2017 Year Review and What to Expect in 2018

My 2017 Year Review and Cards for 2018

2017 Year Review and What to Expect in 2018

Happy New Year, my friends! It’s great to be back to work. Because my mother is in palliative care and took a turn for the worse, I went to visit her in Sweden last week. (I’m so grateful I got to see her before it was too late!) This in turn meant that I couldn’t keep up with my own 2017 Year Review challenge, so the first post of the New Year is me sharing the last ten days of this challenge. You can find all days and posts from everyone who did the challenge on Instagram HERE.

I’m repeating the last couple of cards that I completed on Instagram for context and so that the rest of the prompts make sense here. The focus of the final ten days is all on the Tarot cards for the year ahead.

My 2018 Tarot Year Card

Day 22 of the 2017 Year Review The Devil Tarot Card

22. This is my Tarot Year Card for 2018 and this is how I feel about it now…

The Devil stares back at me and it’s hard to not get an oppressive feeling. This is going to be a year filled with difficult challenges no doubt… I stare back and dig my heels in. I’m going to do my best and my best is always going to be good enough.

The Devil is not ever someone or something I see in or project onto others. I simply don’t see the point in scapegoating. I feel sorry for those poor souls who see ‘The Enemy,’ demons, lower energy and indeed the devil himself in other people.
Seeing the devil inside myself is useful, however. There is a beast in me that needs tempering and taming, for sure. I neither fear nor hate that side of me though. It’s another of Nature’s beasts and in the end, the tests and trials I’m put through because of it serve to make me wiser as well as stronger.

The Devil corresponds with Capricorn energy according to the Golden Dawn system of correspondences. The ruler of Capricorn, Saturn, just moved into its own sign, where it will remain for all of 2018. So yeah, this Cappie gal has a very ‘Capricorny’ year ahead and while I know it isn’t going to be easy, I know it will be worth it because I’ve never shied away from hard work.

Find out how to calculate your own Tarot Year Card for 2018 HERE.

Day 23 of the 2017 Year Review Knight of Pentacles Tarot Card

23. The biggest challenge the 2018 year card will bring is in the area of…

The biggest challenge my 2018 Tarot year card will bring is in the area of… Work/the daily grind. Any time I need to persevere. The limits of my perseverance will be tested. The Knight of Pentacles is Fixed Earth/Taurus in the system I work with and interestingly I do have Saturn (The Devil) in Taurus in my birth chart.

2017 Year Review Day 24 The Fool Tarot Card

24. I have already mastered this lesson related to my Tarot year card…

The Fool Tells me that the emotional freedom aspect of The Devil challenge is one I won’t struggle with too much. Phew!

2017 Year Review The Empress Tarot Card

25. This inner strength will help me overcome the main challenge related to the Tarot year card…

My ability to nurture that which needs to be nurtured and also to come up with creative solutions to the problems I encounter. The Empress also happens to be my Soul Card. This card also makes me think of my own mother who is in palliative care. All that I learned from her and my maternal bloodline will be a source of strength this year.

2017 Year Review 8 of Swords Tarot Card

26. What outside support and resources I can draw on to help me overcome my biggest challenge in 2018…

The 8 of Swords doesn’t look very helpful but this is Jupiter in Gemini energy. Jupiter is an energy that seeks to expand and Gemini is a great communicator. If I can manage to communicate what I have to offer as well as what I need, I will do OK. I need to make sure I don’t end up spending too much time online though.

My 2018 Focus Word

2017 Year Review 9 of Wands Tarot Card

27. My focus word for 2018 is __________ and the Tarot card that relates to it is…

I’m choosing discernment as my focus word for 2018. I’m done with blind faith in whatever soothes and sounds good. There have been some hardwon lessons around that in 2017 and the 9 of Wands is a good reminder to be mindful of those experiences. Trust has to be earned in the future. I will never again trust a spiritual teacher just because they are famous and well-liked by many and/or because they have a good PR machine behind them.

Lucky in 2018?

2017 Year Review 5 of Pentacles Tarot Card

28. In 2018 I will be most lucky in the area of…

The 5 of Pentacles is – on the positive side – a card of support. In 2017, I started the process of relying more on the support of others… of opening up to receive that way… And I found that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be to be at the receiving end, though my pride told me it would be. I will feel very lucky indeed if 2018 turns out to be a year of receiving as well as giving support. Life can be very hard and we need each other.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

What I Need to Focus on in 2018

2017 Year Review 8 of Swords Tarot Card

29. In 2018, I need to focus on this with regards to my career…

I need clarity of vision with regards to where I should focus my efforts. I don’t want to repeat the mistake of spreading myself too thin online. I’ve already deleted my YouTube channel and there may be other platforms I need to step down from.

2017 Year Review 3 of Cups Tarot Card

30. In 2018, I need to focus on this with regards to my relationships…

Finding some real life friends that I can have fun with. Having spent a lot of time online since my move in 2014 and not having connected with anyone local on a deeper level, I feel the time has come to start expanding my social network. I have a cunning plan…

2017 Year Review 7 of Wands Tarot Card

31. In 2018, I need to focus on this with regards to my health…

I need to be more disciplined. I have been giving in to temptation too easily in 2017. The 7’s in the Tarot all relate to The Chariot and willpower in one form or another. The 7 of Wands (Mars in Leo) also speaks to me of a need for movement and especially strength training and dance.





PS. The Tarot deck I have chosen to work with here is the Pamela Coleman Smith RWS Tarot by Lo Scarabeo.