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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spread Book For Everyone
A star, cross, circle, square or triangle spreads comes in many shapes and sizes. The spread is the corner stone to a tarot reading, it is that very thing that makes the reading possible. Even laying out just one card is a spread, a one card spread but a spread non the less. There are numerous books that are devoted to the subject of spreads, listing spread after spread...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for a beginner
I was expecting a little bit more to this book. It doesn't give the meanings to the cards at all so now I'm stuck using two books if I want to read. It does give great insight on how to pull together a spread if you know the meanings of the cards.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spread Book For Everyone,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)A star, cross, circle, square or triangle spreads comes in many shapes and sizes. The spread is the corner stone to a tarot reading, it is that very thing that makes the reading possible. Even laying out just one card is a spread, a one card spread but a spread non the less. There are numerous books that are devoted to the subject of spreads, listing spread after spread out of countless spreads. Some spreads are classic, some are created at the time of the reading, and they all can be edited, modified by each reader to suit their needs and the needs of the client when needed. Spreads are magical in that they can be created out of inspiration from anything. Seriously, anything. I saw a spread that was inspired by the cast of the Comedy Central tv show South Park. A spread can make or break the reading. A poorly designed spread could create a horrible reading as compared to a properly created spread which will allow the reading to flow with ease.
Spreads have been a issue I have contemplated over since I first picked up my cards. I went to the LWB and saw that there was something called a "celtic cross" spread. So I tried it and had no clue what I was looking at or what I was reading. what the heck does "that which is crossing you" mean?? Someone please explain? It was not till later I found out "crossing" means something which is opposing you. I wish someone would have explained that in the first place. Later on I saw other spreads like the Star Spread, the Horseshoe spread or the horoscope spread. At one point i had a collection of spreads that I printed out. But over time I found that I liked it best to create custom spreads for each client and their unique question & situation. I did that for a long time and a few years ago I shifted once more, focusing on 3 card spreads only. Using three cards fit well into my philosophy of Keeping it Simple.
I never liked putting spreads into shapes. So I would just put them in a straight line. What the heck is the point to a star or circle?? Pointless in my opinion. However lately I have been having to question my beliefs, I have been reevaluating my of my opinions for my book I am writing. Spreads have been something I had to question. I was hoping someone who write a book that would make a case for the purpose of spreads, the purpose of the shapes and give me some reason to change my mind. Give me a reason why I am wrong, show me the alternate way.
Enter "Tarot Spreads" by Barbara Moore.
Barbara does an excellent job in her latest creation. Tarot Spreads is a fantastic addition to the subject of Tarot Spreads. This book has given a lot for me to think about, it has caused the gears and cogs in my brain to turn. I can happily say that my position on spreads has been influenced and I am rethinking the subject.
Barbara says "Tarot Cards are like the subconscious mind, full of inspiration and wisdom that we didn't know we knew. Tarot Spreads are like the conscious mind. They help organize all that glorious raw data triggered by the cards so that we can interpret it and apply it properly to the situation in question". Which is a perfect analogy and really defines the role and purpose of the spread. It organizes the information presented by the cards in clear defined positions.
Barbara describes why the layout of the spread is important, which is something I wanted to hear. Ok Barbara what is it? Well she states that you need to think about art and graphic design and the psychology used in designs. Everything is designed with purpose. How people read either right to left or left to right. We see time as moving from Left to Right and so forth. So for example a linear line in a spread suggests time and events in a chronological order. Like the Past Present Future spread.
Barbara goes on to explain the "design principles" which is great. Here she talks about the characteristics of spreads, such as Balance, Symmetry and Spacing and others explaining their implications and influence of the spread. Ok so far she has me thinking and I am liking what I am reading.
No spread is the "end-all, be-all" as Barbara says, each spread has it's strengths and weakness. I really liked it when Barbara talks about our assumptions, that all spreads make assumptions about that question and about the answer and she give examples of this. This gives all of us some food for thought next time we use a spread or create a spread for someone.
Barbara stresses in her book that your personal style and beliefs are what are most important when it comes to the reading and the choice of spreads. Do you believe that the future can be known? If you don't you would not use a spread with an "outcome card" or edited a spread that has it to not include it. So you can pick up this book and will not have preaching you dogma on how you should read or what spreads you must use, rather gives you the tools to create your own or modify existing spreads.
