There's nothing like a brand new calendar to give a sense of determination and optimism. It's a new year! With no mistakes in it! Yeah! There is the temptation (or peer pressure) to make resolutions…to start something or quit something or do something.
Before you go too far, though, take a few minutes and analyze where you are at. Take a look at the last year before jumping into a new one. You'll want to see what you've accomplished and learned…and what you haven't, before you make too many plans.
Year End Wrap Up
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You draw one card at random (or you can go in order through the deck if you like). You will spend three days, or three journaling sessions with it. Focus as much as you can on the actual image. So often, we just glance at the name of the card and forget that the art is an important part of the experience.
On the first day, explore the card as if it were an event. If the card were an event, what would it be? You can, of course, start with whatever is pictured on the card, but expand that, considering events in your own that relate.
On the second day, imagine the card as a feeling. Look at the card and feel empathy for the character or characters. Don't worry about what caused the feeling, just the feeling itself.
On the third day, think about the card as an action. Again, the action, if any, on the card is a good starting point, but expand that to actions that you might take in your daily life.
These ideas are just starting points and a way to get to know the variances and nuances of each card. You can make up your own areas of focus, even expand the number of them. Why not spend a week or a month with a card? Okay, maybe a month is a bit much, isn't it?
Barbara Moore (Saint Paul, MN) has studied and read tarot since the early 1990s. She wrote the bestselling Tarot for Beginners and more than a dozen other books, and she has contributed to many bestselling tarot kits, ...