How to Interpret the Career Advice Spread

Card Number One: Current Professional Situation

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This card is very insightful and shows where you are at currently in your career – for good or for worse. Even if you think you are very unhappy, sometimes the card that comes up here can show that there is more to be grateful for or opportunities you are not seeing. If you think you are very happy, and a negative card comes up, the same applies – look at what you might be missing.

Card Number Two: What I want to do

Arguably the most important card of the reading, this card can be extremely revealing, showing what it is you want to be doing. It can also be the most difficult card to read, especially if a more negative or challenging card comes up here. If you do get a negative card here, think about what blocks might stand in the way of what you want to do.

Card Number Three: Area of Strength

This card shows what you are goods at, where you can shine and use your best skills and resources. Obviously, a positive card works well here, but if you get a challenging card, perhaps look at the problem as a strength. For example, if you get the Tower, then perhaps your greatest strength is working with chaotic and difficult change.

Card Number Four: Area of Weakness

This card will show what you need to work on professionally. A positive card here needs to be looked at differently and may be seen as a hindrance. For example, a Nine of Pentacles may be interpreted as a weakness for wanting the good life and the Fininacial reward without doing the work.

Card Number Five: What to start doing

This card supports the “What I want to do” card. It tells you what you need to start doing in order to get to where you want to be. Even if you get a negative card here, it can show what you need to overcome to begin doing what you want. For example, a six of swords might show that you need to exit a certain situation and move on if you want to move forward.

Card Number Six: Guidance for the future

This card, laid on top of the middle card, shows a bit of general guidance – it’s important not to read this as a “future” card, but more like advice from a wise friend going forward.

Example of a Career Tarot Reading

Jade works for herself as a creative, and she has already identified the areas that drive her and make her happy – she wants to be free and flexible, and not have a boss, and she adores painting and writing. However, at the moment, she feels stuck, uninspired and unmotivated. She is considering a career change but is not sure if she should build on what she has or start something new.

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Card Number One: Current Professional Situation

The card Jade has pulled here is the Ten of Pentacles – it a card of fulfillment and of completion, and of new beginnings. Pentacles are finances, and so Jade can feel at the moment as if she has reached a pinnacle, a place of financial success, and she is not sure where to go from here – there is a sense of having materially achieved everything she has wanted to do. She wants a new financial beginning.

Card Number Two: What I want to do

The card Jade has pulled here is the Seven of Cups, which depicts a dark figure looking at cups filled with treasure and desirable things. There is a sense of fantasy here – and this might be where Jade is at the moment. She could have too many options for what she wants to do, and each thing seems to have the promise of success and riches, yet she might be in a very confused place about what she wants, especially creatively or emotionally, seeing as that is what cups is all about.

Card Number Three: Area of Strength

Jade has pulled a Major arcana Card here – which is an alarm to sit up and take notice. The card is the Death Card, which many people fear, yet can be very positive, especially in the Strengths position. It correlates in some way to the first card, the Ten, which talks about completion. Jade’s greatest professional strength lies in her ability to accept change and makes a change in her career, to let one thing die and another be reborn. She has the gift of Transforming her work into whatever she desires it to be – as long as she doesn’t get lost in the Seven of Cups!

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Card Number Four: Area of Weakness

The card here is the Four of Pentacles, so as much as Jade might think that she prioritizes freedom and flexibility, in fact, she might have a bit of a weakness when it comes to money and may do work that promises financial security but doesn’t give her wings to fly creatively. She will need to overcome a fear of not having enough money if she wants to do what her heart desires, even if that means taking a financial risk.

Card Number Five: What to start doing

The card here is a tough one for Jade – it is the Eight of Swords, which indicates that she needs to stop tying herself up in a mental tangle in order to start making clear choices. It is important to tie this card to the card that indicates what she should be doing, and it is a supportive card. Hence, to begin gaining some clarity into what she needs to do, her first step is to stop overthinking it, to take off her own blindfold and do some intense mental work so that she can begin to see her way forward. The work starts in her mind, as shown by the swords. She may be blinding herself to the truth somewhere in her career. Jade could be feeling trapped by her own thoughts and perspectives which is hindering her in the long run, and if she just sees that there is a path forward, she can begin to take it. The Eight of Swords also talks about not making any Major decisions right now, and her thinking is somewhat limited.

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Card Number Six: Guidance for the Future

The card Jade has pulled here is yet another Major Arcana, which shows powerful guidance from the Universe for her. The card is Justice, a card which talks about karmic rewards and taking responsibility for her actions in her career and work. Jade is advised to make a fair, balanced decision, rather than blindfolding herself or being beguiled by too many options. This card tells her that things will be worked out in the exact way that they are meant to. Any actions she can take now will be helped by a current lesson she is facing. She needs to be as objective as possible, not lost in the Seven of Cups or the Eight of Swords.

Pros and Cons of a Career Advice Reading

  • When this reading is done along with the guidance above, it can shed enormous light on a difficult situation professionally, and can truly change the course of events.
  • This reading can be done for yourself or for others – it is a gem for those who are very lost and need to find their way.
  • Sometimes, this reading can come out as clear as daylight and be very easy to read.
  • The cards that appear in this reading can also be linked to personal issues getting in the way of professional issues.
  • This reading can be complicated to do when the opposite cards are in places that are contradictory; for example, a negative card in eth area of strength. This may take a bit of practice for someone, especially newbies, to get used to.

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