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How I Develop Tarot Spreads

Hi Reader, Margaret here, Tea & Tarot's Sage & Scribe. Let's chat about how to make our own tarot spreads.

Whether I'm creating tarot spreads ahead of time, or developing them on the fly as I sit across from someone in our tarot nook, tarot spreads help me provide readings that tell stories.

As an author and book coach, I like to tell stories. Stories give us a framework to better understand our situation and potential paths we may choose to walk or manifest for ourselves.

I can't wait to share with you my approach to creating tarot spreads. This is, I'm sure, not the only way to create spreads, but it's my method and maybe it will help you. If so, please feel free to focus on story to develop tarot spreads that will work for you.

The Arc of Change

All stories have an arc of change. In fact, all stories usually have at least two--an external arc we would call the story or plot, and an internal arc of change we might call the character or hero's journey.

The purpose of the external or story arc is to drive the internal arc of change. This is why people come to story. This is how humans process stories in our hearts and minds.

The job of the internal or character arc? To help the character grow and change. We read to go on that journey with our favorite characters.

In tarot, we use that journey to better understand our own lives, to see with new perspective the choices before us, the paths we can manifest, and our way forward.

When I make a tarot spread, the goal is to get an arc of change into it. Where does the seeker start? Where might they end? What action can they take o