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Life Lessons Spread

June 11, 2011

In my book Tarot Spreads: Get the Whole Story, one of the spread creation techniques I discuss is using inspiration from a source such as a philosophical system or a mythic tale, a profound saying or a beautiful work of art. A while back I came across an article about the top five life lessons shared by people ages 65 to 104, and it inspired me to create a spread based on the words of wisdom there.

First, here is the list from that article:

1. The simple things matter most.
2. Humor and time cure most pains.
3. There’s more satisfaction in giving than getting. Service to others is the most satisfying activity.
4. Choose your spouse carefully. It will be your most important decision.
5. Work hard and in a field or role that you enjoy.

Now, here are the five spread positions I created based on that list:

1. What simple thing do you need to focus on and appreciate?
2. What pain do you need to cure and how might either humor or time help you heal it?
3. What service / act of giving can you do today?
4. What one thing can you do today to improve your relationship? OR What is the most important thing for you to look for in a relationship? (Depending on your relationship status.)
5. What field should you be in?

Here is the layout that I suggest for this spread, although you can use whatever makes sense to you:

Life Lessons Spread

If you decide to use this spread, let me know how it works for you!

  1. Interesting spread. I’ll try it out and get back to you.


  2. Thank you. Your spread produced a very insightful reading.

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