A Tarot Spread and Spell to Deal with Shocks

A Tarot Spread and Spell to Deal with Shocks


Life offers lots of twists and turns, some more shocking than others. Sometimes you hear something unexpected, or something happens that knocks you off your game, or you suffer some kind of injury.

These shocks can be large or small: banging your knee on a table leg; getting a serious diagnosis from the doctor; losing your job; getting a lower grade than you expected in an exam; finding out they’ve stopped making your favourite TV series 😀

Whatever the situation, you can support yourself to feel more resilient and return to a state of happiness in a number of ways.

Tower Spread

Let’s start with a little tarot spread. This is based on the Tower card. The spread is shown above with cards from the Thelema Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2015).

  1. Lightning – What about this has been most shocking?
  2. Tower – How has your own rigid thinking played into the situation?
  3. Ground – What will help you reach solid ground again?

I’ll do a reading using this spread at the end of the post.

Tower Tarot Spell

Look through your cards face-up. Choose a card to represent how you currently feel, and another to represent how you would like to feel.

Finally, between the two, you want a card for how to get from here to there. You could choose one face-up, or take card 3 from the spread above, or draw a card at random from the deck.

Now, place these cards on your altar, or in a place where you will see them regularly and where they won’t be disturbed. You can light a candle, and sit in front of the cards for a while. Meditating on them is even better.


If you want to say some words, I encourage you to find your own.

For the cards above, I chose: I leave behind pain and move towards feeling like an effective nurturer by taking control of my destiny.




  1. Lightning – What about this has been most shocking? – Strength
  2. Tower – How has your own rigid thinking played into the situation? – The Magician
  3. Ground – What will help you reach solid ground again? – The Chariot

Firstly, it’s striking that all three cards are Majors! Not surprising, in some ways, but striking.

The most shocking bit of this Tower experience has been the way it has challenged my belief in my own strength. I think of myself as being resilient and capable. Being so overwhelmed shows me that I’m not always able to manage my shadow, my pain.

As for my rigid thinking, this is connected. I feel like I should have all the tools I need to deal with such things. I should be the Magician, able to manage it all with aplomb. When I don’t it makes me question my whole way of being.

Finally, what will help me reach solid ground. Here, I need to take charge with determination and discipline. For one thing, it’s all well and good having lots of tools in my crane bag. If I don’t use them, though, they don’t help. So, I need to make a concerted effort to follow up, to do the things I know need doing.


If you’d like to leave a comment with your own reading, I’m happy to help with any cards you aren’t certain about, or simply to be a witness to honour where you are. And if you have any questions about the spell, just ask 🙂




  1. Ellen Kucmer on September 20, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Love this spread. Although it adresses a difficult subject,, it feels more manageble because we get to examine a few parts instead of the entire event
    thank you

    • Chloe on September 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      That’s a great way of putting it, Ellen! Yes, breaking down the Tower’s effects, it becomes easier to manage, we take back our power from the rubble 🙂

  2. Tamara Albanna on September 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I love this spread and will give it a try! I hope I’m still on your list, dear Chloe ❤️ Xo

    • Chloe on September 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Glad you like it, Tamara! As for the list, I’m afraid you got deleted accidentally, along with everyone else. I hope you’ll resubscribe, and I promise not to make the same mistake again!! )O(

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