Freudian Analysis Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Freudian Analysis Spread

On This Day

At age 83, while losing a battle with cancer, Freud requested a doctor end his life. He died of a physician-assisted morphine overdose.

Sigmund Freud, the founding father of psychoanalysis, was born on this day in 1856. Freud harbored a morbid fear of ferns and the number 62, so much so that he would not book himself into any hotel with more than 61 rooms for fear he would be given room 62.

Summation of Spread

The crawfish emerging from the Moon card’s pool of water represents an unconscious urge or need coming to light. This is marked for you in a moment of discovery, when you realize you desire something new or have desired something all along without realizing it.

Ready to lie on an analyst’s couch? Using Freud’s key terms and essential concepts as a springboard, this spread examines the mysteries that make up the complex and wonderful creature reading these words.

Cast Your Cards

Nature loves pairs. This spread makes uses of pairs to compare and contrast aspects of personality.

1. Conscious Mind: What weighs heavily on my mind?

2. Unconscious Mind: What wants to emerge?

3. Superego: What is my main focus and most urgent need?

4. Ego: Who do I think I am?

5. Id: What is the unnamed center of my wants, needs, and desires?

6. Sublimation: How do I redirect unfulfilled desires into something useful?

7. Pleasure Principle: What feels good?

8. Reality Principle: What must be done?