Peek-a-Boo Burlesque Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Peek-a-Boo Burlesque Spread

On This Day

The term burlesque represents a literary, dramatic, or musical work designed for laughter. In the late seventeenth century it was applied to the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer. Not until the nineteenth century did it become a sultry striptease.

The first burlesque show opened in New York City on this day in 1866. Called The Black Crook, it ran for 475 performances and made over a million dollars for its producers.

Summation of Spread

The Two of Swords represents the parts of your psyche kept off-limits to others. The ocean and moon reflect elements fraught with emotion, revealing a card where two opposites coexist in harmony.

Are you a tease? Modern burlesque, often called neo-burlesque, invokes glamour girls’ pinup style while reveling in the art of the striptease. Partial clothing is removed while pasties and g-strings remain, leaving audiences a little something to the imagination. This alluring idea of the hidden informs this spread.

Cast Your Cards

Every second card, the “what I keep hidden” cards, is cast face-down. Cast the “what I show” cards face-up. Moving through the spread, examine how you play peek-a-boo with the world around you.

1. What I show to the world.

2. What I keep hidden.

3. What I show to my ex.

4. What I keep hidden.

5. What I show to my lover.

6. What I keep hidden.

7. What I show at work.

8. What I keep hidden.

9. What I show my family.

10. What I keep hidden.