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A Winter Solstice Tarot Spread

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I'm currently reading The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews (with contributions from Caitlín Matthews). In fact, it's one of Caitlín's contributions that inspired this spread.

The-Winter-Solstice 200On this eve of Midwinter, I'm feeling a deepening and quieting in my soul, and Caitlín's short poem "Sun Still; Sun Return" (shared in the book) felt like the perfect jumping off point for a contemplative Tarot spread--especially for those wanting to move through sorrow and into the light of joy on the longest night of the year:

Here at the gateway of the year,
may we strive to make good cheer.

In our revels shall joy abound
and sorrow be cast underground.

Here is the six-card Tarot spread I created based on Caitlín's poem. You can use other divinatory tools, instead, if you prefer (casting charms, oracle cards, runes, etc.):

Sun Still; Sun Return Spread

  1. What do I need to know most at this Gateway of the Year?
  2. How can I best generate/create good cheer?
  3. How can I best celebrate an opening to joy?
  4. What sorrow needs cast underground?
  5. How can I best do that?
  6. A point of light and illumination

I just performed this Winter Solstice Spread with the Green Witch Tarot and found it quite insightful and comforting. 

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Do let me know if you try this spread--and how it worked for you. I wish you much joy, peace and good health as we welcome the Return of the Light.

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Tarot Readings with Janet Boyer

After taking a few years off from Tarot Readings, I've decided to begin doing them again!

JB Tarot Gold JPGTo make things easy, you can pay directly to PayPal.me/BoyerCreations Feel free to ask your question/s in the PayPal order note. If you forget, email me at BoyerCreations (at) gmail (dot) com or reaching out to me via Facebook Messenger. 

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Easy peasy! Your question/s can be about any topic related to your life. The best questions to ask aren't yes/no, but rather "How can I ____?" or "What would be the most beneficial ____?" 

Please note: I don't do psychic voyeurism where I inquire how an individual may feel about you. I also do not read for timing. 

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Just in case you're not familiar with my track record, here's some testimonials from people all over the world:

Testimonials

Boy, the precision of your reading is out of this world! -- Liudmila Y., Illinois
 
Dear Janet, Your intuitive reading was brilliant, as have been your other postings here on FB...you have really opened my eyes for Tarot divination by your work. Did not find such depth elsewhere. Thank you for your work. Kind regards, -- Minna T., Finland
 
I have to say, I've never had a reader so open to communicating at all. That shows that you are in this business for the greater good. -- Adrianna C., New Jersey
 
Ohmyheavens, yes, this reading makes perfect sense!  I’m in the process of shifting my business focus – and working on making it less stressful. This is perfect!! Thank you so much!--Alesia Z., Oregon
 
Dear, oh Dear Janet,You can't imagine how your reading resonated in me! Reading your words when you told me that I don't owe anyone anything, and that going my own way is a sign of growth, freedom and autonomy, couldn't be more accurate. I deeply thank you, for you have contributed to help me in the most beautiful way, and the gratitude I feel towards you is a wonderful feeling which, I hope, radiates over the ocean to reach you. Blessings to you! -- Gaëlle Pennquin, France
 
Your readings are not only accurate but intelligent, relatable and hilarious as well! You've helped me to understand a lot of subconscious things I haven't thought of that that are still relevant factors to be able to change my life for the better, without any judgement. I will definitely be going to you again! I can't Thank You enough soul mama ♥.  -- Ociana Voss, Phoenix, Arizona
 
Thank you so much again for this reading. I have printed it off and am keeping it by my bedside to remind me again and again what I need to do. The Nurturer Emoting really spoke to me. I also found the Energy cards amusing. Yes. That is pretty clear, isn’t it?! The whole reading is pretty clear. I have to learn to take care, love, but let go. Not an easy thing for me. Not ever, I realize. Have been taking care of someone since I was a child. It seems selfish not to be doing it. I have to change my mind set.-- Kathy F., Indiana
 
Thank you, thank you! I have read the reading through once, and I will read it again, and again. I love your approach. And yes, I am afraid to shine my light, although I have a big light! -- Mary Elyn B., California
 
Wow. Dear Janet, always so inspiring and exciting to hear back from you. I devoured the reading, filled with precious reminders. You were like a mirror reflecting my thoughts and feelings.  Yes, I was worried about the big leap of faith, making the ends, going or not going the full route. What really matters is that there are so many ways of doing what I want to do, I sure will keep my options open with an open mind, -- Ebru T., California
 
Janet, this is Lori you did a reading over the phone with me on Friday. Well I just wanted to email you to let you know that I finally heard from my boyfriend...I can't thank you enough for the reading it was amazing! -- Lori W., Pennsylvania
 
OMG Janet, you are so awesome. That reading was SPOT ON!  Thank you for the explanation on that 9 of Wands card. I get it now. I get what the Tarot is trying to say..  -- Paula H., New York
 
Good evening and THANK YOU!!!! Your reading is SPOT ON and accurate. Thanks so much! -- Anne J.
 
Wow, Janet, the Embracing and Release cards in my New Year Reading resonate big time, especially the Queen of Swords. I've been trying so hard to be kinder to myself, but then I turn right around and do that stinkin' thinkin'! Thank you so much! -- Gayle T., Virginia
 
THANK YOU for the reading. Very concise! I so easily wander down trails a rambling. 'laugh'  AND the timing was PERFECT!  Doubt I would have been emotionally 'ready' to 'hear' at an earlier date. Thank You So Much for your Warm and Helpful Insights!-- Kimberly S., Arizona
 
Thank you thank you thank you! I loved my reading! You rock, Janet! -- Samantha T., Michigan
 
Thanks Janet, this 3-card reading was great and it feels spot-on!  I loved the Pro / Con / Advice approach. -- James L., Arizona
 
Whoa Janet!  This reading is deep not only about a situation but my personality and the way I go about things. Dang girl you are the best! The reading said everything I was feeling for sure but couldn't get the solid information to transfer to my brain. Really you are as fantastic as I thought. That intuitive voice told me to get in touch with you. I look forward to working with you again for my birthday! -- Cinde A., Illinois
 
