Readers Studio 2011 – Spread Collection

The magic continues! I was absolutely thrilled to find in my e-mail a PDF from the illustrious Barbara Moore containing Tarot spreads that workshop participants developed during Barbara’s presentation at the 2011 Readers Studio. Awesome presentation, incredible lady – high energy, very organized, very professional … and yes, she IS a fashionista!

The first thing that impressed me was the background on the landing page – the most gorgeous red with a vine-like motif. You can see it on her site: As I went further into the document, I was impressed by the organization, and the respect for her own work, as well as the work of the workshop participants. I am sure that everyone who submitted their spreads to her appreciated the caveat at the beginning of the PDF to remember that these spreads are for private and personal use by the contributors, and that the creators of the spreads retain all rights. A gentle reminder to be considerate, and professional.

There are 70 unique spreads in this PDF – what a wonderful resource! The spreads are listed by name, with the names of the individuals that developed them, the position meanings, and a graphic of he positions. With 70 spreads, this took some time to put together! I am sure that I speak for all of us in saying Bravo! and Thank You! to Barbara for putting this all together!

I am going to randomly go through and list some of the spreads, and their creators. The lead spread was created by James Wells and Danya Smith, and is entitled “Based On The Elder Of Fire In The Gaian Tarot”. This is a five-card spread on healing the earth.

Carolyn Cushing and Geraldine Amarol developed a spread entitled “Inspired By The Gaian Tarot Six Of Water”. This is a six-card spread, with five cards drawn from the Minor Arcana and one card from the Major Arcana.

Corrine Kenner, Beth Owl’s Daughter and Joanna Powell Colbert developed a seven card spread entitled “What will we see as William and Kate’s marriage unfolds?” What a great question! Remember – the marriage ceremony was on the Friday of the Readers Studio!

Susa Black developed a five-card “General Spread”, with a sixth card used as a significator. It was suggested that the significator be read in pairs with each of the other five cards.

Phyllis Grimes, Beth Roth and Val Sherill developed a five-card spread entitled “My Unusual Gift Spread”. This is a great spread for bringing better understanding to ones gifts.

Cheryl Ryder and Susa Black developed a five-card spread entitled “General Spread To Help Achieve A Desired Outcome”. This will come in quite handy!

Stephanie developed a five-card spread inspired by the 5 of Cups entitled “Moving Forward After Disappointment”. We can all use that one at one time or another, and it is a powerful tool to use with our clients.

Kate Chapman and Anthony Louis developed a seven-card spread based on the 7 of Coins from the Marseille Tarot. A spread about why we might fail at our project or how to get the best out of a situation/project. We’ve all been there – in both instances!

Donnaleigh de la Rose and Valerie Sylvester developed a five-card spread entitled “Inspired By The Hierophant/Wounded Healer/Aries”. I would not expect less from these lovely ladies!

Jaymi Elford and Theresa Reed developed a five-card spread entitled “The Ritual Manifestation Spread” (for use anytime, or when you want to manifest desires, dreams etc.). I love ritual work, and I loved this spread!

Bev Haskins and Thalassa developed a seven-card spread entitled “A King of Swords Spread – Theme: Rigidity and Authority”. This is an incredibly empowering spread!

The last one that I am going to mention is the card spread developed by Koneta Baily and myself. It is a nine-card spread that we entitled “The Ribbon of Time”. It is based on the Knight of Coins from the Tarot of Dreams. Koneta has this one up on her blog site – Enjoy!

Many thanks to Barbara, and to all of those individuals that choose to contribute to this compilation. There is a wealth of experience and wisdom on these pages!

© June 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

8 comments on “Readers Studio 2011 – Spread Collection

  1. Cher Green says:


    Thank you so much for sharing. I followed the link to Koneta’s blog and what a wonderful spread. I can’t wait to try it out.

    Is the collection something that will be available for purchase?

    Have a wonderful day,
    Cher Green

  2. Donnaleigh says:

    Thank you for the nice mention, Bonnie. I was so excited to receive it, too. I printed it all out so I can place it on the table and really devour it, spread by spread. Many really WOWED me. I’d have loved to see what types of answers they revealed at RS, but I will certainly enjoy my own journey of exploring.

    Big thanks to Barbara for all the time and effort put into this. She’s a pro on every level.

    Great blog, Bonnie! Fun to read!


  3. Cher –

    Koneta did a wonderful job getting the spread up on her blog! 🙂

    As for t he collection being available for purchase – you would have to contact Barbara Moore about that.


  4. Donnaleigh –

    Glad that you liked the blog! Barbara did a wonderful job getting all of that information together. It was interesting to me to put the spreads together with the personalities of the people creating them. They really did come through! 🙂

    I am going to be working with many – if not all – of these spreads, over time.

    This is just an incredible resource!


  5. Barbara Moore says:

    It was so interesting, Bonnie, to see the distinct personalities of the creators.

    That really was one of the points of the class…to make or modify spreads so that they reflect the personal reading style of the reader.

    And they did!

    Cher, as far as it being for sale, it will not be. It was a special gift for the attendees.

    However…there will be a book available next spring that teaches how to do this 🙂

    Or perhaps I can teach the workshop near where you live and we can make another booklet!


  6. Barbara –

    I just loved the way individual personalities came through! And you have a very good point, in that spreads that we either make or modify will naturally reflect our personal reading styles.

    Looking forward to your new book! I thnk your doing more workshops is also an excellent idea. Perhaps you might want to think about the webinar route. While webinar’s are a bit less “personal” (no cupcakes!), you can reach people that wouldn’t be able, for whatever reason, to travel.

    This is just a beginning! 🙂


  7. Cher Green says:

    Bonnie, yes she did a wonderful job.

    Barbara, it’s always fun to create your own spreads. I also find it extremely interesting what others come up with.


  8. Cher –

    I am constantly awed at what the Tarot community comes up with! Life is good in the Tarot world! 🙂


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