The St Patrick’s Day Tarot Spread

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.

St Patrick is one of three patron saints of Ireland, the other two being Brigit of Kildare and Columba – neither of whom get celebrated the way good old Paddy does. The reason his feast day is on the 17th of March is because he is thought to have died that day. Though there is little certainty about which year he died, it would have been some time in the latter half of the 5th century. St Patrick was never formally canonised by the Catholic church but is listed among the saints and recognised by Lutherans, Episcopalians and Orthodox believers alike.

While St Patrick’s Day may evoke images of leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, the now famous ‘luck of the Irish’ isn’t really about striking gold or getting one’s hands on magical treasures. The Irish have always had to make their own luck and that is for instance how they somehow managed to get through the years of the potato famine. It is their indomitable spirit and optimism that generates what appears as ‘luck’ from the outside.

To honour the spirit of the ‘luck of the Irish’ for St Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to create a four-leaf clover-themed Tarot spread… with a twist.

The four petals/card positions signify faith, hope, love and luck. Faith, hope and love are Christian virtues and the fourth petal, ‘luck,’ is one that the Celtic Fae (possibly a leprechaun) placed there. In Irish folk-lore Christianity and the Fae have always coexisted peacefully.

  1. Where I’m lacking in faith –  Shuffle and cut as usual. Keep turning cards over until you get to the first Major Arcana card for the spiritual lesson connected with lack of faith at this point in time. Be mindful that this card has a knock-on effect on the other three cards, so read the other cards individually first and then pair them with the faith card. (after this first Major has been located simply keep pulling cards off the top)
  2. What needs more hope/optimism? – What in your life could do with an optimism boost.
  3. How to improve my love life? – Whether single or coupled this card gives you insight into what you need to work on in order to maximise your chances of relationship happens right now.
  4. How can I make my own luck? – Try to look for the most practical action advice to take with you from this card over the next few months and contemplate how this ties in with the dream you cherish most in your heart right now.

Take notes and revisit this spread every week or so over the next couple of months.

May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Wishing you a happy St Patrick’s Day for Friday and may the luck of the Irish always be with you!


Lisa Frideborg

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