The Release and Let Go Tarot Spread

by Brigit on December 12, 2012 in Tarot Spreads

Letting Go

Tight stomach. Racing heartbeat. Tense shoulders. Shaky hands.

Ever felt this when something has just happened and you feel stressed, anxious, angry, resentful, up-tight, or worried?

For some reason, I’ve had a spell of these events lately. Events where such strong emotions have suddenly risen up and I’m left carrying around all of these horrible, negative feelings that I just can’t seem to shake for days. And when it just starts to subside, the issue resurfaces and I go through it all again.

Do I care too much? Am I too emotionally invested? Do I need to practice more detachment? How can I free myself from these negative emotions?

If only there was a way I could easily and effortlessly release and let go, as soon as I felt that wave of negative energy run through me.

Well, there is. It’s call the Release and Let Go Spread.

The Release and Let Go Tarot Spread

The main idea with the Release and Let Go Tarot spread is to first shine a light on the negative feelings that exist now. By doing this, we give it a name and we bring it up big. We then focus on how we can release and let go, rising above the situation, and eventually what good will come out of it and what new beginnings can be created to bring positivity back into our lives again.

This is one of those rare Tarot spreads that I recommend doing while you are feeling very emotional and the feelings are still very ‘raw’. It will help you to bring peace to your present state of being and take you out of that panicked state.

Here is the seven-card Tarot spread:

  • What am I feeling right now
  • Why am I feeling it so strong
  • How can I release this feeling
  • What is the feeling transforming into
  • How can I rise above
  • What is my new beginning
  • What have I learned

My Personal Release and Let Go Reading

As I am currently feeling a lot of those strong emotions right now, what better time to use the Release and Let Go Tarot spread.

Now, just a moment as I get myself comfortable in the therapist’s chaise lounge and expose my inner mind… *smile*

Here are the cards I drew:

  • letting-go-tarot-spreadWhat am I feeling right now – Eight of Pentacles reversed
  • Why am I feeling it so strong – Tower reversed
  • How can I release this feeling – Seven of Pentacles reversed
  • What is the feeling transforming into – Nine of Cups
  • How can I rise above – Knight of Wands reversed
  • What is my new beginning – Fool reversed
  • What have I learned – Ten of Swords reversed

Notice all of those reversed Tarot cards?! Perhaps the timing just isn’t right or perhaps this is a sign that the emotions are still very raw. That said, the Release and Let Go spread is intended for that moment in time when you do really feel it and you do need something to give you answers while you work on releasing and letting go. I also see it as a sign that now is a good time to bring my attention inwards and to focus on what I can learn from this situation at hand.

The Eight of Pentacles reversed shows that I have been working very hard on something but I have suddenly come to a point where it is clear I have been working on the wrong thing! I have been investing energy into something that is now counter-productive. I’m also quite a perfectionist, so when something stops me in my tracks, as it has done, I feel quite confronted that I haven’t been getting it right first time. So I see the feeling has a lot to do with my approach to my work and my profession.

The Tower reversed. Well! I’m not going to let it topple me over, but it’s pretty close to just collapsing everything! If the Tower card was upright, then perhaps I would be seeing it as an ‘end of the world’ type of situation, but I see the reversal as an indication that I can still retain some perspective on the situation. I can see that this is an impactful situation, but I am going to keep grounded as much as possible.

With both the reversed Seven and Eight of Pentacles, there is clearly some sadness here around investing in something and working very hard, but not seeing the intended result. The way to release and let go of this situation is to re-assess where I am investing my energy and making sure that it is where I will see the best results. It’s hard, because I thought I was doing the right thing, so I’m sad to see that it has potentially lead to nothing. But perhaps it’s just time to accept this and move on. I can return to the Six of Pentacles and continue to give as much as possible to the community and this will be what brings satisfaction and reward.

The Nine of Cups is a very positive and uplifting sign that all’s well that ends well. Out of a tough situation, I have the power to come away feeling good about what I do have, rather than what I don’t have. I know there is a positive side to my current situation and that has to do with all the support I have received along the way. If I focus on this, the rest will just fade away and will be replaced by feelings of gratitude and contentment.

The reversed Knight of Wands advises me not to act impulsively now. I’m at risk of doing something off the cuff and just because I’ve had a flash of an idea and I’m straight into action. This is a good reminder to pause and think before I act. (I definitely need to listen to my own advice!)

Oh wow, the reversed Fool for new beginnings. It’s as if the timing for a new beginning is not now, but a little later. Perhaps I should wait and not act, following the advice of the reversed Knight of Wands. The new beginning will come to me when the timing is better.

