There is a core passion that we all have that is the thing that makes us feel the most alive. It’s easy to lose sight of it, however, when having to keep track of all the things in our lives.
Use the Cards to Uncover Your Passion for Life
It can be difficult to keep your purpose in focus when the details of daily living wrap tightly around you. This is a good time to let the cards tell you where to look to see where your motivation really lies.
Take Back the Reigns
I did a reading for someone wondering what to do next in her life. Her kids were grown and she had spent so much time driving their bus, so to speak, that she forgot how to drive her own. She had lost touch with her own ambition.
Identifying what your core passion is helps you take back the reigns and be in control of the direction you're going in.
Too Many Choices
The other problem people have in identifying their passion is that they are pulled in too many directions. They feel like they are running out of time and have to choose the best option to pursue. Overwhelm takes over and they can’t decide.
Use the Cards and Your Imagination
Pretend that the part of you that knows all about what you're passionate about is trying to get in touch with you. Imagine that they've been sending you e-mails about it but they've been ending up in the spam folder. This is where using oracle cards comes in.
Oracle cards are like an e-mail that's sent to you with a .zip file attached. You have to “unzip” the card in order to extract the deeper meaning. That's where your imagination comes in. Although each card usually has a specific meaning attached to it, you have to free associate and use your imagination to unpack it all.
The way you lay out the cards adds another layer of interpretation. The position of each card can be assigned a meaning. You take the information of the card and the position of it together to fine tune what it's trying to tell you.
The Finding Your Passion Oracle Card Spread
This is a spread I devised to help you identify what your passion is. You already know but you may have never looked for it or lost sight of it.
- Your core passion.
- Your divine purpose.
- The magic you tap into.
- Your skill or talent.
- What balances you.
What Each Card Position Means
- Your Core Passion
This card shows you that thing you do that makes you feel aligned from head to toe. Some people might consider passion to be what’s in your heart or, if you work with chakras, the sacral chakra. However, I see passion as the thing that aligns all the different parts of you.
- Your Divine Purpose
Divine purpose is a calling, and it’s bigger than you. It’s what you are here to do for the planet. It’s the culmination of your family tree, your environment, and your physical existence. I use the word “divine” not in the sense of predestination, but because it’s a purpose that reaches far beyond your daily sphere of influence.
- The Magic You Tap Into
This is an ability you have that seems to have magical results in your life. It seems sprinkled with fairy dust and it’s unique, like your fingerprint. It has a lot to do with possibilities and results that seem to just magically appear.
- Your Skill or Talent
This card indicates the primary skill or talent you have that you use to support your passion. It’s probably something you’re aware of, you just hadn’t thought of it as having that much power.
- What Balances You
If living your passion means firing on all cylinders, then knowing what keeps you in balance is a crucial part of being able to achieve that.
Below is a sample reading. Read it as though it applies to you or someone you know. You may not relate to all of it, but I’m sure it’s at least partly applicable. I’m a firm believer in synchronicity, so I think everything we read is a “reading” of some sort.
I’m using Lenormand cards for this sample card spread. I really like them because they are often more straightforward than Tarot. The interactions between the cards is more obvious to me. It’s possible to interpret them on many levels, but if I just want a quick answer, these are my go-to cards.
Card #1 – Your Core Passion
Sun: This card shows that what lights you up the most is bringing light into the world and empowering people to shine theirs. You can't help but raise the vibration of those around you. You want to pull people out of the darkness they feel they are in.
Card #2 – Your Divine Purpose
Ring: Your divine purpose is your commitment to shining light into people’s hearts. This commitment goes beyond this lifetime. You are here specifically to bring the spiritual to the mundane and help humans evolve beyond violence. You were likely part of a religious order of holy people in past lives. You have moved beyond needing the power that comes with the influence of being a holy person. You don’t want to be seen as a guru but rather as a source of comfort.
Card #3 – The Magic You Tap Into
Mountain: The mountain card usually means an obstacle of some sort. Since this card is placed in the position it is, it’s showing you what your secret power is that other people are in awe of. In this case, it’s how you manage to find ways to help other people’s obstacles disappear.
Another aspect of this card is about how you are persistent. It takes a lot of practice to tap into the magical side of life. There are a lot of obstacles planted in our minds from an early age designed to block our access to our ability to connect with the Divine. Keep pursuing your passion by continuing to climb the mountain, even when it seems too big. Remember to look back and see how far you’ve come.
Card #4 – Your Skill or Talent
House: Your main skill is that you are able to make people feel welcome and safe. That is how you bring light into the world. You help people feel at home in themselves and in turn, let their light shine through. It also indicates being grounded in reality and bringing Divine light into the real world, not escaping to it.
Card #5 – What Balances You
Key: This card represents how you can stay balanced when the everyday demands on you conflict with what you know, deep down, you are here to do. In this case, the key signifies that you should work on remembering the big picture. Zoom your consciousness out so that you’re not so focused on something that it gives you stress.
How to Zoom Out Your Focus
Did you know that staring at something intently is a signal to your body that you are getting ready to either fight or run away? It’s connected to predatory behavior. It’s not just cats that get that look in their eye when they’re about to pounce. Humans do, too.
Let's say you’re working on your taxes a couple of days before they’re due. Your focus is so tight it's stressing you out more. This is a good time to remember to try and see the big picture. In your mind’s eye, visualize the world around you and “see” how doing your taxes helps you lighten the load for other people.
It’s not easy to shift focus like this. But it works. There’s absolutely no point in being in a predator mindset when you’re not in physical danger. When you let something like taxes stress you out, that’s exactly what you’re doing.
The fastest way to do this is to change the focus of your eyes. Instead of intently looking at the thing in front of you, soften your focus to look at whatever’s on the edges of your vision. That physically changes the stress response.
Try It Yourself
Get out your cards and give this reading a spin. If you don’t have cards to use, try keeping the meanings of the positions of the cards in your mind for a few days. Watch for random, unusual things to catch your eye as you go about your day. In the end it’s all about symbols. Look for them and learn how to interpret them.
Questions About Reading Oracle Cards
You can use either a Tarot or Oracle card deck. Tarot decks are usually based on the same basic set of 78 cards, where Oracle cards can be anything.
A deck of Tarot cards is usually based on a specific format, although there’s a lot more variation these days. Usually, though, it consists of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Oracle cards, on the other hand, can have any number of cards and any format or theme.
Yes. I think that a large part of the card's magic is that they help you tap into hidden parts of your Self. You can do that by free-associating with what you see in the images.
I believe that we all have all the answers we need if we can just find them. The cards help us see them. In fact, the answers may seem so obvious you’ll think you’re doing it wrong.