You are totally amazing!  This reading gave me the necessary insight I needed to trust my gut instinct (that I was ignoring) and go ahead and accept my severance package.  Yesterday I ran into an acquaintance I had not seen in nearly 2 years, who is opening a new business.  He needs advice on computers, software, and also wants a website (all of which I can offer within my own business!). Opportunities are starting to develop for me now, because I am open to possibilities - thanks to your insightful thoughts! I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  The weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders.  :) - Debra J., North Carolina

As excited as I was to go on vacation for a few days, I was even more excited to come back knowing your reading was waiting for me!  Somehow I had the feeling you'd be right on!  I'm glad to report that I found the entire reading very enlightening and comforting.  In particular, your final advice immediately brought me peace.  Thank you so much. -- Sylvia S., Los Angeles, California
 
Your sensitivity and intuitiveness came through once again in your reading. It was like all that was already there suddenly made sense to me and with that the peace and the realization that all will continue as it should.  Thank you for helping me. I feel so much better and look forward to life's next chapter. Janet, you are blessed to be doing what your natural talents have led you to do. Thank you again for a superlative reading. Best wishes for a happy holiday. -- Shelley N., West Virginia
 
I have to tell you this is amazing. There was NO ONE I could talk with about this. I couldn't confide in anyone from the church because I knew they'd be judgmental. I couldn't confide in my husband or friends because I was afraid they'd leave me. And here you are, a fellow Christian, who can give me guidance and answer questions like a prophet! You don't know how much this means to me! Thank you again. You are truly a godsend.-- Gayle T., Virginia
 
I wanted to thank you again for doing a superb job on my reading. Just wanted to confirm to you the accuracy of the reading. Most of the reading did cover a lot of what actually is going on internally...and things I am engaged in already -- few of the things are a tough course really! Most of all I really appreciate the list of books you suggested -- they are phenomenal. Thanks again so much Janet! God bless you and the amazing helping hand you're giving to a lot of people out there. -- Saeed S., Florida
 
Thank you so much for the truly insightful reading—your gift comes through quite clearly!  I appreciate your sincere warmth combined with your well-balanced professionalism.  Your ability to communicate on many levels is evident.  I like the way you combine numeric vibrations with your reading; it seems to give it more of a “fullness”.  I can’t explain why, really, since I’m not at all familiar with numerology and have not had any kind of psychic reading in about twenty years. -- Kate S., New York
 
First of all I'm blown away by your answers in my reading. They're really accurate, especially about the "relationship." I do indeed believe I deserve more. -- Donna W., Illinois
 
You are a wonderful intuitive! I'm so glad that I was able to find you. Thank you for the wonderful reading. The reading has served a gentle reminder to sit down, make a decision what I want and follow through. I will come back for more readings, especially a detailed reading towards my career. You have a wonderful gift. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!...I will continue to keep in touch. You are a gentle and kind soul! You have no idea how much your reading has resonated with my soul! -- Melissa A.
 
Janet, your reading is precise, intuitive, deeply thoughtful and wise.  I appreciate the winks of joy in the mix.  Thank you for your time, effort and caring in putting together this helpful roadmap.  A lot of you went into it, and yet you stepped aside adroitly when the cards had their piece to say.  I am grateful for your ability to walk this edge. I felt as though you were in my living room and in my psyche during your reading here. Know that I will speak of you to others when the opportunity presents. -- Illona R., Arizona
 
Thank you very much for the reading [and] for answering all my questions and providing additional resources to help me. The reading was insightful & informative and I thank you-- Kathy V., New Jersey
 
Hi Janet, I saw your reading for me early this morning [which included caretaking children and focusing on kids] as I was sitting at the midwife's waiting for a granddaughter to be born. :-) So yes, the reading definitely resonated. Thank you again. P.S. (I brought your book on Amazon on how to learn how to read Tarot.) -- Patricia O., Florida
 
Thanks so much, Janet.  Your insights are always right on – even when I don’t want to hear them. If I had listened to you about [this issue], I could have saved myself months of pain. -- Debra, Pacific Northwest, USA
 
Thank you so much for the reading.  I know all those things you say are true.  I need to get out of toxic relationships, take care of ME, and work on getting myself "full emotionally" so that I can attract healthy people to me. -- Jody B., Maine
 
Dear Janet, Thanks so much. The reading resonates with me on many levels. It feels very accurate as evidenced by the tears it has evoked. Thanks again for a wonderfully intuitive and supportive reading. I appreciate your offer to clarify any points and would like to sit with it for a day, though I suspect I will continue to experience your insights quite clearly. With much gratitude,  -- Sarah H., Ph.D., Hartford, Connecticut
 
I have been wanting to get back to you about my recent reading.  Your reading was right on--so much so, that I have spent much time poring over it!  What amazes me most is that it matches the guidance I have received from my mental health therapist and my husband (and soulmate).  They see the same things about me.  Now is the time for action not inaction!!  What you sensed about my family situation resonated with me deeply. Janet, I include you among the very few people I turn to when I'm looking for guidance. You are so much more than a "card reader". You have a gift for interpretation and the gift of helping people. Thank you for sharing that with me.   -- Shelley N., West Virginia
 
Sorry it took me 2 weeks to reply on your insightful reading, but WOW has it helped me...! It was extremely accurate, very true to myself, and opened up my mind to things I haven't considered. I especially appreciate all the book recommendations, which I will look into reading. I know you put a lot of time into this, and I am so grateful, and thank you very much. Your reading eased my mind and gave me more confidence in my abilities. I will be in touch with you in the future for more readings....-- Tina S., Queens, NY
 
Your insight on career was spot on. I received a great job offer and I have joined a new company now. --  Jay J., San Dimas, California
 
This reading has been very helpful in being a confirmation of the energy that is manifesting for me just now. Thanks for your very useful and accurate reading. --  Martha M., Virginia
 
Hi Janet! Thank you for doing the reading and helping me along the path to a new career!  It certainly helped me generate new ideas, realizations and the cards seemed to "fit"! -- Jenny S., White Plains County, New York
 
