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Ellen's Solstice Spread: Looking Ahead to the New Year

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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

come?

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Silverstar98121 Mon - Dec 29th 2008 6:19 pm

    Interesting sounding spread. I may have to try that one. As for this time, I’m planning a journey to see my father, who is in failing health. He has been for years, but is worsening. He, like me, doesn’t classify his health as bad, we just see our disabilities as inconveniences. But he is 89, and his heart is failing. So my journey this next year will probably be around losing my last parent. My mother died without much warning, so I didn’t have this prep time, and it threw me for a loop, especially coupled with my divorce, which I was in the middle of. I remember your dad. You lost him recently, I think. My condolences.

  • Dianne Sylvan Mon - Dec 29th 2008 7:35 pm

    I used this spread this evening with Brian Froud’s Faery Oracle, and the results were…startlingly accurate, although in grand Faery style I had to bend my brain around a little to understand what the cards were telling me. (For example, I drew the card of hope, reversed, as the #3 card, false hopes–obscured hope as false hope made my brain flail about on the floor for a while.) I’d recommend the spread to anyone seeking a little insight into both what’s gone by and what’s ahead.

  • Jeanne Tue - Dec 30th 2008 1:38 am

    Hi Joanna. Very interesting spread – I tried it last night using the Druidcraft Tarot and here is what came up for me – Blessings and hope – Jeanne x
    1. Which of my fears are likely false?
    Seven Of Swords – That “the end will justify the means” and that by using intellect and planning (overplanning usually) I will slip into scheming or manipulative behaviour. That the Trickster is about!
    2. Which of my fears are likely true?
    Four of Wands – Dynamism and energy are frustrated by the four walls of home, routines and life in general. Accept these circumstances and enjoy them, as fire needs air to breathe.
    3. Which of my hopes are likely false?
    Nine of Pentacles – That I will get a windfall or unearned income and no longer need to work for a living (not very likely) so don’t forget what matters in life.
    4. Which of my hopes are likely true?
    The Hanged Man – A deepening of experience, letting go and surrendering with no expectations or demands. Inner awareness and sensitivities are developing into deeper feelings leading to peace and understanding.
    5. Where shall I stand in stillness?
    Four of Cups – This is a fallow period, allowing creative juices to replenish before they flow again. Refresh yourself with the powers of Nature (always), meditation (have been meaning to look more at this) and ceremony, coming into a world born of imagination and feelings.
    6. Where shall I find movement and growth?
    Five of Wands – Make sure that creative and playful conflict with friends or colleagues does not escalate into a power struggle.
    7. How may I best embody Presence / Goodness / Goddess in the year to
    come?
    Two of Wands – By exploring energy and potential that a partnership holds , or that of two ideas, projects or feelings, step into a new world by this doorway to search for a deeper meaning.