How to Do a Tarot Spell for Health (Written Instructions)

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The cards for our tarot spell. I provide written instructions for How to Do a Tarot Spell for Health. This simple spell is easily accessible to all. Cards from The Mythical Goddess Tarot by Katherine Skaggs.
The cards for our tarot spell. I provide written instructions for How to Do a Tarot Spell for Health. This simple spell is easily accessible to all. Cards from the Mythical Goddess Tarot by Katherine Skaggs and Sage Holloway.

Many people feel the challenge presented by this current health cry for help. Being stuck at home can make some people feel trapped and stressed out, like you have no control. Learn how to do a tarot spell for health and take charge of your situation, clear your mind, and invite Divine guidance.

I guide you through setting an intention for what you most need now, and inviting Divine assistance into your life. I provide a complete spell including card choices and a prayer. However, I encourage you to choose your own cards to bring what you need now. You can set your intention for health, safety, security, comfort, peace, or anything else you need at this time. The spell centers around the Star card, which represents abundant health, so choose a deck with your favorite Star card!

Please also check out the video tutorial, in which I discuss the spell process and card symbolism in more detail. Link is at the end of the article.

What is a Tarot Spell?

Our tarot spell for health is a simple, easy tarot spell, inspired by the book Tarot Spells by Janina Renee. Her spells are straightforward and accessible to everyone, even those who are new to spell work.

What is a tarot spell? A spell is a magical working that creates a high degree of focus around a particular intention. A magical working is a process or technique that increases, directs, and focuses spiritual energy or etheric energy, any non-corporeal energy toward a specific outcome. A tarot spell incorporates tarot cards to express our intentions.

A Psychological Perspective

Magic is not psychology. However, psychology is a useful metaphor to understand magic. To use a psychological analogy, we do this work to change our thought patterns towards something positive and healing. Further, there is a ripple effect that expands from the mental level into the physical level. In effect, your optimistic attitude affects those around you.

Dion Fortune says that magic is changing consciousness in accordance with will. Our goal with this spell is to change our consciousness regarding the current situation. We might inspire others to change as well. For instance, people who are not following the social distancing recommendations may have fine tuned their awareness toward their lives and their immediate situation. By expanding our consciousness, our awareness extends past ourselves into our environment and beyond. Changing our consciousness increases our awareness and increases our understanding.

A Spiritual Perspective

From a spiritual perspective, we open ourselves to a higher awareness of connection. We invite Divine Love and Divine Compassion to channel through us and out into our environment to create positive change. We make the conscious choice to tune our awareness toward the Divine. Doing so, we stay smart and spiritually guided, we release our fears and limitations, and ultimately we stand as an example of Divine healing in the world.

How to Do a Tarot Spell for Health

Supplies

  • A tarot deck, ideally one that you can leave out. I used the Mythical Goddess Tarot by Katherine Skaggs and Sage Holloway.
  • A white or yellow table covering (or whatever you have on hand that symbolizes your intention)
  • A white or yellow candle (or whatever you have on hand that symbolizes your intention)
  • Frankincense or other clearing, purifying incense
  • Candle holder
  • Incense holder
  • Charcoal if you’re using resin incense
  • Matches or lighter
  • Journal or notebook

Primary Focus Card to Represent Health: The Star

I chose the Star Card, which is typically used to represent good health. I like this card because it shows energy coming from the Divine and down into the earth. If you don’t like the Star card in your deck, choose a different deck if you have one. You can also choose a card that better expresses for you the idea of health or the descent of Divine energy.

Court Cards for Strength and Vitality: King of Pentacles and Queen of Wands

Choose two or more court cards to represent yourself and those in your household, or to represent abstract concepts, such as health, strength, vitality, and so on. I chose The King of Pentacles (Earth Crone) and the Queen of Wands (Fire Mother).

The King of Pentacles is Taurus. (Use the Prince of Pentacles for Taurus if you’re working with a Thoth lineage deck.) Taurus is considered to have a strong, sturdy, physical body, so we can use this card to represent a healthy body.