Hi Janet! Thanks for the reading and sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I have been processing it for a while now. You really hit the nail on the head! I am really discovering my independence also. Thanks again! - V.Y., Kentucky
 
Thank you so very much for your time and insight.  The past and present assessments could not be more accurate--it's uncanny! - Dawn R., Syracuse, New York
 
The reading you did was SO helpful! Thank you!!! I also told my mom about it so you might be hearing from her about a reading, too. - Ingrid. S., San Francisco, California
 
You are the Jedi master of tarot readings! That's all. -- Lorraine Roe, The Psychic Housewife
 
Thank you! This [reading] is pretty much spot on I think. You have a way with words that cuts through all the hard stuff and gets to the heart and that is good. -- Donna B., QLD Australia
 
Wow, Janet thank you.  I could really feel your wonderful spirit pouring through those words.  I think I found that more comforting than what I actually read...very refreshing. And you hit on the head. Thanks again Janet! -- D. Terrell, Illinois
 
Your reading is perfect! Very, very helpful...The reading reads true in every possible way and is very, very encouraging. Thank you so much! It was really a terrific reading. -- Mekeel McBride, Maine
 
Dear Janet, Thank you for your reading! It is very accurate and I've already made a bold move that, in a couple of months, will guarantee a transition out of my current job and into something new and different. I have to have the faith now that God will provide. -- Emily L., Brooklyn, New York
 
Thank you so much Janet, I really appreciate it! I identify with essentially everything that you wrote for my reading], and I am so excited to have the outside confirmation...Thanks again, both for the excellent reading and for the information about how you prepare for a reading. -- Jennifer W., Missouri
 
I wanted to do a new comprehensive reading because the first one was not only accurate, but it provided some stunning advice that really resonated with me and pointed me in the right direction.  I took a lot of your advice without even realizing it. I see that now looking back, that the stance I took in some situations were probably from seeds planted in that reading.  I hope to do that again. -- Toni V., Boulder, Colorado
 
Thank you so much for my reading!  Yes, I have found it to be useful, what you describe fits in with a lot of what I'm feeling right now. This is another message that tells me to focus on myself and being true to who I am.  It's as you said, I've been afraid that I won't meet anyone else and I feel like I compare other guys to him and the level of friendship that we have.  I need to fully let go and follow the advice that you gave me. -- Jennifer O., Virginia
 
Thank you, Janet, for the reading and thank you for your wise words! Very much appreciated!  -- Allison, Colorado
 
Thank you Janet.  Your readings are always very inspiring and on the spot.  I have attended a workshop for becoming a hospice volunteer 2 weeks ago and it showed up on your reading, amazing. I ordered the books you recommended and can't wait to read them. -- Ebru Tontas, San Francisco, California
 
I found the reading very helpful and accurate. I cannot thank you enough, or tell you how this reading has helped me not only with my head, but my heart. It took me so long to respond back to you because I needed time to read it. I read it twice a day since I got it.  Each time I read it I understood more, and got more out of it. You are right as to me trying to understand this in a scientific way. I guess that's how my brain thinks. But, as you can tell that has not worked for me. I went to your site and found myself drawn to you for some reason. I looked over your site and found you inspiring to my soul. I've been to many different sites looking for Tarot books to help me with learning the Tarot, but never felt like I did when I went to your site. I immediately knew you were the one to do my reading. I've been wanting a reading, but was looking for someone that I truly felt comfortable with, and of course the feeling of trust. You gave me both those things. -- Sherri S., Florida
 
PERFECT, and I just did a "letting go" of someone who is basically a source of gossip etc. and believe it or not it was good advice from you...Thanks so much for the reading; it means the world to me and it does put me where I need to go. MMMWAAHHHH. So glad to have found you again. I'm at ease just knowing you are there :o)  -- Eva O., Nevada
 
Thank you so much for reading for me.  You are amazingly accurate and insightful. And your questions did cover everything...with your reading and emails you have given me much more than I paid for. You obviously follow the highest ethical standards. Thank you for being such a blessing. -- Sandra P., Hampton, Virginia
 
Thank you so much for your gentle prodding and the considerate way that you've handled this reading. I am hoping that I will have a better connection with my higher self and that I will be able to open up more and step outside the box to hear what my higher self is trying to tell me. I will let you know how it goes. -- Laurie S., Clarkdale, Arizona
 
Um, Janet, WOW. You just covered a TON of things I've thought about in relation to this project I've been debating doing. Thanks again for the clarity. This is beyond helpful. Can't tell you how much calmer I've begun to feel since getting this and the other information. The insights are so helpful. I'm looking forward to making my choices! Some of your insights are in areas I didn't ever allude to. But they're spot on anyway. And, yes, I'll be back. Janet, this is helpful, helpful stuff.  You take great care of yourself and thanks again for your patience with a "newbie".-- Jo S., Evanston, Illinois
 
In summary, your reading was great. It nailed his emotions perfectly...you are so concise and can really target the energy involved. Thank you for your reading, and your proverbial "ear" to listen...  -- E.D., Las Vegas, Nevada
 
THANK YOU!  So many things you said are right on the money.  My job is ALL ABOUT putting out fires.  What you said about pulling weeds only to have more crop right up, that describes my job exactly. -- Jackie G., Massachusetts
 
Thank you for the reading — I found it on target for the direction I need to take now. -- L.N.
 
