Do You Have the Career Doldrums? Use the Tarot to Find Happiness at Work

Posted on February 20, 2017

Everyone goes through phases when their job gets them down. How do you know if it′s just a phase, though, or if it′s something more serious? When do you ‘put up and shut up,′ and when do you start looking for a change?

If you′re going through this dilemma at the moment, and you have a deck of tarot cards, then you′ve got a powerful tool to help you find insight and guidance to find a new job or take your career to the next level.

If you are looking for work, or you simply feel restless in your current job, take your cards and do a spread to help alleviate the career doldrums. You can use the insight the cards provide to discover if you are on the right path, and point you in the right direction to satisfaction in your career.

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Manifest Your Bliss

The author Joseph Campbell wrote a poem about following your bliss.

“Follow your bliss.

If you do follow your bliss,

you put yourself on a kind of track

that has been there all the while waiting for you,

and the life you ought to be living

is the one you are living.

When you can see that,

you begin to meet people

who are in the field of your bliss,

and they open the doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don′t be afraid,

and doors will open

where you didn′t know they were going to be.

If you follow your bliss,

doors will open for you that wouldn′t have opened for anyone else.”

You might think that following your bliss means chasing big dreams of becoming a famous movie star, artist, or musician and that no one could possibly follow their bliss if their career doesn′t soar to these heights.

However, feeling happy in your career has less to do with the external rewards and is more about learning to develop satisfaction with what you′re doing, while striving to do something better.

Using the tarot can help you work out where to direct your goals and your desires so that you′re able to climb the ladder of success in a way that works for you. There′s a place for everyone in this world if you analyze your abilities and strengths from a realistic angle, and then dare to dream big with how you use them.

How to do it

You can manifest your happiness if you ask the tarot to show you your potential. Meditate on what you want out of a career, then draw a tarot card. Make a note of this card, and take the time to really contemplate it.

How does that card make you feel? Are there images you can easily understand and relate to? Is it right side up, or inverted? Inverted cards often show you where there′s work to do, or what obstacles might be in your way.

Draw two more cards, one will indicate your strengths regarding this career path, and one will indicate your challenges. By repeating this exercise and keeping notes of what the tarot tells you, you′ll get a road map to follow that will help you make your career successful.

Seek Out a New Position

If you′re absolutely sure you want to change jobs, or maybe you′re not working at the moment, let the tarot show you where to go next. It can help you find the best areas to look for new opportunities, but it will also assist you in your search.

Use the cards to help you devise a plan of action. There′s a lot of wisdom in the archetypal images, and the suits of the minor arcana, and it could even point to possible locations and situations.

How to do it

Ask the cards where you might find the next opportunity, or what your next boss or supervisor will be like, or what geographical location is pertinent. Draw one card per query, and explore the information that it has to offer. For example, something from the suit of cups might point to a geographic location near the water.

If you inquire about your boss, the King of Pentacles could indicate a self-made entrepreneur or small business owner as your potential next employer. The more familiar you are with your tarot, the more information you′ll find hidden in the images on the cards.

Prepare to Interview Well

You want to make a good first impression, but that′s often hard when you don′t know what the person interviewing you is going to be looking for. The tarot can help you with that.

By doing a tarot layout before you go on your interview, you′ll glean information on things you should emphasize during your meeting, things to avoid, what skills you should highlight about yourself, and even what to wear!

They′ll also bring you information on your interviewer, what they′re looking for in a job candidate, what personality type they′re likely to be, and more. Any information you find out about them before the interview will help you to know just how to present yourself so that you have the best chances of success.

How to do it

Shuffle and select three cards from your tarot deck. Place them onto the table onto in the order your drew them in a line from left to right, and turn them over one at a time.

The first card represents your strengths going into this interview. Let the second card reflect your challenges and what you need to play down in your meeting. Let the third card reveal how to best present yourself. Now put these cards back into your tarot and shuffle them again and repeat the process.

