Every year, right around New Years' Day, I like to do a comprehensive Tarot reading for the forthcoming year. This is the spread that I developed for this purpose. It's a hefty one, weighing in at 26 cards, so I definitely need to set aside a good chunk of time to really let them all settle in. I record these results and pin them to my calendar, to use as a guide throughout the year.
The first twelve cards represent the twelve months, and what influences will be coming in to play during that month. Each card can represent a theme for that month, warn me of challenges ahead, or introduce a bit of fortune into my path.
Cards 13, 14, and 15 represent what influences are being carried over from the previous year – what I am holding on to from the year past. Sometimes we hold on to things we need to, other times its wise to let them go. These cards can help you make that decision.
Cards 16, 17, and 18 indicate what I will be carrying over into the next year – what I will be taking out of this current year and will be influencing the future beyond it.
Cards 19 and 20 represent what will be crossing me this year. As there are only two cards in these positions, they carry a lot of weight. They are the over-arching challenges, situations, or influences that will be crossing my path, for better or worse.
Cards 21, 22, 23 and 24 represent the themes of each season – Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, and Samhain, respectively, and what each quarter-turn of the wheel will bring.
The final card, 25, is a keyword to carry with me throughout the year, advice or insight for the coming year.
I hope your new year is full of health, wealth, brilliance and inspiration, and that it blesses you with new adventures and dreams realized.