How Do You Test New Tarot Spreads?
How Do You Choose Tarot Spreads to Test?
What Test Deck Do You Use?
- If the tarot spread I want to test is in a companion book to a specific tarot deck, then I will use the companion tarot deck. The spreads with companion decks are usually created with those cards in mind. While many, I have found, work with any deck, the working and language usually corresponds with the images in the companion deck itself rather than a similar tarot deck.
- If the tarot spread is not connected to a specific deck or is one that a friend asks me to test, then I will use the Rider-Waite deck. The Rider-Waite is my go-to deck for new spreads, tarot practices, and teaching because the symbols in it are vivid, obvious, and familiar to me. I have no issues with reading the individual cards or deciphering their meaning. When testing out a new deck, just like testing out anything, you want to keep the other variables of your reading as low as possible. By using the Rider-Waite, I am not experimenting with the variables of a deck that I haven't acquainted myself with fully yet, so my focus can be on the spread and not the cards.
Will You/Can I Use New, Tested Tarot Spreads for Professional Readings?
I tend to stick to spreads I've created or some very basic spreads such as the Past, Present, Future; Body, Mind, Spirit; or Celtic Cross spread when reading for others. This prevents copyright hassle and allows me to give consistent readings to return clients.
That being said, I won't say never and there may come a time in the future that I work something out with a spread creator and offer readings with that lay out to my customers.