A Past Life Tarot Spread

I’m working on putting together a fun and informative Tarot spread to present to our students when we present our Past Lives workshop this weekend. I’ve been reviewing past life spreads I’ve used in the past and “mixing and matching” different elements into a new spread. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

11 Cards, laid out in the following way:

Card 9………………………………………………………………………………………Card 11
Card 8………………………………………………………………………………………Card 10
…………………………………………….Card 7…………………………………………………..
…………………………………………….Card 6…………………………………………………..
…………………………………………….Card 5…………………………………………………..
…………………………………………….Card 4…………………………………………………..
…………………………………………….Card 3…………………………………………………..
Card 1………………………………………………………………………………………..Card 2

Card 1: Basic Soul Nature (yours or the querent’s)
Card 2: Present Life Issue
Card 3: Past Life Influence/Issue
Card 4: Environment/Early Life Influences in Past Life
Card 5: Accomplishments in Past Life
Card 6: Past Life Relationships
Card 7: Past Life Death/End of Life
Card 8: Lesson the Soul Wants to Learn
Card 9: How the Past Life Affects This Lifetime
Card 10: What is Needed to Learn This Lesson?
Card 11: What to Anticipate When/If the Lesson is Learned

I like this combination of information because it allows a reader or querent to see influences from a past life that affect his current life, but it also gives him a glimpse of his actual life circumstances in that past lifetime. Using intuition when looking at the pictures on the cards themselves can shed some additional light on the details of an incarnation.

When I did this modified spread for myself using the Rider-Waite deck, the following cards came up. My interpretations are in italics:

Card 1: Basic Soul Nature: Page of Pentacles.  A contemplative child who worries about security. A gazer/scryer who contemplates the mysteries of life. A slow, methodical person.

Card 2: Present Life Issue: 10 of Swords.  Debilitating worry. Negative thoughts that adversely affect progress of any nature.

Card 3: Past Life Influence/ Issue: 2 of Pentacles.  Juggling two rival energies. How to act in a tempest/storm. Excess energy not necessarily put to good use. Issues of balance and equilibrium.

Card 4: Environment/ Early Life in Past Life: Major Arcana The High Priestess.  A feminine energy with esoteric knowledge. The Goddess. Connections to mystical society with high expectations. Knowledge and feminine power.

Card 5: Accomplishments in Past Life: Major Arcana Death.  A major change. Death of old knowledge for something new. Movement away from one lifestyle to another. Re-birth.

Card 6: Past Life Relationships: 8 of Swords.  Restriction. Inability to stand up for self or to ask for help. A negative, abusive relationship or circumstance. Security that comes with too may restrictions or rules.

Card 7: Past Life Death/End of Life: 2 of Cups.  A good friendship or love connection based on respect, sharing, compassion. Reconciliation of a higher nature.

Card 8: Lesson the Soul Wants to Learn: Queen of Pentacles.  Self-sufficient woman of means and resources. The ability to rely on self or one’s own resources.

Card 9: How Past Life Affects You Now: Major Arcana The Fool.  No fear of the journey ahead. A need to trust in the Higher Power. The possibility of recklessness.

Card 10: What is Needed to Learn This Lesson? Major Arcana Temperance.  A peaceful attitude. The balance of the mundane and spiritual. Equilibrium in all aspects. Standing in two worlds. Angelic interventions.

Card 11: What to Anticipate When Lesson is Learned: 4 of Cups.  Choice coming from quiet contemplation. Offers from Spirit.

This reading makes a lot of sense to me. It seems to indicate that in a past life, I was raised in a mystical, esoteric community, probably one that was Goddess-based or matriarchal (The High Priestess). This resonates with me on a soul level; I know I’ve lived several lifetimes in societies like these. In this particular lifetime, however, I must’ve become upset or disillusioned with this lifetime and left it (Death), most likely to pursue a relationship outside of the society. That relationship was not all it seemed (8 of Swords) and left me feeling restricted and unhappy. At least at the end of my life, I was able to find a different relationship that worked on many levels (2 of Cups). My lesson in that lifetime, however, was all about balance and equilibrium, especially concerning the mundane and the spiritual (2 of Pentacles). In this lifetime, I am trying to learn how to keep negative thoughts from impeding my spiritual progression (10 of Pentacles). This resonates with my soul nature (Page of Pentacles), which is contemplative and interested in investigating the mysteries of the Universe. This past life is influencing me still; my soul understands the need to trust in the Higher Power and to have no fear of the path ahead (The Fool), but it is still working on these trust issues. To learn this lesson, I need peace and balance (Temperance). My work in between the worlds as a medium and with the angels can help me to learn this lesson. When I have learned it, I can look forward to more choices and contemplation of further soul lessons (4 of Cups).

Yes, that sounds good to me!

If you’re interested, give this Tarot reading a go, and let me know what you get in the comments below.

Blessings to you on this lovely Tuesday!

12 Comments

  • By Anita, March 23, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Cool spread, Rose! I think I’ll give that one a try soon.

  • By Rose, March 23, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    I’m glad you like it, Anita! Let me know how it turns out for you! And thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • By Julia Guthrie, March 23, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Oh wow, that is such an interesting spread! I will have to give that a try 🙂
    Thanks for sharing it hon xx

  • By Rose, March 23, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Thanks, Julia. Please feel free to share your experience here or any modifications you make. 🙂

  • By Anita, March 24, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    Okay, Rose, here’s what I got (Rider-Waite):

    1. 4 of pentacles
    2. Justice
    3. Ace of pentacles
    4. Knight of Wands
    5. 2 of cups
    6. 10 of cups
    7. 3 of wands
    8. Moon
    9. Emperor
    10.High Priestess
    11.King of pentacles

    Most interesting! I need to contemplate these cards at greater length, so I kept them on my alter so that I can go back to the reading later. I am a bit confused about card #7 (3 of wands) and how to interpret that in the spread. Not surprised to see the Moon and the High Priestess. I also think I need a bit more clarity on why Justice is there as card #2.

