This one is for Danielle.
21st December is Winter Solstice – and also a new moon night.
It’s the shortest day of the year, and there will be no moonlight. It feels like a blank canvas, and a perfect time to celebrate new year. To make resolutions, to look ahead to lengthening days, more daylight, more night-light, and a new lunar month.
I believe in the power of intent so much that last year, scared by what I’d ‘achieved’ in 2013, I deliberately didn’t make any new year’s resolutions. I just wanted a nice quiet year, to be in the flow, to pootle along happily and not work too hard.
Y’all are probably sick of me going on about all the cool things ideas we’ve had together and the plates I’m spinning right now to get these ideas off the ground. Safe to say this year has been anything but ‘pootling along’. And next year is gonna be even more crazy-good.
How, then, when you’re full of ideas and intent and passion and drive, do you set resolutions? How do you approach the blank canvas of Winter Solstice and the exciting potential of a new moon when you’re already completely filled to the brim with a joyfully overwhelming amount of *stuff to do*?
Here’s a new year tarot spread that’s not about generating ‘goals’ or ‘to-dos’ – but about figuring out the approach you want to take to your to-do list or resolutions. It’s about understanding how you want to move forwards, rather than the direction. It assumes you already know the road you want to take, and are now deciding what shoes to wear, what to put in your backpack.
It’s a blend of two spreads already published on this blog – the Dark Moon Tarot Spread, and my own New Year Tarot Spread (which I’m using with plenty of my clients at the moment!) I wanted to incorporate the gratitude of giving and receiving in the Dark Moon spread, alongside the more personal focus and ‘secret powers’ of the New Year spread.
Winter Solstice/New Moon Tarot Spread
Here are the card positions. To make a more in-depth spread, you can simply draw two cards for each position.
1. Where you stand
You, now, and the energy around you,
2. Something to leave behind
You won’t be needing this any more.
3. Something to receive
Look for the opportunity to accept this gift from outside yourself – another person, the Universe…
4. Something to learn
The past lunar month (or year) has taught you this.
5. Something to give
Offer this to the world as you go.
6. Your hopes and dreams
The spirit in which you are stepping forward into the next phase.
7. Your secret special skill
A resource to help you on your journey.
I’ll be reading with this spread on Sunday, to celebrate the Winter Solstice new moon. I’ll be in Lincolnshire with Emma’s family and I don’t know if we’ll have time for a ‘proper’ Solstice celebration, but there is always room for a little tarot 🙂
What about you? Do you have your own Winter Solstice ritual? How will you celebrate the lengthening of the days and the brightening of the nights on the 21st December?
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.