Kintsugi for the Broken Heart

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Kintsugi for the Broken Heart

There is an ancient Japanese tradition of mending broken pottery with gold-enriched resin, which is said to render the object more beautiful than before it was broken.

This is such a beautiful thought when we consider all the broken hearts on this planet that have been healed by the power of love.

They are indeed more beautiful, more compassionate and also stronger than before they were broken.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Kintsugi allegory lends itself beautifully to a Kintsugi for the Broken Heart Tarot spread:

Kintsugi for the Broken Heart Tarot Spread

Positional Meanings

1. The force that broke the vessel of love: The cause of your heart-break
2. The process of gold joinery: How your healing process is progressing
3. The craftsman’s hand: What you can do to help the process along
4. How your heart will be more beautiful once it has healed.

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
― Rose Kennedy

Sample Reading with the Art Noveau Tarot

Kintsugi for the Broken Heart Tarot Reading

  1. 2 of Pentacles. Stress and an inability to decide what truly mattered is what caused the vessel to shatter.
  2. Knight of Cups. You are deep in the Waters of Scorpio and the heartache is soothed by poetry and music.
  3. Queen of Pentacles. Nurture yourself. Look after your body. Ground into reality by spending lots of time in the arms of Mother Nature. Dig in the dirt. Get a sense of yourself as whole and solid.
  4. 3 of Cups. Your capacity to rejoice will equal your ability to feel pain… In other words, the amount of joy your heart will be able to hold will increase…

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

Blessed Be!



  1. Thank you for this. My godmother died today, so I will return to this.

    • So sorry for your loss, Stacey <3

  2. Hi! I’ve been trying to get more involved with the healing spreads as I am still harboring a lot of emotion from my previous relationship ending.

    In this spread I got:
    1. 10 of cups
    2. 3 of pentacles
    3. 2 of wands
    4. 8 of swords

    I’m really confused on the 8 of swords being the way my heart will be more beautiful once it has healed. Doesn’t this mean trapping oneself? I can’t figure out how to read this card in a positive light in correlation to the spread. If you could help me with this card, that would be great. I’m so confused! Lol.

    • Hi there, reading the 8 of Swords in its positive meaning (all cards carry the full spectrum) means the freedom to make choices as you are no longer bound by self-limiting beliefs.

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