I was looking for something simple to do for the New Year: not flashy, extensive, or OTT. Just a simple reflection on the previous year, and what I’d be bringing with me into 2013. Several people on the Aeclectic Tarot forum recommended this one, called First Footing, by Winterchild. I tried it with the Pamela Coleman Centenary Edition Deck, and was really pleased with the results:
Position 1: What you will leave behind in your footprints as you leave the old year: The Hanged Man
First thoughts about this card – “martyrdom”. Feeling strung up! Obviously there are a lot of more nuanced ways to interpret the Hanged Man – references to Odin, achievement of enlightenment through trials (hmm, there could be something to that; enlightenment after the discomfort of pregnancy?)
Leaving behind feelings of doing things against your will…
Leaving behind the drawn-out, self-indulgent search for meaning and enlightenment? (Er, and yes, there was a fair amount of this last year, I’m embarrassed to admit.)
Position 2: Your biggest path of growth this past year: Seven of Wands
Taking a stand; fending off demands of others. There’s a sort of stubbornness to this card, a defiance, that I like. (The Hanged Man has this too).
Wands: doing the “work thing” on my own terms. Not wanting to just do what everyone else does.
This ties in (in my mind) with the Hanged Man card. There was definitely a movement last year from feeling in limbo, in many different areas of my life, to taking charge and shaping the direction I wanted to move in. Position 1 to Position 2 shows this development, this positive action. I’m pleased with the progress I made here.
Position 3: What you will take with you as you step into the New Year: Ten of Cups
A feeling of abundance, of “happy families”.
Happiness in family, in having a wonderful home life. A secure emotional state that sets the stage for whatever challenges and changes are coming in the new year.
All in all, a movement from that solo, often unhappy search for meaning, to a state of being able to appreciate the abundance I already have. There’s definitely a lot to reflect on here, and to carry through with me in the coming months.
Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck By Pamela Coleman Smith Copyright © 2009 by US Games ISBN: 978-1572816398