If you listen to Rose Red and Charlie's podcast, Tarot Visions, you have already heard this idea. And you can skip my ramblings and hear it from them firsthand, plus sample readings HERE (or subscribe on iTunes).
The idea is to take a show (or probably a movie, book, comic, whatever pop culture thing you love) and make a spread from it using the characters.
I think this idea can be super helpful when doing readings for others. One thing we usually want to do is make readings more relatable to whoever we are reading for. TV shows, movies, books, etc. all have elements of story, often with what we may think of as stereotypes but more generously we can think of them as archetypes. So in some ways pop culture is kind of like the mythology of our times. Whatever you think of pop culture, people relate to these stories and the characters living them.
What would happen if you asked your querent what is their current favorite show or movie, one that really has grabbed their interest. Ask them to describe the characters from the show that are most intriguing or interesting to them (which may not necessarily be their favorite character), including at least one that they don't like. Then create a spread based on those characters to discover what advice they have about the situation or question. I think it is important to include one(s) they don't like because, as we know, we often dislike something in someone else that we dislike (but don't acknowledge) in ourselves. These parts of ourselves often have something important to say.
I've not played with this idea yet but think it has so much potential that I wanted to share it with you...and give a shout out to Rose Red and Charlie. Thanks Rose and Charlie! Love your podcasts!
I have two advanced copies of my next book, Your Tarot Your Way, to give away. You can read more about it HERE.
To enter, leave a comment telling me what TV show, movie, book, comic, etc. you would use to make a spread for yourself. On August 18 (noon CST) I will randomly draw two names. US addresses only.
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