Are you transitioning from one career to another? Considering leaving your current job to pursue different work? The Tarot can help you answer any questions about career and work you might have.
This post will teach you how to get the most out of your career Tarot readings and how to interpret the cards for work and career questions (through case studies!). You’ll also walk away with 30 career questions to ask the Tarot plus a 7-card career spread.
Let’s get started.
Formulating Career Questions: Super Quick Guide
My method for formulating career questions to ask the Tarot — really, any kind of questions to ask the Tarot — is laid out in detail here: 20 Insightful Questions. If you don’t have time to go read that post, let’s recap quickly:
- Avoid asking yes/no questions. The Tarot wants to give you complex, interesting answers to your questions. Yes/no questions are better suited for a tool like a pendulum.
- Avoid questions that try to manipulate or control someone else, such as: “How can I make my boss go away?” or “How can I change my co-worker’s behavior?”
- Focus on questions that start with how and why. For example: “How can I integrate my soul mission with my daily work?” or “Why did I manifest my current job situation?”
30 Career & Work Questions
- Is my current work/job aligned with my soul? (If not, what can I do to improve this?)
- What beliefs about work did I inherit from my family?
- What did my parents/guardians believe about work and career?
- What was I told about my own future career possibilities when I was growing up?
- Did my parents have specific career goals for me? (If so, did these limit me in any way?)
- Am I doing something I love every day in my work?
- Is my work enjoyable? If not, how can I make it more enjoyable?
- What parts of my work do I love?
- What parts of my work do I dislike?
- What parts of my work can I cut out or reduce to be happier?
- Is it best for me to look for new work right now?
- What kind of new work do I actually want to do?
- What is my soul mission?
- What kind of work makes my heart sing?
- What kind of work makes me feel useful?
- How can I do work that makes me happy and brings me material abundance?
- How can I become more independent?
- How can I become more self-sufficient?
- Am I investing in myself right now? Do I need to do more of that?
- What did I learn about career and work from my culture/society?
- What kind of work should I never do again?
- [If facing two career alternatives]: Which of these possibilities is most aligned with me?
- How can I manifest the ideal job for me?
- What can I do to get along with my boss/co-worker/employee?
- How can I resolve this workplace issue/problem?
- What am I not seeing about my career choices right now?
- Do I trust my own instincts when it comes to my career? If not, why not?
- Have I been conditioned to think of a 9-to-5 job as the only “normal” type of work? How can I undo this conditioning?
- How can I have more freedom in my schedule? (Or set my own schedule?)
- How can I balance my career with my personal and family life?
The Tarot on Career: Case Studies
Interpreting the Tarot specifically to answer work and career questions takes skill and practice. It sometimes requires us to move beyond traditional book meanings and to read the cards more intuitively.
The following case studies illustrate how we can read Tarot cards to answer questions regarding career, work, and soul mission. These are just examples to show you how to read the cards intuitively. At the end of the day, you must follow your own instinct and gut when you read your cards — there are no “right” or “wrong” answers!
Case Study #1: The Emperor
Let’s say you’ve asked a question about a potential partner. You want to know if this man (just as an example, let’s go with a male partner) is trustworthy and aligned with where you currently are. Is he going to stick around? Is he emotionally stable?
You shuffle your Tarot deck, get in touch with your heart and intuition, take a deep breath, and you pull The Emperor.
How do you interpret this card?
First of all, since The Emperor is all about stability and solidity — notice that heavy throne made of immovable stone — this card is letting you know that your potential partner is pretty reliable, trustworthy, and follows through on his word.
This card is also telling you that your new partner is probably very organized and follows a set structure or routine every day. In fact, The Emperor might be trying to warn you a little bit: this new partner might be too organized and structured, to the point of being rigid.
The ram is the Emperor’s spirit animal (notice all the ram heads on his throne). Rams are notoriously stubborn. So it might not be easy to get this person to compromise with you or think about things from your perspective.
Is this person emotionally stable? Probably yes! Can you rely on this person to keep his word? Yes! Is he going to be super adventurous and willing to share his feelings openly? Probably not. So it’s just a matter of the kind of partner you want to share your life with.
If you’ve been craving stability, this Emperor guy is perfect. If you’ve been craving a sense of adventure and a very passionate relationship, he might not be able to tick those boxes for you.
Case Study #2: Six of Swords
Now for a different question. Let’s say you ask: is my current relationship good for me?
You get in touch with your heart, breathe deeply, and pull the Six of Swords. How does this card answer your question?
The Six of Swords is a card of journeys, both symbolic and geographic. You can see how the figures are traveling on a boat from one place to another.
Notice the water to the left of the boat. It looks turbulent, wavy, choppy. Rough waters. This is the state of your current relationship. Since Swords are all about the mind and our thoughts, the card also indicates that this relationship is causing you worry, stress, or anxiety. You’re staying up at night thinking about it. You’re always wondering where it’s going to go next.
Now, notice the water to the right of the boat. It’s peaceful, calm, serene. A more tranquil state of being. The Six of Swords suggests that your current relationship might be causing you more anxiety and uncertainty than fulfillment. It might be time to pack up your Swords and move into a more grounded and peaceful situation.
Case Study #3: Six of Pentacles
Another question about love you might ask the Tarot is: what can I do to attract the right partner?
Let’s say you’ve asked this question and pulled the Six of Pentacles. How can you interpret this?
The figure on this card is holding up a scale. The Six of Pentacles is all about balance, especially a balance between giving and receiving. The man on the card helps those who are less fortunate, because he knows that one day he may need their help as well.
By sharing his own abundance, the man opens himself up to even greater riches (both materially and spiritually).
One helpful way of reading this card would be to consider the balance between giving and receiving in your past relationships. Have you always been the one to give more? Or are you typically the one who receives more?
Before moving into your next relationship, the Six of Pentacles is asking you to take stock of your emotional and spiritual “bank account.” Do you nurture yourself on a daily basis? Or do you place all of your focus, attention, and caregiving on your partner?
This card wants you to have a more balanced, mutually beneficial, equal relationship with a partner who treats you respectfully and can give you what you need. To get there, you have to work on your own balance first.
Use this spread to explore your own love energy right now. Pull one card for each position (1-7). If a card doesn’t seem to make sense, pull a second card as a clarifier for the same question.
- PAST: What did my past relationships teach me? Did I learn those lessons?
- PRESENT: What can I do today to align with the energy of love?
- FUTURE: What does my future ideal relationship look like?
- PATTERNS: What types of partners have I attracted in the past, and why?
- INFLUENCES: How has my parents’ relationship influenced my choices in love?
- HEALING: How can I heal any past heartbreak?
- OPENING: How can I open up my heart chakra and become receptive to love?
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*Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.