This is not a Spread Bible or Encyclopedia on Spread, however it does have over 60 spreads which is just enough, there should be a spread for almost any situation in here for you and your clients. Yes there are other book that have more spreads but it is not quantity but rather quality which is the focus of this book. This book is better than most of the other spread books on the market. Because Barbara presents the information in a manner, much like if you were going to take a workshop on spreads where you have Barbara in front of you teaching why spreads are important, the inner workings of spreads and their purpose. Not simply throwing a bunch of spreads together and leave you to fend for yourself as is the case with most books on spreads. This is exactly what I have been looking for!
I compared Barbara's book to other books which deal with spreads. Eight books to be exact. What I have noticed in most of the books on spreads is that it is just a collection of spreads or it is a book with a large amount of spreads in addition to quick card meanings. Other books give spreads which sample readings using the spreads. Only one book is geared towards trying to teach spreads but in my opinion it was formulated and constructed poorly so it is not user friendly. Barbara's book really stands out as unique to the rest, there is only one other book that I own which comes close to being a true competitor, so we are looking at here a book which is above the rest in the spread category.
But this book goes beyond just listing spreads and explaining them, there is a chapter called "techniques to add to any spread", which are little techniques to add to your readings to spice things up. Barbara also guides you through creating your own spreads. This section is not overly complicated as you might think. Barbara says that a spread can be created via inspiration in many different things like pulling out a card from your deck and creating spread from it, like The Wheel of Fortune spread. At the end she shares with us how to do a "78 card reading" which is very ambitious and I don't think I will ever try it, but it is always good to know it is there.
There are somethings which are not in this book. There are no sample readings. You will be presented with the spreads but no follow up samples to see the spread in action. I am not sure if that is a bad thing, that is up to you. It would have been a nice addition but not having sample readings is not a huge deal in my opinion. Just be aware there are none.
There is something which I was hoping that would be in this book that is not, which is the subject of when "bad cards" appear in good positions in a spread and vice versa. This is something which I think stumps many readers. What I mean by this is , if a spread has a position called "What is good in the relationship" and The Devil comes up, how the heck is that suppose to be read? And vice versus. If you have a spread with "What is bad in the relationship" and you get The Sun how should this be viewed. I was hoping there might be tips and suggestions to deal with this issue however there is not. Maybe down the line Barbara could address this issue in a later edition to the book.
When I read a book I want to feel like the author is conversing with me as if we were face to face and I swear at one point I thought she wrote one passage just for me! The passage goes like this "there are ways to incorporate two or more decks into a reading... Do you have several versions of a favorite deck? (YES I do)... Some artists produce and sell a special edition of their deck and then a publisher will release a mass market edition.. (Yep I do, Legacy of The Divine Special edition and Mass market).. or perhaps you have a traditional RWS deck as well as one of the many variations, such as Radiant or universal. Guilty as charged, I have 17 RWS. I laughed while reading this passage.. It was a real pleasure to read this book. Barbara's writing style was very inviting and I read it all in one day, which I normally don't do with books. I was able to try one of the spreads listed for another fellow reader with good results.
In conclusion, Tarot Spreads by Barbara Moore is a breath of fresh air on the subject of spreads. It is a unique addition to the tarot market and will be a great addition to your tarot practice. I can honestly say that this book has giving me much to think about and I know the more I study it and apply it to my practice it will help make me a better reader. This book should be picked up by new readers in addition to a normal book on learning tarot cards meanings and basics for a well rounded introduction to tarot. Even if you have been reading tarot for years, this book can make you a better reader.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tool For Every Reader,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)I am going to tell you all a secret that may be unseemly. Whenever I am teaching tarot, mentoring, or working with people new to tarot, it drives me absolutely bonkers when they throw down 42 cards in front of me and ask me what I think they mean. "What spread did you use?" I ask. They often look at me blankly, and say, "No spread. I just threw the cards."
"Oh..." I may say. "Well, then what was the focus of the reading? Did you have a specific question?" I am often met with just as blank a stare.
"Well, um, I just thought the cards would tell me what I need to know, but they don't make any sense to me. What do you see?" The truth is, although I rarely say so this bluntly, is I see a clusterbang of cards that don't mean anything, because they were given no context and there was no focus.
There are as many techniques for reading tarot as there are readers, and I know some very talented readers who do free flowing readings with no spreads, no contextual meanings, and no need for focused questions. I am not one of them. One of the reasons I love tarot over other forms of divination and most other oracle decks is something about the structure of tarot, the 78 cards, the hierarchy, the Majors and the Minors and the way they all work together, that really frees my intuition to soar, to open up, and to glean the answers my clients and myself are seeking.