WOW!  You are, for sure, the real deal. I am awestruck. Sincere thanks!  -- Lynn P., North Carolina
 
Thanks so much. The reading that you gave me was so accurate that it was a bit eerie. The reading was bang on for me and just what I needed to hear at this point in my life.  Excellent! I think I may indulge myself in having another reading sometime very soon... :-) -- Lynn, Canada
 
I knew as soon as I opened up your email and glanced at the cards that came up that this indeed was MY reading.  I know just enough about Tarot to scare myself with my own readings -- so no surprises in what you drew -- other than I'm completely dumbfounded in the mystery of how that "works" --- you being in (another state) and I am in Illinois and you had nothing but an email address and a name...You've been very gracious. I can't thank you enough. I appreciate your honesty and well constructed thoughts. You write so well -- I respected your reviews on Amazon.com, and that's why I checked you out further. You're a rare and talented individual, and I feel so fortunate to have your benevolent guidance. -- Mary Kay, Illinois
 
Thank you very much for getting the reading to me so quickly.  It really was quite accurate!  I have read through it several times and find it very helpful...the reading regarding my career really hit home. I'm sure as the year progresses, you will hear from me again with another request for a reading.  Your thoroughness and understanding is great. -- Beth G., Chicago, Illinois
Janet, You wowed me with your interest and genuine care [for my reading].  THANK YOU.  I will definitely take you up on your offer to bounce things off you (and maybe ask you to read a bit of it and give me some feedback?).  Thank you, too, for the suggested book. Your generosity touches me, Janet.  Many thanks.  I know, too, that what goes around comes around, and my guess is your life is filled with blessings.  I'll stay in touch. -- Claudette B.
 
You have wowed me and made my night - all in one paragraph - Thank you for your insight.  WOW - I must say, I'm still peeling my jaw from the ground - you have a very strong gift - thank you for sharing it. -- Caroline, Morrison, Colorado
 
Thanks so much for your reading. I found it very insightful and synchronistic with other information I have received. -- Patricia B., Georgia
 
Your reading was wonderful! Thanks Janet! As far as the first few lines about work and last year; that was dead on.  It seems that I turned into a workaholic this year and had been working non-stop which is very much unlike any other year. As for the rest of the reading, I feel it's a very accurate description of the lessons I'm currently learning and working on in my life and I am taking the guidance given to find and follow my passion, whatever that may be. I look forward to more of your readings and in fact, I'll be placing another order this evening.  Thanks for communicating with me and providing such great information.-- K.C., Rhode Island
 
Hello Janet, Thank you for going ahead and acting on your intuition. The [Comprehensive Reading] is very helpful for us...Your reading has given us smiles and made our hearts lighter. I can say my heart is peaceful right now. Thank you. -- Sue B., Kalispell, Montana
 
Thank you, Janet! This [Career Reading] is just great. I know my role is supposed to be "Mom" right now, and you've really helped put things in perspective :) -- T.S., California
 
Hi Janet, Thank you. Once again you are right on the money. Also thank you for...not really holding any punches. -- Holli B., New Jersey
 
Janet! Thank you very much for the reading.  Your reading was above and beyond.  Much to consider.. and pursue.  I feel my leaning toward healing was again given reaffirming from the Universe via your reading. Yes!  Indeed I felt it resonated.  I have read it over a few times and will again later...Thank you very much. Much Affection, -- T. N., Vista, California
 
Thank-you for the reading!. and yes, I can relate to that card. Recently I've become more aware of how certain situations/people can affect my energy and I've been trying to 'protect' myself by asking for white light and additional spiritual 'guidance'. I have also been trying to save and build a little 'nest egg' just for me. I think this card also speaks to my fears. I have 'clung' to things that make me miserable out of fear. I am learning that true strength comes from the inside-out and I will be fine once I 'let go'. I can either 'cling' and never grow or take a bolder option to grow and shine. Thank-you again! - Laura T., Virginia
 
Wow – this just takes my breath away. THANK YOU for this reading, Janet.  I think it is spot on. - D.Y., Washington State
 
Dear Janet, I've been meaning to send an email to you for a while. I absolutely loved my reading!! I can't believe that for the Halloween special, I received all that information! I'm not one for puzzles when trying to dig down deep and work on my issues, so I was happy that your insight was accurate, easy to understand and straightforward. -- Laurie S., Arizona
 
I want to thank you for your overly generous reading as I felt that you spent much more time than you should have. Your reading was of much more value (and provided much more additional insights) than the original cost...May this New Year bring you all the special joys and happiness that you have brought to others...It's such a pleasure to be able to touch base with someone who has a gift to zero right in and make an instant impact by their chosen words! I truly appreciate your openness and vitality, which I know makes you the special person that you are, and for myself a very fortunate person to have met you.  -- Cathy Osborne, San Diego, California
 
Thanks again Janet!  Your cards are right on target...The funny thing is [my Mother-in-law] pretty much told me the same thing about a week ago...Thanks so much for all your help. -- M.M., Raleigh, North Carolina
 
Thanks so much for working on this so diligently and quickly. I think the reading was done very well and I'm very pleased with it. Also, I enjoyed your article on spiritual dependency. Very helpful. -- V.W., Scottsdale, Arizona
 
Thank you very much for the reading...and one of the reasons I chose you was because I'm a huge fan of your Monthly Astro Forecasts (cos they're always so spot on) and you haven't disappointed me in this reading as well!!  SPOT ON, Janet :) -- SPK, Singapore
 
Thanks so much for the reading— I found it fascinating, especially the one based on the Zodiac.  Several of the card placements seem right on, in particular the First House, since I’m slowly growing into my skin and becoming more comfortable, and the Twelfth House card, since fear of lack is, indeed, a big thing for me.  The Sun being in the Tenth House spot is especially intriguing, since my career can be tangentially considered part of the entertainment field and to say I’d be experiencing some “spotlight” moments is very interesting.  I’m very impressed with the reading...
-- B.P., Florida
 
Janet, thank you, you were right on the mark...you have given me insight into what I am feeling and experiencing and I am thankful.  I will go forward and see what action I need to take.  Thank you for sharing your gift -- Diane R.
 
Thanks for the reading.  I felt it resonated pretty well, if a little scary.  Your interpretation solidified my own sense that I am in a very different place than I was a few months ago. Thank you for your time and insight. -- Lynda F.
 
Many thanks for the reading!  It's really amazing how incredibly accurate it is. You definitely have a huge gift there... It's uncanny. -- Dorothea Luedtke, Germany
 
I've read through the reading you did a fair few times now and have to say, it's pretty bloomin' good!!  I'm really impressed... Many thanks...you have really clarified a few things for me.  I will definitely be recommending you to my friends. -- Jen Maltby, East Sussex U.K.
 