And finally, what have I learned? No matter how many times I get knocked down, I will always rise up and keep persevering. Yes it hurts and yes I feel gutted each time I go through a major setback, but I won’t let it stand in my way. There will be more positive change on its way which will help to kickstart a new cycle.

You know what? I do actually feel better after having done this reading and having had explored my emotions, moving from the negative emotion itself to the point of release and the new start that comes out of it.

Thanks for listening.

UPDATE: A few days have passed and I can gladly say, so have the emotions. The spread definitely helped in the process, as did time. All things going well, this may actually turn into a new opportunity rather than a major disappointment. Time will tell! (That’s the reversed Tower and Fool playing out beautifully.)

Over to You

Two things. First, I would love to hear your interpretation of my Tarot reading – what do you see in these cards that I may be missing?

Second, use the Release and Let Go spread yourself and share your insights below.

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel December 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

definitely going to give this spread a go! thanks for sharing it 🙂


Aasheesh December 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Knight Of Wands ,Seven Of Pentacles,The Fool all reversed in their respective positions indicate that there has been a very impulsive action done with lot of energy and enthusiasm ,but without having a thoughtful backup plan. As a result things have gone horribly wrong.It is almost as if the results have been totally opposite of what you had expected.
In situations like this it is best to step back and have a look at the events in a detached manner.Do not be sucked into the negative energy of events which may deplete you mentally.View the events as a karmic retribution;as if debts are now being settled.As they say “let the storm pass ” .
Nine Of Cups is indicating that you have gained a lot emotionally from this experience.You are now become more mature to handle such events in future.It has shed light on your follies and cleared a lot of cobwebs in your mind thus enabling and empowering you to lead a more content life in future.This is internal and you do not have to depend on externals to make you happy.
Fool Reversed shows that in future you need to be more circumspect in your actions and always make a back up plan.After all plans may always fail !
Ten Of Swords indicates never over extend yourself in pursuit of your dreams.Life is all about living happily in whatever present has to offer us.Be content and thankful.
Overall I feel this particular experience has been a life changing one for you and would make you more cautious and prudent in your actions in future.
Wish you all the best Biddy from the core of my heart.


Brigit December 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

Excellent insights and all very relevant! Thank-you for sharing 🙂


Aasheesh December 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Thanks Brigit.


Cher Green December 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Wonderful Spread, Brigit.

Nice interpretation,Aasheesh.


Aasheesh December 14, 2012 at 12:20 am

Thanks Cher.


brenda December 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Hi Biddy-
Thanks! This is a really interesting spread. I just did this reading for someone and wanted to share it:
1- Temperance (reversed)- Things are out of balance. She is trying to mix things to create something stable & new but it isn’t working. Is there a lack of effort? Something is blocking the desired outcome. 2- 10 of Swords (reversed) Depression has her down and is sapping her energy. She feels alone in trying to fix the situation. She shouldn’t prolong this by allowing her negative thinking to go in circles. There is nothing to gain my staying in the dark place. 3- 9 of Pentacles- She needs to hold onto her integrity and convictions. She also needs to pamper herself a bit and spend some energy on herself. 4- Page of Pentacles (reversed)- She should not be too focused on money issues. She needs to let go a little to get the energy moving again. 5- Ace of Wands- Her energy level will go up. She can use the energy to guide the kids towards some constructive creativity. That energy will help them all. 6- 5 of Swords- She needs to be careful that this doesn’t just turn into a clash of wills or she may feel guilty and it will be an empty victory. However, if she can learn from this experience, she will know when to walk away and not allow situations to cause her so much personal misery in the future. 7- 7 of Pentacles (reversed)- She shouldn’t be so critical of herself. She needs to evaluate how far she’s come and pat herself on the back once in a while. She needs to remember she is worth it.


Brigit December 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

Thanks so much for sharing. It sounds like your reading would have really helped your friend/client gain some perspective.


Matthew December 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Hello Brigit,
I just actually tried this spread for myself and wanted to share what I had:
The question I asked was releasing and letting go of deep feeling of an ex-
* what am I feeling right now – 10 of Wands
* why am I feeling it so strong – Page of Swords
* how can I release this feeling – High Priestess
* what is the feeling transforming into – The World
* how can I rise above – Queen of Swords
* what is my new beginning – 8 of Pentacles
* what have I learned – Temperance
I honestly believe this spread is very accurate and seems to be a good outcome for myself …
I would love to hear back or your opinion on my spread. Thank you !


