next life phase of life more constructively. The Sceptic's Tarot's spread Starting a new cycle helps you explore what needs to be taken from the previous phase; A broken relationship spread guides you in overcoming the trauma of a broken relationship. While these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at The Sceptic's Tarot