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

Journey To The Readers Studio 2011 – Part III

Note: Image above is from Joanna Powell-Colbert’s “Gaian Tarot”.

Now we are coming to the big show – the Saturday evening banquet. It was held in the same room that the presentations were given in – which I felt was appropriate. Bringing things full circle, as it were. When I got downstairs, I saw that people were gathering in the lounge area and the hallway in front of the banquet room. There was a nice mix of costumes and regular cloths – I loved the costumes! I wasn’t brave enough to do this, but I love that so many people were, and that they used their incredible imaginations to come up with some fantastic creations! Courtney Weaver was absolutely gorgeous as the Statue of Liberty, there were two individuals in very creative  Death makeup and costumes, Marcia McCord was absolutely gorgeous as Strength, and Mike Hernandez  made excellent use of a pizza box to create a unique crown for the Hierophant that he portrayed – with the help of the Marriott! 😉 It was wonderful to chat with people, and to see the gorgeous costumes up close and personal. I should mention that there was also an open cash bar, provided by the Marriott!

You know by now that I am uneasy in large crowds, and I was getting very uneasy. I couldn’t find Koneta Bailey, my anchor for the day! I was standing by one of the doors, and must have been looking ready to bolt, because several lovely Aussie ladies (including Stella Luna, Annie Dunlop, and Linda Henery asked me to join them at their table, which I very thankfully did! I ended up sitting between the lovely Stella Luna (very gracious lady!) and Mike Hernandez,  who is one of the funniest, most brilliant people that I have ever met. His Hierophant costume spoke for itself. Also at our table was Gina Theis (an incredible lady who wore a lovely Egyptian headdress), and Elinor Greenberg – a quietly wise and funny lady! I was so happy to meet her, and to spend time talking to her. There were two other ladies at the table, whose names I do not know (including the lady who actually invited me to sit there!). I apologise  – I am not intending to ignore you!

The dinner itself was quite good – and we got down to it after people finally settled down! LOL It was good to see people moving around, snapping pictures, swapping stories and in general having a very good time! After the main meal (and before desert) we had the parade of costumes, MC’d by the incomparable Thalassa! She is the female version of Mike Hernandez – someone who can be incredibly funny, yet incredibly insightful at the same time. Thank you to all of the people that took the time to create those wonderful costumes! And thank you to “That Dan guy” for ending things on a high note! One of the individuals in the parade created quite a memora ble moment for me – and I don’t remember her name! She spoke about how she valued the Readers Studio, and how we all had that “OMG!” moment when Wald had his heart attack, and we were concerned about him, Ruth Ann, the coming Readers Studio, and the possibility that we might actually lose a valuable member of our Tarot community. Thalassa called Wald up to the stage, and had him say a few words. Definitely a memory moment! Wald, it was so good to see you feeling well at the conference!

I did not go down to the Sunday half-day – mainly because this is when you do a final reading, and then compare it to the reading that you did on the first day, to see how much you have learned. I love this technique, but I wasn’t there on the first day! 😉 Instead, I got to sleep in, then watch the NBA to my hearts content!

I am going to let my mind roam for a moment, so these next thoughts will be stream of consciousness. People that I wanted to introduce myself to, but the opportunity never came up – Bev Haskins and Alec Satin. Thank you to Amy Zerner and Monty Farber for taking the time to come to the hotel on Saturday so that we could meet you. Actually, I never got to meet Monte, but I did get to meet Amy! She is a lovely lady, and the artist behind some of the most stunning cloths and jewelery out there! You can find her and Monte on

I have to say a few words about the vendors – where would we be without them! Dan Pelletier hosted the Tarot Garden table – way too many good things … I could go broke there! They can be found here – The Tarot Media Company was represented by Rose Red – they had their usual incredible mix of merchandise – all very high quality! You can find them here – Robert Place brought his excellent work with him – it was great to talk to him again and touch bases! Bob can be found here – Ciro Marchetti and his lovely wife Maria brought his work – including copies of his new deck, which Koneta got a copy of! Ciro’s work can be seen here – I have to add here that Maria was wearing the dress that Ciro has been showing on Face Book, which shows his own designs. Maria and the dress were both stunning!

Coventry Creations stole my heart with their candles and oils! I bought two candles to be used in a specific ritual – one representing air for communications, and one representing the main energy that I wanted to work with. I was torn between two candles for the main energy, and the very gracious lady representing the company asked me just he questions that needed to be asked so that I got the product that was right for me. I don’t know her name, but I do thank her! I am on hte third and final night of this ritual, and feel very good about what is manifesting! Coventry Creations can be found here – I was impressed that not only was the intent for each candle specified on the label, but there were specific instructions on how to burn the candle safely, and for best results.

Joanna Powell-Colbert was there with not only her Gaian Tarot deck but other incredible merchandise! I am such a fan of Joanna and the Gaian Tarot, and hte energy that Joanna puts into all of her work. Joanna can be found here –

There were a couple of other vendors offering wonderful merchandise, but early senility is setting in, and I cannot remember their names! 😉

I was very impressed with the Readers Studio, as I always am. There is a group of wonderful ladies that helps gets things together and take people throught he registration process – kudos to each of you! There is a table set out in the hallway (actually, this year there were two tables!) where people are encouraged to leave business cards, flyers and brochures. I did due diligence and left a flyer for my upcoming book on Birth Cards. Inside the meeting room is a table where people bring items for exchange – books, decks, oracles etc. I didn’t pick anything up this year, but I did leave a book for someone else to enjoy. 🙂

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Readers Studio. I was only active on Saturday, but it was well worth it! I encourage everyone to attend – the speakers are always high quality, the networking opportunities are endless, and you get to put a “real” face to individuals that you have been engaging with on the Internet. Many thanks to each of you – you made my time there special!

