TdM Reading Circle ~ May 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
Madrigal - Hexagramme spread

Partners list

FLizarraga & Madrigal - Complete! :royal:
Inana & UrbanBramble - Complete! :royal:
zhadee & pacificwaters - Complete! :royal:
seedcake & kalliope - no reading
3ill.yazi & fractalgranny - no FB

- Sign-up is CLOSED
- Sign-up closes and reading partners to be assigned on: 9th May
- Reading and feedback to be completed by: 31st May

The suggested spread:
Baroli's Who Am I? Spread

I first separated the deck Majors/Courts; and Minors. What you do is first take the Minors, shuffle them up prepare, cut, slice, dice, etc. and lay them out 1-4 face down. Have to be face down or the Magic doesn't happen.

Then take your Major/Courts, do the same thing prepare, slice,dice, etc, and lay them out on top of Minors with the questions.

1. Who Am I?
2. Who Am I Not?
3. Who do I want to be?
4. How do I get there?


With the major/courts, you are looking not at the situation of the card ie death, judgement, but you are looking at the characteristics the card, what it tells you and describes. The same is true for the courts, not a person, but characteristic.

The minors, are as you turn them over one by one tell you with more definition the answers to the questions of 'Who am I, or Who am I not'.

Note: For the sake of this exchange, you can simply shuffle the whole deck together and pick 4 cards, one for each question/position.

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.

This month, I challenge you to do some automatic writing/typing. After laying out the spread, type your impressions about the cards (using a word processor instead of a new post window might be a good idea), position by position or disregarding the positional meanings altogether. Don't worry about style, errors or relevance of the information at this point, just let it flow naturally, and simply document what you get. Review your writing the next day. Does it make sense? How much of it can you actually insert into your reading, or can this be a whole reading in its own right? Which part(s) will you dare to show to your exchange partner? :D

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:


Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! :D


Welcome, FLiz! :D


Oooh! I have never joined a TdM reading circle before, but it sounds really interesting and I totally loved the spread you've suggested. I'm in!


what a spread :bugeyed: I am in!


I had a break from TdM exchange... and now such a spread! I'm so in :)


Me! Me! Me!....

Oops, I forgot I was already in... :D

Great to see you, dancing_moon! :love:


Sign me up!


i'm in!