Draw three more cards. The first card will represent what your interviewer is seeking from their next employee. Let the second card reflect what will turn them off in the interview. Let the third card indicate how well you′re likely to get along.

Remember, though, until you physically walk through that door, this is all just potential. Once you enter each other′s physical space, that′s where possibilities turn into reality!

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Your journey to your ideal career doesn′t end here! While you′re seeking your next position, use the tarot as a weekly companion. Draw a card at the beginning of the week, and let it guide you.

It can give you an indication whether this is the week you′ll finally clinch that deal, or whether you need to keep looking. Consulting the tarot will also help you choose between job offers should two of them come your way simultaneously.

Even after you′ve landed your new job, you can continue to use the tarot to bring you guidance on advancing your career. The possibilities are endless; it just takes a bit of time and some insight into this powerful tool and it can help you along the way to finding happiness and success at work.

You can also find guidance in our daily horoscopes and weekly career forecasts.

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs. Read More by Charla Stone

Tarot Cards & Their Meanings

The tarot is a series of 78 tarot cards used in fortune telling, psychic readings, and insight into past, present, and future events. These tarot card definitions help you understand how to interpret your tarot reading. Tarot cards are divided into 2 main sections—the major arcana and minor arcana—and further into 4 suits:

Before a tarot reading, the cards are usually arranged in a spread. A tarot spread is the pattern in which the cards are placed on the table to be interpreted by a tarot card reader. There are many different types of tarot spreads—entire books have even been written on the subject. Spreads can be as simple as a 1-card draw, or complex enough to use all 78 cards.

One of the most popular spreads is called the 3-card spread, which gives you answers to immediate questions about your relationships, career, and life in general.

A Brief History of The Tarot

No one knows for certain where or when the cards originated—some say the practice goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. What we do know is that reading the tarot cards gained notoriety sometime around the 18th century.

The tarot can be used for many different purposes. The archetypal images reflect your story back to you, and bring you insights on situations in the lives of those around you. Those same images make good meditation companions or provide you with a ‘thought for the day.’ You might even use the tarot as a writing prompt in a blog, or as inspiration in artwork. There is no limit to how these images can be used, you just need to decide what works for you and go for it.

Modern technology made it even easier to get daily readings, peruse different interpretations of the classical images, and connect with others who share your interest in the cards. Of course, before you can get really immersed in understanding the tarot, you have to know a few basics. They’re not difficult, and once you recognize them you can master the mysteries of the tarot.

The Major Arcana (Tarot Trump Cards)

The major arcana (trump cards) represent your journey through life, starting out as the innocent and carefree card representing The Fool (at number 0), and going through all your stages of life until you get to The World (at number 21). Each of the trump cards represents an important issue in your life and asks that you pay particular attention to this situation. As you get to know the Major Arcana, you’ll see that the first 11 cards represent your journey out into the world while the last 11 represent your journey into your own awareness.

The Minor Arcana

The minor arcana is a grouping of 56 tarot cards that acts as a support system for the major arcana. It's divided into 4 suits, much like playing cards, and each suit has 10 numbered cards and 4 court cards. Traditionally, these court cards are called page, knight, queen, and king.

Some decks may use different titles for these figures but their meanings and their positions in the hierarchy of the court cards remain the same. Each suit of the minor arcana corresponds with a specific area of life, and each card has a meaning within that area. The number 1 is the first in a sequence (representing beginnings).

The numbered minor cards may have images on them, or they may just have ‘pips’ on them like playing cards, depending on the deck you're using.

Each suit of the minor arcana is also associated with specific signs of the zodiac.


Wands (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)


Pentacles (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Cups (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Swords (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

The tarot provides guidance that has stood the test of time. And as with any tool, the tarot needs to be used responsibly. The cards themselves are not good or evil—it’s how you use them that creates them a positive or a negative experience. After all, the tarot is just a collection of images and have no power on their own—it’s their mystery that allows them to endure. What wisdom do those images want to share with you today?