One last footnote – sending prayer and Reiki healing energy to Ruth Ann, who fell off the stage after the conference, breaking her collarbone and injuring a rib. May your recovery be quick and as pain free as it can be. My heart is with you!

(c) May 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Readers Studio 2011 – Last Call!

I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones at the 2011 Readers Studio! Towards the end of 2010 I posted information that individuals were willing to share about themselves, to make it easier when meeting new people. I am putting out a last call to do the same – share information, so that you know a bit about those that you are meeting, and they know a bit about you. I will be putting out another post mid-April, providing that there are more people that are willing to share information about themselves.

If you would like to share your information, please contact me at

These are the links to previous submissions. Enjoy!

© January 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Readers Studio 2011 – Are You Ready?

I am incredibly excited about going to Readers Studio 2011. This will be my third time – and it just gets better each time I go! We are now on a six month countdown. Do you know who the presenters are? Do your know who your fellow attendees will be? I wish that the first (or even second!) time I attended a Readers Studio that I had know who the other attendees were, and what their interests were. This year I am doing a series of blogs sharing information on any attendees who wish to submit it to me. Here is the link to my initial blog: I hope to see many of you there!

(c) November 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

Who’s Who At The Readers Studio – Part 1

This is the first in a series of blogs introducing individuals who will be attending the 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. Many thanks to Ruth Ann and Wald for agreeing to place their information here, and for coming up with the blog title! Sometimes I just really get lucky! Enjoy!

Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone are co-founders of The Tarot School. Together they teach, write and publish about Tarot on all levels from divination to psychology to esotericism and magical practice. They are perpetual pioneers of new Tarot techniques and remain lifelong Tarot students. Between them, Ruth Ann and Wald have amassed more than 80 years of experience as Tarot practitioners. Ruth Ann began her career as a reader in 1974, and Wald picked up his first Tarot deck and began his Tarot studies in 1959. They were each awarded the honorary rank of Certified Tarot Grandmaster in 1998.

More than a thousand students have taken live classes at The Tarot School since it opened its doors in 1995. Hundreds more from around the country have participated in Tarot Telecourses (an innovative program of classes given on the telephone), and students from all over the world have purchased recordings from The Tarot School Audio Course Series and study The Tarot School Correspondence Course. Tarot Tips, the Tarot School’s email newsletter, has thousands of subscribers worldwide.

The Amberstones are the authors of Tarot Tips: 78 Practical Techniques to Enhance Your Tarot Reading Skills, part of Llewellyn’s “Special Topics in Tarot” series for readers and teachers. They have also contributed articles to Llewellyn’s Tarot Reader almanacs for 2005, 2006 and 2008. Their second book, The Secret Language of Tarot was published by Weiser Books (April 2008).

The New York Tarot Festival, presented in June 2002 by Ruth Ann, Wald, and the students of The Tarot School, was the first international Tarot symposium to be held on the East Coast. The Readers Studio, also produced by The Tarot School, is an annual Tarot conference providing cutting-edge practical techniques to intermediate and advanced students, professional readers, teachers and authors. The ninth annual Readers Studio is scheduled for April 29 – May 1, 2011.

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Bonnie Cehovet:

I have been a professional Tarot reader for the past fifteen years. I have served with the American Tarot Association (as Secretary), with the American Board For Tarot Certification (as Vice resident, Secretary and Director of Certification), and co-founded the World Tarot Network.

My articles, reviews and interviews have appeared in the World Tarot Network newsletter, the Meta Arts Magazine ( ), and the Aeclectic Tarot site ( I am a contributor to the 2004 and 2005 editions of the Llewellyn Tarot Reader, have an e-book out compiling interviews that I did with several predominate women in the Tarot world (, a book available in either print or e-book format compiling my earlier Tarot deck and book reviews (, and a print book compiling all of my Tarot interviews (

I have a book on Tarot Birth Cards due to come out in fall 2011 from Schiffer Books, and have the outline written for my second book, which will address using the individual archetypes for personal empowerment. Last, but not least, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo this November, which means that I will (finally!) be getting a decent start on my mystery series!


Anna Burroughs Cook, author of Tarot Dynamics has been reading and interpreting the Tarot for 30 + years and has developed a wide base of clients across the United States as well as the U.K. and Ohio where she currently resides with her hubby Rick.  She has appeared on television, radio and inter-net radio programs and taught private classes including Tarot and Psychic development classes in Adult Education programs.   In between reading for clients, Anna is presently working to enlarging her new Website while working on a second Tarot book, and plans to attend The 2011 Readers Studio in NYC. with Bonnie Cehovet!


 Chanah Wizenberg:

I am a tarot coach and do workshops on Creative Writing with Tarot, in November I will have a private Ning group for my tarot writers to come and talk about their tarot writing, get support and talk tarot. There will be a weekly webinar included for this group, Creative Writing with Tarot.

I have been doing readings since since I was 16 years old and now do them professionally in addition to my tarot coaching by email, phone, and in person. I have recently started the creation of my own deck with Rebbecca Rousseau called Les Cochons. I am also working of a tarot suspense/mystery book.

Part 2 of Who’s Who At The Readers Studio can be seen here –

© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet