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    Wheel of the Year/Pagan Spreads

    Sacred Days of Yule

    This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to enjoy and enrich your passage

    through the twelve festive days from December 20th to 31st. The meaning of each card

    in the spread reflects the energy of the festivity associated with each of the twelve days.

    1. Mother Night of Dreams: -Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular

    message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night

    foretold some of the important events in the coming year.

    2. Yule - Winter Solstice: -Dec 21stThis card shows us how best to connect to the Light

    within and without - it symbolizes the Birth of the Sun.

    3. The Time of Beth: -Dec 22ndThis card points to the inner blocks and resistance that

    is holding us back from following our dreams.

    4. Hopi Time of RenewalDec 23rdThis card indicates the best way for us to seek

    purification and renewal, and to build tolerance for others.

    5. Feast of Mothers, Christmas Eve: -Dec 24th This card shows how we can connect

    with the spirits of our ancestors for communion and to ask for wisdom and guidance. Itis also a time for Christians to reflect on the birth of Christ.

    6. Festival of Life, Christmas: -Dec 25th This card shows us how to connect directly with

    Spirit.

    7. Yuletide, Kwanzaa: -Dec 26th This card shows us how to express nurturance, to

    attend to our families and to express the protective energy within us towards others.

    8. Birth of Freyja: -Dec 27th This card points to issues of love, luck, artistic and creativeexpression and female wisdom.

    9. Feast of Alcyone: -Dec 28th This card gives us a personal inner message - one that

    speaks directly to our heart and spirit.

    10. Day of Nymphs -Dec 29th This card encourages us to connect to our playful side,

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    our inner child and how best to cultivate this aspect of ourselves.

    11. Day of Rest: -Dec 30th This card shows us how to walk our path in a relaxed and

    confident way....with the ability to deal with stressful situations in a philosophical,

    detached way.

    12. New Year's Eve, Hogmanay -Dec 31stThis card shows us how to release the old and

    let in the new. This relates to both our external lives and our inner being.

    Directions:

    This spread is unique from other spreads - it is done one card at a time, over the course

    of twelve days. Each card is meant to be drawn and reflected upon as a separate entity,

    with a special unique message for the particular sacred day.

    Select a quiet consistent time of day to draw each card over the twelve days if you can.Considering the busyness of the season, this could be a challenge.

    Each day, draw one card from your tarot deck and lay it on the appropriate spoke of the

    wheel. Reflect on each card and glean the message it has for you, according to the

    meanings given above.

    By New Year's Eve your wheel will be full with the drawn twelve cards. Reflect on the

    overall meaning of these twelve cards as a whole and write down your impressions of the

    message being given for the coming year.

    Winter Solstice Spread

    by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince

    I created this spread after thinking of the many hopes and fears surrounding the comingyear. There are seven cards in this spread, to invoke both the movement of the Chariotand the sacred number of the ancients, the number of heaven as apprehended by thoseon 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 tocome?

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    Wheel of Life

    This one is based on the Wiccan Sabbats and comes from the wonderful book "TarotGames".

    1. Yule. Renewal. Your hopes, areas of blockage you need to free up to return to life.2. Imbolc. Planting ideas. Information and be- ginnings. What ideas come to mind?3. Ostara. Patterns of growth. Are there weeds in your life? What will you nurture?4. Beltane. Fertility and sexuality. How do you relate to your sexuality?5. Litha. Brightness. How do you share yourself and your gifts with others?6 . Lughnasad. Reaping what you sew. What you need to concentrate on for success.7. Mabon. What are you grateful for? What do you need to shed to embracethankfulness?8. Samhain. Introspection. Stilling the self to listen to an inner voice.9 . You. Where you're at right now. The influence causing the reading.

