I love Tarot – anything to do with Wicca, Paganism, The Occult, Magick and Spiritualism… I’m all over it. I’m just wired for the weird and wonderful and unexplained I guess!
I was very lucky as my now husband (still find that hard to come to terms with..) bought me a tarot deck I’d had my eye on for Christmas and I wanted to do an annual tarot reading on NYE as part of my January goals.
I did this in the form of a “Year Ahead Spread” which is ritually done by those who practice tarot on New Year’s Eve or on Birthdays (your birth month becomes month one and you continue on that way) to help give them guidance and insight into the next 12 months. A spread is generally laid out like so:
It’s a very easy reading to follow and perform – you can shuffle your cards and lay them out one by one, or you can count and pull after a certain number or simply lay down the cards that seem to “jump” out of the deck when you focus on a certain month. There’s no right or wrong.. tarot is about feeling, so you pull as you feel it is right for you.
Many people like to read into what a card means when it is reversed, as there are two messages to each one. However, as I am still learning and familiarising myself with the Major and the Minor Arcana I felt it was best to read them for what they are, rather the meanings behind a reversed position. Once I am more comfortable that I know each card and their interpretations without assistance I’ll then teach myself what their reversed counterpart message is. This doesn’t mean that my reading if flawed; a lot of readers choose to only see them for their upright position and never explore the reversed. It’s all down to personal preference.
I’ve decided to share my reading with you so I can refer back to it each month and determine whether or not it was an accurate depiction by the cards. I used my Golden Thread tarot cards and spent a long time shuffling, cutting and feathering whilst I focused my intentions on the year ahead and asking for guidance on what is to come.
So here’s my reading and what I can expect from the year:
The descriptions I’ve included are very general. If you look into each one there is a lot more to them and more detail can be found. From the initial interpretation, it sounds like I’m going to need a lot of willpower and determination for the next 12 months. Obviously, I’m seeing messages based on what is already going on in my life. February, for example, speaks to me because this is when things are going to get a little uprooted. Of course, I could completely wrong! Something else may crop up that’s completely unrelated but only time will tell!
Above are some of my favourite decks for you to take a look at. They are all beautiful and I personally own 2 of the 3 shown. My personal favourite is The Wild Unknown cards. They come with a very detailed and helpful guidebook to teach you different spreads and what each card means. They also come in a really nice presentation box to keep them nice and safe! The Golden Thread cards come with a counterpart app that you can download to your phone. So you can look up the meanings and teach yourself about the cards.
I’m really excited to review each month as they pass by and see how accurate/inaccurate the reading was. January already seems to be on the money, but we’re not through yet! Let me know if you do your own readings or practice tarot. I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time ♡