Brigit December 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

So glad to hear that the spread helped you. Temperance is such a lovely lesson to learn – be patient and do everything in moderation. I can see some really empowering messages in those cards!


Matthew December 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

Thank you Brigit !
Temperance aka the angel of healing is just one of my favorite tarot cards.
What other powerful messages do you see ?


Brigit December 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

The World… everything coming to a point of completion and a new phase or cycle is about to begin. And that new cycle may be around learning or perfecting a new skill or dedication (8 of Pentacles). The High Priestess calls on you to listen to your intuition as you go about freeing yourself from the emotional upset.


kelly December 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hi Biddy,
Very interesting spread, found it a bit difficult at first because it is very focused or I felt that it really focused (which is good thing though for tarot spreads). Here is my take on your cards you drew. Just a brief outline really as don’t want it to be too long.

 What am I feeling right now – Eight of Pentacles reversed –
hard work isn’t getting you anywhere, things may not be where you want them to be bringing some sadness more than frustration. So it’s despair type feelings rather than fed up feelings.

 Why am I feeling it so strong – Tower reversed –
well it’s basically building this tower (such as dreams / goals ) and it isn’t reaching expectations. I feel it is more about people having some kind of an impact of your tower for instance.

 How can I release this feeling – Seven of Pentacles reversed –
in a sense it seems feelings cannot be released just yet…so perhaps a bit more stuff to go through. It is a time for accepting your feelings and also at same time knowing that you must believe in yourself/what your doing above anything else going on. This is just a moment in time.

 What is the feeling transforming into – Nine of Cups –
wishful thinking but optimism. Sorting out all the things you can do – having to find a way to sieve through the things you can taste, what is tangible. Hope but still not in action stage yet just a realization or awareness of it.

 How can I rise above – Knight of Wands reversed –
I think of fire when looking at this card….fire that is alit but perhaps require being put out….for now…or to start again.

 What is my new beginning – Fool reversed –
get back on track…I felt a sense of peace with this card even though reversed – getting back into the saddle can be coming to a place of acceptance and clearing the emotions. Don’t work on anything until you have come to a place of peace. I kept noticing how the Fool has fallen off the cliff…what can you do but let go.

 What have I learned – Ten of Swords reversed –
others can have an impact on you. An awareness of this for one’s well being and future experiences.


Brigit December 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

Thanks so much for sharing your insights on my Tarot reading!


kelly December 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

oh forgot to ad summary….I find summaries the hardest thing to do so far…

whatever is going on or has happened, giving your self permission to fall is important. Giving yourself permission to learn from one’s own mistakes is how to get back into the saddle. You can taste it (goals for instance) but it may need to be let go of or fire put out so can come back to it from another angle.


Sami January 26, 2013 at 5:37 am

Well, I thought I’d give this spread a whirl! I like the spreads you create a lot. The positions are simple and easy to understand!

What am I feeling right now- 7 of Wands
Why am I feeling it so strong- 4 of Swords
How can I release this feeling- Knight of Wands
What is the feeling transforming into-9 of Swords
How can I rise above-King of Pentacles-Knight of cups-Justice
What is my new beginning-5 of Pents
What have I learned-The Sun

Well, in the first position, I feel attacked and on the defensive and it seems from a number of sources/people/. I’m feeling it strongly right now since I’m trying to “rest”. The Knight of Wands indicate I should travel or be creative (via reading a book, the good ole travel in a book sort, that way it doesn’t go against 4 of swords card) Whoa, 9 of swords card is a pretty negative card unlike the 10 of swords which could indicate the end, but yes I see how it is being transformed into that. Is there a pattern of any kind between 7 of wands and 9 of swords? Maybe the wands tranform into swords and instead of attacking me in the day, it also attacks me at night when I am defenseless. I see this as a reference to “dreaming” as I do dream often of the people represented by the “wands”.

Now I pulled a court card in how I can rise above it. And Then another court card. T_T
Perhaps it has to do with people, but currently I don’t know a King of Pents…so on this I’m stumped.

If it was indicating putting effort into something practical or paving the road to something, I would think it would be the ace of pentacles or something smaller than the King. Hmmm, and then there’s the knight. I’m pretty sure it’s not me or a situation. Definitely people. I pulled a clarifer for it and it’s Justice. With Justice, I generally see this (outside of the legal sense) as a “karma” card. The act of balancing everything in the universe. I’m not sure how the court cards relate though. Any clues?

