4 Card Winter Tarot Spread

Here is a simple 4-card tarot spread for the winter season.

Take a piece of paper and a pencil and jot down a few ideas about what you want to work on this winter. What’s the plan? What are you trying to accomplish? Where are you directing your energy? What is growing and developing within you? Who is helping you with your goals? When will you get there?

I don’t think I always have the answers but I know I always have questions. Can you answer any of these? Use your intuition before you do your own reading or look at the one I have here. You might be surprised by what you already know about your experience before you even look at any tarot cards.

Divided your tarot deck into three parts (Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, and Court cards).

Shuffle the Major Arcana and draw the first card. This will represent the theme for the winter months (the card at the bottom of the pile represents the summer months if you are curious to know where you will be in 6 months time based on how you direct your energy through the winter months). The Major Arcana card will address a major lesson and what you should be focusing on even if it seems in opposition to your goal. How can I get what I want if a challenging energy is blocking me? Is this part of the process? Where do I need to be right now? Who or what is helping me?

Shuffle the Minor Arcana and draw two cards and shuffle the Court cards and draw 1 card. These cards will tell you more about who or what will be influencing you through the winter months. Where are you in the spread? Is there another person involved in your story? 

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A sample reading or possible path forward. Does it resonate with you? Then it must be for you!

The Devil made me do it. I want it now. Impulsive actions do have consequences. Winter trial. Stop struggling. There is just one more thing I need to do before I can actually focus. I feel.

Some questions to ask yourself this winter: What is within your control? What happens when you compromise your values? What is the emotional undercurrent of the situation? How might anger or frustration be misdirected (at yourself or others)? What happens when you compromise with other people in your environment? What type of work meets your need for independence, autonomy and freedom and what type of work meets your needs for security, conformity, or safety?

The Devil will ask you: What does control mean to you? Sometimes there are circumstances that are beyond your control. Sometimes control makes people feel safe. Sometimes we have to work within conventional structures where control of the environment will ensure that everyone feels safe. How are you responsible to yourself and others?

The Devil and 9 of Swords ask questions about the emotional undercurrent coupled with reaction. Who do you resent? Who are you angry at or who is angry with you? Why are you frustrated? What are you worried about? What do you have control over? Here are some open-ended sentences. Take a piece of paper and pencil and jot down whatever comes to mind. You might find you have some answers in the end.

I resent…

I get angry when…

I’m scared of…

I’m frustrated by…

I want you to…

I feel safe when I…

I don’t feel safe when you…

I don’t like it when…

I like it when…

I feel powerful when…

I empower myself by…

You have a lot on your mind. You have so many worries your brain is active and spinning story after story. The story you tell yourself might go something like this:

I resent people who try to control. I get angry when my plans must be put on hold for other people or because of life circumstances. I’m scared of not having freedom and autonomy. I’m frustrated by people who bully or are dishonest. I want you to help me, but I can’t ask for the help. I feel safe when I have control of my life circumstances and I have my security and safety needs met. I don’t feel safe relying on your passion projects to generate income. I don’t like it when you don’t worry about money. I like it when you share. I feel powerful when I’m able to provide for everyone. I empower myself by working.

If you let some of your worries go, your story might go something like this:

I am a visionary and I use my vision in the world to create my own success and it provides for myself and my family.  I exist within this conventional formula where I have to work more than one job, go to school, pay rent, buy groceries, take care of myself and the people around me. I do not feel victimized by life circumstances. I see the humor in not being able to get exactly what I want when I want it because if I did life would be boring. I am not tied to anyone or anything. I get to choose the people who exist within my world. The people around me value my autonomy, hard-working sensibility and flexibility and know I am a powerful person.  I am connected to people in my environment. I am responsible for myself and other people because I am an adult. I have control of my day-to-day attitude and I bring humor and fun to my environment. I exist within a conventional experience because it provides me with opportunity, structure and connections. I maintain healthy boundaries with myself and those around me.

Looking towards the summer months I see the Hierophant. Let’s see what you learn about yourself over the winter months and how your self concept might change as you work on healthy boundaries and gain the type of freedom you require.

I have some ideas but you have the answers. What I am writing is just a framework for you to discover more about yourself. Continue the story for yourself.

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*I used the Morgan Greer Tarot deck.

Free Tarot Reading: Lessons from the Trammps and Robert Frost

A tarot reading for someone out there! Is it you?

The Tower     The Chariot     Queen of Swords

Burn it down to the ground, baby!

The 3 D’s: Desire, Determination, and Direction

Good fences make good neighbors

Let’s break it down, shall we? 

Oh boy! When I see the Tower in a reading I immediately think Anarchy! Or, I at least think of the song, Disco Inferno (listen to the Trammps version here). I know, little anarchists everywhere are bristling at the comparison between the status quo being burned to the ground and a disco reference, but I’m doing it!

When you are presented with the Tower you must: think on your feet, look for humor or deeper meaning where you can get, and rise above judgment by taking a risk to get things moving again.

The presence of the Tower implies something is coming your way that will shake things up and some type of change will make a lasting impression.  Are you moving? Did you lose your job? Did you get injured? Did someone close to you get hurt?  The good news is dramatic events can be very enlightening. Sometimes seemingly unfortunate events manage to steer you in the right direction, but with fresh insight and a new sense of freedom. When your house is on fire, sometimes the only thing you can do is watch it burn, but the one thing that is usually left is the foundation. You can use this foundation to build something new. How can you prepare yourself for the challenge of real change? How do you want your life to really look?

It is no surprise to see the Chariot in this reading as we are in full swing with the Year of the Horse. The Chariot card comes up for people all the freakin’ time. The lesson: You are in the driver’s seat now and you are being pushed to own your power. When obsolete structures are removed what do you see? Is the path clear? It will be necessary for you to react with some haste. Sometimes you just need to get out of your own way. The presence of the Chariot card implies that you are in control and have the ability to chart a course that has power and meaning. It’s time to set things in motion. The Tower experience might be the catalyst that you needed to move forward. The time to respond is now.

The presence of the Queen of Swords implies that you can look at your life events with honesty and humor. The Queen of Swords is a breath of fresh air because she doesn’t mince words, she calls it like she sees it and sometimes that is exactly what is needed. You can trust that she will handle any situation with integrity.

Some friendly advice: If you are presented with a situation in which you must communicate with someone who has different ideas or values than you, it’s going to be important for you to be clear, direct, and concentrate on the facts. You don’t have to lay all of your cards on the table; choose your words carefully and model appropriate behavior using key social skills. Think neutrality, listen respectfully and be courteous.

The expression, “good fences make good neighbors” comes to mind, as it is brought to life in Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, in which two neighbors come together to repair a wall, but the implication is they come from different walks of life. In my mind, the wall is a great metaphor that reminds us to maintain healthy boundaries by meeting in a neutral location and upholding some social niceties. What would a good neighbor do? When you are put into a position to fix what is broken, do you take the bull by the horns and get the job done? Where are healthy boundaries necessary and important in your relationships?

Are you a good neighbor (friend, coworker, sister)? When a necessary structure in life is altered do you patch it up to look the same or do you create something entirely new? If you are building something with another person, do you respect their ideas and values? How do clear boundaries help you and when do they get in your way?