Articles you will find on The Sceptic's Tarot
The principles of creativity (updated 25 August 2021)

My creativity techniques with tarot cards (Updated 13 April 2022)

(Several of these techniques and spreads can fall into more than one category, especially those under problem identification, creative reflection, and journaling. Tarot is versatile.

Many of these links still point to SynTAROTis.)


Another way to look at the problem is ... (perception shifting)

"Taking stock" spread (gathering information)

"Yes, BUT ..."--A challenging technique (perception shifting)

The chosen cards (problem finding)

Look-before-you-leap spread (tarot spread) (gathering information)

Going around in circles (tarot spread) (cause and effect)

I predict that ... (cause and effect)

Let the image do the talking (idea generation)

Root of the problem (tarot spread) (cause and effect)

Reverse the spread (reverse the problem)

What if the card is the obstacle? (constraints)

What is standing in my way? (tarot spread) (constraints)

I have an idea! (idea generation)

The worry spread(tarot spread)

Practising problem-solving (idea generation, problem definition)

What is my problem? (tarot spread) (problem definition, solve the right problem)

In spite of fear and doubt, create ... (embrace fear and doubt)

Three wishes (tarot spread) (problem finding)

The magic square spread: From worry to peace (tarot spread) (problem finding)

Magic squares: I want, I have, I need, I deserve (tarot spread) (problem finding)

Magic Square variation 2: I want, I have, I need, I deserve (tarot spread) (problem finding)

Magic Square variation 3: I want, I have, I need, I deserve (tarot spread) (problem finding)

Frustration spread (tarot spread)

Two troublesome cards (problem finding)

Find, define, solve (tarot spread)

What would tarot do? (perspective shifting)

And But Therefore spread (perspective shifting)

Brainstorming with tarot cards (brainstorming)

More brainstorming with tarot cards (brainstorming)

This could change everything (perspective shifting)

Royal advice

Creative reflection

Who are you? (new)

An inside-out reading

Where does it go?

An inside-out reading

So is this true?

Where does it go?

Set my place

The back-to-front reading

Two for one

So is this true?

Lessons learned


Draw cards on a memory

Lessons learnt

Yes ..but WHY? (tarot spread)

Rewriting the past (tarot spread)

Creative writing

The backwards story

Tickle the typewriter

Treacherous trait (tarot spread)

What's your story? (tarot spread)

Choose your topic: writing non-fiction articles with tarot cards (tarot spread)

Use your imagination

Just imagine ... you can be more creative

Crime cards!

Exercising creativity

Odd card out: a creativity game

"Improve me"

What could this mean?

Telling stories

Goal setting

How am I doing with this goal? (tarot spread)


It takes courage to live your life (tarot spread)

Tarot as therapy

A "fortune telling" spread for changing your mind (tarot spread)

The shadow self spread (tarot spread)

Serenity spread (tarot spread)

The shadier part (tarot spread)

Self-compassion spread (tarot spread)

Creativity techniques I adapted for tarot

The 5W1H spread (who, what, where, when, why and how)

Attribute Listing

Brainstorming with tarot cards

SWOT spread: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (gathering information)

SWOT spread: Making the best of it (gathering information)

What if I do nothing?

What if I do nothing? Decision spread (tarot spread) (do nothing)

"Preppy thoughts" with tarot cards (Relational Algorithms)

Appreciative inquiry

Advantages, limitations, unique qualities


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