I love the week between Yule and New Year's when the business world is still fairly quiet. Every year I mark the passage of "Time Out of Time" by doing a Life Review and setting goals for the New Year. (I've written more about this here.) This year, I'm taking the week off as a Creative Retreat. I'm not even working on the Gaian Tarot. Instead I'm playing with new mediums and techniques, with no expectations or deadlines. Just having fun with texture and color and pattern and symbol. Next week will be time enough to map out my projects and plans for the coming year.
How about you? How are you spending this most auspicious time?
Since I'll be taking a break from blogging this week, I thought I'd leave you with one more gift. I asked my friend Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creatrix of the fabulous and mysterious Tarot of the Crone, if I could share a new spread with you that she recently created. I haven't worked with it yet myself, but I'm looking forward to it. If you use this spread to read for yourself or a friend, please let us know what kind of insights came up for you.
A Blessed New Year to you all!
2008 Winter Solstice Spread
by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince
I created this spread after thinking of the many hopes and fears surrounding the coming year. There are seven cards in this spread, to invoke both the movement of the Chariot and the sacred number of the ancients, the number of heaven as apprehended by those on earth.
1. Which of my fears are likely false?
2. Which of my fears are likely true?
3. Which of my hopes are likely false?
4. Which of my hopes are likely true?
5. Where shall I stand in stillness?
6. Where shall I find movement and growth?
7. How may I best embody Presence / Goodness / Goddess in the year to