Yesterday, I published this link for all the personal and spiritual development Tarot spreads I have created over the years (a LOT!) on the Facebook page. One of the followers asked if I had published a Birthday Tarot Spread. I haven’t, so I told her which spread I normally use for the solar return, i.e. the 12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread.
And then I got this niggling feeling that I should create a Birthday Tarot Spread… Not just any birthday Tarot spread… not one about wishes and manifesting (I have already created spreads for that)… but one that makes you dig a bit deeper and connects you intimately with your Tarot Year Card.
The result is the Tarot Spread you see above. I chose a theme of masks because it may be helpful to contemplate that each year we have another chance to adjust and align our personality with our True Self, which some call the Higher Self and others the God-self. And this is how you do it:
***Create sacred space and bring your journal or a recording device with you in that space, along with your tarot deck(s).
***Say a prayer for spiritual guidance. You can speak freely from your heart or say something like…
Holy Mother Father God, thank you for another year. Please guide and protect me as I do this reading for my next revolution around the Sun. Grant me wisdom and understanding. Help me find the courage to act on the understanding I gain, for the benefit and highest good of All. Amen/So mote it be
*** Locate you Tarot Year Card. You may or may not wish to use a separate deck for this to allow for a repeat of the Year card in the spread. I recommend using a visually appealing deck as you will spend a few moments meditating with this card before you proceed.
*** Lay the remaining four cards out according to the layout in the image above. Note which cards resonate with the energy of your Year Card and which cards jar. What is the Elemental balance? Are there any repeating numbers? What is the immediate emotional impact of all the cards? Where in the body do you feel this impact?
Write down your answers and the proceed with interpreting the individual cards.
I suggest taking your time with this reading and either leaving it out on your altar or taking a picture with your smart phone, so that you can come back to the reading for more/deeper insights into the dynamic you will be grappling with over the next 12 months.
- Year card. This card tells you what the main spiritual lesson is for you in the year ahead. If you are not familiar with the card meanings, you can either go to the categories drop down menu in the sidebar and locate your year card there to read up on the meaning… or you can download a FREE keywords and correspondences PDF HERE. Angelic correspondences are included in this PDF, for those of you who wish to know your archangelic guardian for the year ahead. There is also a video library, where you can locate your Year Card if you wish to listen to an in-depth description of your card.
- Area of life most affected. This card tells you if the heaviest impact of year card energy will fall in work/money (Pentacles), problem resolution/writing/communication (Swords), relationships/psychic development (Cups), vitality levels/creative inspiration (Wands) or be tied in with another spiritual lesson (Major Arcana).
- Aspect of you that will be most challenged. This is a personality trait, habit or thought pattern that creates resistance to the kind of change wanting to happen in the space of your Year Card.
- Avoid – self-explanatory
- Do more of this – also self-explanatory
Feel free to ask if you have any questions after giving this Tarot spread a whirl. As usual, I invite you to share your own interpretation and to ask about any card(s) you may feel stuck on.
Happy Birthday and many happy returns if you are reading this on your Big Day! 🙂