Today is my birthday 🎉, and instead of doing a daily card I decided that I would give myself a bigger challenge and in turn learn a little more about myself and the year to come. So I popped over to Little Red Tarot, my go to for all things tarot related and decided that I would do Beth’s New Years Spread, for your birthday is truly the beginning of a personal New Year 😃. And as you can see Cosmo decided he would like to help out 😊
While there are 10 cards in the picture above this is actually a 5 position spread. Beth constructed it with the interactions between cards in mind, how their energies support each other or if they show any tension/conflict.
Position 1: Centre – What is surrounding you right now?
Four of Cups | Three of Cups | Judgement
This is so true. I have been feeling really dissatisfied lately, a sense of boredom in my day to day life has set in and like the mermaid in the Four of Cups I have lost interest in what was previously a safe and happy place for me. Dissatisfaction is a bit of a double edged sword, in one respect it can spur us on and encourage us to imagine things differently, but on the other hand when paired with boredom and apathy it can drag us into the deepest of negative energies.
What I see here however is that there is a way out. The cups that the Sylph’s are carrying in the Four are representative of what the outside world has to offer if we can escape the apathy and boredom that plague us. I believe they are trying to show me that the way out is through the joy and exuberance that comes from spending time with friends. They link quite well to the Siren’s in the Three of Cups. While there has been an overarching Four of Cups dissatisfaction in my life lately, there has also been a lot of the Three’s energies, which I have sometimes missed as a result of my absorption in the Four. Not only that but there are new friendships in my life right now which are growing and have strengthened despite this process.
And Judgement. An opportunity for rebirth. Deciding what it is I really want. Letting go of the last phase of my life in order to move forward. I see where your going with this Shadowscapes 😝.
Position 2: Dusk – What is leaving your life at the end of this year?
Ace of Pentacles | Ten of Wands
Interesting combination here. I believe the Ace of Pentacles here is suggesting the stability that I have gained through my full time job. As a result of working full time I have had to stop pursuing my acting career. Well at least for the time being. For the first 6 months or so this was fine, the large pay check each week was exciting, and I was able to do a lot with the money, but I wasn’t pursuing my dreams. My passion no longer had an outlet and I believe that, along with the shakeup of losing my relationship, this is one of the main reasons why the Four of Cups‘ energies are so prominent at this stage in my life. And when I link this to the Judgement card, I feel that it is trying to tell me that I need to decide if it is the stability and prosperity I gain from my job or my soul’s call that is important.
And as for the Ten of Wands, well this card has been a little bit of a stalker of mine over the last couple of months. I wrote about it here and here. I have to say I am so very happy to see the Dryad in the dusk position. I really do have a tendancy to overextend myself and I have been carrying my sadness and loneliness as a burden. So it is time to let it go, for truely I have so many wonderful people in my life, the Three of Cups is in the Centre after all. Also, linking the Ten to the Ace, you could say that the need for monetary prosperity has become too much of a burden and in turn its value is slowly lessening.
Position 3: Horizon – What is coming into your life as you move into this next year?
Page of Pentacles | King of Pentacles
Woah. These are big cards for my horizon. The Page of Pentacles has found the essence of something. Something that she sees great potential in. She has a dream and the ability to mold the physical world around her, apply the tools at hand and use her practicality to make something out of her dream. She is also often seen as a messenger bringing an opportunity for prosperity. I find this quite interesting when linking it to the card drawn in the opposite position. The Ace of Pentacles. So one opportunity for prosperity is on its way out, possibly in the form of my current employment, and in its place comes another. However I believe that this one is more closely linked to my dreams and desires. Which is quite exciting 😊.
And as for the King, could this be saying that if I go with the cards suggestions, then I will eventually find true stability and groundedness. This King is as much a part of his environment as he is a seperate entity. He has a stability that comes from being one with your surroundings, the strength of an oak, and the drive of the dragon. I would love a little more of each of those things as I progress through this next year of my life.
Position 4: Focus – Where to focus your energy in the New Year?
Strength | Six of Cups
I think this is saying that I need to focus on developing inner strength. Strength to me represents inner determination. The ability to soothe a situation with a calm forbearance. In the Shadowscapes card we see many representations of strength. The brute force of tooth and claw in the Lion, the fierce protectiveness of the Swan, the hidden flexibility and strength of the Bamboo, the steady strength of an Oak in the acorn, and finally the quieting controlling influence of the Woman. Her form of strength can be respected without being feared. Patience, compassion, inner stability and courage are traits which I will take from this card and work on over the next year.
And the Six of Cups, happy memories, goodwill, and getting in touch with my inner child. These are perfect things to focus on. Getting back to a happier place by looking to what has made me happy in the past. But not getting stuck in the memories. Moving forward with a sense of simple contentment and being open to the goodness that surrounds me.
Position 5: Tool – A resource you can draw upon to help you.
Seven of Wands
Convictions. An ability to stand up for what you believe in and not let others’ opinions or beliefs sway you. The Seven to me is about standing up for what you believe in, having something dear to you which you would protect with your life, and not letting anyone or anything get in your way. So maybe this is telling me to start believing in myself again, to go after what I want and stop letting other people’s opinions have such an affect on my choices.
So overall I feel as if this reading has solidified some thoughts I’ve been having for awhile now. That my life is my own, that I create my happiness by the choices I make, and that if I am not happy in my current situation there are always ways around it. Look to my friends for their energy keeps me joyous. Spend some time thinking about what I really want to be doing, and then once the plans are made, go for it! And while this is happening establish my inner strength and who I wish to be. That happy bubbly person I once was with a strength to endure anything, who is still here inside me.
Thanks for this birthday blessing Shadowscapes, I couldn’t have asked for more 🙂
Until next time, live well xx