To address our vigor and vitality, our energy or get-up-and-go, use the Queen of Wands. As Aries, she exemplifies fiery vitality. Also, the sun recently moved into the tropical sign of Aries, representing new beginnings.

The Queen of Wands is my significator card, so that influenced my decision. If you’d prefer, choose your own significator card. Alternately, you can use any card that you identify with or that you feel represents you.

Side Note

I came up with my way of doing this. My system may or may not be your system. So, while I’ll share my process with you, please feel totally free to adapt that process. You can make the spell your own by choosing cards from your deck based on their unique image. And you can set your personal intention. Meanwhile, I’ll continue sharing the cards that I pulled, so you have a starting point to guide you. Feel free to adjust and make your own changes!

Regeneration and Cycles: Two of Pentacles

This Minor Arcana card reiterates the idea of Divine energy being pulled down into the earth, but with a variation. In this card image, the infinity-sign ouroboros wraps around the eternal, unchanging cosmos contrasted with the temporal, cycling earth. It tells us that there is a time for everything, and that there will always be an ebb and flow, push and pull, expansion and contraction. This card reminds us that things come and go.

Your Two of Pentacles might not have that same energy, but if you find a card in your deck that does, please substitute it. Or, use your Two of Pentacles, keeping in mind this meaning.

Two Major Arcana Cards for Health: Temperance and The Sun

In the Mythical Goddes Tarot, the Temperance Card (XIV) is called Alchemy. It is represented by Brigid, the Celtic goddess of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Alchemy is the process of transforming something from a lower, impure state to a higher, pure state.

I also chose the Sun card, represented in this deck by Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun goddess. The Sun indicates success, growth, energy, and positivity. In addition, it represents cycles, but more importantly, the idea that the world will never become totally void of light. Light will wane, but will return and grow again according to its cycle. Things may seem bleak, but the Sun promises to push forward and bring her life-giving energy back into the world.

Four Cards, Preferably One from Each Suit of the Minor Arcana, to Represent Your Personal Needs and Goals

For this step of the spell, I focused on four pip cards, the Minor Arcana numbered cards (not including the court cards). I chose one for each suit, Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. I encourage you at this time to think of four things that you most need right now. People tell me that at this time they need peace, calmness, sense of safety and security, sense of connection even within isolation, health, and the increased ability to take on challenges. Write down the four things you most need right now and then pull a card for each of them.

If the cards you choose are not one of each suit, that’s fine, choose the cards that mean the most to you and that most express what you need. If you can select one card from each suit, I encourage you to do that to invoke a greater degree of balance.

I encourage you to make your own choices. If you prefer, you can use the cards I chose: the Seven of Wands, Ten of Cups, Six of Swords, and Nine of Pentacles.

Seven of Wands

I chose the Seven of Wands (7 Fire) from the Mythical Goddess Tarot. The drops of Divine energy falling on the character’s head feel healing. The sunny glow at her heart makes me feel at peace and connected to the Divine. The lion is protecting her and keeping her safe. To me, this card says that I have the strength and courage to take on the additional challenges being presented at this time.

Ten of Cups

The Ten of Cups (10 Seas) is the second card I chose. The image reminds me of the Star card. The mermaid holds up a star in one hand and pours out stars from the other. This reminds me of the descent of Divine energy expressed earlier. Also, this deck calls the card Purity, which is a reminder of cleanliness, hand-washing, disinfecting, but within a divine context. The Ten of Cups in general is a positive card representing having passed through a difficult time and coming out happy and emotionally connected with family and friends.

Six of Swords

As a rule of thumb, in the average tarot deck the Four of Swords and Six of Swords will be the most positive cards in that suit, and both are associated with healing. I like to use the Four of Swords to signify meditation, peace, and mental serenity. The Six of Swords is more directly associated with healing. The typical RWS image shows people retreating from a difficult situation so they can heal, recuperate, get their energy back, and come back stronger.

