Guest Author - Christin Sander
Calendar spreads are great for birthdays or personal reflection whenever you have a lot of changes occurring and want to see the direction certain influences may be carrying you. This spread can go month to month or for Astrology fans, do it by sign.
A card is placed in the center of the table first. This is your significator for the year and shows the overall energy that surrounds you and will be of significance throughout the year ahead. Starting at the top and forming a circle in a clockwise direction, place 12 cards for the year ahead.
While doing this spread also look for important secondary factors. For example, do you notice a large amount of a particular number showing up? If so, that particular number or numbers may hold a significant influence for the year ahead. Check the particular meanings of those numbers to see what influences they might hold. A good place to view number meanings is Soul Numerology where you can view individual number meanings and also calculate your own personal numerology numbers. Combined your numbers with this Tarot card spread can give you a more in-depth look at influences for the coming year.
Another thing to look for in calendar spreads are cycles. These can be a bit more tricky for those who don't do this kind of spread regularly. Over the years I've found that you can also spot cyclical patterns for example someone who is in an unstable career path or who has difficulty balancing their budget may have cards that show spikes and dips in financial areas. Other times, you'll notice patterns where many cards in a row or most of the cards in the spread are reversed. As a whole, this tends to indicate one who is misdirecting their energies or who needs to set themselves as a priority at this time. The abundance of reversals can point to issues like declining health, anxiety, depression or larger than normal degrees of stress.
If you draw one of these spreads and see a large number of Major Arcana cards, especially if the center one is also one of the majors, chances are this is a year of extreme importance for personal growth as well. Major Arcana always point to events of importance where the questioner is being given the opportunity to grow into more of their strengths and overcome more of their challenges.
If you'd like to learn more about Tarot, including several free spreads, card meanings, how to get started, and more be sure to view my free list of Tarot lessons on my blog. This list includes all of my BellaOnline content also, arranged neatly by subject. This list is added to regularly and can be viewed at Christin's Blog