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The Spiritual Compass Tarot Spread

By September 26, 2012 May 4th, 2018

This Tarot spread was inspired by a meditation from the book “Awakening the Buddhist Heart” by Lama Surya Das. I am totally in love with his books and am always inspired to think differently about my life after reading them.

In this meditation, we are asked to reflect deeply on our lives and, in the process, to seek out our direction. This is a very powerful meditation and is perfect for when you need direction in your life. It is also in preparation for leading a more mindful life, by being aware of where you are now and where you want to be.

As I read through the meditation, I got such a buzz, knowing that this would make an incredibly powerful Tarot reading. So, I have turned it into a Tarot spread – “The Spiritual Compass”.

The Spiritual Compass Tarot Spread

Before you start this reading, take a moment to centre yourself. Find a quiet place and, holding your Tarot cards, gently close your eyes. Take a deep breath in and let go of the troubles of the day, replacing any tension with relaxation. Turn your attention inward. Give yourself permission to spend time with yourself. Right here, right now.

Open your eyes and you are now ready for your Tarot reading.

  • Where are you in your life right now
  • Where do you want to be in the next month
  • Where do you want to be in the next year
  • Where do you want to be in the next five years
  • Who have you become
  • Who do you want to be
  • What do you really want from your relationships
  • What do you really want from your career
  • What do you really want from your spirituality
  • What can you do to unlock your creativity
  • What can you do to contribute to the community
  • How can you live in tune with your own interests, principles and beliefs
  • How can you connect with your sacred path
  • What is your greatest talent or potential
  • How can you get from here to where you want to be
  • What is your first step

You can lay out the cards in any pattern you choose, but this is the pattern I use.

spiritual compass tarot spreadLook out for where any Major Arcana cards fall. Majors typically identify life lessons and in a spread like this, they will be particularly powerful in their message. If the Major is reversed, remember that you are missing something and you’re not getting the full potential of your life lesson. Remove the blockage and pay attention to what it is you need to understand to move forward.

Also look out for any patterns across the Tarot reading. Is there a prevalence of Cups cards or Twos? What does this tell you about the patterns in your own life? What groups of cards are missing? Are there any Swords? What does this tell you?

Record your Tarot reading in your Tarot journal. You will no doubt come back to this reading time and time again as a way of checking in with yourself. It might be a Tarot reading that you do on an annual basis or when you are in need of some spiritual direction and insight.

To end the reading, close your eyes and give thanks to your inner self and the Universe for offering you guidance through this very deep, spiritual reading.

As a Major Arcana Only Reading

If you want this to be a super powerful and insightful reading, you might want to take out all of the Major Arcana cards from your deck and only use these cards for the reading.

Simply shuffled and select the cards from the 22 Majors, just as you would if you had a full deck.

You’ll find that you are drawn now to the powerful life lessons that are unfolding in your life now and in the future.

Over to You

Try the Spiritual Compass Tarot reading, and if you’re willing, share your insights and experience in the comments section below. I’d love to hear how it has worked for you.


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