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Back To School Tarot Spread: Witchy Tips for Study and Support

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

Generally at BB here we love to support you as best we can, and education is a big part of every witches life. What better way to start a new school year than with a tarot spread? As the academic year starts, use this tarot spread to give yourself an understanding of what this upcoming period will bring and how best you can harness its energies. Here you’ll find an array of tips to aid you, and I just wanna wish you the best of luck for moving forward!

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Back To School Witchcraft Tips & Correspondences

Here are a short list of correspondences to aid you in not only your witchy journey but your educative one too. Make use of them however you like, whether for on your desk, in your school bag, or even as part of rituals to help you get a little extra edge in your studies.

  • Herbs/Plants/Spices/Resins: Rosemary for mental clarity & strengthening memory.
  • Crystals: Amethyst for empowerment and focus, Clear Quartz is a powerhouse of clarity and focus. Citrine’s bright energy encourages positivity and focus, Pyrite can always offer a little extra luck for exams and tests, and Selenite’s gentle energy can cleanse your study space and your mind. Blue calcite (and other blue crystals like Sodalite and Angelite) promotes clear communication and mental balance, and Fluorite is excellent for mental clarity and organization.
  • Oils: Lavender oil to calm you down before tests, or if you’re feeling overwhelmed by workloads
  • Teas: Chamomile tea to relax and alleviate stress related to studying. Lemon to help with concentration and staying awake during study sessions.
  • Deities: Thoth for wisdom and knowledge, Athena for sharpness of mind and brilliance in academics, Saraswati for creativity and communication.
  • Tarot Cards: The Hermit for understanding the mysteries of life, The Magician to encourage creativity and manifestation of your goals, The Sun card can bring joy to studying!
  • Colours: Blue is a great colour for education as well as White is in aiding in clarity and calmness, you could also utilise these colours for your ritual and altar setups when studying.

Witchy Study Tips

  • Take a few moments to center and ground yourself before studying. Pause, take some deep breaths, and try to focus your attention on the task at hand.
  • Cleanse yourself and your study space with sage or Palo Santo for an extra boost of clarity.
  • Make use of affirmations to help yourself build confidence in preparation for tests.
  • Set intentions before studying and rituals when you’re finished.
  • Invite your deity or guardian angel to help and support you in whatever way they can.
  • Cast protection spells over yourself, as well as any papers or notes you might be working on.
  • Take regular breaks – stand up, stretch, get some fresh air and come back refreshed, bonus witchy points if you can go ground yourself outside or in nature.

Spell Jar for Focused Learning and Improving Attitude

Spell jars are a great tool in our witchcraft arsenal, as they can be created for almost any purpose. This particular jar is perfect for when you’re trying to focus your energies on studying and learning. We love a simple yet effective spell jar recipe, so here’s one to enhance your study and focus energies. Each ingredient is carefully selected to aid in concentration, clarity, and a productive study environment. Infuse the jar with your intentions and positive energy as you assemble it:

  • Clear Quartz for mental clarity, energetic boost and focus.
  • Rosemary to enhance your memory and cognitive function.
  • Bay leaf for success in your studies.
  • Lemon peel to boost concentration and mental energy.
  • Selenite chips to clear mental clutter and promote calmness (I use the broken splinters from my selenite wand for this sort of thing).
  • Purple Candle Wax (or Purple Ribbon) for spiritual insight and connection.
  • Small bit of paper (and pen to write your intentions).

Tarot Spreads for Education, Learning and Back To School

The following tarot spreads are not exhaustive, and I absolutely encourage you to play around with the wording (or rewrite it completely to meet your needs better) as I just wanted to inspire you with you tarot deck to offer guidance when going back to school, or even starting somewhere new or beginning a new course. Tarot is really good for self-care support, so bring out your deck and try one of the below to aid you when it feels a bit overwhelming – let’s get you focused and refreshed ready to tackle your exciting new opportunities!

