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Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008, 09:27 am
freeinbondage: Favorite/most used spreads

I was discussing with another member of this group various spreads and position meanings of cards, and decided, why not start a thread on spreads and such to try and encourage others to participate :)

So what would you consider your favorite spread?

what about your most commonly used spread?

I do a daily three card How to have a great day spread. The position of the cards I leave unnamed and let the cards tell me what they want me to know about that day.

I also do a weekly 8 card reading every sunday for my fiance, our roommate, and myself. The 1st card is the total atmosphere of the week, and then the seven cards represent each day of the week. Its helped us all a lot over the past 3 weeks or so we've been doing it.

Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)

I have a favorite spread I use when I doing a reading for someone else. I found it on line and it is called the garden path spread. Four cards at the bottom and the two cards on each side so it does a kind of a fork. So it is an 8 card spread also.

For me though, I pull two cards one for the physical and one for the spiritual. That is my daily spread and I use with with whatever oracle I am working with at that time.

Mon, Aug. 4th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)

as for the garden spread, what do the different card positions mean? Thanks!

Tue, Aug. 5th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)

I used to use the classis celtic cross spread a lot, but these days I almost always use the 'intuitive' method as described in the fairy oracle book. Pick a number, then that's the number of cards in the spreads. Select the cards (in various ways depending on what feels right to me) and then place them wherever looks or feels right. Then, while they are still face down, look at how you've placed them and think about what each position 'means'. I often get very interesting patterns which adapt themselves to my current situation, problem, journey, etc. Then I write that down, and turn them over!

I love it, I get incredibly readings from it too :)

Tue, Aug. 5th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)

that's awesome. I've been creating spreads on a whim to on ocassion. There's been a couple of times over the past week I've had to do a reading for our roommate that just didn't really fit any I was finding online, so I winged it, and it worked out beautifully, hey even one of them got her through an interview and opened up some amazing doors for her :)

Wed, Aug. 6th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)

Yes I love winging it! I especially love that about the Faeries Oracle, that it is so very open to that way of doing things. And often works amazingly when you let it do it's thing!

Oh and I've had mine for... 6 or 7 years now. I still use other decks for readings for other people, but don't get the same depth or breadth out of anything else when it comes to personal readings. But then I've been a lover of Brian Froud and his faeries since I was a very small child ^_^

Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)

I'm a bit late to the discussion (as usual) but here are mine anyway!

I think my favourite spread would have to be the Celtic Cross, although it's not the one I use the most often. I find that it gives a lot of information in a way that's makes the interaction between the elements easy to see.

Most commonly used spread would be the three card spread, with any number of different stations ascribed to the three cards, depending on what the question is (e.g. Pro, Con, Advice; Past, Present, Future; Apples, Oranges, Melons (j/k :P)). I've used your "How to have a great day" spread and find it really great!

Other spreads I find nice include the Place of Opposites spread from the Goddess Oracle and the Motherpeace spread, from the Motherpeace tarot (this one has many of the same elements as the Celtic Cross, but is arranged a little differently and has a couple of extra cards).

As an aside, I've had an idea about posts where discussion takes place. Often those posts are swept away pretty quickly in the flist current, so, would it be an idea to alter the date of discussion posts to sometime in the future (say a week or two), so that they stay at the top of the flist long enough to keep an eye on/participate in the discussion while it's unfolding? I have no idea whether this would work in a community the same way as it does in an individual journal, 'but I thought it might be worth a go.

Thoughts, anyone?

Sat, Aug. 9th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)

I think it works, I belong to a few groups and I think it works the same, I also have friends that do that to keep their memories current in their list so they can keep track of them without leaving their main journal area. :)