    Wheel of the Year Tarot Spread

    by Kim HuggensThis spread is designed for use as a "What's in store for me this coming year?" spread,but it is slightly different from your usual month-by-month round-up spread. Instead ofhaving cards representing each month of the year, and instead of looking at specificevents that will happen in the querent's life each month, this spread does not pay anyattention to dates or months. It focuses on the themes that will run through thequerent's life for the next twelve months, and can also be used at any time of the year. Ihave found it to be most effective when done on birthdays or New Year's Eve, and it

    makes a very nice 'gift reading' for a close friend.

    This spread is based on the Pagan 'Wheel of the Year.' The use of the eight festivals hereis are used as representations of concepts, just like we might use the different growthstages of a flower to represent different aspects of our lives. Even though the spread isbased around concepts and festivals that have associations with dates and months of theyear, this spread does not address when the events are going to happen. So, even if lotsof cards that indicate transition appear at Imbolc, it does not mean that transition willoccur around February 1st in the querent's life!

    The Wheel of the Year spread is most useful for Pagan or Wiccan querents, though for

    querents who are unfamiliar with the concept of the Wheel of the Year, simpleexplanations about what each festival represents should be provided.There are three cards for each part or position of the spread, and there are eightpositions or parts. Since Yule represents the birth of the Sun from the depths of Winter,I begin the reading with that holiday.

    Yule/Winter Solstice: Three cards. Yule is the time of the rebirth of the Sun from the

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    depths and darkness of Winter, and so these three cards indicate that which will be borninto the querent's life during this year, the new beginnings and projects, or the suddenbirth of ideas, feelings, and aspects of the self.

    Imbolc: Three cards. Imbolc is the time of the first stirring of the earth from beneath

    the Winter snows, and the rekindling of the flame of life. These three cards indicate thatwhich will begin to grow in the querent's life in the coming year, but will not bear fruitfully for quite some time. That which will bud but not flower, that which is in the veryfirst stages of creation, and that which will 'simmer under the surface' in the querent'slife.

    Ostara/Spring Equinox: Three cards. This is the equinox, so it is a time of balance.These three cards indicate that which will bring the querent's life into some sort ofbalance during the coming year, and keep the querent in balance and moving towardstheir goal.

    Beltane: Three cards. Beltane is May day, a time for sexuality and passion. As such,these three cards indicate the passions that will come into play in the querent's life thisyear, and how the querent's life will grow as a result. These cards also indicate thatwhich they will love most this year and give most attention to, and that which will'fertilize' his or her life and make him or her grow (physically, mentally, emotionally, orspiritually) during the coming year.

    Litha/Summer Solstice: Three cards. Litha, or the Summer Solstice, is the timewhen the Sun is at its peak and is highest in the sky. As such, these three cards indicatethe querent at his or her peak in the coming year, and the projects/events/ideas that willreach their peak for the querent. It can also indicate the best part of the year, theachievements of the year, and the full fruition of plans in the querent's life. This is the

    querent and his or her life, at its best.

    Lughnassad: Three cards. Otherwise known as First Fruits or Lammas, Lughnassadhis the beginning of the harvest. These three cards indicate that which will come to bearfruit this year in the querent's life, but will not quite be ready for a full harvest for awhile. (Notice this is the opposite festival of Imbolc, where the flowering is delayed.- theopposite in some way to harvest being delayed.) These cards indicate the projects oraspects of the querent's life that he/she is beginning to see the fruits of his/her labors in.The rewards are starting to show themselves, but they are not quite ready to be grabbedfully yet!

    Mabon/Autumn Equinox: Three cards. Mabon, the opposite of Ostara, is the middleof the harvest, as well as another time of balance. It represents bounty and joy, and thatwhich will be bounteous in the querent's life in the coming year, and that which willbring joy and cause for celebration. These cards can also indicate the full harvest thequerent will reap from their past ventures and hard work.

    Samhain: Three cards. Traditionally, Samhain is the end of the harvest, when the Celts(the 'creators' of this festival) culled their herds. As such, these three cards indicate what

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