“I Just Can’t Even” Tarot Spread

We’ve all had those days, folks–no matter how hard you try to get it together, it ain’t happening. You’re in the middle of a project and things aren’t going the way you’d like and you want to throw your hands up in defeat. You keep trying to start something, but lose interest, take a different tack, and lose interest again. Then you try to go do something else, but you find yourself in the same place of general indecision/lack of will. It becomes so frustrating that you just can’t even, and you either want to scream or crawl into your bed and hibernate. If you’d like to avoid both of those options, try throwing the “I Just Can’t Even” tarot spread I just wrote because I just can’t even right now. Seriously.

This is a tarot spread to help you get clear on your next move–be it regroup and restart or take a long, pensive, self-loving time out.


No one’s perfect, and sometimes we need to take a step back to discover the best way forward. Since I’m currently feeling these vibes, I’m going to throw this spread, take a picture, and share the positions and my personal reading with you. Wish me luck!


  1. What’s tripping me up?
  2. How do I effectively address this obstacle?
  3. Do I need to double down or take a time out?
  4. A “pat on the back.”
  5. A well deserved reward.


First Impressions

This spread is dominant in pentacles energy and includes two cards from the major arcana. I’m looking at a blockage in the mundane, practical sphere, so that’s where I should direct my attention and efforts in the coming days. The Ace of Pentacles and The Fool point to an opportunity for new beginnings, so trying to force something that’s not working wouldn’t be in my best interest right now. Instead, I should “wipe my slate clean,” so to speak, and begin approaching things from a completely different angle.

1. The Hanged Man suggests that I’m either unable or unwilling to accept the current state of things. I’m trying to push a concept or and idea that simply isn’t workable given the circumstances, and I’d do best to take a look at what’s happening organically as opposed to what isn’t. For the curious, I threw this spread to help me gain clarity about changing things up biz-wise, and it appears that I need to spend some time at my altar in meditation. The Hanged Man is all about surrender–about succumbing to the reality of a situation so that you can direct your energy down channels that may prove fruitful. To me, this shows that the changes I was considering making today aren’t the right changes. My body knew it, and thus resisted. Good thing I stopped to reflect when I did!

2. The Ace of Pentacles is the cosmic thought of a seed that eventually grows into a towering sycamore. In order for the tree to mature, it must be lovingly fed by the rains, the sun, and the rich soil that houses its roots. I’m invited to consider a new idea, a new way forward, one that’s more practical in terms of output and yield. The self-loving choice here is to hold space for change, to create an incubator for new ideas and projects to grow and thrive in.

3. The Seven of Pentacles could be interpreted in one of two ways here. On the one hand, this card could be encouraging me to be steadfast in my efforts and be patient–the yield will come. On the other hand, it could be letting me know that I’ve done what I can in terms of this particular approach, so I should simply collect the more modest yield and move on. In the RWS deck, the figure in this card looks exhausted and disappointed– true portrait of “burn-out.” It could very well be that I’m experiencing a burnout moment, so I’d do best to ease my foot off of the gas a bit and take a look at the roadmap before I proceed (it happens to be rainy and gross where I am today, so this is totally a tempting option).

4. The Fool is upbeat, lighthearted, and hopeful. In this position, he suggests that maybe I should set aside a bit of “adventuring” time for myself–hiking, walking the earth, taking a day trip, or even just taking a day off from the hustle so I can experience things in a refreshing, novel way. The Fool is one of my favorite cards in tarot, and its appearance never ceases to excite me. I harbor a fair bit of wanderlust and a desire for new experiences, so maybe this is just the message I need to help me begin a new chapter in terms of my biz.

5. The Eight of Pentacles seems to stress the axiom that hard work is its own reward. Given the overwhelming message that I need to look at what isn’t working and take things in an entirely new direction (and given how much work it is to start over!), I’ll find a heavy yield once I embrace my new process and approach. Honestly, this reading is affirming the presence of what I’ve been avoiding (isn’t that what tarot’s supposed to do, after all?) and is telling me that my gut instinct to switch things around is something I should definitely be listening to.

You heard it here first, folks–change is on the horizon, but not until I’ve quit being hard-headed and accepted what’s not panning out.

Now, I feel like I have a way forward. And that’s precisely what a tarot reading is supposed to do for you.


If you happen to use this spread, feel free to comment below and let me know how it worked out for you! I would love to hear all about it and to have confirmation that I’m not the only one who just can’t even from time to time.

