Getting Back On Track; Using the Tarot For Motivation

This topic has been a long time coming for me, it's one of the key reasons why I use tarot, after all, to help myself on an emotional and spiritual level. Procrastination is an issue for me, just as I'm sure it is for all of you at some point too, and when you're circling around a goal you want to get done but can't seem to bring yourself to actually do it, tarot can be a great tool for finding that willpower deep down inside of you.

Usually when we're procrastinating or putting something off it's because there's an element of the task we don't enjoy or that we fear, and when we've fallen off track of going towards our goals it's so easy to tell ourselves that it's too late, we've screwed up and now we can't possibly achieve our goal because means starting over. But this all-or-nothing approach isn't helping us either! It's much easier to beat procrastination and failure when you view success in shades of gray, rather than black and white. This nice little tarot spread is only three cards and can help you identify blockages and uncover the things that will motivate you to get back in the game.


The first card identifies your "snapshot" card, it gives you a visual representation of where you are at right now on an emotional and mental level, and can potentially give you some insight into many layers of the situation. If you're only aware that you've fallen out of step with achieving your goal but don't know why then this card may help you to identify the underlying causes.

The second card identifies what harm your continued procrastination or refusal to start is causing, or will cause. This card spells out for you the consequences you may face in not doing what you know you need to do, and serves as a glaring reminder for what's at stake for you. For those of you who don't read reversals, if you get a card here that is overwhelmingly positive (like The Star, or the Two of Cups, or the Sun) then the positive energies and emotions of the card are what you'll be missing out on.

The third and final card identifies what you can do to motivate yourself again or serve as the spark of inspiration for trying again. This may illuminate what you can expect if you get your butt in gear and work towards your goal, or it could show the troubles that you've been experiencing that may end up being resolved. This is the most important card of the spread, literally the answer you're building up towards, and depending on the situation you may feel like you want to draw two cards for this position. I find sometimes that for bigger things, you need that wisdom the extra card can provide, and may remind you of reasons for trying again that you'd forgotten all about.

Another technique for using tarot for getting back on track is to consciously draw cards that serve as motivation for you. Maybe you've stopped doing yoga and can't seem to find the motivation to roll out your mat in the mornings. You could pick out the Knight of Swords as motivation to get your ass out of bed 30 minutes earlier to do your asanas, or the 6 of Wands may represent how you'll feel, victorious at the end of your routine. No matter the situation there will be a card in the tarot deck to depict how you want to feel when your goal is achieved, and you can keep this card out in a prominent, easily seen place to remind you what you're working towards. I am definitely of the mind that anything worth having or feeling is worth working for, so if this technique sounds like it will involve some work on your part, it's meant to. Not many things in life are just handed to us, and you need to ask yourself if you would feel as successful if it were a piece of cake to accomplish. My bet is you would take it for granted.


I hope you've enjoyed this spread lovelies, and if it's helped you, please comment below and let me know, or share it out and "spread" the love, hehehe, get it? Spread?! Tarot spread?! Okay you're right, it's late, and I need to go to bed, lol. Until next time, be well and blessed be!

Love, Jess. <3 

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