Today I composed a simple five card spread on my year ahead. I’m sure there are plenty of similar variations out there, and my one is by no means very original, but I love the simplicity of it. I used my favourite deck, the Haindl Tarot, and chose 5 cards specifically for a pentagram shape.
1. My card for this year: The Lovers
I wasn’t really expecting this one. I’d rather not contemplate what it will bring, since it will be either a new relationship or a testing choice. Possibly both, really, but I am rather determined to have a focus on my work and studies.
2. The challenges of this year: 10 of Wands – Oppression
Doing too much and having too many things happen at once is very Sagittarius. And then one gets overburdened. You’d think this would be a lesson learned by now, but no. I am planning on studying Medical Astrology online, as well as Bach Flower Essences. In between getting to grips with a new job where I actually do have a lot to learn, mainly about tree species though which I really love. Still, it looks like it may be wise to wait a few months until I’m settled into my work before starting the astrology course or the Bach Flower studies.
3. What I will achieve this year: King of Cups – Odin
I would like this to mean some progress towards work as a tarot reader, however I’m not sure exactly. I’m very weary of reading for others at the moment, even though it’s been hinted at more than once (word does get around…) My main reason is that I am in a new place and it’s not a big city, plus I have to be careful of keeping my tarot work and my environmental work completely separate. I’m sure in a few months’ time it will be fine, so perhaps I’ll be employing the King of Cups qualities further down the line.
4. What I need to focus on this year: Prince of Wands – Krishna
I loved to see this card in the “focus” place: it says, keep things light and fun. Keep an open mind and a playful attitude. Keep learning and have an open attitude toward life.
5. What I will learn this year: 10 of Stones – Richness
I will learn about building firm and secure foundations, about the importance of friends and community in general, about the value of physical, material things. It’s about enjoying life without over-indulging. Rachel Pollack writes, “The Ten of Stones refers to a good life, to health, and to a sense of solid reality. Like the Universe, it shows the materialization of the person’s hopes and desires.”