A Small Collection of Specialty Spreads
by a group of fine card readers from around the world, Vol. One
A book of spreads for reading any type of divination deck...
This book is a compilation of unique, useful layouts for reading cards, as well as approaches to studying or using the cards in other deep, creative ways. The content consists of original spreads by unconventional readers from around the world, as well as new and classic spreads by Coleman Stevenson of The Dark Exact. including her exploration of the Fool’s Journey in spread-form. The layouts for each of the Major Arcana cards offer another way for readers to connect with and explore each tarot archetype. The spreads and exercises in this book range from simple to complex so readers of all experience levels might find them useful.
METAPHYSIK Essays &Exercises
The Metaphysik deck by artist Daniel Martin Diaz is a tool for problem solving that helps users engage more deeply with their intuitive and imaginative selves. The cards can be used in a variety of ways, individually or pieced together like a puzzle, to explore different modes of thinking and overcome creative blocks. Metaphysik’s evocative imagery is an invitation to a strange new world where experiences of the mystical in the midst of everyday life inspire users to defy expectations, free themselves to make unexpected connections, and uncover a more expansive view of reality. The deck is accompanied by a book of essays by poet and artist Coleman Stevenson, musings on the concepts of connection and creativity. Readers are invited to think about the ways they access information, form ideas, and communicate those ideas to others. The essays are followed by a set of corresponding exercises, ways of interacting with the Metaphysik cards to explore their compositions. Diaz’s illustrations that inspired these essays and exercises are interspersed throughout the pages of the book, offering readers additional opportunities to connect with a world of mystery and imagination.
The Dark Exact Tarot Guide
This guidebook is for people wanting to learn the Tarot or deepen their Tarot practices. While the images and specific descriptions included are from the Dark Exact Tarot Deck, this guide also presents general traditional card meanings that can be used to interpret any standard deck. Patterns and narratives within the cards are explored in a variety of forms, with special attention paid to the Fool’s Journey of the Major Arcana. This book also discusses ideas surrounding the practice of Tarot, and provides classic and original spreads for learning and practice.
"Breakfast. Washing the dishes. Gardening. Home. Nature. The weather. Coleman Stevenson takes the prosaic and transforms it with unexpected, yet true-feeling juxtapositions — ‘rainbows, gasoline halos’ — and philosophical stabs of mystic aloneness: ‘Some stones slide easily across a pond / some sink’; ‘You keep me like a secret, even from yourself.’ Her work vibrates everywhere with life and loss: part elegy, part dying to be born again. She herself claims at one point to be ‘held together by lightning’. Her poetry is that illuminating force striking right through and out of her." -Mark Mordue, author Dastgah: Diary of a Head Trip, and Tender Prey: a Biography of Nick Cave
The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609
"Coleman Stevenson's debut collection, The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609, is a bit more linear, with roots in the physical world. For instance: "a film of decomposition sped forward/appears to reanimate a dead thing/the body of the little fox frantic with ants,/the saprobic swell of hydrogen and nitrogen,/that nods the head and wags the tail again." But it's not all dark, decaying things; it's also "the animatronic pigeon's lack of a past" making it "perfect"—moments that reflect the careful unpacking of experience."
- Matt Stangel, The Portland Mercury