Remember that Apple commercial, “there’s an app for that?” Well for us in the Tarot world, we genuinely believe “there’s a spread for that!” So, with 2017 coming to a close, I reached out to some of my favourite Tarot & Spiritual Entrepreneurs to share with you our Top 4 Tarot spreads to help you rock 2018.
Featuring spreads from Kelley Knight of Modern Mystic Tarot, Sarah Wilder of Fifth Element Life, and our favourite guest blogger + astrolgogy Tarot guru, Liz Worth.
1. ‘MODERN MYSTIC 2018 SPREAD’ BY KELLEY KNIGHT
From Kelley: “I created this spread because part of my tarot reading style is to build spreads intuitively instead of using conventional spreads. I find it very important when moving forward, to also have ample time for reflection. Lessons of the past always impact our world views and future actions. So, this spread offers a check in and reflection of 2017, while opening the energy for what lessons are to come in the upcoming year and some steps that will be needed to take as a bridge from 2017 to 2018.”
2017 Check-in Cards:
Card 1 – Mind
Card 2 – Body
Card 3 – Spirit
Card 4 – Lesson 1
Card 5 – Lesson 2
Card 6 – Lesson 3
2018 Planning Cards:
Card 7 – Theme card
Cards 8 – 10 – Lessons to be learned
Cards 11-14 – Steps to bridge 2017 to 2018
When to use it:
As this spread incorporates reflection and intuition for both 2017 & 2018, consider doing your reading towards the end of the year or around the Full Moon which (depending on where in the world you are) actually falls on January 1st, 2018.
Kelley Knight is an entrepreneur, tarot reader, and owner of Modern Mystic Shop based in Atlanta, GA. Once tarot came alive for Kelley, her life became in magical alignment allowing her to advise others and create sacred space for seekers to connect with their own intuitive gifts. Follow her on IG @modernmystic_shop.
2. THEME, FOCUS, AND GROWTH AT-A-GLANCE SPREAD’ BY LIZ WORTH
From Liz: “This is a three-card spread that looks at your theme for the year ahead, what it’s time to focus on, and who you are becoming throughout that process.
I created this spread to use at a big I was hired to do one time. I had about five minutes per person, so I decided to put together a spread inspired by some of the most common questions that come my way: What’s coming up for me this year, and what do I need to focus on?
Because this spread was first created for a party atmosphere, it was important for me to make sure that people would feel they got something useful from it, even if we were only talking for a few minutes. I found that this spread was able to offer something to reflect on, with some practical, tangible next-steps as takeaways.
Over time, it’s become a go-to spread for me in all kinds of situations. I find that it can be the beginning of a much deeper conversation, too, and can be especially helpful for those who are having trouble finding focus or taking control in their lives.”
Here is the Three-Card Spread:
Card 1 – Theme: The theme card looks at your major theme for the year-ahead, which can be a 12-month timeframe from the moment your reading begins. Of course, you can always adjust this to fit the situation. Consider the energies, patterns, and potential scenarios you’ll be moving through.
Card 2 – Focus: The focus card is exactly what it sounds like. Based on the message in the theme card, this one offers insight into what you need to as a next step, what you might be called to do as a result of your theme, or what it’s time to make a priority overall.
Card 3 – Growth: Look at this card as answering the question, “who are you in the process of becoming?” Whatever we are moving through changes us in some way, whether we are aware of it or not. This card ties in the messages from the theme and focus cards to show how these influences or opportunities will help you grow, or what role or mindset you might have to adopt along the way.
When to use it:
This is a versatile, adaptable spread that works well as a check-in when you aren’t sure where things are going, or what you need to do next.
It also offers a lot of purposeful insight, making it a great spread to use at the start of the year, or for your birthday. You could also use it at the start of a new chapter in your life, such a new job or other major transition.
Liz Worth thought her one and only career would be as a writer, but she started reading tarot in 2008 on the advice of an astrologer and her life has never been the same. Today she uses tarot and astrology as tools of truth, power, and clarity. She also continues to write and is the author of six books and counting. She has also written horoscopes for Flare Magazine and Spiral Nature, and has contributed to Little Red Tarot, Biddy Tarot, and the Numinous, among others. Her tarot book, Going Beyond the Little White Book: A Contemporary Guide to Tarot, is now available. Reach Liz at lizworth.com or on IG @lizworthtarot.
3. ‘ELEMENTS OF LIFE SPREAD' BY SARAH WILDER
From Sarah: “The purpose of this spread is to uncover each element of your current situation or provide general insights into every aspect of your life at this moment. I love this spread because it looks at every element of your life which I feel is very important to do to illuminate areas of your life you don't always address or do readings on.”
Here is the five-card spread:
Card 1 – SPIRIT: Representing your core self/truth/beliefs or messages from the universe
Card 2 – AIR: Representing mindset / thought patterns/clarity on what you most need to know right now
Card 3 – EARTH > Representing finances / abundance / work and home / external influences
Card 4 – WATER > Representing relationships / emotional state / communication / lunar influence
Card 5 – FIRE > Representing passion / physical movement and actions / outcomes / manifestations
When to use it:
It's perfect to use around the new moon to get clarity on your new intentions, new year or when you want to uncover all the hidden aspects of something you want to bring to the light.
Sarah Wilder is the creative Soulpreneur and Boss Goddess behind Wilder Talismans, a conscious brand connecting body, mind and spirit through symbolic + sacred talismans and tools and home of the ever-popular Mandala talisman ranges. Combining her love of nature and design, Sarah intuitively creates symbolic talismans, tools + teachings for self-reconnection which help focus the mind and reconnect people to their true nature. Follow Sarah on IG @sarahwilder__.
4. ‘RELEASE AND LET-GO SPREAD’ BY YOURS TRULY
This first spread is one that I created during a particularly trying time in my life. And although I’m not anticipating 2018 will be tumultuous, the fact is that as humans, we feel and sometimes those feelings can be challenging.
The main idea with the Release and Let Go Tarot spread is to acknowledge, create space, focus and then release any overwhelming emotions. You can read more about it here.
Here is the seven-card Tarot spread:
Card 1 – What am I feeling right now
Card 2 – Why am I feeling it so strong
Card 3 – How can I release this feeling
Card 4 – What is the feeling transforming into
Card 5 – How can I rise above
Card 6 – What is my new beginning
Card 7 – What have I learned
When to use it:
This is one of those rare Tarot spreads that I recommend doing while you are feeling very emotional and the feelings are still very ‘raw’. It will help you to bring peace to your present state of being and take you out of that panicked state.
THE BIDDY TAROT PLANNER
For more spreads plus monthly rituals, intuitive insights, journaling prompts and so much more, be sure to check out the 2019 Biddy Tarot Planner. I designed it especially for you, to help you create an amazing year ahead, with your intuition and Tarot cards as a guide.
Get your copy of the planner here.