Five spreads for new year tarot readings
New year’s – when we celebrate endings and beginnings, changes, resolutions, letting go and welcoming in – is a great time for tarot reading. Maybe you want to look back over the past year, or do some intention-setting work for the year ahead. Or maybe you simply want to mark the passage of time with a
If, like me, you’re planning on a little tarot reading this new year’s eve (or thereabouts), here are a few of my favourite spreads to try:
There’s a clue in the name of this perennial Little Red Tarot favourite! This ten-card spread only actually has five very simple positions, but you’ll be drawing multiple cards for each, allowing you to go deeper into the past year and what’s coming over the horizon, as well as delving into the present moment and the tools available to you as you enter this new year.
My all-time favourite tarot spread for folks who are ‘on a journey’ (and, um, who isn’t?), this spread helps you to step back and view your ‘past, present and future’ via the metaphor of a bridge. From the present moment at the apex, you look back over the year, spend a moment delving into unconscious influences on the present, and then turn to next steps and sources of guidance for the coming year.
Want a shorter version? Try a simple three card spread with cards for the present in the middle, past to the left, and a direction or word of guidance on the right.
Despite the name, new year is a great time to read with this spread, which is all about clearing out old junk and starting over. A great choice if you want to welcome a whole load of fresh new energy into your life in the coming year.
I love this simple pyramid-shaped spread, in which you first identify a goal, then look at the resources you have available now, and the steps you need to take to get there.
New year’s two-card cross
If you’re looking for something shorter/quicker, you can’t beat the brilliant two card cross – a snapshot of your current situation and guidance for your next step. Place one card in the centre – this represents your current situation, you right here at the end of the year. Place a second card lengthways across this card. This is your challenge for the coming year.
This spread is incredibly flexible and you can play with the positions to suit your own needs. Instead of situation/challenge, you might go with ‘resolution/advice’, or ‘last year/new year’. Use this compact spread to create the reading you want.
Cards shown in this post are from the Dreaming Way Tarot.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
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