The Tarot’s very existence has been credited to a 15th-century Renaissance court painter from Milan named Bonifacio Bembo. His very first deck was created for Bianca Maria Visconti and Francesco Sforza and was known as the Colleoni Tarot. The deck consisted of 78 cards that were extremely elegant and beautiful. Today, all but four of the original cards still exist. Since that time Tarot decks have grown in popularity and have been created with every imaginable theme. While some may use these decks for mere sport, others appreciated the messages, knowledge, and insight they can glean in all areas of their lives by engaging these cards.
Users basically ask a question and draw a card or create a spread of cards and then interpret the message. Each tarot deck is accompanied by a guidebook that explains each card and usually offers one to maybe four different spreads. While these spreads have been beneficial, many are looking to amp up their reading and need some new spread ideas. This is where The Tarot Spreads Yearbook will be of value.
The Tarot Spreads Yearbook features 52 spreads, one for each week of the year. The book is divided into four seasons, Growth, Shadow, Change, and Care, but they are not date specific. Meaning that you can get the book and start at the front and work your way through the year.
The Season of Growth provides spreads that will help you develop your relationships, grow your knowledge, advance your career, and a lot more.
The Season of Change will support you as you weather through transitions and also fight to make changes to your relationships, your job, your life and your world.
The Season of Shadow focuses on helping you confront areas of your life where you may feel shame, guiding you through spreads to uncover buried desires, deal with generational traumas and challenge your toxic traits.
The Season of Care offers spreads to soothe you and the important people in your life.
Within each of the four different seasons, you’ll find 13 kinds of spreads. The first spread is either Growth – Shadow – Change – or Care in the Tarot – reflective of the season you are working with. Then you can work with the following spreads:
- Cycle of Growth
As you go into each spread, you will be greeted with some information on the topic, several questions, and a spread layout consisting of anywhere from three to eight cards.
The onset of the book shares some tips on how to use the book and get the most out of your readings. If there is a spread that you cannot relate to, you are welcome to replace it with one of your own original spreads. If you are new to using tarot, there is a glossary of key tarot terms that will be of value to you. The Tarot Spreads Yearbook is a great asset for beginners getting to know their decks and for experienced readers looking for new ways to engage with their cards. Tarot might be the guidance and self-discovery tool you’ve been searching for.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary books to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.