Birthdays are our personal new years, right?
It’s goodbye to 32, hello 33 (or whatever age you happen to be) – a looking back on the past year of your life, and a welcoming of new energy, ideas, projects, dreams for the next.
It’s my birthday today, so last night, Em and I made up a cute little birthday tarot spread to do just that.
We jotted down the things we felt you’d want to think about on your birthday, and without thinking too hard, arranged them into a simple spread. It’s symmetrical – because I bloody love symmentry, and it’s got ‘card pairs’, cos I love how cards become more than the sum of their parts when you read them together.
Happy birthday tarot spread
1. What to leave behind in the past year
This may be a good thing, or something you’re happy to say goodbye to – either way, you won’t be needing it any more.
2. A lesson you learned last year, to carry with you into the next
You learned a lot of things last year. This is the most important lesson to hold onto as you grow.
Now read these two cards together – what is their joint message? How do they round up the past year and help you say goodbye?
3. The next thing you will learn
Look out for opportunities to explore this – it is an important lesson for you to learn.
4. The theme of the year ahead
What is the next year all about?
Now read these two cards together – what is their shared message? Are you looking forward to the coming year? Do you understand what they are saying, can you already see those opportunities, or is this stuff a total surprise to you? How can you work with these cards’ energy?
5 and 6. Today – something to celebrate, something to do.
If you’re wondering what to get up to today, here are some suggestions. Interpret these however you like, look for visual clues in the cards, have some fun with these two!
7. A birthday message from your ancestors
They want you to know something. Listen carefully.
If you try this spread out for yourself or a friend on their special day, let us know how you got on!
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.