Tarot Tutorial: What's the Point of an Annual Forecast?
Every December, I get to work on a bunch of end of year rituals. They differ a little each time, but one of the most consistent practices I've had over the last four years has been Susannah Conway's Unravel Your Year workbook. (Sidebar, I've had two lovely locally made additions to my closing ceremonies last 2017: my friends Micah + Aurora's Best Year Ever kit and Aurora's Sunday Night Journal).
One part of Susannah's book asks you to draw 13 tarot or oracle cards to place on 13 blank boxes—one to designate your theme for the year, and the other 12 to round up all the months. I don't subscribe to predicting your future and even if I did ask the random "will x and y happen?" question every now and then, I typically use these 'predictive' draws for simple, next-day or next-week situations. Charting out 12 months' worth of Things That Will Happen isn't too useful if, like me, you use the cards to figure out the present (and help you make informed decisions about the future).
My annual forecast isn't really an oracle (in the gypsy woo woo sense of the word), it's more an indicator of what aspect of my life I can focus on and zoom in on at any given month. It helps build mindfulness because you're not just floating through life willy-nilly—instead, you have an anchor that helps you root yourself and understand whatever's going on.
NGL, I get a little tense when I do my annual draws. "What if the 9 of Swords comes up?" is always at the back of my head. Thankfully, 2018 seems mild and full of pentacle-potential (yassss). This year, I made a point to put on some calming music (actually no, it was Taylor Swift's reputation I had on), light a winter candle, and dim the lights when pulling my cards. My mood-setting seems to have helped because some of my favorites did come up: the Knight of Cups (Winona!), the 10 if Pentacles (cue: Abba's "Money, Money, Money"), The Sun, and the Ace of Pentacles.
Here's my 2017 forecast and how everything panned out for me.
Theme: Deer + 2 of Swords. Gentleness to help me "unstick the stuck." (that's a direct quote from Chris-Anne's Sacred Creators Oracle).
January: Mother of Wands. Impressed even myself with the amount of creative energy I had. Did all my projects pan out at the end of the year? No, but I had fun while they lasted.
February: The Chariot. I ran like the wind. Went with my best friends to Boracay for a beach break early into the year. I also booked my flight to Europe.
March: The World. Battling buyers' remorse from that plane ticket by starting to plan my autumn adventure.
April: 7 of Pentacles. Said adventure required a LOT of saving. A LOT.
May: Daughter of Pentacles. Joined a project that I would have sooner up and left because it was not as easy as I thought it would be (nothing ever is), but I tried to be as responsible about it as I could and show up because a bunch of people were relying on me.
June: The Hanged Man. Health issues can make your world go topsy turvy. I'm lucky that a minor bout with illness was the only manifestation of this discomfort card.
July: 4 of Wands. You're in a good place when you get sent to Singapore on a work trip for free and catch the Downton Abbey exhibit you didn't even know existed.
August: 10 of Pentacles. I don't know how I managed to come up with all the funds for my Euro trip but I did. I am still patting myself on the back for this.
September: The Empress. Create your own adventure vibes were strong as I left for Paris-Florence-Milan-Geneva-Berlin.
October: 9 of Swords. This freaked me out at the start of the year. Who would've thunk its only actual implication was the inevitable jet lag my final Berlin-Geneva-London-Amsterdam-Paris-Manila run gave me?
November: 9 of Cups. Still on a high from my vacay and in denial that it was all over, I started crafting some new travel plans. And then I got sent on a free trip to Guam. Go figure!
December: The Lovers. The realization that you did yourself proud over the last 12 months is great. As I write this I have two more days to go 'til the year ends and I am absolutely embracing The Lovers vibe through and through.
With a week to go before January ends, you've still got time to do your own forecast. Share your own 2018 wheel by sending me a message or tagging me on Insta. Happy New Year, folks.