The cards layout and questions to ask

To begin, shuffle your deck and draw a card for each position as shown in the layout below

Finally, take some time to reflect on the questions that each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you.

If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.

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Excited About Enrollment Tarot Spread

  • Card 1: What shall I get excited about moving forward?
  • Card 2: What will help me retain info when I’m learning?
  • Card 3: What’s going to aid my learning process?
  • Card 4: Which options can I explore in my learning journey?

Nerves Stalling Me Tarot Spread

  • Why am I nervous about getting started?
  • How can I manage my nerves?
  • How to be more open and receptive in my learning journey?
  • What can I take pride in?
  • How shall I give myself more time and grace?

Educative Audit Tarot Spread

  • What can be more challenging for me this time?
  • Which are my best options for self-care?
  • Who can offer me the best lessons right now?

Eternal Student Tarot Spread

  • How to be a better student in life?
  • Where can I direct my curiosity?
  • Where can I direct my passion?
  • How can I fuel my passion, curiosity and creativity?

Constructive Criticism Tarot Spread

  • How do I integrate previous lessons for improvement now?
  • In what ways can I improve?
  • What support do I need to hear right now?

Study Focus Tarot Spread

  • What to prioritize
  • What to minimize
  • What are my struggles here
  • Remind me of my potential

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The Tower card

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The Justice card

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Judgement card

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The Hierophant card

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Shuffle the cards

What to do after these tarot readings

Always remember to take the time to listen and be still so that you can get their answers with clarity. 

After you’ve finished a tarot reading, there are a few things you can do in order to reflect on the experience and integrate the insights you gained. Here are some suggestions:

Use a tarot journal to record your findings

Jotting down your thoughts in a tarot journal after reading can be helpful in a few ways. First, it can help you remember the details of your reading later on, such as how you felt at the moment and perhaps your first impressions of what a card meant. 

Second, it can provide a space for you to process the information you’ve received and explore what it means for you. Third, it can be a way to keep track of your progress over time as you revisit your journal entries and reflect on your journey.

Take a picture of the cards

If you want to remember the position of the cards and what they meant in relation to your questions, take a picture of the spread. This will help you look back on the reading later and review the insights you received. Sometimes, clarity is better acquired after you’ve stepped back from the situation for a little while and had some time to process it.

Some people create Instagram accounts or Pinterest accounts specifically for this, and if you use any of our spreads please tag us @backyardbanshee if you feel comfortable!

Take some time to meditate and reflect

Immediately after a tarot reading, it’s important to take some time to sit with the insights you’ve received. This can be done through proper meditation, visualisation, or simply taking some time to reflect on the reading. 

It can be helpful to think about what the messages from the cards mean for your life and how you can apply the advice that was given to you. That time can also be used to replenish your energy level and cleanse your tarot deck.

Get a second opinion from a close friend

If you have close friends who also happen to be tarot practitioners, it can be helpful to get their take on your reading. They may be able to offer additional insights or perspectives that you hadn’t considered before. This is also a good way to get feedback on your own interpretation of the cards.

Ensure to ask permission before just blindly sending your cards across in a message and saying “what does this mean to you?” as your friends may not have the energy or have a boundary with this sort of thing – manners cost nothing, and this is especially to note if they are a professional tarot reader who normally gets paid to interpret readings.

Do the same reading a few days later

This is a great way to check in on your progress and see how far you’ve come. It can also be helpful in understanding the cyclical nature of our lives and how our current situation is likely to change over time. This can be especially useful if you’re struggling with a decision or trying to figure out which path to take as to offer suggestions, provide perspective and encourage your confidence to move forward.

At the end of the day, tarot readings are meant to be a helpful tool, not a replacement for your own intuition. The best way to use tarot is to combine the insights you receive with your own understanding of the situation. Trust your gut and follow your heart—the answers you’re looking for will come.

It is my hope that these tarot spreads on my website help you with clarity and articulate whatever is going on. Let me know what you think of this tarot spread in the comments below and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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