A Tarot Spread for Knowing When to Quit - The Simple Tarot

A Tarot Spread for Knowing When to Quit

If you are stuck in a project, relationship, or situation that isn’t going the way you want, this tarot spread will help you identify the ways you can improve it. By being honest about your own contributions and then taking action on what you discover, you will be able to take your understanding deeper and stay the course.

This tarot spread will give you clarity on what you do and don’t control about this situation, and then will identify (usually with brutal clarity) the ONE action step you can take to get out of your own way.

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Reading the Tarot Spread

For the tarot spread, shuffle the cards any way you’d like and lay out five cards in the order shown on the journal page. Lay Card Five face down and only turn it over after reading and journaling your thoughts on Cards One through Four.

Before you begin reading the cards, journal on this one question: “What ONE project, relationship, or situation do I need to give my total focus to right now?”

CARDS ONE AND FOUR: What can I control?
These two cards represent the elements of this situation that you can control. These will be limited to your own thoughts, words, beliefs, choices, or actions.

CARDS TWO AND THREE: What is outside of my control?
These two cards represents the elements of this situation that you can’t control. These could be outside forces, other people, timing, or anything that is NOT your own thoughts, beliefs, words, choices, or actions.

Once you have finished journaling the answers to the above questions, you will have a good idea of what you can and can’t control about the situation. Now, turn over Card Five and continue.

CARD FIVE (LAID FACE DOWN): What do I need to quit?
This card represents the ONE things that you need to stop doing immediately. This will relate to either:

  • Not taking enough responsibility for the elements of what you control (Cards One and Four), or
  • Taking too much responsibility for what you don’t control (Cards Two and Three).

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