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Maslow’s Hierarchy Spread

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on December 9, 2015 | Comments (3)

From Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs divides human needs into five levels. According to this theory, the bottom level must be fulfilled, or nearly fulfilled, before attention can be given to the next level. In very basic terms, a starving person is less interested in spiritual development than they are with finding food.

This spread can help you see where you are in terms of your human needs. Positive cards usually indicate the need is being met in a healthy way. Negative cards often show that the need is not being met or being met in an unhealthy way. By identifying the unfulfilled spaces, you can then make a plan to move forward and progress on your personal and spiritual growth.

Cards 1 – 5. Physiological: The basic needs of breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, and shelter.

Cards 6 – 9. Safety: Security needs like employment, protection, resources, and health.

Cards 10 – 12. Belonging: Human relationships, such as friendship, family, and intimacy.

Cards 13 – 14. Self-Esteem: A sense of self gained from confidence, achievements, and respect.

Card 15. Self-actualization: Realizing and fulfilling personal potential, spiritual and personal growth.


Reader Comments

Written By Linda Inman
on December 15th, 2015 @ 7:40 am

Do you know of any counselors who have used this as a way to kick start a dialogue with a client about their perception of their own wellbeing?

Written By Jordan
on December 17th, 2015 @ 11:42 am

An interesting spread. I will definitely have to try this out to see it myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

Written By Tiadwyn
on December 25th, 2015 @ 1:04 am

In nursing school, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the very first thing we’re taught (where I attended, anyhow). Along with it, we’re taught about our own needs and how attending an intensive few years of heavy-duty school can impact meeting those needs. So Maslow is definitely a familiar “friend.”
But a Tarot spread?! Why didn’t I think of that?!

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