I do even better when I add spreads with specific meanings for each placement of the card to the inherent structure of tarot. This, combined with the relationship of the cards in a spread, is how I determine if the Three of Swords is heartbreak or heart healing, how I can tell if The Emperor represents strength and order, or Daddy issues. If you work the same way, you need a plethora of tarot spreads in your arsenal, and Barbara Moore's Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings brings them.
There are dozens of well thought spreads in this book, and they are organized, indexed, and easy to find. There is a spread for nearly any situation you may find yourself in, and they are all presented in a clear, easy to understand format that is Barbara's signature writing style. Even better, she explains the psychology of spread design and how you can make your own spread, which is akin to teaching a man to fish rather than just giving him a fish. Further, the focus on every spread is personal empowerment, so that whether we read for ourselves or others we are always fully in the drivers' seat of our own lives.
I often work with people asking about relationship issues, because we all have them, and my personal favorite spread in the book is a variation of a five card Yes/No spread created by Susyn Blair Hunt for her book, Tarot Prediction & Divination: Unveiling Three Layers of Meaning. All readers get questions that require Yes or No answers, and Barbara has tailored this one to address the Whys and Hows, which is an even more important piece of the answer. For the curious, while holding the question lightly in your mind, you lay five cards. Even pip cards and Major Arcana cards equal yes, odd pip cards and court cards equal no, and whichever dominates the spread is the simple answer. However, you can look more deeply into the cards in order to gather more information and possibilities of changing the answer if you do not like it. I use this spread, with Barbara's variation, nearly every single day.
You won't find card meanings in this book, and physically it is 264 pages of paperback awesomeness, measuring 6 inches by 9 inches. I would prefer it to be spiral bound, for ease of use, but that is easily remedied if you care to take any book to a printer near you and invest a few dollars.
In summary, this book gets the 78 Whispers seal of approval, and will remain a permanent fixture in my tarot reference library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a book of Tarot spreads!,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)This book goes way beyond providing a collection of spreads - although it does do that. Barbara Moore takes us on a journey that begins with "examining the role of spreads in a reading" and continues with "how layout design influences a reading" and "how design affects the eye and the brain." We also learn how to analyze and modify a classic spread.
I recommend this book for people with all levels of Tarot experience and expertise. Even if you have been reading the cards for a long time, I can almost guarantee that you'll find something you had not thought of before or something you will be eager to try. I especially enjoyed the section on using quotations as a technique or inspiration for creating your own spreads.
I found the chapter on Design Principles and Layouts to be a refreshingly logical, practical approach to readings. Moore discusses topics such as Emphasis or Balance, Symmetry, Spacing, and Repetition. The Celtic Cross spread is a good example of how crossed cards draw the eye first, while the four cards surrounding them add balance. The vertical line of cards to the right feels separate and not as important. Design principles can be seen "in action" in single card spreads, pairs, line, bridge, grid, triangle, cross, and circle layouts. As the icing on the cake, Moore demonstrates how these principles would be used in reading specific cards in a Celtic Cross spread.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarot Spreads-Barbara Moore,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)The reader is able to jump right in and start using the techniques discussed in the book. Easy read, easy to understand and very empowering! This is a must have book for Tarot readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars set loose your creativity,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)I enjoyed this book, and will refer back to it often for the sheer pleasure of such a lucid and flowing read on a subject I hold dear.
As for content, I can't think of a better book I have read that pulls together both creativity and intuition while deepening and anchoring the tarot lover's understanding and philosophy of tarot and how to read the cards.