Your reading is incredible! Wow... are you psychic or something? :-) I loved how you took the key idea of each card, and showed a progression or evolution with the arrows... -- Chris Asselin, Canada
 
Thank you very much for my readings.  I was definitely cautious about trying this for a number of reasons, but what finally compelled me was the fact that you integrate your Christian upbringing into your own spiritual path -- it just resonated with me. I have to say that I am amazed at how accurate your readings were -- for example, you recommended that I connect with my intuition, and I had just picked up a couple of books on intuition.   You also recommended that I recuperate and rest, and I have been sick with one thing after another this summer.  I could go on and on ... thank you for your warmth and sincerity, and please know you've encouraged me and gently challenged me as well.  I look forward to another reading sometime! -- H.E.
 
The reading was wonderful and spot on. I needed to hear these things. -- Kathleen Wadsworth, Michigan
 
Dear Janet, This is beyond outstanding!  This is so much better than I expected. I got some news this morning that sort of deflated my enthusiasm and I was seriously considering maybe taking a break.  But this clearly says I need to press through this.  This has infused me with a renewed sense of ideas and strength.  I am so incredibly impressed.  At some point, soon, I will order a full-life reading.  You really have an exceptional gift. Thank you!!  Thank you!!  This was exactly what I needed and arrived on exactly the right day. -- Debra Yergen, Yakima, Washington
 
Janet, before I proceed with my questions I just want to tell you how right you were with the reading you gave me in May. Oh my, at first I couldn't believe or see the meaning in some of your comments, but everything became crystal clear in a short time. It was all there!   -- S. N., West Virginia
 
Hello Janet! Excellent and detailed reading -- thank you! I feel it was quite accurate and your insights are uncanny. I laid out the cards using my Universal Waite deck and read along with your interpretations and it all made perfect sense. Wow! -- D.G., Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
Janet, your reading was pretty accurate. Your reading its going to help me communicate with my girlfriend more effectively, specially in the area of financial issues. -- Juan B., California
 
Wow – some of this [Heart of the Matter Reading] is already coming true (the parts about dad, mom and my sister). I do believe you are right on that I am surrounded by the most wonderful, caring people. I am unbelievably blessed with incredible friends. What a great inspiration you have been to me. I loved your reading.  It helped me so much more than you know. Thank you!!   -- Debra Y., Northern Washington
 
Hi Janet, Bingo! I think your reading was eerily accurate. Also, I bought your book Back in Time Tarot.  Its a great way of approaching the cards.  I am a novice with them. -- J.W., Hawaii
 
Excellent reading, Janet! Right on. Thank you! -- Minna T., Helsinki, Finland
 
I liked it very much...so true! Totally true what you said [in my reading]. Thanks for helping me to grow. You are super. -- Marta Santos, Tampa, Florida
 
I feel your reading was very accurate and even more importantly sincere and coming from a place that wanted to help and I thank you for it. -- D.R., Ridgewood, New Jersey
 
Dear Janet: Thank you for your reading and thoughtful response. The reading was "right on" regarding things being up in the air and the energy in our lives...I'm so glad I contacted you, Janet. I learned about you through my sister in Florida. I guess she has had a few readings and thinks highly of you. I am going to think about what you wrote and and get back in touch with you for another reading. -- S. N., West Virginia
 
Hi Janet. Thanks for the reading. It's great! You were so right about the 3rd opportunity.  It helps me to see the situation more clear now. Thanks again for your patience in clarifying my questions and an accurate reading. -- C.M., New York City, New York
 
Hi Janet. Thanks very much. The reading confirmed what I felt on the directions I was contemplating. I may order another of a different type later. Thanks again. -- Barb C., Florida
 
Thank you so much for the reading, it really hit home, and confirmed everything that I was thinking and always thought about. When I read your email I felt inspired, I wanted to quit my job right away and felt empowered and at the same time I felt so silly thinking how could I let my fears control my life? and why have I let it run this show for sooo long. It is time for me to take control and act and follow my dreams. Again, thank you so much Janet. I Loved the reading, I am definitely coming back for more advice. I could feel your positive energy and enthusiasm for what you do through the reading. -- G.V.New Jersey
 
Thank you SO much for getting my reading done so quickly!  It is a real confirmation of everything that's been going on as well as what I've been thinking of.  I had a sense my restlessness was because my creative side was trying to force its way out, and was determined to do so one way or another!  I know I need to listen to it, too; the status quo won't work anymore.  Again, thank you so much; your gift is really amazing. -- Kathleen S., New York
 
Dear Janet: You are so talented! Thanks for a generous, spot on and inspiring reading.  It's in tune with everything I want and "need" and you hit upon everything I have been percolating. Many thanks and much appreciation for the shot of encouragement. If you don't mind, I will contact you in a month or two for another reading. -- Paula A., San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
 
Hello, Janet, thank you for the reading.  It's quite accurate, about my husband's family, my husband, our relationship, myself, almost everything you said is happening or happened to us. -- Priscilla C., Southern Europe
 
Thank you for preparing my reading so promptly.Unfortunately (!) I found it to be surprisingly accurate as it clearly confirms the situation I find myself in...I will have a further reading in due course and as my daughter was so impressed she will be having one too! ...I have no doubts that you are a genuine lady. -- Ellen J., Dorset, U.K.
 
The reading was very clear.You did a phenomenal job once again... It was dead on. I am glad you are back to doing the readings. You help clarify what is in my head. Thank you again.-- Elyse D., Nevada
 
Your reading was awesome and so right on target...Bless you, you certainly did an accurate reading of me. -- Sherri Mosier, Iowa
 
You seem to have nailed this one, and the general "nailing" of my situation makes me bother to take the reading seriously. Thank you! Good reading!   -- Michael M., Canada
 
Another incredible reading. I'm just (again) completely amazed by your insights. Janet, I am sincerely grateful for your guidance, and I am so happy I found you.  Thank you so much for sharing your gift with the world! -- Helen E.
 
I am amazed at how much you hit the key points without knowing anything about my son.You definitely hit the nail on the head!! Thanks so much for your insightful reading and for coming up with those pertinent questions. -- Connie C., Rochester, New York

5 Tarot Books I've Written

I can't believe it's been 15 years since my first Tarot book was published! Holy cow...

