Spirit guides are an ethereal concept many people take for granted. Sure they could be angels, animals or plants. But they could also be something more practical like numbers, shapes or ideas. Our spirit guides come in many forms and not all of them have religious or new-age implications. They can even be a loved one who passed away.
Religious or spiritual leanings are not important for a spread like this. Believe it or not, everyone has a spirit guide. But, not everyone connects with or accepts them.
I can do a reading for you to connect you with the messages from your spirit guide or, if you prefer, teach you to do the spread yourself.
Free Spirit Guide Tarot Spread
Understanding What a Spirit Guide Is
First, let’s define what a spirit guide is. Far too many people consider this some hippy-dippy, trippy concept that has no validity in the real world. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
If you aren’t connected to angels, have no affinity for the natural world or aren’t into animals, you have a spirit guide. This is because every human being has a life force going beyond physical reality.
There are two types of readings for spirit guide communication. The first is for those who accept having a spirit guide and the other is for those skeptical about the idea. Regardless of which spread you do, pay attention to the symbols, associations and images within each card. These will give huge clues.
How to Do a Spirit Guide Tarot Reading
You can ask a specific question if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. Shuffle the cards well and cut the deck three times. Tarot spreads for spirit communication like this often don’t need specific questions if you’d rather just allow your spirit guide to share what they think you need to know. Put them back in a cohesive pile and splay the cards out, face down.
Select five cards, keep them in the order you picked them and don’t look at them. Then, while turning them over (each from left to right), place them in a cross-like shape as illustrated:
Cards 5 and 6 are optional and can be placed if you have specific questions to ask the Tarot.
Card 1: Air
The card sitting in this position represents the mind: thoughts, ideas, beliefs and whims. Anything from the Wands or Staves suit will indicate an acute connection.
If The Hierophant takes up residence here, there is a good and optimistic mindset.
Card 2: Fire
Energy, action, inner fire, desire and passion represent the card resting in this position. When any card from the suit of Swords appears, there is oneness with Fire.
In the event The Chariot pops up, all desires and actions have a celestial influence.
Card 3: Water
The card manifesting in this position deals with emotions, intuitions, sensations, feelings and dreams. If the 10, Queen or King of Cups appear, there is perfect unity with Water via the inner spirit.
If The Devil rears its head, there is an obsession with materialism beyond what’s healthy for the emotions.
Card 4: Earth
The Earth position indicates how all cards manifest in the physical world. It is representative of the tangible along with one’s visual and perceptual reality. Any card from the Coins/Pentacles denotes a galvanized grounding.
If the Emperor, The Empress or The High Priest/Priestess surfaces, there is a regal and royal aspect to it.
(Optional) Card 5: Spirit
This position is the spirit guide or the message bestowed by the spirit guide at this time. Do not shun or ignore this card, it is the apex behind the reading.
A positive influence will come from cards like The Star, The Sun, The Moon or The World. But, if Death or The Tower shows up, it means great and sudden change.