Much Love Beauties,


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How to Write Tarot Spreads

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You’ve got the celtic cross down to an art. Your past-present-future game? On point. You love the spreads you find on Pinterest and Instagram, and your faves from your “little white books” are carefully recorded in your tarot journal. You feel solid foundations beneath you, and they’re inspiring you to take the next step–writing your own tarot spreads. You’re a bit nervous or intimidated perhaps, because despite what you’ve learned in Tarot 101, you’re not really sure where to start. Or perhaps you’ve been writing spreads for awhile, but they’re not as inspired as you’d like them to be. Have no fear, tarot jacks and mavens! Today, I’m going to share with you the elements that I consider when I write my tarot spreads. Hopefully, they’ll help you in terms of upping your tarot spread creating game!

Consider the Question and Pull from Personal Experience


When it comes to writing tarot spreads, the best resource you can tap into is you. You are a human, and as such, you have a crazy amount of insight into the obstacles and challenges that people face. Most of the spreads I create for client readings are edited versions of the ones I create for myself, and those spreads use positions that are organically connected the the questions I’m asking myself. When I kneel down at my altar in various states of distress, I take note of the thoughts and queries swimming through my head by writing them down in my journal. I keep a tight account of what it is I’m seeking every time I read for myself or reach out to another badass tarot reader for a reading. Here are some examples of the most basic questions I consistently ask myself when I’m in psycho-spiritual pickle:

What’s my biggest obstacle in terms of this situation?

What do I need to know moving forward?

What can I do about this issue?

Why am I having these thoughts/feelings?

How can I get over this?

Of course, these are super-generalized questions, but they’re only a place to start. As you’ll soon see, these questions create the foundation of a comprehensive spread, and tailoring them to specific topics or concerns gives them richness.

Explore Obstacles

When a querent comes to you for a reading, nine times out of ten they’ll want to address an aspect of their life or experience that’s giving them trouble. Because of this, it’s pretty darn important to speak to the obstacles they’re facing, and what better way than to designate a position to said obstacles? If you’re designing a custom spread for someone, take their question into account when you do this; for example, say a client of yours us having difficulty in terms of self-love and self-esteem–she wants to strengthen both, but she really doesn’t know how to. Create a position that helps her identify her inner demon so she knows where to focus her efforts in terms of her self-love practice–“what psycho-spiritual blockages are preventing me from tapping into my well of self-love?” The wording of this position question triggers her immediate experience and creates focus on the express issue she’s seeking counsel and guidance for. It helps you as the reader maintain your focus on her query, and it helps your querent feel seen and heard.

The Big Why


Once you’ve identified the obstacle, the next step is to explore why that obstacle’s there in the first place. As a reader who approaches her craft psycho-spiritually, this why can almost always be explained through a manifestation of the subconscious; in other words, the why almost always finds its genesis in the client’s shadow or personal experience. Using the example above, a good “why” position might read something like this (ironically, it doesn’t actually use the word “why”): “What’s the subconscious source of this blockage?” Another may read like this: “What thoughts or experiences are supporting this blockage?” Even though the wording is slightly different, the second example hold space for the objective world, allowing for a reading that’s not quite so focused on the querent’s psyche. If you’re a reader that looks more to outside influences, a good variation might read: “What relationships or recent events are challenging my self-love practice?”

Actionable Advice

IMG_2505Call me new-fashioned, but no tarot spread is complete without a call to action. Personally speaking, I think that the insights provided in a tarot reading are only as good as the change they inspire; in other words, a good reading endeavors to move a querent to do something in terms of overcoming the obstacle or difficulty that they’re facing. In this spirit, I write in a position that provides actionable advice in terms of solving the quandary my querent/client’s facing. Sometimes, this is as simple as “Actionable advice moving forward.” For custom readings or “topic” readings (such as those for shadow work, self-love, or inspiring the muse), I tailor them to address the subject matter at hand. A self-love “actionable advice” position may look a little something like this: “What I can do to hold space for myself as I progress in my self-love journey.” One for shadow work may be “What can I do to integrate the shadow aspect so I can begin to regain control over my thoughts and actions?” One to inspire the artist may look like this: “How can I take steps to re-establish my connection with my fiery, creative aspect?” Of course, these positions alone can insure that your client receives actionable advice–that part’s up to you!

A Position for Power and Support

At the conclusion of a particularly difficult reading, I often like to pull a card that provides support and encouragement. Sometimes, I choose a card from an oracle or affirmation deck and title the position “oracle for greater clarity” (those of you who’ve received readings from me will be familiar with this)! Other times, I’ll dedicate a specific position: “What energy can I channel to slip back into badass creatrix mode?” “What energy can I look to to guide me through?” “Where can I find my strength and power?”

Positions like these wrap up the reading on a high note and help you client feel empowered to do what they need to to create positive change in their lives. It also gives you an opportunity to say something positive without compromising the integrity of the reading–like Mary Poppins says, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!

Want more tips and advice on how to right your own spreads? Check out the companion video <3

Much Love, Fellow Tarot Peeps.