TdM Reading Circle ~ April 2015


Dear TdM lovers,

Welcome to the next round of our Circle. :D As usual, we have a suggested spread and a challenge (see below).

Sign-up list

Partners list
Wendywu & zhadee
pacificwaters & UrbanBramble
Madrigal & dawntarot
fractalgranny & dancing_moon

- Sign-up is CLOSED
- Sign-up closes and reading partners to be assigned on: 8th April
- Reading and feedback to be completed by: 30th April

The suggested spread:
Sentient's Equinox Spread

The northern hemisphere/vernal equinox version

First, pick the one card out of the deck that best symbolizes Spring to you (e.g., Ace of Wands, Death, Fool, etc.) Then pick three more cards:

1) The cold, hard ground (that inside you which is unyielding and resists change)
2) The new green (something new inside you that wants to emerge)
3) A life in bloom (what this new thing can become if nurtured)

The idea is to read each card keeping in mind the nuances of the card you picked to symbolize Spring.

The southern hemisphere/autumnal equinox version

From ancient times the coming of summer has been seen in a more positive light than the coming of winter, but I don’t think this need be the case today. Psychologically winter could be viewed as a process whereby one prepares for challenges, finds the strength to endure and develops resources for survival. Thus an autumnal equinox version would be:

1) The verdant warmth (that inside you which is in full flower)
2) Hints of cooler weather (survival resources developing inside you)
3) The big chill (what these resources could develop into if given the chance)

You are also free to choose your own spreads, with a minimum of three cards. I'm leaving the links to the spreads from the last exchanges in here for reference - if you want to do the same spread please see with your reading partner which one you both like: Fibonacci spread (Posts 8 and 9), Compass spread, Tirage en Croix, Dynamic Hexagramme spread, Comte de Mellet spread, Chronata's spread


Note: Challenge is an additional task for those who'd like to try something new and experiment with alternative reading methods. It is in no way compulsory and can be done by only one of the partners in an exchange (or neither!), according to their wishes and agreement.

The suggested spread calls for a significator, a card that symbolized spring or autumn depending on your sitter's hemisphere. For this month's challenge, I'd like you to actually pull the significator card out of the deck (or out of another deck if you'd like to have a possibility of this card actually coming up in the spread) and interpret the cards using the significator as the modifier. What nuances does that bring to the table? Can you see any other uses or meanings for the significator?

Have fun experimenting! :D

Please make your feedback as detailed as possible so your reading partner can benefit from it. It is NOT about how you would read the cards your partner drew for you within your personal system of reading the Tarot de Marseille, but about how your partner read the cards for you within his/her system. So please let your partner know how well you could relate to the reading, if there are things you didn't understand ("How did you arrive at this interpretation?" etc), what was accurate and what wasn't.. Constructive criticism on things that didn't hit the mark are welcome, too! All in a friendly and respectful learning way of course!

The TdM Exchange is a friendly and fun place to share and develop our reading skills with Tarot de Marseille decks, other historic decks with non-scenic pips and Tarot de Marseille inspired modern decks. If you aren't sure if you have a deck that is suited, just ask. If you decide to read with a deck that your sitter does not have, please post pictures of the cards you drew so everybody can follow.

Pips reading methods:
There are a lot of different reading methods of the Tarot de Marseille and especially the pips. These are all equally welcome and all ok. If you don't know where to start, check the forum index (especially the thread on "Reading Methods" - and don't be shy or scared by the non-scenic pips, just jump on right in!) In order to make this a fruitful learning experience for the reader, the sitter and everybody following the exchange, please take the time to explain what method you are using for the pips. Links to threads here on the forum explaining the method or single cards are most welcome.

Please share the process of your reading, not only the results. And please take the time and effort (as most people do anyway) to write more than a line on each card. Tell your partner what your interpretation is based on, what you saw, what brought you to the conclusions. The more detail, the more everybody will learn!

If anybody has a problem completing their reading or feedback, please please please get in touch with your reading partner and myself. It's not nice to be left hanging in an exchange - and whoever is NOT completing an exchange he or she signed up for (and especially fails to communicate about it) will not be allowed to sign up again until it is completed - and in worst case even risks a three months ban from all reading exchanges.

If there should be any problems, feel free to contact me and I will try to sort it out, with the help of a moderator if necessary.

(Of course the Reading Exchange Posting Guidelines apply for this exchange as well - and there are some good tips for feedback etc in that post!)

Wishing everyone a happy exchange! :party:


I'll give this one a go :)


oh, this looks fascinating... I'd like to join!


Me too..! I am in


Welcome! :D


I just replied but its not showing up in Tapatalk... Sorry if this turns into a double reply... I would like to join again!


I'd like to participate. While I've been doing a lot of reading about reading in the Marseille tradition I'm very new to this lineage (though a Grimaud was actually my very first deck a few decades ago). I'll bring both the fresh view of the Fool along with its polarity--lack of experience. But hey, green is the color of Spring around these parts so I'll happily tack on to that greening energy if y'all will have me :D


Welcome, UrbanBramble and Madrigal! :D Hope you enjoy the exchange! ;)


I'm up for this! :)



Welcome, dawntarot! :D

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