loneliness tarot spread

A Loneliness Tarot Spread


Much pain and suffering take place every day, all around the world because of so many people feeling dreadfully lonely. Solitude is a wonderful thing and something we can even yearn for when we are in crowded and noisy environments… but the loneliness that makes us feel unwanted or ‘superfluous’ in any way, is just pure pain. My thoughts about loneliness is what made me decide to create a Loneliness Tarot Spread.

“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
Haruki Murakami

We’re not always meant to skip out on pain though. There are times we truly need to embrace loneliness and I believe these two quotes illustrated this beautifully:

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.”
Douglas Coupland

The time-out from socialising that often coincides with a breakup is one of those times and it can be excruciating to sit with the pain… but also completely necessary for healing to be able to happen. You could also experience a period of ‘solitary adjustment’ after losing a job, moving to a new and unknown location, going into retirement etc… And let’s not forget the one so many of us are guilty of: simply neglecting to stay in touch with our friends until one day we realise that there none left!

The Why So Lonely Tarot Spread

I created the Tarot spread below to help you look at your own loneliness in terms of the main theme/lesson you are now experiencing and which may have created your current experience of loneliness, what you can do to break the isolation and also pros & cons of being on your own.


Loneliness Tarot Spread Sample Reading

1. Main lesson – Overall theme. Could describe a recent event that lead to your experience of loneliness.
2. Imposed loneliness – Outer circumstances that contribute to your isolation.
3. Ways to change those outer circumstances.
4. Self-imposed loneliness – Describes choices you have made to make you less socially active.
5. Actions to take that will make it possible for you to experience the company of others again
6. Pros – How spending time alone is beneficial for you right now.
7. Cons – What you are missing out on or what you could be doing.

1. A break-up and being single for more than six months has led to feelings of loneliness (2 of Cups)
2. It is worse because of the time of year it is. People are less sociable in the winter (The Sun)
3. Not much to do here except wait for the return of the sun 🙂 (7 of Pentacles)
4. A bookworm lifestyle and working from home are choices contributing to feelings of loneliness (The Hermit)
5. There is a need to draw up sound personal boundaries before networking and dating again (4 of Pentacles)
6. Emotional healing still needs to take place. Acceptance of loss is needed. (5 of Cups)
7. Teaching could be a meaningful way of breaking the isolation. (King of Wands)


Comments 7

  1. My spread was quite peculiar. Don't quite understand it. 1. Knight of Swords 2. Queen of Wands 3. Queen of Cups 4. Page of Wands 5. Knight of Cups 6. King of Wands 7. 3 of Wands. A little help 🙂 I would greately appreciate it

  2. Thank´s for the super-quick reply!:) yes, I´m definitely going through a very deep changing process and I´m confronting myself with a lot of buried fears, some are becoming more conscius by now. Thank you for your support! I am relying and always will on the help of Spirit and angels to guide me through every darkness.

  3. Hi Marta, the reversed Moon card could be asking you to look at your most deeply buried fears. Incidentally, I live at number 18… and since I moved here, I have had to face pretty much all of them by now! 🙂 Yes, it sounds spot on with control and co-dependency… The Devil shows up to help us face our shadows and liberate us – anything you refuse to acknowledge or try to repress could continue to bind you in isolation. Sounds like you're going through a very deep process with this and I hope the reading helps you find ways of freeing yourself. Pray for Spirit to shine its light in every corner and invoke grace and help from the Angels. It is there for you.

  4. Thank you Lisa! I found this spread very insightful! I´ve decided to give it a try since I´ve been "lonely" for over a year now (after I broke up) and wanted to go deeper into it… I would love to hear a comment or tip from you to help me fully get some parts of the reading! As main lesson I got the moon (reversed) – I read it as a time where I´m diving into my subconscius and deep self and therefore a time to need to get close to old wounds that maybe I´ve avoided to see before? As imposed loneliness I got the devil card and as ways to change outer circumstances the four of pentacles (reading with toth deck). I think there are a lot of "control" and "co-dependency" issues implied.. am I right? thank´s a lot for your articles, always very inspiring!

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