a few days back i did my big tarot draw for insight into the coming year. as always i burned some sage, lit a candle and went inward, into spirit. i currently have 10 decks that i use for these big draws, and i intuitively chose one deck for each month. i wrote the meaning for each card in the journal i have just for my tarot use, so i can go back to see if i need to heed any warnings or just to get a heads up which is always nice.
unless specifically stated otherwise,
i took the words for each card directly from the authors book that came with the decks in question. i did not write the descriptions, they are not my words.
kuan yin- compassion
release judgements about yourself and others and focus on the love and light that is within everyone.
february- i drew from power of surrender cards by judith orloff m.d.
frustration doesn't open any doors. the key to resolving a block is to take a deep breath, center yourself, and regroup so you may approach the situation more calmly.
march- i drew from wisdom of the oracle cards by colette baron-reid
#39 new life
when spring awakens the world, joy and excitement can be felt all around and in your very core. blossoms burst from the trees overnight, birds return home and sing their glorious song, and nature is full of promise. miracles beckon to all of us. this is one of those times in your life when new ideas inspire you and new opportunities bring you hope for seeing your dreams come true. all is well in your world, and you have the energy you need to feel renewed. allow your heart to fill with enthusiasm. let your light shine, for this is a time of good fortune.
april- i drew from my old morgan greer (i think) tarot deck
8 of rods/wands
not a single human figure appears in the 8 of rods- these wands fly through the air all by themselves. if you look at the direction, they are pointed toward the earth, a sign that something is about to come to a successful conclusion. something is moving along with great speed. this is a great card to see if you are planning on moving or taking a trip. it is also sometimes associated with important messages. all systems go!
39 the sweet chestnut tree- growth
three sweet gifts of heaven will fall like sweet chestnuts. life will be bright and social like the trees glossy, sharp pointed leaves. the deep spiral furrows in the grey bark symbolizes interaction and growth. a new romance or social activity may happen through three friends, just as the female flowers sit in threes in a little cup. like the sweet chestnut, life may flower in june and bear fruit in october. when the pale green male catkins fertilize the flowers, the cup becomes a spiky shell encasing three nuts until fall when they escape. each nut encapsulates knowledge, predicting a phase of learning for you.
34. blessing of the khata bestowed
in your heart a desire for union grows, an impulse to move deeper into loves embrace. as you open your heart, i pour forth my healing balm and my blessing. it is never too late for love. it is never too late for joy. it is never too late for connection. as my blessing vests in your heart, a path will open up for you, leading you into loves expansive landscape. you too shall be as enchanted in love as i am, cherished and adored, surrendered in love. love's blessing and presence finds you now. you are worthy of such blessing and shall be safe in the joy of it's embrace.
(this one i'm confused about, as i am fully engulfed in love. though it may be self love, self acceptance that i find)
july- i drew from lo scarabs universal tarot that came in this set
temperance is the card of moderation and balance. the angel in the card transfers water from one cup to another, signifying healing. this action is also related to blending, as in testing things out to find the right mix.
going with the flow. finding the sweet spot. patience and calm. sobriety, emotional stability and spiritual growth. thats what temperance is all about.
august- i drew from the angel tarot by doreen virtue and radleigh valentine
knight of fire
a significant situation requires your immediate and full attention. while time is of the essence, it's important to avoid making rash decisions. enthusiasm and self assuredness are wonderful, so long as they aren't separated from wisdom and caution.
a person who is passionate, a take-charge person who moves quickly with confidence and certainty on behalf of loved ones or loved causes. fearless, loyal, charismatic, self assured, adventurous, restless.
lotus flower- unfoldment
your spiritual unfoldment is occurring at all times whether or not you are aware of it. its inevitable as long as you put your trust in the hands of the creator, the one who holds the light. like the lotus, your soul is always reaching for the light to fulfill it's karmic destiny, but even in that process there are periods of darkness and times to rest. it is a natural cycle, one that cannot truly be coerced or halted. it has an innate rhythm of its own, one that is unique to the being that is you.
you do not need to strive or be driven by spiritual ambition. it does no good to try to force growth upon yourself- or others, for that matter. allowing is the key here. allow the place in you that naturally wants to follow the light to do so while recognizing that even when you have complete faith, you will face challenges and occasionally suffering. your steady faith and love will guide you on your journey of returning to the light.
(i have no book on this deck, and no information, even the name. google was my friend.
i found information and a message from this deck and card here)
when storm whirls through your cards you are being blessed with a time of great change and growth. the growth that storm brings is rarely easy. ego based beliefs and ideas may be shattered. old beliefs that were held dear may become empty of meaning. but this difficult cleansing of obsolete energies is crucial to gaining new levels of deeper understanding and growth.
storm is calling you to stretch out your arms to the sky and invoke the powers of lightning, rain, wind and earth. in doing so, you will begin your initiation into the deeper mysteries of your life.
i then had to choose two of the same decks for november and december.
november- i pulled from wisdom of the oracle deck again
the feminine principle of receptivity. letting someone else make the first move. gathering information and taking cues. the art of conscious allowing.
this is a time of calculated receptivity as you gracefully await what is coming to you, ready to accept it when it appears. yin doesn't involve frozen dreams or resting, but rather consciously allowing things to flow to you, poised to receive the bounty that will be made available to you. it implies sensitivity as you alertly study the actions of others and contemplate how they will affect you and yours. remember you must make space for miracles to appear. be the 'shaped' not the 'shaper', and you'll see how quickly your dreams manifest.
december- i pulled from earth magic again
winter solstice- reflection
review the past year and ask yourself what the most important lessons you have had to learn are, what you have accomplished, and what dreams and visions you want to manifest in the coming year. whether it has been a relatively smooth ride or a challenging series of events, acknowledge your experience as being the work of Source, no matter what your judgments, fears, or joys are. honor whatever has happened over previous several months with gratitude and forgiveness. then let it go. allow yourself some solitude so you can spend some quiet, slow time in reflection.
once you feel complete, reflect on your present life, especially focusing on what you are grateful for. when you are finished, consider what is to come- all the different possibilities and potential that exist before you. allow your imagination to roam without limitation or ambition and see what shows up. notice how you feel in your body with whatever scenario plays out in your mind. these are previews of that which is gestating, and can manifest and grow when cared for properly. patience and stillness is called for here, for just as the earth cycles have their own pace, so does this cycle.
so, there it is- my year in full view. i find it rather interesting, the cycles seem to be in tune with how i usually am feeling, and winter for the month of december, going inward and reflecting. for july i pulled number 14 which is a symbolic number for winter-orion and his death, and the card is for emotional stability and sobriety as well as healing. july will bring winters 20th anniversary on the other side, and i'm going to need assistance with it all. all in all i see lots of growth coming up, personally, spiritually, and in my art. i post this here in order to come back and reflect each month or in years to come.