TdM Reading Circle ~ August 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
fractalgranny & zhadee - Complete! :royal:
nisaba & Phenix - Complete! :royal:
pacificwaters & seedcake - Complete! :royal:

- Sign-up is CLOSED
- Sign-up closes and reading partners to be assigned on: 8th August
- Reading and feedback to be completed by: 31st August

The suggested spread: Four Directions Spread


1. Direction: West, This is an aspect of the issue at hand that you should meditate on.
2. Direction: North, This card indicates what will bring about renewal.
3. Direction: East, This card indicates what you need to understand, or gain clarity on.
4. Direction: South, The message of this card will help you to bring about growth involving the issue at hand.

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.

In this month's challenge, we will be looking at colors. Before laying out the spread, it may be helpful to define what color(s) you associate with each position of the spread you're about to use (this can also be done after the spread's positions have been defined). For example, if you're using the suggested spread, you'll want to see what color(s) are linked with the directions of the compass and/or the concepts of meditation, renewal, clarity, and growth.

While interpreting the reading, look at the colors in the cards. How do they support or contrast each other and the positions they're in? Are there, for example, any 'cold' colors in 'warm'-colored positions, and vice versa? Are there any similar or opposite colors? How does that change or enhance your interpretation?

Have fun experimenting! :party:

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 another 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:


here i am :) count me in!


I'm in. Additional challenge is great! I'll experiment with it for sure :)


Welcome, fractalgranny and seedcake! :D


I was rather sure about not participating this month, but ohmigosh, what a lovely spread you've come up with... again.

so I am in... again :)


Welcome, zhadee! :D Doing my best to lure you all into the Circle every time. }) :joke:


<grin> I don't take a whole lot of luring ...


Me too please :D


Welcome, pacificwaters! :D