    But to me there is a theme of bringing spiritual energy into the material world in a conscious way. (As in making art,ritual, etc.)

  • By Troy, March 25, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    Rose,
    You have north node in Pisces south node in Virgo.

    South node conjunct Jupiter
    South node conjunct Jupiter is a philosophical aspect. Jupiter rules philosophy as well as wealth and optimism. Souls with South node conjunct Jupiter brought over religious study, philosophy, law. So these souls enter this life with experience and knowledge that has contributed to their believe systems. They have some very definite views and now feel the responsibility to pass along what they’ve learned *coughs medium ship classes*.

    Neptune Trine North Node (interpret The Below as somewhat weaker and erase all negatives that you see trine is only positives)

    With Neptune Conjunct North Node, Imaginative faculties get a boost These souls are encouraged to become more sensitive and intuitive. They are visionary and can prosper from all activities linked with Neptune.

    Neptune is a very spiritual planet and It Represents Compassion (higher octave of Venus which is love) it also represents psychic stuff like premonitions, mediumship,Lucid dreaming, film, drugs, spirituality. You have Trines (Trines aren’t good Trines are great!) hitting that planet even your karmic nodes harmoniously aspects Neptune so it seemly like you’ve brought that over from your past life as well.

    Wow Looks like my Astrology Research Proves your cards correct. That’s crazy I can’t believe this metaphysical stuff I mean it never stops to amaze me.
    Troy

  • By Troy, March 25, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    I apologize Rose I just wanted to see what the stars said as well for some type of synchronicity

  • By Troy, March 25, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    Hey Rose can I post the rest of the astrology stuff here I don’t want to be rude and just put it there without your permission.

  • By Rose, March 26, 2010 @ 2:49 am

    Troy, honestly, I welcome your input, but I am not an astrologer, so I can’t comment on any astrology information you provide. I think I would prefer that you not post it simply because I can’t discuss it with you (or any of the other readers) with any kind of knowledge or authority. Thanks for asking!

    Anita, I haven’t had time yet to take a look at your cards, but I will! Thanks for letting me know how the spread worked for you. 🙂

  • By Maria, March 27, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    I cannot wait to try this.

  • By Rose, April 1, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Good luck with it, Maria!

  • By Tiffany, August 10, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Here’s what I got. I need some help make sense of it.

    Card 1. Basic Soul Nature
    The Hermit: A time to withdraw. Do not worry that this card means enforced isolation, or lack of support; this is a time to look deeper within yourself to process what you have learned so far. You may seek this higher wisdom from another individual, but, however you choose to gain thime and knowledge for yourself, you will need to step outside of your usual circle of friends or family. Discretion and privacy wukk be important to you at this time.
    Card 2. Present Life Issue
    Ace of Cups REVERSED: Fears about a family or problems concieving children. You may be worrying that you home life and family could suffer due to overwork, or you could be feeling depressed because you have lost faith-in yourself, in a relationship, or in projects. You need unconditional support from those closest to you.
    Card 3. Past Life Influence/Issue
    Strength REVERSED: Surrendering to opposition, a failure to deal with a situation or a person in a way that feels right. Rather than retreat, draw upon all your reserves of inner strength and confront the problem; you may discover that the roaring lion is a pussycat after all.
    Card 4. Environment/Early Life Influences in Past Life
    Three of Cups REVERSED: In the reversed position, good possiblities come to nothing. There is dissapointment in a relationship; this may be a passionate affair that blinds you to your responsibilities, or faithlessness on your part or your partner’s. Minor health problems may lay you low.
    Card 5. Accomplishments in Past Life
    Two of Wands REVERSED: Look out for unreliable partners, in relationships and in bussiness. in the reversed position, this card can also reveal imbalance; are you putting in all the effort while someone else benefits? Redress the situation rather than waste your talents.
    Card 6. Past Life Relationships
    Ten of Cups: Complete contentment and good relationships on every level. Wonderful accord between families, lovers, and friends. This peace is stable and lasting, and you feel confident enough truely to enjoy the benefits. The Ten is also an auspicious card for great group activities.
    Card 7. Past Life Death/End of Life
    The Sun REVERSED: The reversed sun shows worry about health, children, and projects. You have a clear vision of the way you would like things to be, but frusteratingly you may be beset by delays to your plans. What you had envisioned to be the perfect scenario looks like wishful thinking. Don’t give up hope; the situation will improve, but it will take a little time.
    Card 8. Lesson the Soul wants to learn
    King of Wands: A protective father figure, this King has the understanding and emotional maturity that wins him good friends and close family ties. He is friendly and not domineering; his general influence can reveal an aspect of your personality that shows you are handling others with strength and compassion.
    Card 9. How the past life affects this lifetime
    Nine of Wands: A wise application of effort and creative energy. You have great reserves of strength to draw on, and supportive people or other saftey nets you have put in place for yourself. you are in an incredibly strong position; this is vital, as there may be excessive demands on your time, energy and financial resources.
    Card 10 What is needed to learn this lesson
    King of Pentacles REVERSED: Driven purely by money, the King reversed cannot be trusted. His financial obsession often leads to corruption, so do not expect him to honor his debts. He may take a vengeful attitude to those who question or cross him.
    Card 11. What to anticipate when/if the lesson is learned
    Six of Pentacles REVERSED: Stinginess, others refusing to pay debts, or false offers. When reversed, the Six shows innappropriate use of funds-withholding monies due, or tantalizing cash offers that amount to bribes. Don’t buy it.

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