My new beginning is 5 of Pents. It can’t be beginning anew, but maybe it signifies my tough spirit and represents that those who are with me now, are there with me to the end. That all unnecessary posessions and people are gone. It could also mean help is available to me if needed and this applies to both financially and spiritually as indicated by the church.

What I have learned is to be positive, more so. It’s coming slowly but surely.
Thanks for the great spread. Look forward to seeing more. Also really love that there’s such a variety in them, aside from the usual love/romance ones out there!
Not sure if you already do this or if there’s already an article out, but do you use astrology with the cards?



Brigit January 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for sharing your reading, Sami.

I don’t personally use astrology with the cards because I don’t know enough about it. However, it’s certainly possible. In fact, we’ll have a guest post next week from a wonderful astrology her uses her Tarot cards in a powerful reading that combines the best of both worlds. Stay tuned!


Sami January 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Great! Looking forward to the guest article! I don’t know, well anything about astrology! ^_^ (Haven’t even gotten the basics down yet) I do find it interesting in how it used in conjunction with the cards though. It’s quite fascinating.


Brigit January 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm
Janice August 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for sharing this reading. I learned from it and will use it.


Barbara October 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This was amazing. I was feeling a lack of supportive community around some work stuff, mixed with hubby, usu so mellow, being weirdly bossy.
I drew reversed emperor, feeling lack of control rigidgity from community
, 4 of cups- feeling it so strong bc I’m feeling apathetic, listless like it’ll never change,
nine of wands- have experienced setbacks that now leave you feeling distrustful of others or even yourself. The turning point will come when you are able to leave the past behind you and to cultivate a more open mind about the future. While you have experienced losses in the past, it does not mean that you have to experience further losses in the future. Turn a new leaf and push on.
s, king of wands- becoming a leader that can motivate others thru trials,
, reversed seven of swords, rise above by well paragraph 1 and 2 of your write up.
6 of pentacle s, , new beginning is becoming a philanthropist
seven of cups, I’ve learned not to waste time on unproductive rela that aren’t going in the same direction as I am.


Brigit October 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Thanks for sharing, Barbara. I’m so glad the spread helped you to release some of that tension and frustration that you may have been feeling.


susan November 6, 2013 at 1:52 am

Hi Biddy….
I think your cards indicate that you are FEELING like all is for nought and that you are fearing the worst, that your world as you’ve planned it is crumpling. But you are still in the beginning stages and you should not give up based on appearances only… while it looks like your work has gone to the wrong places, you need to give yourself more time to assess the situation. Let it rest for a while. I think you will be surprised that by taking one or two new approaches everything you have done will come together. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath-water…it’s not as bad as you think.


Brigit November 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Thank-you Susan. The situation occurred a while ago, but there were further challenges later down the track. Thankfully, now, that has gone and I no longer need to focus on this situation anymore. What a relief!


Merrilyn November 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

Hi Brigit great spread and very timely for me. I was going to add it appears that the momentum of events in your life has been racing along a bit to too fast. Thank the Universe for your many blessings, take a deep breath and pause a while and you will suddenly be aware in the stillness of a new opportunity. I think its timing. Then I noticed your post script. Glad to hear you are heading towards the top of the wheel again. Your helpful posts and your Soul Meditations are awesome. Thank you.


Brigit November 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for your insights. Thankfully, this was a situation that occurred a while ago now (when I first wrote the blog post) so I’m glad to say it has passed 🙂


Christopher April 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Recently got in trouble with the law(which never happens) and, like my normal self, worrying the mess out of myself.

What am I feeling right now-9 of pentacles R
Why am I feeling it so strong-2 of swords R
How can I release this feeling-Knight of pentacles R
What is the feeling transforming into-6 of pentacles
How can I rise above-10 of swords R
What is my new beginning-The World(XXI)
What have I learned-3 of wands R

Since the cards are generally pentacles, I went forward assuming reading is mostly about security and finances. My foundations.

What am I feeling right now- Setback to progress that I am making with building up my security. Being foolish. Loss of comfort. Worrying.
Why am I feeling it so strong-Because I do not know how to navigate the situation. Don’t know the choices I have and general confusion about what to expect.
How can I release this feeling- Stop dwelling and thinking so much about it! Don’t just sit there and plan and think. Take the situation for what it is and be active when you are able to.
What is the feeling transforming into-Confidence to handle the situation. Having everything you need to take care of this. (using the herbal tarot and guy is sitting comfortably giving something to a reaching hand)
How can I rise above-Work past the fear. Upright, I take it as a major incedent has happened. Reversed, I take it as, “you are creating the problem in your head”. You only see how this can cause damage and how bad the situation can be.
What is my new beginning-Hard to read this one in this position. Everything coming together. Everything working out for the best.
What have I learned-Try to understand situations better. Plan better. Use your brain!

