Everyone needs a compass
Something that gives their lives direction…or if it doesn’t do that then at least lets them know in which direction they’re heading, and where to go next.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve received several separate questions from people seeing ‘direction’ in their life. A pretty common request I think, but I struggled to find a spread that answered it just right.
I created a different spread for each querent based on the nuances of their particular question, but the one I liked best was the one I’ve shown below.
There are no positions we’ve not come across before in other spreads, and it starts off rather similar to the Celtic Cross… but I found it uniquely helpful in answering this querent.
Your tarot personal compass spread
1. You at this moment
2. ‘Crossing card’: something which you are carrying at this time
3. ‘Basis’: what has brought you here
4. Something which is leaving your life
5. Something which is coming into your life
6 Resources you can call upon in moving forward (x 3 cards)
7. A word of advice…
8. A purpose or direction in which to head
It’s based on the importance of examining the present in order to find possible ‘direction’; the querent right now and the energies surrounding them.
I’m in the habit at the moment of beginning most readings with the small cross, and that felt appropriate here, along with the ever-useful ‘basis’ card, and cards for energies moving into and out of the querent’s life.
After card 4 or 5 there’s space to pause and ‘sum up’ the reading so far with a picture of where the querent is at.
Then there’s the resources part, cards 6, 7 and 8, which I really like. I’d firstly tried labelling these for mental, emotional, physical resources, but decided in the end to simply let them be what they were without those added constraints. Again, after drawing these cards, I took a moment to sum up the picture there – a really positive little package for the querent.
Finally, there’s that handy little ‘word of advice’ card, and finally a ‘direction’, answering the original question, but bringing in everything we’ve learned along the way. These last two cards provide a course of action for the querent which can be linked directly to the resources.
I left the only home I knew
I stayed alive and I found you
Now I take you where the water’s deep
And make the air you breathe so sweet
But is it not enough to be complete? Please?
Let me give you everything you need, please?
We found a way, we found a street
Directions sweat under the sheets
And I let you have it, let you have it
But it can be a lonely place
Desire comes, desire fades
There’s a bright one caught your fancy eye
It’s okay so long as you stay mine
And I’m so number one that it’s a shame, a shame
That you let other numbers in the game
Now I suffer for your hungry eye
Oh why must it see more than mine?
It’s a light you’re after, ’cause light moves faster
But when I ride again into the night
My torch will shoot flames strong and bright
And my absence will remind you of
How tough it is to be in love
And it’s not what I think it’s what you say, hey
And it works great for you to have your way, hey
But if the west can be a desperate place
You search all day for just a taste
Of the cold, cold water, cold, cold water
And if you think I’ve gone too long
Listen the sky will sing this song
As it burns up all the memories
That flow like water out of me.
Mirah – Cold Cold Water
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.