My Career Spread is a variation of the Overview Spread that I created for quickly revealing the heart of any situation. The Career Spread can pinpoint the consultant’s employment strengths and weaknesses, and will suggest career areas where the consultant will be happy and fulfilled.
First the 8 of Clubs is removed from the deck and placed on the table. The 8 of Clubs will serve as the significator to represent the consultants job and career prospects. The remaining cards are shuffled and then deal out in the following pattern:
The Card Above
The card above the significator is the most important card of the spread. It will reveal what is on the querent’s mind in terms of job and career.
The Card Below
The card below is also very important for deciphering the current situation. It will reveal what the querent dreads or wishes to avoid in relation to his future job prospects.
The Cards to the Left of the Significator
The cards to the left represent past influences leading up to the current situation, prior job experience, innate talents, education, etc.
The Cards to the Right of the Significator
The cards to the right represent future job prospects, or may describe the ideal job situation.
Sample Cartomancy Career Spread
This cartomancy reading is for a 37 year old man who is unhappy in his present career path, and is asking for help in determining the best course of action for making a change.
Ace of Diamonds = new beginning, something totally new
2 of Diamonds = account billing, insurance, talents, imagination, writing ability
2 of Spades = resentment, removal
8 of Diamonds = account management, credit, bookkeeping, financial forecasting, cost management
K of Clubs = authority, management, organization
4 of Clubs = customer service, sales, phone work, cold calling
The first thing I look at is the Card Above because it will provide a glimpse into where the querent’s head is at regarding career matters. The Ace of Diamonds indicates that the querent is looking for a complete change in career direction, and not simply a new position within the same general field of interest.
Next I look at the Card Below because it shows what the querent hopes to avoid regarding his future job prospects. The 4 of Clubs reveals that the querent is not interested in dealing directly with consumers. He confirmed that he currently holds a sales position in a large call center, and he hates both the sales and phone work.
The two cards on the left will provide some clues regarding the querent’s talents, education and prior experience. The 2 of Diamonds indicates that he is very talented, but the 2 of Spades shows that his talents have not been utilized in the past, and he is unfulfilled in his current job. The cards show that the querent is intelligent and imaginative. He has good writing skills, and he has prior experience with account billing. He would thrive in a position where these talents and abilities are utilized.
Finally, the two cards on the right show future prospects, and the type of work that would be ideal for the querent. The 8 of Diamonds indicates math skills, and the querent confirmed that he always enjoyed math in school. The King of Clubs represents authority and management, and indicates that the querent would be most fulfilled in a position where he can take charge and exercise responsibility, working on his own rather than as part of a team. Based on the cards, the querent would excel in a behind-the-scenes position in money management or finance such as credit reporting, account management, cost management, accounts payable clerk, etc.
The querent agreed that this line of work would be more rewarding, and shared with me that he had seriously considered a career in accounting when he was in high school, but ended up foregoing college to help support his family after his dad passed away. I encouraged him to investigate the business schools in his area where he could earn a degree in his spare time to prepare for a career in accounting. In the mean time, I advised him to keep his eyes peeled for any entry-level finance jobs that open up in his current place of employment, and also to check the newspapers regularly for this type of position.