Sage and I are HUGE fans of The Adventure Zone by the McElroy brothers and their dad (no spoilers, Sage isn’t done with the Balance Arc). For those of you who don’t know, TAZ is an actual play D&D podcast. The Balance Arc is the first story full of goofs and shockingly poignant moments.
The other day I said to Sage, “hey, let’s do a TAZ spread based around Magnus rushes in, Taako’s good out here, and Merle casts zone of truth!” And within an hour I have an image in my inbox of the spread, I love our relationship.
Even if you aren’t a fan of TAZ or know a single thing about the show, this is a great spread to assess a situation, we hope you enjoy using it!
- Magnus rushes in
You need to act and you need to act now. Now. Right now. Why are you still waiting?? Thinking is for other times and other people, but there’s an opportunity that needs your direct action and it cannot wait. Where do you need to surge ahead?
- Taako’s good out here
You need to consider the safety and comfort of yourself and your own interests. If you were a tank you’d get in harms way and hit a lot of things but you’re smart so you’re going to hang back and think this through. What needs protection and analysis?
- Merle casts Zone of Truth
Pandammit, you are so sick of everyone’s BS. You cast a spell for clear sight and deep truth, but remember that everyone is affected – even you. This card is an honest assessment of where you stand. Where can you cut the bullshit?
- Fantasy Costco
GOT A DEAL FOR YOU! What resources are at your disposal? What do you need to trade in that looked really flashy two arcs ago but has been sitting in your inventory gathering dust?
- Your Dungeon Master and your best friend
This guy. This fucking guy. The narrator of your story, the thing that keeps you on track, the overall shape of the plot, and all the funky characters in your life. What drives your story?
I’ve been struggling with some big questions in regards to my gender/identity. There are a lot of obstacles in my way to even beginning to find solutions. There is a lot of asking myself, “well, what do I do?” and “how do I get around this?” Particularly, in light that these obstacles aren’t something I can remove in without going up against society as a whole, or at least workplace bureaucracy. Since I don’t particularly feel like tilting at windmills, but still wanted some guidance while handling my troubled emotions, I created this spread to help me look at at my situation with a different light.
I based the idea around a hiker, coming up against an obstacle that they need to climb, or otherwise get around and dubbed it the Traveler’s Spread.
Card One: You, now.
Card Two: This is the ground below. Are you stable? shaky? You can treat this card a few ways, but ultimately, it’s the energies/people/things/nouns that are influencing you in your current mental/emotional/physical self.
Cards Three & Four: This is what’s in your way, the energies/nouns that are stopping you from going on your merry way are tied up in these cards.
Cards Five & Six: These are your tools in your bag. Again, you can treat this card a few ways. Maybe they are actions you need to take to get around the blockage, emotions you need to focus on, before you can move forward. Perhaps they are things or people you can access to help you move on the trail.
Card Seven: The goal you want to reach. This card stands as a final word on your reading. For me, this card was the Hanged Man in my reading (which, by the way cards, thanks for being so sarcastic) telling me I have to be ready to surrender to reach my end goal. This card could also stand as what you have to gain by getting by your obstacles.
Whatever you’re facing, I hope this reading can help give you some prospective. Keep on keeping on, we can make it through all of this. – ❤ Etienne.
image description: old fashion wooden card catalog with brass finishing. text over the image reads Library Science meets Tarot Cards
In the field of librarianship/information science, there is a concept called an information gap, which is fairly self explanatory. It refers to a lack of information a person needs to be fully informed on a topic. As a librarian, it’s my goal to fill those information gaps.
As a tarot reader, my goals are very much the same. The cards can provide answers to build bridges across an information gap (there is a reason there are bridge spreads!). When I come to the table as a querent, it’s because I’m missing some piece of information or some key point. Or maybe I know the information I’m seeking, but I’m lacking the ability to apply it to my situation. The archetypes in the cards give me the wording I need to sort through my experiences and make meaning of the situation.
Extending this tarot as information services, I may ask counter questions when presented with the query. A reference interview, if you will, to get to the core of the issue and clarify the question before I even touch the cards. Sometimes I won’t need clarification, but other times I may need to dig into what the issue at hand really is so I can give querents information that will be the most suited to their situation. After all, it is important to come to the table with a solid focus, or you will come away with a muddled answer. (For further reading on developing questions to ask the cards, I really enjoy Joan Bunning’s lesson on developing questions.)