I have been searching the internet for a spread on this topic for ages, but couldn’t really find what I was looking for. This is a spread I have made to look at past lives in a constructive way. What is the point of knowing who you were if you don’t learn anything, right? Now, this won’t give you your past name, but it will address some issues you might be facing in this lifetime.
1: The main characteristic of the previous life you have to know about right now – e.g. short, long, happy, sad, busy…
2: What kind of a person were you? – your main characteristics: kind, mean, optimistic…
3: What personality traits have you brought from that life to this that are hindering you now? – e.g. haughtiness or mistrust in people
4: Useful traits you brought into this life?
5: What is the lesson you had to learn then, and use in this life? – e.g. You had to learn to be persevering and you could use that trait now
6: What blocks do you have to release that stem from that life? – such as fears and dislikes
7: What karmic debt can you balance now that was made in that life? – e.g. If you were Emperor Nero then, you have quite a lot on your plate but most of us will have a lot less.
8: How can you restore the balance?
Let’s see a reading for me! Here are my cards:
1: The main characteristic of the previous life you have to know about right now – The High Priestess
On the card we see Devi Sarasvati, the goddess of Knowledge and Arts.
A scolarly life, quite lonely either because I have decided to be a nun or an ascetic, or because even if I had family around me I was living in my head. A life spent with studies. I was probably very proud of my knowledge too.
2: What kind of a person were you? – Three of Pentacles
On the card we see Prince Siddhartha riding out from his palace, and being confronted with sickness, old age and death. He is deeply shaken and decides to start his journey to become Buddha shortly after this experience.
It seems I’ve been pretty oblivious to what was happening around me. Like, to really obvious things… sometimes I still am, haha! Also, the card means teamwork; I wasn’t such a loner after all? Maybe I’ve been a creative director or an architect, or a librarian…
3: What personality traits have you brought from that life to this that are hindering you now? – Ace of Cups
The card shows Lord Shiva in a meditative state as the source of spiritualism. The suit of Cups shows his evolution from an ascetic to a family person.
I am way too emotional. I can’t handle stress and I crumble under pressure. I might also give too much attention to the ‘other side’ and not live in the ‘real’ world. I simply love to sit in one place and explore my imagination or do magick. That’s not very helpful when I should be getting about my daily routine… 😉
4. Useful traits you brought into this life? – The Fool
The card shows Lord Shiva’s Rudra avatar. Rudra (the Screamer) has jumped forth from Lord Brahma’s forehead and started breaking the half-made universe because he didn’t have a name or a purpose. When Brahma gave him the name Rudra and told him to do some creation, he calmed down and finished the universe. Yipee!
A useful trait I brought from that life is a faith in… faith. Whatever has to happen, will. Whatever had to happen, has happened. No use of being a five of cups and cry over spilled milk. Hakuna Matata.
The Fool is always ready to start on a new adventure and has complete trust in himself that he can do it. Or if not, there will be something else he can do. But there is no way he will be stuck for more than a short time.
5: What is the lesson you had to learn then, and use in this life? – The World
The card shows Lord Shiva as Nataraj, the Lord of Dance – and the one who’s dance is the pulse of the universe.
The complete opposite of the Fool! 😀 I had to learn to complete my projects, to follow them through even in the face of great adversity (the Fool has to reach the World by going through Death and The Tower and the Devil cards!) I wish I remembered this lesson earlier… I am not really good at finishing things. But I will remind myself now! 😉
6: What blocks do you have to release that stem from that life? – King of Wands
Creativity, self-worth, confidence, loudness… something terrible must have happened because I have almost none of these things. I know I could be like the KoW but somehow I am afraid to be. I am afraid that my work will be misunderstood, that I will have to explain myself, I have impostor-syndrome… I’ll do a separate reading on this matter later on. It’s a lot. In a nutshell: I am afraid to be ‘out there’.
7: What karmic debt can you balance now that was made in that life? – Queen of Pentacles
Being a mom. Spending time with family. Being a family person, and enjoying it.
8: How can you restore the balance? – 10 of Pentacles
Well here’s to stating the obvious: have a happy family life without having a guilty feeling! Everything in my life led to the point where I am now: being a mom of two awesome boys and staying at home with them. The plan wasn’t exactly this; I have graduated from Uni and worked in an IT company. But when destiny/karma calls, there’s no whining about plans and expectations… Still, I do have a guilty feeling about sitting at home and not having a career. It comes with living in this era I guess. Homemakers are valued next to nothing. Big conflict between karmic balance restoration and expectations of modern society… Will work on this later on! 😉
So, what have I learned? To sum it up: I need to realise that this is a new life with new experiences and opportunities to get rid of some karma. I have to let go of the block on my Wands aspects (I will do a detailed reading on this later on); I also have to embrace being a mother and not let society’s expectations spoil the fun. And I have to make myself aware that I actually can finish projects and I know how to carry things through… just have to get the hang of it again!
If you’d like a reading with this spread, drop me an email to katalin.patnaik at gmail dot com, or leave a comment and we’ll talk it through. The first person to write will have a free reading with it (because I am such a softy Ace of Cups… and because I feel that someone out there needs this right now). I will expect a detailed and honest feedback in return! 😉
Shuffle your cards in my name, and have a great day!
Cards are from the Sacred India Tarot by Rohit Arya and Jane Adams.