Let me preface this by saying that January 1st is not the beginning of my year.
In terms of holidays, that honor belongs to Samhain. In terms of personal growth, it usually falls between the vernal equinox and summer solstice. I’ve never found January to have much to recommend it in terms of starting new — sure, you make a bunch of resolutions, but then you walk outside and it’s January.
I still like to pull a few cards for the new year, though. Just to see what kind of things are spread out before me, and maybe help me make up my mind about a few lingering questions. (If you don’t think that works, just try using a flip of a coin to help you decide something — as soon as you toss it in the air, you’ll know what to choose purely based on how disappointed you’ll be if it lands on the wrong side.)
Anyhow, this is a pretty detailed, easy-to-read tarot spread from Little Red Tarot. Because I wanted a basic reading for the new year, I went with a relatively superficial interpretation for most of the cards. Other situations sometimes call for a more philosophical, in-depth look.
My reading broke down as follows:
- The Center (what surrounds me right now): The 5 of Wands, The Sun, and The Moon.
- Dusk (what’s on its way out): 5 of Pentacles, Queen of Wands.
- Horizon (what’s on its way in): Page of Swords, King of Wands.
- Focus: (where to focus my energy): Ace of Cups, The Star.
- Tools (what I can draw upon): 2 of Cups.
Not bad! This kind of builds on what some of the single-card readings I’ve been doing for the 30 Day Tarot Challenge have been giving me. Let’s look at it in more detail.
The Center. The Sun points to success, positivity, and vitality. I’ve been feeling stronger physically, and, while my country has basically shat the bed with the lights on, I still have a sense of personal optimism. The Moon, on the other hand, points to my very palpable lingering anxiety. The 5 of Wands points to tension and conflict, which is also unsurprising to me right now (the anxiety didn’t come from nowhere).
Dusk. The 5 of Pentacles indicates financial loss and insecurity. It is on its way out (finally). The Queen of Wands can indicate an actual person, or the fiery feminine energy represented by her. While she is warm, vivacious, energetic, and vibrant, she can also be overbearing and a despot. I’m hoping this points to a lessening of my own irritability — quitting Diamox has definitely helped level my mood out some, and life has been getting steadily smoother as I go.
Horizon. Pages are typically young people. The Page of Swords is someone with boundless energy and enthusiasm, but without the experience needed to temper it. It represents someone who is (or the mental state of being) energetic, restless, and intellectually curious. I’m feeling it, too — I’ve been nothing if not mentally restless lately. The King of Wands is someone who takes an idea and makes it manifest, but can also be arrogant, aggressive, and may have the attention span of a brine shrimp. Energetically, it can represent a vision for the future and the characteristics of a leader. Wands is a very creation-and-manifestation suit, so I am enthusiastic about this.
Focus. This was nice to read. In short, the Ace of Cups indicates compassion, love, and empathy. The Star points to renewal, spirituality, and a sense of hope. If you’re going to focus your energy anywhere, it might as well be there!
Lastly, Tools. What can I draw upon? A loving partnership or relationship, whether that is without (a significant other) or within (loving and accepting all of the dark, cobwebby corners of myself). Sounds good to me.
So, I’m entering a good cycle. Anxiety and tension surround me, but there’s a lot of positivity there, too. Financial loss and irritability are leaving me. Lots of intellectual and manifestation energy (or people rich in it) are entering my life. I should focus my energy on love and renewal, and I can draw upon self-love or my relationship when things get real. Not a bad start!