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Here's a flip-through of all 5 print Tarot books I've written, as well as their backstory:

Back in Time Tarot was published by Hampton Roads in 2012 (distributed by Red Wheel/Weiser), Tarot in Reverse in 2012 by Schiffer Books, Naked Tarot in 2018 by Dodona Books--and the companion books to our Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot (art by hubby). 

What a journey!

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So What IS a Tarot Deck, Anyway?

For those unfamiliar with Tarot, you may be wondering: what in the world is a Tarot deck? What's the fuss? What does it do?

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Below is a short video I made to bring newbies up to speed.

Any questions? By all means leave them in the comments below!

-- Janet


Tarot vs. Lenormand vs. Oracle Cards

Want to learn divination, especially cartomancy (cards)? You are faced with hundreds (if not thousands) of choices.

It can be overwhelming, I know! Here’s a broad overview to help get you started.

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Tarot consists of 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana, 40 Minor Arcana and 16 Court Cards. It’s become a complex, esoteric system of cartomancy. The Major Arcana contains familiar images like The Fool, The Lovers, The Wheel of Fortune and The Sun. They are considered by most to be the “big picture” cards spanning universal archetypes.

The most recognized Tarot deck is the 1909 Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS). Rider refers to the publisher (Rider & Son). Occultist Arthur Edward Waite commissioned the deck that Pamela Colman Smith illustrated. The Tarot de Marseilles (TdM) style decks feature static Minor Arcana cards (i.e. 4 of Cups shows four actual cups, 10 of 

Now, there are loads of Tarot decks on the market, many themed. There’s the Coffee Tarot and Snowland Deck (that my artist husband and I created), herbal-themed Tarots, decks dedicated to a specific culture or spiritual traditional (Hippies! Voodoo! Vikings!), pop culture decks (like Star TrekGame of ThronesWizard of Oz), circus-themed, cat-themed, goddess-themed, literary, zombies, crows, vampires, herbs, Gummy Bear…whew!

With so many creative independent artists out there—many who can be found on Etsy—this is truly the golden age of Tarot.

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The Minor Arcana and Court Cards of Tarot consist of four suits that are connected to the four elements (Fire, Water, Earth and Air). These are often designated Wands (Batons/Clubs), Cups (Chalices/Hearts), Pentacles (Coins/Diamonds) and Swords (Blades/Spades)—although deck creators may take liberty with the suit names.

The Minor Arcana are considered the “rubber meets the road” cards—the stuff of everyday life. The Court Cards are often “face” cards, designated King, Queen, Knight and Page…but, again, deck creators use creative license with titles. Some insist these cards indicate actual people, while many believe they reflect personality traits or styles of action.

Oracle decks can be anything the creator wants them to be, including how many cards. Oracle cards might be dedicated to flowers, crystals, animals, trees, chakras, angels, colors, etc. Some decks have over 80 cards (like Caroline Myss’ Archetype Cards).

A few deck creators have created “Tarot” decks with an extra suit (or two). Technically, this would be a Tarot deck with an oracle deck (or two) on top of it.

Some Oracle decks are hundreds of years old and have their own specific designations. One of the most popular is the Lenormand deck. (Tarot happens to have its origins in a 15th century Italian game called Tarocchi).

Lenormand cards consist of 36 cards that connect to regular playing cards, with titles like Fox, Bouquet, Mountain, House, Ship, etc. Unlike Tarot, Lenormand is rather simple, with interpretations based mostly on proximity of cards in a layout. While a reading, itself, can be complex (as in, rich with details)—especially with layouts like The Grand Tableau—the cards themselves are usually interpreted with more narrow meanings (compared to Tarot). Lenormand decks, too, can be themed (in fact, my husband recently finished his Alien Lenormand deck...soon to be published).

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Tarot card meanings can be weaved as stories, replete with symbolism and psychological import. They’ve become a helpful therapeutic tool for many Tarotists. (Still, some use Tarot for basic fortunetelling using traditional meanings). Lenormand, however, is pretty much strictly fortunetelling—straightforward and basic.

Some cartomancers use regular playing cards (poker deck) to read fortunes, and there are other historical decks like 18th/19th century 52-card Sibilla decks (click here for a great article about them) or 36-card Kipper decks (from 19th century Germany), as well. So if you want a less-complicated fortunetelling tool, Lenormand is your best bet—or one of the Sibilla or Kipper decks.

If you crave a more complex, nuanced and symbolic form of cartomancy, Tarot might be a great fit for you—especially with the myriad themes and art styles available.

The Trippin' Waite Tarot can be found at the Tarot Collectibles website. Tierney Sadler's Keywordy Lenormand is out of print.


Cinco de Mayo Tarot Spread

Happy Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army's unexpected victory over the French in the battle of Puebla (they were greatly outnumbered). Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT Mexico's day of independence (that's 9/16). Here's a Tarot spread I created I created for you to use:

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-- Janet


Reviews of Naked Tarot

NTmontageI haven't Googled myself or my work for years, so I'm just now discovering some reviews of my last book Naked Tarot.

In print, a review from Rahvym Corvus appears in the latest edition of Witches and Pagans Magazine (#39). 

Online, Raushanna posted a review in the same year my book came out (2018) at PaganPages.org.

At 110K+ pages, Naked Tarot was (is) truly a labor of love. If you've read it, let me know in the comments below what you've learned from it.


Tarot Look-Alikes Now on Kindle Vella

Have you heard of Kindle Vella? It's Amazon.com's newest venture--a way to read stories in episode format on the Kindle iOS app or online. It's like an app in that you buy a certain number of coins and you can use them to read episodes. 

My newest work, Tarot Look-a-Likes, is now up on Vella at this link. Nine "episodes" are already published.

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If you ever wondered what differentiates similar looking cards (e.g. 2 and 3 of Wands)--or ones with similar energies (e.g. Celebration: 3 of Cups, 4 of Wands and 6 of Wands)--this series is for you.


