Should you get a New Year Tarot reading? It really depends on what you want to achieve.
The New Year is viewed as a time of new starts. We make resolutions and set goals. We plan for the year ahead, and then, it mostly goes awry, doesn’t it? We go to the gym for a few months (weeks, days) and then stop. We forget about our resolutions. We ignore our goals.
New Years is Arbitrary
January 1st is an arbitrary division in the Wheel of the Year. Our ancestors had a different view of the year than we did. They appeared to celebrate the year from season to season or festival to festival. In Western traditions, the year was divided into at least 8 major festivals and the most significant turning of the year was at Winter Solstice or Yule when the night was the longest.
Dividing the year into eight produces more manageable periods of time for goals and resolutions. Between Winter Solstice (December 21st) and Imbolc or Candlemas (evening of February 1 to 2), there are 42 days. Just 42 days to start a new habit and then reflect on if it is working and start again.
According to this article, it takes an average of 62 days for a new habit to become automatic. Forty-two days is an ideal time to check-in. Is the habit working? How has it changed your life? Do you want to continue?
February 1st is also about halfway through the first fiscal quarter, a good time to reassess how business changes are progressing. And, for me at least, February is a difficult month. Here in the inland Pacific Northwest it is a dreary, cold, grey time; a good time to reassess and try something new.
New Year Tarot Reading
I do not perform a New Year Tarot Reading for myself. I feel that the period is too long, the future is too much in motion for accuracy, and I tend to forget about it quickly.
Instead of a New Year Tarot Reading, I do a Winter Solstice reading, just checking in with the Tarot. I usually just ask “What do I need to be working on this winter?” On New Year’s Eve I do my usual monthly look-ahead. It tells me what I can expect in the next month, what themes or lessons I can expect to come my way, and what I need to focus on.
Every month I do a monthly reading which helps me organize my month and reminds me to do some self-care. Usually, the question is just a variation of “What do I need to concentrate on this month?” Sometimes, I’ll be more specific. Back in October I was feeling overwhelmed and asked “How can I manage my work and study load better this month”? At the beginning of this month, I asked “What do I need to know about celebrating the holidays this year?” I find my monthly reading is usually really deep and interesting.
I also do a three-card spread on Sunday for the week ahead. It works as a kind of preview for the week and is done before I take a look at my calendar and to-do list and plan out my week. (I’m a fan of David Allen’s GTD method). This reading always seems to be more practical and literal than my monthly readings.
Eight times a year, during the traditional festivals of Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, May Day, Summer Solstice, Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox, and Samhain I do a reading. These readings tend to be very deep, dealing with themes and spiritual issues. I find these to be extremely helpful in my personal spiritual growth.
New Year Tarot Reading: Should You Get One?
Skip the New Year resolution and 12-month New Year Tarot reading. Scale back and treat yourself to monthly readings instead. They are less expensive, easier to digest, more accurate, and just more manageable.