Happy New Year! (A few days in.) Since we’re all opening new calendars and busily writing a zillion notes in our brand-spankin-new day planners and journals and entering data into our new electronic and digital organizers, that must mean it’s time to start looking back on what we learned in 2016 and what we can look forward to in 2017.

For me, it means doing another New Year’s Tarot reading for myself where I sit down with my deck and a notebook and this cool New Year’s Tarot spread that I found over on the Little Red Tarot website. (In case you’re wondering, I used my Hanson-Roberts Tarot deck for this one.)

So, let’s take a look, shall we? Warning, might be some TMI stuff in here, but hell, just go with it, okay? Tarot isn’t always pretty, but it sure as hell shows us what we need to be aware of in our lives.

We start in the center – the 3 cards that tell me what I’m surrounded with right now, and we have the 8 of Pentacles, the 4 of Pentacles, and the 5 of Pentacles.

Hmmm… Pentacles representing our material world, finances, and careers and jobs. This is one of those instances where I want to smack my head up against the deck and be like, hey, tell me something I DON’T know. (*insert very bad swear word here*)

The 8 of Pentacles is all about starting over from scratch, putting in your time working to hone your craft. One of my Tarot books refers to it as working as if no one is watching, doing it just for the love of your craft. And that’s certainly how I’ve approached most things in my life – doing it just for me, because it came from my soul, and not because anyone expects it of me. Boom!

Next up, the 4 of Pentacles. Hmmm. Money-grubbing. Holding on a wee bit too tightly, maybe? Not letting myself get into the flow of giving and receiving when it comes to money and energy exchange? Well, yeah, maybe just a bit.

Finally, the last card in what I’m surrounded with is the 5 of Pentacles. Of all the Pentacles, this is the one that represents the biggest opportunity for growth. Yes, there have been nights when I woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, wondering where I’m going to get the money to pay for my son’s tuition, the car insurance, the cell phone, the electric… But the wonderful thing about this card is the reminder that if I just turn around, there are those brilliantly glowing red Pentacles right behind me, and help is waiting just beyond that wall if I choose to go inside.

Next, we go to the two cards on the left side as a representative of what I learned in 2016. The themes of the year for me, if you will.

The card on top is The Lovers, and surely 2016 was a time of reflection for me on my marriage and my relationship with my husband and trying to figure out what it is that I really need in a partnership. The bottom card, the 9 of Pentacles (more fucking Pentacles! Fuck!) is about learning how to be my own woman, how to find that place of really feeling abundance and being able to take care of myself.

Naturally, we also want to know what 2017 will bring in for us, so we go to the two cards on the right side: the top card being the 7 of Swords reversed, and the bottom being the 8 of Cups reversed.

Well, if I had any issues before with living my truth or feeling my self-worth, this is going to be the year that I work on that, apparently. As I write this blog, I’ve had a major realization of some of my old issues surrounding self-worth in the last few days, and yeah, I need to continue opening up to my own truth. Because this card is reversed, I’m feeling that this is mostly internal work for me, but I know that when I do the internal work, it’ll show up in the outside world. Boom!

Beneath that, we have the 8 of Cups, also reversed. (Looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of internal work this year, eh?) The 8 of Cups reversed is about abandoning your plans, and starting fresh on a new quest. Why am I turning my back on all these things? To be fair, I’ve been going through a big process of turning my back on all the “conventional” things I always thought I was expected to do, and instead am looking to forge ahead with a new path for myself. I’m guessing from this card that 2017 will most definitely be the year that I maybe I finally figure that shit out! (Or at least make some progress? Maybe? Just a wee bit?)

On top, we have the 2 cards that represent what I need to focus on in 2017, and I love these two cards so much it almost breaks me.

More Pentacles here with the 2 of Pentacles. Not surprisingly, one of the goals in my pursuit of a non-conventional life is to be able to create more of a work-life balance, and more of a balance in my spiritual life and my earthly life. I want to be able to balance my spiritual nature and pursuits with my job/career path. Not a bad goal in life, right?

Next to that we have The Moon. I know, I know, there are some Tarot readers who see The Moon and go HOLY SHIT WATCH YOUR ENEMIES! BAD SHIT, BAD SHIT!


I see The Moon in Tarot readings as a sign that there will be more things unearthed, more things that will have light shed on them that need to heal. These things come to the surface when they are ready to be healed, and as my teacher Dakota says, we had better buckle up, Buttercups, because it’s going to be a wild ride.

Last but not least, we have the cards on bottom that tell me what I can draw on to help me in the coming year. For this spread, I felt that I needed to draw 2 cards, and they turned up with the Ace of Wands reversed and The Sun.

Well, look at that! When I see the Ace of Wands reversed, I start to think about my self-talk – what am I telling myself? Am I creating a positive reality for myself with my thoughts? Am I discouraging myself and beating myself up without reason? Combined with The Sun, the card of new beginnings and rebirth – and there’s been a whole lot of rebirth going on in my life these last couple of years. Funny enough, I just did a guided meditation as part of the Medicine Wheel mentorship I’m doing with Dakota where I actually felt myself becoming part of the sun’s energy – I actually was the sun for a few minutes there! That heat and light is going to serve me well in 2017, I believe, and this reading leaves me excited to face the challenges ahead and uncover more of my true inner self.

Want to get a little perspective on what 2017 holds for you? Check out my Tarot Services page and book a New Year’s reading for yourself! Of course, you can do this reading any time during the year – as we go through the cycles of life, we’re always experiencing new beginnings and the need for clarity and focus that goes along with those.

Happy New Year!