Happy Winter Solstice/Yule! Another year is fast approaching so I figured I’d share one of my favourite Tarot spreads for divining the New Year. The thing I love most about the 12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread is that it covers every aspect of life since it is based on the Wheel of the Zodiac.
The 12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread also works really well together with your Tarot Year Card. Once you know your Tarot card for the Year ahead, you can either look for numerologically significant cards in your reading, or even place the year card in the centre of the Wheel. If you choose to do the latter, the 13th card you pull will represent the main challenge to the energy of your Year card. You can also choose to pull an Oracle card as your theme card, either on its own or read in conjunction with your theme card for the year.
If you are not familiar with the Signs/Houses of the Zodiac, the learning curve may be a bit steep for this Tarot spread but it will be well worth your while to persevere.
Before we delve into positional meanings for each of the 13 cards, I would like to make sure we proceed with a holistic view of the Zodiac Wheel. It is greater than the sum of its parts and there are many aspects and groupings to consider…
For instance, the angular houses (Cardinal signs) – first, fourth, seventh and 10th – contain the most active energy. The succedent houses (Fixed signs) – second, fifth, eighth and 11th – show you how security is challenged or enhanced. The cadent houses (Mutable signs) – third, sixth, ninth and 12th – have a focus on learning experiences.
Then we have the elemental groupings. In the Fire houses (1,5,9) you can discern clues about your identity and zest for/attitude toward life. In the Earth houses (2,6,10) you find out about your physicality, material needs/values, and abundance. In the Air houses (3,7,11) you learn about sharing of concepts and relating. In the Water houses (4,8,12), aka ‘the psychic trinity’ you learn about matters of the soul, emotional yearnings/obsessions and the past.
12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread – Positional Meanings
1 – First House (Aries): This card tells you how others will perceive you and what persona you project into the world in the year ahead. Confidence levels are reflected here, as are vitality levels. The corresponding Archangel is Camael.
2 – Second House (Taurus): Here you see what you will value and what makes you feel secure (or how you are challenged in feeling secure) in the next 12 months. Financial windfalls can show here too. The corresponding Archangel is Anael.
3 – Third House (Gemini): A mentally active house, this shows what my may think about, explore and communicate about with others in the year ahead. It can also show relationships with siblings and short journeys. The corresponding Archangel is Raphael.
4 – Fourth House (Cancer): This card shows home/family life for the year ahead. A potential house move would show here. The corresponding Archangel is Gabriel.
5 – Fifth House (Leo): This house deals with playfulness, hobbies, celebrations and our ability/willingness to take centre stage. Creative pursuits are shown here, as are possible pregnancies or relationships with children. The corresponding Archangel is Michael.
6 – Sixth House (Virgo): Here you can find out about your physical health and wellbeing, as well as work in the sense of the daily grind (career issues belong more in the 10th house). Exercise, nutrition and any suggestions about self-care would show in this card. The corresponding Archangel is Raphael.
7 – Seventh House (Libra): Your closest relationships, both loving and ones with enemies. Possible new love, engagement and marriage would show here. The corresponding Archangel is Anael.
8 – Eighth House (Scorpio): Endings, death, taxes and other people’s money show in this house. On a soul level, it can show deep emotional transformation and spiritually, you could see an initiation in this house. The corresponding Archangel is Azrael.
9 – Ninth House (Sagittarius): This card will reveal if you are destined for any form long distance travel, higher learning or getting published. Your beliefs in general are also reflected here. The corresponding Archangel is Sachiel.
10 – 10th House (Capricorn): Your status/reputation in society and any major career/life purpose changes will show in this card. This is where we can really make a difference in the lives of others with the work we do (if we have the required clarity of vision that can be gained in the preceding house). The corresponding Archangel is Cassiel.
11 – 11th House (Aquarius): This is the house of friendships, large groups of people and any humanitarian pursuits. Interaction with groups of people (or challenge to the same) is shown here. The corresponding Archangel is Uriel.
12 – 12th House (Pisces): Here lurk all the things we’d rather sweep under the carpet… the stuff that comes out in dreams and nightmares. Possible addictions or other self-destructive behaviour can be seen here. This house traditionally relates to institutions like prisons, insane asylums and hospitals. However, on a more positive note, massive leaps in psychic ability would typically show here too. The corresponding Archangel is Asariel.
13. Theme card: Shows the main lesson in the year ahead.
You can either pull a 13th Tarot card off the top of the deck you are working with for the 12 houses, or you can choose a separate deck (allowing for repetition). If two of the same cards show, you need to pay extra attention to the house where the theme card is mirrored in the year ahead. As mentioned above, you may also choose to place your Tarot Year Card (from a separate deck, allowing for repetition) in this position, and either leave it as is or pull one more card for the main challenge.
If you do NOT place your year card in the centre of the spread, any house where it shows up is also heavily emphasised. A third possibility is to choose an oracle card from your favourite Angel deck for a blessing for the year ahead. I know this softer approach will suit many of my HSP readers and I’m seriously thinking of doing just this as I have a XIII Death personal year in 2016.
Read all other cards in light of the theme card. Really take your time with this spread and go over the two different groupings mentioned above as well. There is SO much information to be had from a spread like this, and if you do it properly, you will have some massively helpful heads up on the highlighted areas.