The Sin Spread – Understanding and Correcting It

Sinners! All of you dirty sinners forever to burn it the pit of fire!  That might be the kind of thing some people may think of when they hear “sin” (Catholics you especially). Sin is normally thought of some sort of transgression, a stain on your soul that needs to be washed away. Hmm how do you wash sin off, would you have to soak it over night in bleach? lol

This idea of sin resides in western christianity thanks to Augustinian theology. That we are born sinful, with the guilt of Adam (original sin) and that we are inclined to sin. However  and thankfully I was born in Greek Orthodoxy which holds a very different view of the nature of sin. “Original Sin” in the Orthodox tradition is known as “Ancestral Sin” and the fundamental difference is that Orthodoxy states we do not inherit the guilt of Adam, but the consequences. The consequences is the world that we live in is “fallen” from the “perfect” state of being in communion with God in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve introduced Death into the world which transformed the world into a “Fallen” state.

The goal of a good Orthodox Christian is to align yourself with God in a process called “Theosis”(deification/divinization), where we work to become like God, partaking in the God’s Divine nature. Sin comes into the picture as an action we take that puts us in misalignment with God. The Greek word for “sin” is Hamartia ἁμαρτία which means to “miss the mark”. When you “sin” or “miss the mark” you are making a mistake, you fall short in your goal to become like God. The remedy, simply to correct your mistake. These are one of the few things in the Orthodox faith which I really like and connect with.

That is it, no hell fire, no angry God, no punishment. Just correct your mistake. 

This bit of theology inspired me to create this simple tarot spread based on this notion of sin.

[1] How have I sinned? (Missed the mark/Mistake made)

[2] What was the root or cause of this sin/mistake

[3] How can I correct this mistake?

[4] How can I keep from repeating this mistake?

Give it a try.




The recipient of Tarosophist of the Year 2011, Angelo Nasios is a rising voice in the tarot community. Angelo is known for his popular YouTube channel in which he produces educational tarot videos. Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana, Angelo’s first book will be released by Schiffer Publishing.

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  • Johnny

    I like this one. I like the focus on Forgiveness, and the chance to correct your mistakes. I might find good use of this one. Many thanks and salutes!

  • vjsin

    I agree on that’

    High five on ya’

    Besides SIN is my name;)))

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