Comments are definitely welcome. This was a tough one for me because a few of them, I don’t really understand. If I had to go off of just emotions and not what the cards say, it would look like this…

What am I feeling right now-worry, anxiety, confusion, impatience.
Why am I feeling it so strong-Have never been in this situation before and don’t want things to turn out bad. Annoyed with myself for not thinking.
How can I release this feeling-Understand that the situation happened and just take it for what it is. Learn and move on.
What is the feeling transforming into-Knowledge of how my mouth and attitude can get me in more trouble than any action.
How can I rise above-Stop letting emotions take over and temper myself.
What is my new beginning- Beginning a new phase of my life with more knowledge of how to plan and react in situations that could have drastic consequences.
What have I learned-Think before you act. Don’t just act because it feels right.


Gaby December 2, 2014 at 6:43 am

Can someone help me with my my spread, please

 What am I feeling right now – Queen of Swords
 Why am I feeling it so strong – Queen of Pentacles
 How can I release this feeling – Ace of Wands
 What is the feeling transforming into – Justice
 How can I rise above – II Cups reversed
 What is my new beginning – X of Wands reversed
 What have I learned – Ace of Pentacles reversed


Francisca May 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

Hi Brigit! i just did this Release and let go Tarot spread and it was illuminating for me, really awesome. This tarot spread is really well thought, so thank you very much for sharing!
A hug for you from overseas!


Brigit May 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

Beautiful! I’m so glad it helped!


Karen July 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

;-( I just wrote for an hour and hit submit and it came back with an error of Captcha code…

my reading was eaten by the Captcha Monster!!!

Oh well, it was an experience anyway… I have it hand written so all is not lost.

Thanks for the opportunity.


Brigit July 16, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Oh no! How frustrating!!


Anonymous October 25, 2015 at 5:35 am

What a beautiful spread!!! Very very helpful.
With your reading, about the reversed Tower, I also feel that that indicates that the futility you felt wasn’t completely out of the blue- there were warning signs here and there until it intensified. Is that so?


Brigit October 27, 2015 at 10:41 am

Nice – I like it 🙂


many December 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm

great spread! thank you! 🙂


A+ February 11, 2016 at 8:56 am

Thank you for sharing this spread. It affirms feelings and how they may transform, and we continue to have free will in all our choices, but gain perspective through our emotions. It’s positive and intentional.

I’m going through a transition period – this spread helps me literally take the blind fold off!

I’d love feedback from the group on the following spread:

1) eight of swords reversed
2) king of swords reversed
3) page of cups
4) hierophant
5) high priestess
6) seven of cups
7) ten of wands reversed

My summary: 1) I’m blind and restricted by own doing, but open to new perspectives 2) I feel this way because there have been manipulative people 3) I can release this by creating new and creative opportunities, by following my heart and a new person may show up to help with that 4) This will transform into feeling part of a like-minded group 5) I can rise above by using my intuition and wisdom to choose how I work with this group 6) My new beginning presents tantalizing choices and follow my best interests 7) I have learned not to take on too much and play martyr and I need to let go of burdens that don’t serve my best interests


Brigit February 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Trust your instincts and your first reactions to the Tarot spread 🙂


MP April 21, 2016 at 3:24 am

Thank you! What a great spread!


MP April 21, 2016 at 3:25 am

Hi Brigit,
I learned of this spread from listening to your podcast (#22). I am new to Tarot, and I am learning so much from you! Thank you for all the information and guidance you share to all of us who want to learn!

This is what I drew:
What am I feeling right now – The Magician reversed
Why am I feeling it so strong – The Sun
How can I release this feeling – 8 of Pentacles
What is the feeling transforming into – 10 of Cups
How can I rise above – Temperance reversed
What is my new beginning – 9 of Cups reversed
What have I learned – 3 of Wands reversed

I am always happy to see the 10 of Cups, but I am a little confused by the last two cards. I imagine I should apply those lessons inwardly? I’ll definitely be thinking about these lessons! I appreciate any feedback you might have.

Thanks again for all you do!


Brigit April 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Perhaps it’s letting go of what no longer serves you or makes you happy (Nine of Cups reversed) and what you’ve learned is it’s time to take a new path or perhaps even retreat for a time before expanding again.


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