5 Ways to Make Spring Fever Your Friend (And a New Tarot Spread!)

The sun has warmed and the flowers have bloomed. Dogs and babies and grown-as men and women are laughing more, jostling more, smiling more. The smell of coffee emanating from the cafe seems deeper, more intoxicating. And everybody looks damn good.

It’s official: spring fever has hit me like a Mac truck.

It happens every year–I’m chugging along like the little engine who could, making deadlines and conceptualizing projects and getting my hustle on and adulting like a complete badass. Yet, on the first day the temperature rises past 70 degrees, I chuck my planner in the corner, put on a flowery dress and say, “Fuck it. I’m going to walk the earth.”

Instead of writing this blog post yesterday, I sewed a light, flowing skirt and spent the better part of the day walking around and thinking, “I must look so seductive and amazing in this skirt.”

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(Image from yesterday when I finished said skirt and was seriously feeling myself so I took a picture in my messy-ass room because fuck it–it’s spring. And yes–that’s a clean diaper on my dresser.)

Don’t get me wrong–I still went grocery shopping and mailed some tarot bags and cleaned and cooked and live-streamed a Spread This, Witches video, but there were a fair few things I didn’t check off my to-do list.

And if the gloriously balmy breeze streaming through my wide-open window is any indication, there are a fair few things that may be left unchecked on today’s to-do list.

Because I’m a decades-long sufferer of Spring Fever (and because I’ve had to figure out how to prevent my life from falling to shit as soon as the winter breaks), I’ve generated some fail-safe methods of keeping myself on task and in the driver’s seat. Firstly…

Let Go of the Expectation of Perfection.

It’s nice outside. You’re a human being. If you’re lucky, you’re a Pagan (heehee), and the call of the wild is freaking impossible to resist. So give into that impulse to commune with the mother goddess of nature and go out and enjoy her bounty. 

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(Image from the cherry blossom in my neighborhood from one of many “I’ll just go out for a few minutes” turned two-hour walks.)

This season comes but once a year, and if you don’t allow yourself time to enjoy it, you’re going to have to wait another nine months to do so. You don’t have to be completely productive all the time. Likewise, you can indulge in a total “fuck it” day without utterly falling behind (as long as you don’t let it go to your head and are able to put your nose to the grindstone the next day!)

Make the most of Crappy Weather Days.

If I see rain in the forecast, I book my schedule to capacity. If I’m able, I do all of my client readings on that day. I write as many blog posts as I can and I shoot a video or two if possible. I order in take-out and I let the house fall into chaos and fully devote myself to work. I turn off the TV and immerse myself in the interwebs, tweaking reading offerings and the design of my website. Why? Because when the sun breaks and it’s beautiful again, I can spend my evening walking to the park and listening to drum circles and watching hippies hoop and walk the slack line. Holy crap, I do really live in the crunchiest neighborhood ever.

Make the Most of the ‘Weird Hours.’

The ‘weird hours’ are those that fall outside of the nine-to-five–the super-early mornings and the late nights and evenings. Many of us use these times to unwind with a cup of tea or coffee or wine (which is freaking glorious, btw) and a good book or TV program, but when the spring arrives and the greatest delight can be found through riding a bike or laying on a blanket in the grass, I use these hours to get some serious shit done. I’m writing this blog post in the “weird hour” time slot. I’ve finally figured out the proper lighting and camera angle to shoot my cardslinging videos at night (as it gets nicer, expect many more of these!). Likewise, the warmer weather makes it easier for me to get out of bed and be immediately productive, so I use that to my advantage by writing/responding to social media posts while I make breakfast. It can be super multi-tasky, but when you’re doing yoga in the park at sundown, you’ll be happy you did it.

There’s a Spread for That!

This is a tarot blog after all, and what would this post be without an awesome spread to round it out? I conceptualized this spread this morning when I was like, “How the hell am I going to stay on task when it’s so damn lovely outside?!” I’ve christened it the “Spring Fever Spread”, and it goes a little something like this:

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  1. Energy to embrace as we bloom into this glorious season.
  2. Impulse to resist for the good of Self and All.
  3. Card to channel to get some serious shiz done when you need to.
  4. How to be like the spring and be a creative badass.
  5. Advice for finding harmony and balance.

Bring the Inside Out, and Bring the Outside In.

If, like me, you do a majority of your work on your laptop, bring that bad boy outside. Sure, you run the risk of distraction, but if you persevere in this, you’ll be able to find a way to be productive despite the call of the wild. Experiment on days where your schedule isn’t madly packed so you can allow yourself a digression or two. And besides, how awesome is it to read tarot outside?

Tear open the shutters and fling wide the windows, folks. Go to your local farmer’s market and buy a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers and feature them on your kitchen table. While you’re at it, select some gorgeous produce and make a spring green salad. Create a vibrant home that’s filled with light and cleansed by a constant breeze, so even if you can’t be outside, it will feel like you are.

