I love new year.
Whilst a new beginning can take place at any time, there’s something about this collective moving from one year to the next and all of the accompanying reminiscing, appraising, looking forward and the creation of resolutions.
If this year hasn’t been a total stunner, we can gather strength and determination to do better in the coming twelve months. If it’s been a good one, we can use this time to determine how to carry our good fortune forwards with us.
New year is also, naturally, a great time for some self-tarot-reading!
There are plenty of spreads out there which suggest ways to look forwards, such as those 12-card spreads with one for every month ahead. I’ve never actually done one, as I’m not a ‘predictive reader’. I don’t want a month-by-month account of what this year will bring. I wanted to create a ten-card spread which would offer a clear appraisal of where I am right now at this turning-point, work out what has brought me here, so that I can establish a focus for my energy as the new year begins.
Of course – it doesn’t need to be December 31st for you to use this spread.
A personal ‘new year’ can happen at any moment in your life or mine. This ‘new year tarot spread’, therefore, is designed to be used at any major turning point in your life.
The spread interprets cards in combinations – though there are ten cards, there are only five ‘positions’. I really feel that when cards are interpreted in twos and threes they become more than the sum of their parts – as well as the individual messages of the separate cards, there is the conflicting/supporting energy between them, the tension and the flow, which adds a useful extra dimension.
New year tarot spread:
1. Centre (three cards)
What’s surrounding you right now. These cards can be very loosely interpreted, looking at the energies and influences around you. There is plenty of room to maneuver here – how do you react when you see these cards? Do they make you feel contented, proud, annoyed, confused?
2. Dusk (two cards)
What’s leaving your life at the end of this year. Interpret these as ‘past’ cards – important influences in the past year which have brought you to the centre cards above, but which are now losing their significance. How do you feel about these cards? Are these energies you would like to carry forwards, or are you glad to see the back of them?
3. Horizon (two cards)
What’s coming into your life as you move into the new year. You may already be feeling a glimmer of these energies and influences moving in as you look forward into the new year. How do they relate to each other, and how do they relate back to the cards which are leaving your life?
4. Focus (two cards)
Where to focus your energy in the new year. Here are some suggestions for new year’s resolutions!
5. Tools (one card)
A resource you can draw upon to help you. I like a ‘final word’ card in my tarot readings, and here I felt that it should be in the form of a tool to keep handy for the first months of the new year. You might want to adapt this position to suggest somewhere to not focus energy, or if you like to build an ‘outcome’ card into your readings then this card could also serve that purpose.
Enjoy, and happy new year – whatever time of year it is 🙂
Cards shown above are the Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans.
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.