September 2002 Tarot Spread

One of my favorite things to do when I'm reading any book is to see it through the aperture of the tarot. Another is to devise spreads based on book concepts. When I was perusing How to Find the Work You Love by Laurence G. Boldt, I came across a "formula" that just begged to be adapted to a tarot layout. I'm a soft touch, so I complied.--DW

I. S.E.E. the Work I Love Spread by Diane Wilkes

This layout is based on Laurence G. Boldt's acronym "I.S.E.E." (Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence). Boldt believes these qualities are "the four key elements that are to be found in every genuine life's work." He also assigns each of these elements a "creative power," which I include to help you in your reading.

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Card One: Integrity (Creative Power - Conscience)

What informs my personal code of ethics? What speaks most clearly to my soul? Where is my line in the sand?

Card Two: Service (Creative Power - Compassion)

What moves me to action? What stirs my heart? What themes/situations evoke my compassion?

Card Three: Enjoyment (Creative Power - Talent)

What are my innate qualities? What do I love doing? What qualities do I admire/enjoy most in myself?

Card Four: Excellence (Creative Power - Destiny)

What draws out my best? Where do I shine? What am I most recognized for by others?

Once you have looked at these cards individually, be sure to look at them in concert with one another. Which cards work together naturally? Where is there conflict? Is there a predominant suit or number? Hopefully, asking yourself these questions will make it easier for you to focus on a particular direction.

See a sample reading with this spread here.

Spread and page 2002 Diane Wilkes