Tarot in the Time of Coronavirus - Hermit and Temperance

Those with strong Hermit archetypes have already been self-isolating. In fact, self-quarantine is a natural state of being. The Hermit goes it alone, seeking knowledge--and trusting that his next step is lit by destiny. This energy is comfortable by itself, not needing the company of others to entertain, distract or solace.

And yet, an actualized Hermit can also embrace others into his/her sphere, experiencing exquisite intimacy and demonstrating extraordinary compassion. (Usually, this is limited to smaller groups, because the energy output is just too much for the Hermit archetype--even among extroverted ones!).

Temperance is a middle path, a synthesis. This Tarot card can indicate blending and practical alchemy, which would cover alternative healing remedies--especially ones that are taken internally (think tinctures, essential oil blends, poultices and tisanes)-- as well as more traditional apothecary. 

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In the Snowland Deck companion, the "secret" I came up with was Solitude prepares for vicissitude (because The Wheel of Fortune is often the next card in a traditional Tarot deck). In many ways, those with a strong, balanced Hermit archetype have an advantage, because they usually operate from their center by default. Just like on a merry-go-round, the center is less wobbly--and less dangerous. (Think of hanging on the edge of a merry-go-round as it spins quickly. Ack!)

Unfortunately, those unfamiliar with Hermit energy may feel off kilter during these times of COVID-19 (aka the coronavirus). Just a few minutes ago, the governor of my state announced that all schools will be shut down for at least 2 weeks. Disneyland and Walt Disney World are closed. Live talk shows are performing with empty in-person audiences. Some places are ghost towns.

Many have chosen social distancing. Some are doing it because they are infected; others, because they fear infection. To some extent, though, this isolation is forced (whether by lower-chakra fears or by Temperance's practicality). 

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Blog posts are sprouting up, warning that loneliness will be on the rise--and with it, possible health challenges (physical, mental and emotional). For example, Scientific American posted "How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing".

But the ailments they highlight stem from those who don't feel connected to others. Feeling connecting to others isn't dependent upon having them in physical proximity, however. In fact, many feel lonely among a sea of people.

I can't help but wonder if The Hermit would say:

You are not connected to your Self.  Your center. Your ground of Being. When you're alone, you're aware of this because of the physical separation from an Other--which only mirrors the internal disconnection of the One.

As Terence McKenna points out in the video below: You are the center of the mandala.

I suspect I'll have more to say about this.

For now, I'll leave you with this passage from the Coffee Tarot Companion Book's chapter of Seeking (our version of The Hermit card):

With the omnipresence of social media, individuals parade about their dozens (or hundreds) of Tarot decks and spirituality books—often surrounded by glitzy crystals, fragile flower petals, fresh herbs, glowing candles and smoking palo santo sticks. Pretty to look at, sure—and certainly an enticement to buy more, more, more (after all, gotta keep up with the Body/Mind/Spirit Joneses, right?)—but do such public antics encourage going deeper? Acquiring, retaining and, more importantly, applying empowering knowledge? Only the Instagram posters can tell for sure. However, the biggest leaps of personal growth occur alone—without anyone watching, encouraging or commenting—or so says The Hermit.

Obviously, this passage goes one step further by implying "social media distancing", which brings a whole 'nother layer to The Hermit...

Stay safe everyone. And remember: at core, you're never truly alone. We're all connected.


Video Walk Through of the Coffee Tarot and Companion Book

I just posted a card-by-card walk-through of our Coffee Tarot Deck. You can watch below:

Also did a walk-through of the Coffee Tarot Companion Book:

You can get both our Coffee Tarot deck and the companion book on our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop here (including a digital version of the companion).

Which card (or cards) interest you most? Do share in the comments below! (And if you own our deck, let us know how it's working for you). 


Tarot Bags, Lenormand Pouches, Essential Oil Wallets and More by Noah Boyer

In case you didn't know, our son Noah does amazing work as a Tarot bag designer.  His stylish Tarot wallets can also be used to hold Lenormand decks, large oracle cards, essential oil rollers and inhalers--as well as mundane things like tissues, medicines, anti-bacterial containers, money, credit cards, etc.

Customers at our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop get to buy already-made bags, or have custom Tarot bags with their choice of liner color and vintage button. Here's a video I made with showcasing some of Noah's work (including Kitty Kicker Kushions filled with organic catnip!):

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In fact, the customer that ordered two more Lenormand-size bags (that I mentioned in the video) just posted a 5-star review of her original bag, along with this photo:

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Here's Noah talking a bit about his process (from a few years ago):

You can snag your very own bag made by Noah on our Chez Boyer Etsy Shop here


Marianne Williamson as the Queen of Cups in Tarot

In my latest book Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice, I list real-life examples for each of the Tarot Queens in the section The Queens as Healers.

Naked Tarot was written over a several-year period and was finished late 2017--publishing in Fall of 2018.

Before Marianne Williamson declared her candidacy for President of the United States, I pegged her as a Queen of Cups--with the personal mandate of "All You Need Is Love". As we can see from her interviews and Democratic debates, her life theme is more public than ever.

Here are the pages from my book about the Queen of Cups, the subsection of The Queens as Healers:

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As you can see, several men are also listed, because in Tarot, Queens and Kings don't correlate to gender but energy--how a person conducts themselves on a daily basis.

What famous people (or characters) would YOU correlate with the Queen of Cups? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

-- Janet


Learn Tarot by the Numbers - The Aces

If you'd like to learn more about the Tarot, Dax Carlisle and I have started an exciting new series on the Tarot Insider Show at Psychic Talk Radio: Tarot by the Numbers!

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This week, we covered the four Aces. Listen in below:

Next week, we'll cover the Twos in Tarot!

Join us for a live, engaging discussion every Wednesday at 2 PM EST. See ya there!

-- Janet


Talking The Enneagram on Tarot Insider Radio

Insider enneagramDax and I discussed the power of The Enneagram on Tarot Insider Radio--and you can listen in below!

Here are two free tests for you to take to help determine your Enneagram Type: Eclectic Energies and RHETI Sampler. If you want to take a full-length, validated test from The Enneagram Institute ($12)--I highly recommend it--click here. To read all about the 9 Types, click here

So what about YOU, dear reader? What Type are YOU? (Me? I'm a 7 with a HUGE 8 wing). 

