The Hopscotch Spread

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Hopscotch Spread is a fun, qabalistically based tarot spread that can provide insight and guidance in working towards a particular goal.

Hopscotch Spread Instructions

Focus on a question or issue.

Shuffle and lay out 10 cards face down according to the pattern shown.

Hopscotch Layout

Take a small stone or crystal and toss it onto the spread. Whatever card it lands on (closest to), remove from the spread and set aside.

Turn over the remaining cards and interpret in relationship to their position climbing the Tree of Life.

1. Malkuth– Current situation
2. Yesod– The past of the situation
3. Hod– Thoughts
4. Netzach– Emotions
5. Tiphareth– Goal (what you think you need)
6. Geburah– What you need to cut back on
7. Chesed– What you need more of
8. Binah– Time frame for the project/question
9. Chokmah– First step to take
10. Kether– Driving force (What you really need)

Wherever the missing card had been represents a place where you will have to make a “jump” to get to the next level in realizing your goal/answering the question/solving the issue. Or it may, depending on the question, represent a lack of support or a challenge.

I know I can’t put the discarded card back in the deck without peeking, so it will represent a lesson that you will learn or an inner strength that you will develop through the processes surrounding this question or issue.

Click here for a pdf of this spread.


Joy Vernon has been studying and teaching energetic and esoteric modalities for more than twenty years. She is the organizer of the Denver Tarot Geeks, Denver Tarot Meetup and Denver Traditional Reiki Meetup, and she served on the faculty of Avalon Center for Druidic Studies. She is one of the psychics at Isis Books and is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and a member of the American Tarot Association and Tarosophy Tarot Association. Joy also teaches Traditional Japanese Reiki. For information on upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment, please visit

© 2015 by Joy Vernon. All rights reserved.

Joy Vernon
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

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