I chose the 6 Wind, Intention (check out my Six of Swords tarot spread). The white bird descending through the woman’s crown, and the energy ball at her throat suggest Divine connection and verbal expression. Communication is an attribution for the suit of Swords. Moreover, the card feels beautiful and blissful. It reminds us to express what we need, set our intentions, and retreat in order to heal.

Nine of Pentacles

The last card is the Nine of Pentacles, or 9 Earth, Community. Ironically, the card image shows a group of women sitting cross-legged on the ground around a campfire. Typically the card shows a woman alone in her garden. She is happy being alone and loves being alone. By blending the image from the Community card with the standard meaning we see ourselves alone but connected. We are self-isolated in our private garden, happy because we are healthy and working to protect ourselves and others. We have community via things like online tarot meetups and all the other modern ways available to connect and communicate. So even though the extroverts might feel uncomfortable, there are nevertheless amazing resources available to us. We can maintain our sense of community even when we are practicing social distancing.

Write or Select a Verse or Prayer to Say

Our next step is to decide what we’re going to say over our cards to express our intention. You can choose a bible verse, a psalm, one of the Orphic or Homeric hymns, a poem, or any important quote or lyric that expresses your goal for this magical working. For this type of work, I prefer to write my own intention because it’s more personal and expressive of what I need. Although it’s fun to write a rhyme or chant, you can express yourself however is most meaningful to you.

The following was partly brainstormed by the group and partly spoken extempore by me. If it speaks to you, you can use it or adapt it. But again, I recommend that you write something yourself.

Performing the Tarot Spell for Health

Place the cloth on the table. Lay out the tarot cards you selected according to the suggested layout.

Light the candle and incense.

Take a few moments to ground and center, breathing deeply and feeling the flow of the energy.

The Spell

(Speak this prayer to the Divine, however you may conceptualize it.)

(Star) We request the descent of Divine Love and Compassion, into ourselves and our community and our world.

(King of Pentacles) We ask for strong, sturdy bodies.

(Queen of Wands) We ask for the vitality and vigor that we need to be strong at this time.

(Two of Pentacles) We ask that you remind us of the cycle, the ebb and flow of life, the eternal unchangingness of the sacred cosmos, and the ebb and flow of the physical world.

(Temperance) We ask for healing and transformation through the purification of ourselves and our environment.

(Seven of Wands) We ask for courage to confront the challenges that are facing us.

(Ten of Cups) We ask for purity, cleanliness, and a sense of flow that will get us through this time and will bring us out into the promise of health and abundance,

(Six of Swords) We ask for our intentions to be heard, we ask for a clear mind at this difficult time, We ask to receive Your will to direct our actions and guide us as we retreat and heal so that we can come back stronger and always more connected to You.

(Nine of Pentacles) We ask that even in our own isolation we can express community and that we know connection.

(Sun) And finally we ask that we come through stronger, full of the faith in the ever-presence of health and light, and that we shine Divine Love and Divine Compassion. We know that sometimes we must persevere to get through and sometimes we must yield to your directives to best express our faith in You and in the Divine Light and the Divine Vision that is guiding us at this time.

In grateful acknowledgement I send this spell to Divine Unity to bring these things into our lives. Thank you.

This spell can be done daily for the duration of your time practicing social distancing.

How to Do a Tarot Spell for Health (Video Tutorial)

In this video tutorial, we talk about tarot spells, social distancing, connection, and community. Then I lead the group in a tarot spell for health. Using your own deck, choose the cards that you feel will bring what you most need at this time, whether it be health, safety, security, comfort, peace or anything else.

Sit a Spell

Did you do the spell? How did it go for you? If you have any questions, suggestions, or revelations, please leave them in the comments!

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Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five 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 grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Joy! Blessed be.
    What a fun, and timely, read.
    I like your associations and attributing prayer/ invocation.
    Thank you for sharing this tarot spell.

    Stay healthy and well everyone.
    Breathe. . . . .

    With gratitude,
    Readingsbycara@gmail.com

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