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Five years ago, for Valentine’s Day 2012, I developed a series of relationship spreads for the Denver Tarot Meetup and I would like to share them now with you today. Each is a stand-alone spread, but they also pull loosely from qabalistic symbolism, and for those with that interest, the booklet explains the symbolism in more detail. The third and more complicated of the spreads includes my original Empyrean Key process that can be used as a basis for personalized rituals to prayerfully or playfully create your desired relationship.

Soul of Your Relationship Tarot Spreads

This Valentine’s Day, instead of following the popular route of using tarot to find one’s soulmate, I thought we could look at the soul of our relationships. After some online research, I realized that there’s no one right way to look at relationships or even to define precisely what it is that creates really strong, healthy relationships. But we all can use ways to go deeper into our relationships, heal relationship wounds, understand why our relationships are like they are, and even peek into the future to see what might be coming for us.

The Material Soul of Your Relationship
This spread gives us a divinatory peek into the most important real world qualities of our unknown future partner. It’s fun and light-hearted, but can still bring up some interesting insight into what we value and what we expect from our partners.

The Psychological Soul of Your Relationship
This spread helps us to examine basic elements of interpersonal interaction so that we can understand where we currently are and what we need to address in order to achieve our vision for the relationship. This spread is very helpful in breaking down the components of our relationship so we can get our bearings and rise out of the sticky quagmire of confusion.

The Spiritual Soul of Your Relationship
This spread allows us to create profound soul connections in our current relationships and heal deep wounds from past relationships. It is an Empyrean Key transformational spread, and so is designed to approach our relationships from a place of honesty and awareness while opening ourselves to see the best that’s possible. The Empyrean Key process reduces the insight we get from the spread into a simple symbol or glyph that we can then work with ritually (or playfully)to plant the seeds of our own transformation within ourselves, aligning our being energetically with the healing and soul connection that we desire.

The following booklet–click on the image below to download it as a pdf–contains the three spreads, information on the Empyrean Key process used in the third spread, and a breakdown of the qabalistic symbolism used as a basis for the spreads. No knowledge of qabalah is needed, though! The spreads work just fine by themselves without any esoteric philosophy!

Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!


Click to download a printable pdf of the booklet.


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Soul of Your Relationship Tarot Spreads

Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit