While I am not an expert in reading the tarot, I do enjoy pulling out my deck every once in a while. I find the tarot to be a wonderful channel for mindfulness, with each card a prompt to contemplate where we are, what we have, and how we might focus for the future.
One of my favorite traditions is to do a three-card spread on New Year's Eve as a way to reflect and align for the year ahead. The first card represents the past—maybe the big lesson or dominant energy of the year that is concluding. The second card signals where one is right now: how we're feeling and what's top of mind. The third card sheds light on the future.
Here's my three-card spread:
Past: The Magician
Representing "self-empowerment, action, and expansive energy." This year may have been quite tough in terms of public and political affairs, but personally it was oh so sweet and powerful. I felt many things come into greater harmony and alignment, which lent me the strength and ability to confidently take action on some personal projects.
Present: Father of Pentacles
A "steady, entrepreneurial" figure. The past few weeks has seen me returning to side projects with a renewed passion, as a way to gain a sense of stability. Things have definitely been quiet outwardly, but on the inside ideas are brewing. And with the holidays, this past month (especially this week) has seen a shift towards family, home, and personal nesting. Right now I am focused on nurturing my entrepreneurial side and setting strong foundations for the new year.
Future: Daughter of Pentacles
"Hard working, responsible, and vast amounts of inner strength." This card is fairly spot on in describing my role at work and with my clients, as I am a behind the scenes figure and seek to provide a sense of calm and stability. The future will have me rely on the strengths and skills that have already taken me so far. I'm more than happy to keep going.
If you're interested, I am using The Wild Unknown tarot deck and guidebook. This year I also performed a 13-card spread. It's a rather future-oriented set-up, but a nice reminder of the mystery and thrill of everything to come. Happy New Year!