Learn to Create Your Own Tarot Spreads

This announcement has been a long time coming! I am teaming up with my friend Coleman Stevenson of the Dark Exact to teach a new class on Tarot spreads!

When reading tarot and oracle cards, context is everything. A well-designed spread can guide and focus a reading, leading to greater understanding and personal discovery. In this 3-week workshop led by Coleman Stevenson of The Dark Exact and Erik L. Arneson of Arnemancy, we’ll explore what makes a great spread, examine how card meanings shift based on position in different spreads, and practice various methods for constructing our own card layouts. Each participant will have an original spread tested by the class and will be invited to submit completed spreads from the workshop for publication in Volume Three of A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads.

No experience with creating spreads is necessary, but a working knowledge of card reading is strongly suggested. This class will NOT cover reading basics. Each participant will need a tarot deck of their choice for use during class sessions.

  • Sundays, February 6, 13, & 20
  • 4pm-6pm Pacific Time
  • This is an online class offered via Zoom.

Your instructors:

Coleman Stevenson is the author of three collections of poems (Light Sleeper, Breakfast, and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern ), several books about the Tarot including The Dark Exact Tarot Guide, and a book of essays on creativity accompanying the card game Metaphysik. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies and on the website tarot.com. In addition to her work as a designer of tarot and oracle decks through her company The Dark Exact, her fine art work, exhibited in galleries around the Pacific Northwest, focuses on the intersections between image and text. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, Oregon, area, and has taught tarot, poetry, design theory, and cultural studies at a number of different institutions there. Find her work at colemanstevenson.com and @darkexact on Instagram.

Erik L. Arneson is a practicing magician who got his first Tarot deck in the late 1980s and has been working with the cards in some capacity ever since. His writing has appeared in a number of periodicals and in both volumes of A Small Collection of Specialized Spreads. With decades of experience in Western esotericism, he has lectured at several conferences and taught classes on ceremonial magic, Tarot, and the Art of Memory. Erik is the host of the Arnemancy Podcast and writes about Tarot, magic, and the occult on his site arnemancy.com and @arnemancy on Instagram.

Want to learn more? Listen to my live interview with Coleman!

S01E09 The Dark Exact LIVE at Rose City Book Pub

The Arnemancy Podcast
S01E09 The Dark Exact LIVE at Rose City Book Pub

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