It is the best book on the subject of tarot spreads for the very reason that it creates creators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)The book Tarot Spreads by Barbara Moore. Is a beautifully laid of book of tarot spreads that offers a variety of spreads with images of the spread layout and clear and concise instructions for how to read the layouts, easily usable for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book about Tarot Spreads,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)This book is really amazing. It is not just another book with a collections of spreads. Ms. Moore breaks down classical and complicated spreads into small sections and explains the difference between reading a column and row. She also gives many examples on how to decide if a spread is a very good one or not so good. She even makes comments on how to enhance a tarot reading by relating a few cards that somehow form a specific shape within the larger structure of a spread. She provides the building blocks so anybody, a novice or an expert, is able to understand the principles of creating and reading with different spreads. If I had to keep only one book about tarot spreads this would be the ONE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source for Tarot Information,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Paperback)This book was recommended to me by another Tarot enthusiast after she did a reading for me using one of the spreads. It was the best reading I received after having 30 other readings from fellow classmates in an online Tarot class. The reading was right on target with everything the Tarot reader told me. I like this book for the following reasons: The layout is very well organized. Barbara focuses on one point at a time, so I didn't get lost or confused. She keeps the information clear and concise. The book includes a table of contents that is accurately descriptive and thorough. I have found the majority of the spreads I've tried from this book so far to work effectively for me in obtaining answers to my questions. (This is not always the case with spreads) Barbara has included bits of information that tell a bit of something about each spread, like who showed it to her, or where they were, or what was going on at the time, or some history about old time fortune tellers. Just a bit though, enuf to keep things interesting, and it is, actually, very interesting, although not at all off the subject of the spreads. She is keeping this book on the spreads and not trying to divert the readers attention towards other subjects for future book sales on those topics, and I really admire this about her authorship. This demonstrates truth to her purpose and trustworthiness that I can depend on for my own stability of mind and peace in dealing with her writings. The book is beautifully prepared, the pages showing the layouts are very nicely with a few decorations and some tasteful shading surrounding the card placement pictures. This book is an exotic addition to my Tarot advancement, and, as I'm very particular about choosing correct sources for my use, I can say that I highly recommend this book. :-)))
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Spreads,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Kindle Edition)This is my first tarot book directly related to spreads, and Barbara Moore offers plenty to play with and select from all in one easy place. I purchased this book to try out some new spreads. I was getting a little disheartened with my usual selection of spreads---the celtic cross, three card relationship, past-present-future, or mind-body-spirit, intuitive pathway (which basically is a line of cards with no set meanings), and elemental five card spreads. After reading this book, I've added several more to my memory bank.
She offers some classical spreads like the celtic cross, astrological, horseshoe, and elemental/cardinal direction spreads. She also offers some newer spreads like the guiding star and a chakra spread. Moore finally offers us a selection of very creative spreads that she's apparently developed herself, or I have yet to see elsewhere. I will describe one of my favorite creative spreads from her book here:
The Pantheon of Your life Spread uses the archetypes of Greek mythology to delve into the greater mysteries of your own life. Each of the cards represent a Greek diety and one of the cards represent the Moirae (the fates) and this card gives you a healing/inspirational message about how to truly live and closes the reading. Other dieties explored in this spread include Zeus, Hera, Athena, Dionysus, Eros, and Aphodite. An explanation for the "Zeus" card reads from the book: "Zeus is the father of the gods, and his will shaped Greek thought. This card represents the role that will and determination play in your life at this time." This spread is fun and effective for general readings.
For many of the spreads in this book Barbara offers some ideas for how to personalize the spread and make it your own. For example with the Pantheon of Your Life Spread Barbara suggests substituting another pantheon or other dieties in place of the Greek pantheon. Barbara also explains how to think of ideas for spreads on your own and formulate them. She discusses the importance of card spacing, spread shapes, vertical or horizontal card placements, and more. She also offers various techniques for shuffling, placing, and drawing the cards (some of which I hadn't considered) each explored within the variety of spreads presented. She explains the meaning behind cutting the deck three times (which I'd always done, but never considered why). Theres a spread here for everyone no matter what your believes or attitudes are regarding the tarot. No strictly "pagan oriented" or prediction spreads here, she also offers spreads from a purely psychological perspective, which I appreciated.
Of course she doesn't cover EVERY possible spread there could be but she covers all the basics. Barbara offers afterall the means to create our own spreads to suit any purpose.
This book is so chuck full with new spreads and card reading ideas and techniques to try that it will keep me and everyone I read for plenty busy, entertained, and enlightened.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for New or Established Tarot Readers,
This review is from: Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings (Kindle Edition)I've known the author for a few years and have come to know her as a leader in the field. Her experience in the field is both deep and wide - and it really shows in this book. I've done my own app on Tarot spreads so feel that I can speak to this topic with at least a tiny bit of authority ! Barbara presents several unique spreads - most of which I've never seen before - or even thought about creating. I especially liked the Acorn to Oak spread as it goes far beyond the typical "how do I achieve this goal" Tarot spread. Two thumbs up, 5 stars, kudos for a job well done. If you love Tarot, buy this book!
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Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings by Barbara Moore (Paperback - April 8, 2012)