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One-Year Tarot Spread

One example of a traditional tarot spread is the One-Year Tarot Spread. To do this spread, you pull one card for each month, starting with January, and finishing with December. I like to pull a thirteenth card to represent the “overall vibe” of my year.

Usually, this spread is done once a year in early January, but you can try it whenever you feel like you need guidance for the next twelve months. Just pull twelve cards, starting with the current month. Visually, the cards are positioned in a circle like the numbers on a clock, with the thirteenth card right in the middle.

I pull this spread for myself every year in January, and I make sure to take a picture of my spread to refer to as the months go by. Sometimes the cards are spot on. Other times, the cards don’t seem to fit my reality—and that’s ok. I believe that the future isn’t set in stone. That’s one reason I love this spread—it gives me guidance for my year ahead. If I see something in my one-year spread that upsets me, I change my behavior in hopes I don’t have to experience the thing that that cards predicted.

You can also pull multiple One-Year Tarot Spreads by specifying what area of your life you’d like guidance on, such as career, love, family, finances or spiritual growth.

 

The Famous Celtic Cross Spread

If you’ve never done the Celtic Cross Spread, I recommend using it to do a reading for yourself at least once before you try to read it for others. It’s thorough, highly insightful, but also one of the most challenging spreads to analyze. It also requires you to pull and interpret ten cards at once—and more if you get any “jumper” cards as you’re drawing.

Keep in mind there are many different versions of the Celtic Cross Spread. Feel free to use whatever take on this iconic spread you like the best.

 

Here’s the version of the Celtic Cross Spread that I use most frequently:

Card #1: What you’re dealing with right now

Card #2: What is your biggest obstacle?

Note: The relationship between card #1 and card #2 is the most important part of this spread. Pay close attention to these two cards and the dynamic at play between the two of them.

Card #3 What led you to this current situation?

Card #4 How this situation will change in the future

Card #5 How you hope to conquer this issue

Card #6 Subconsciously, how you believe you’ll overcome this issue

Note: This card is sometimes tricky to interpret. Since it deals with the subconscious, this might be completely new information to you (or whoever you’re reading for).

Card #7: Guidance on how to move forward in the best possible way

Card #8: What other factors are at play in this situation?

Card #9 What are your hopes and fears around this goal?

Card #10 What is the outcome?

 

Example Celtic Cross Spread Interpretation:

Card #1: What you’re dealing with right now

Knight of Cups: creativity and passion

The cups suit is about feelings and relationships. The knight of cups makes me think of someone who is charming, makes decisions based on the heart rather than the head, who is artistic, and a maybe bit showy. I think this has to do with my desire to grow my online business. My online business is both creative and spiritual for me, and I tend to feel a lot of passion around it.

 

Card #2: What is your biggest obstacle?

The Hermit: connecting with intuition, honoring my spirituality

In this position, I’m interpreting the Hermit as my biggest obstacle keeping me from moving forward with my business. It’s difficult for me to balance my alone time with my other commitments. This card reminds me that I need to make more time for myself to reconnect with my intuition.

 

Card #3 What led you to this current situation?

Three of Swords: pain, heartbreak, sadness

Before I started my online business, I worked for a company that wasn’t a good fit for my personality. I ended up feeling burned out and disillusioned. That lead to me setting new career goals and starting a business.

 

Card #4 How this situation will change in the future

Three of Wands: Long-term vision

This makes me think my focus will be on an overall vision for my business rather than getting bogged down by details.

 

Card #5 How you hope to conquer this issue

Six of Wands: Victory and success

This is a card of success and celebration. I think the key to me getting ahead is to stop and celebrate my business breakthroughs instead of going straight into a new goal.

 

Card #6: Subconsciously, how you believe you’ve overcome this issue

Page of Pentacles: Financial opportunity, a new project

This is really interesting. In this position, I read this card as making slow, and steady progress. This is a card about doing things in a methodical, tried-and-true manner. I find this encouraging. I don’t have to get everything done fast. I can move at my own pace, and let things unfold at the right time.

 

Card #7: Guidance on how to move forward in the best possible way

Four of Pentacles: material wealth, control, greed

This card points to slow and steady financial gain, with the warning to not get too caught up in the money. I need to remember what I love about my business and why I started it in the first place.

 

Card #8: What other factors are at play in this situation?

Eight of Swords: trapped, isolated

I read this as a warning to trust in my abilities. I need to remind myself that no matter what, there is always a solution. There is always an option. I’m never trapped in a negative situation.

 

Card #9 What are your hopes and fears around this goal?

Two of Pentacles: balancing, juggling different commitments

My fear seems to be that I might be taking on too much work and having trouble balancing it all.

 

Card #10 What is the outcome?

Page of Swords: Ideas, energy, problem-solving

This is an encouraging card, giving the context in this reading. If I remain curious, energetic and innovative, I’ll keep growing my business. Despite struggles, this card implies I’ll stay the course and be persistent in achieving my goals and dreams.

 

Goal Setting Spread:

Card #1: Where am I at with my goal?

Card #2: What am I doing right?

Card #3: How can I do better?

Card #4: Where can I find support in achieving my goal? (Or who in my life can support me in achieving my goal?)

Card #5: What action can I take right now towards my goal?

Card #6: What kind of energy do I need to achieve my goal?

Card #7: What is the outcome if I continue on this path?

 

Relationship Spread

(For all kinds of relationships)

Card #1: What energy do I bring to this relationship?

Card #2: What energy does the other person bring to this relationship?

Card #3: How I view this person

Card #4: How this person views me

Card #5: How I feel about this relationship subconsciously

Card #6: How this person feels about the relationship subconsciously

Card #7: What is the current dynamic of the relationship?

Card #8: Given the current circumstances, what is the outcome of this relationship?

 

Habit Breaking Tarot Spread

Card #1 What must I stop doing?

Card #2 What will my biggest struggle be as go through this process?

Card #3 What personal qualities must I take on to stop this habit?

Card #4 What specific action must I take to stop this habit?

Card #5 What positive habit can I replace this with?

Card #6 What is the outcome of my efforts?