Much Love and Happy Spring,

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How to Write Tarot Spreads

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You’ve got the celtic cross down to an art. Your past-present-future game? On point. You love the spreads you find on Pinterest and Instagram, and your faves from your “little white books” are carefully recorded in your tarot journal. You feel solid foundations beneath you, and they’re inspiring you to take the next step–writing your own tarot spreads. You’re a bit nervous or intimidated perhaps, because despite what you’ve learned in Tarot 101, you’re not really sure where to start. Or perhaps you’ve been writing spreads for awhile, but they’re not as inspired as you’d like them to be. Have no fear, tarot jacks and mavens! Today, I’m going to share with you the elements that I consider when I write my tarot spreads. Hopefully, they’ll help you in terms of upping your tarot spread creating game!

Consider the Question and Pull from Personal Experience

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When it comes to writing tarot spreads, the best resource you can tap into is you. You are a human, and as such, you have a crazy amount of insight into the obstacles and challenges that people face. Most of the spreads I create for client readings are edited versions of the ones I create for myself, and those spreads use positions that are organically connected the the questions I’m asking myself. When I kneel down at my altar in various states of distress, I take note of the thoughts and queries swimming through my head by writing them down in my journal. I keep a tight account of what it is I’m seeking every time I read for myself or reach out to another badass tarot reader for a reading. Here are some examples of the most basic questions I consistently ask myself when I’m in psycho-spiritual pickle:

What’s my biggest obstacle in terms of this situation?

What do I need to know moving forward?

What can I do about this issue?

Why am I having these thoughts/feelings?

How can I get over this?

Of course, these are super-generalized questions, but they’re only a place to start. As you’ll soon see, these questions create the foundation of a comprehensive spread, and tailoring them to specific topics or concerns gives them richness.

Explore Obstacles

When a querent comes to you for a reading, nine times out of ten they’ll want to address an aspect of their life or experience that’s giving them trouble. Because of this, it’s pretty darn important to speak to the obstacles they’re facing, and what better way than to designate a position to said obstacles? If you’re designing a custom spread for someone, take their question into account when you do this; for example, say a client of yours us having difficulty in terms of self-love and self-esteem–she wants to strengthen both, but she really doesn’t know how to. Create a position that helps her identify her inner demon so she knows where to focus her efforts in terms of her self-love practice–“what psycho-spiritual blockages are preventing me from tapping into my well of self-love?” The wording of this position question triggers her immediate experience and creates focus on the express issue she’s seeking counsel and guidance for. It helps you as the reader maintain your focus on her query, and it helps your querent feel seen and heard.

The Big Why

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Once you’ve identified the obstacle, the next step is to explore why that obstacle’s there in the first place. As a reader who approaches her craft psycho-spiritually, this why can almost always be explained through a manifestation of the subconscious; in other words, the why almost always finds its genesis in the client’s shadow or personal experience. Using the example above, a good “why” position might read something like this (ironically, it doesn’t actually use the word “why”): “What’s the subconscious source of this blockage?” Another may read like this: “What thoughts or experiences are supporting this blockage?” Even though the wording is slightly different, the second example hold space for the objective world, allowing for a reading that’s not quite so focused on the querent’s psyche. If you’re a reader that looks more to outside influences, a good variation might read: “What relationships or recent events are challenging my self-love practice?”

Actionable Advice

IMG_2505Call me new-fashioned, but no tarot spread is complete without a call to action. Personally speaking, I think that the insights provided in a tarot reading are only as good as the change they inspire; in other words, a good reading endeavors to move a querent to do something in terms of overcoming the obstacle or difficulty that they’re facing. In this spirit, I write in a position that provides actionable advice in terms of solving the quandary my querent/client’s facing. Sometimes, this is as simple as “Actionable advice moving forward.” For custom readings or “topic” readings (such as those for shadow work, self-love, or inspiring the muse), I tailor them to address the subject matter at hand. A self-love “actionable advice” position may look a little something like this: “What I can do to hold space for myself as I progress in my self-love journey.” One for shadow work may be “What can I do to integrate the shadow aspect so I can begin to regain control over my thoughts and actions?” One to inspire the artist may look like this: “How can I take steps to re-establish my connection with my fiery, creative aspect?” Of course, these positions alone can insure that your client receives actionable advice–that part’s up to you!

A Position for Power and Support

At the conclusion of a particularly difficult reading, I often like to pull a card that provides support and encouragement. Sometimes, I choose a card from an oracle or affirmation deck and title the position “oracle for greater clarity” (those of you who’ve received readings from me will be familiar with this)! Other times, I’ll dedicate a specific position: “What energy can I channel to slip back into badass creatrix mode?” “What energy can I look to to guide me through?” “Where can I find my strength and power?”

Positions like these wrap up the reading on a high note and help you client feel empowered to do what they need to to create positive change in their lives. It also gives you an opportunity to say something positive without compromising the integrity of the reading–like Mary Poppins says, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!

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Much Love, Fellow Tarot Peeps.

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