-- Janet


April Fools! - All About the Tarot Fool Card

In my latest podcast, I discuss The Fool card in Tarot--including Keywords, Esoteric Correspondences and Pop Culture references--as well as decode this image through my 7 Clue Method. Listen in below.

What is your favorite version of The Fool? What Keywords do you often associated with this card? Share in the comments below!

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Rabbit Symbolism in the Tarot and the Queen of Pentacles Breeder Card

In my latest podcast, I discuss rabbit symbolism in Tarot--and how pop culture references to the bunny can enhance our readings-- as well as how the Queen of Pentacles "Breeder" card connects to fertility. Listen in below!

Looking through your favorite (non-RWS) Tarot decks, how many cards featuring rabbits can you find? Share in the comments below!

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You can also get my Naked Tarot Podcast through Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play and Blubrry.

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8 Step Tarot

In his fun Facebook Group Tarot Tarot Tarot, Paris Debono often posts memes and pictures, encouraging members to share which Tarot cards best represents the image.

Often, he asks for three cards--but I often feel like an image could be best represented by only one...or perhaps more.

This was the case with a recent Which Step Have You Reached Today? meme. I thought I'd share, and break down, my own answer--especially for those newer to Tarot.

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I Won't Do It: 4 of Cups

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The 4 of Cups is often a card of petulance and stubbornness--of refusing to try new things. This figure would rather stay in the emotional doldrums than exert some effort to change, or improve, his state. I mean, look at his body language! Just like toddler refusing to eat his peas...

I Can't Do It: 8 of Swords

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The 8 of Swords depicts a woman trapped by her own self-defeating thoughts. She could easily remove the blindfold and loose wrappings--but chooses to stay where she is. "Can't" is an excellent keyword for this card, because those who utter it assume defeat before even trying. This could be because of a fear of failure--or, a fear of success. Change of any kind, especially for the better, encourages a "repeat performance". This is the nature of growth. And some would rather say in an unlocked cage, proclaiming incarceration, rather than walk out towards freedom...and all the personal responsibility it entails. 

I Want to Do It: Ace of Wands

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In my opinion, the Wands is the "want" suit--cards of personal identity, desire, passion, gumption, self-starting and excitement. The Ace of Wands is the first stirrings of "wanting" something--much like "wanting" to make, and keep, New Year's resolutions. Whether or not an individual actually follows the desire and takes those first steps...well, that remains to be seen. But the initial enthusiasm is there.

How Do I Do It?: 7 of Swords

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I'm sorry, but the 7 of Swords gets a shitty rap among most Tarotists. I see it mostly as a card of strategy and cunning. It's the energy of figuring out a plan, playing a video game and solving a puzzle.

I'll Try to Do It: Page of Coins

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Pages will try anything...but its the Coins/Pentacles/Earth suit that takes the most convincing...and enters the fray the most cautiously. Given the hesitancy of the previous steps, this Page seems like the best fit to me.

I Can Do It: Strength

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Several cards could fit for I Can Do It, but Strength seemed the most appropriate to me. Whether in a fit of bravado or quiet confidence, Strength comes with an assumption that a task can be met. Still, "can" leaves some wiggle room for loss of confidence or strength: assuming you can tackle, and overcome, a challenge doesn't mean you can. (Why am I feeling a sudden urge to do the Can-Can...?)

I Will Do It: Knight of Wands

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You know that famous quote by Thomas Paine "Lead, follow, or get out of the way"? That's Knight of Wands energy. Now, whether he'll do it well...that remains to be seen. But at least this Knight charges right in there!

Yes, I Did It! - The World

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Initially, I chose The Sun for this one. But then I got to thinking: The Sun would be more I Am Doing It--it's active, shining and public. But past tense "did it"? Well, that would be The World, methinks.

What about you, Tarot enthusiasts? Do you agree with my choices? Or would you choose other card? Weigh in at the comments section below!

-- Janet

Deck Used for This Exercise: The Aquatic Tarot


Tarot Cards About Beginnings - Fool, Death, World and the Aces (Tarot Look-a-Likes)

Starting a new job, school, relationship, eating plan or exercise program? What about needing a blank slate--a life do-over or reboot? And then there's New Year Resolutions and/or Intentions!

Fortunately, Tarot can help us usher in this new, exciting phase of our life--especially The Fool, Death, The World and all four Aces. You can use this energy intentionally and consciously (my favorite way to use Tarot), pulling them out of your favorite deck and then focusing on card imagery and their energy/meanings via prominent placement or ritual. 

Card images courtesy the Snowland Deck, Aquatic Tarot and Coffee Tarot

The Fool Montage

The Fool - OK, this is THE herald of new beginnings. Naive, carefree, without assumptions or expectations--he's just ready to hike rocky mountaintops, sled down a snowy hill...or ready to start his life is as good cup of joe! When this card comes up in a reading, you won't feel the weight or baggage of the past. It will be almost as if your memory has been wiped (almost) clean--or that you were just born, no preconceived notions to limit or stop you. If your Fool is carrying a hobo pouch, you can be sure it's only filled with joy...and maybe a pencil with blank notecards to record his new adventure.

Death Montage

Death - When something passes, it stands to reason that something may take its place some day--or changing into something else (First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. It only transforms or transfers). Snowpeople melt and nourish the ground or evaporate to return again some day. Businesses close--only for the owner to find a new vocation or job (or retirement!). The old business may be bought by a new owner for another incarnation--or its building might serve a different function. Death is inevitable for all carbon-based entities (like us!). At least, our physical form passes away. (It's up to theologians and philosophers to discuss what happens when we die, but the book Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton provides compelling evidence for an afterlife--and life between lives).

When the Death card pops up in a reading, inevitable change is afoot. Resistance is futile. In fact, it's inadvisable since it's one root of suffering, in my humble opinion. You're being invited to transition, to surrender to a passing away, to walk through a door labeled "No Turning Back". Oh, you can try to escape it. But like the merchant in Baghdad, you'll still meet your appointment with impermanence...

World Montage

The World - This card often features a circle or mandorla quite prominently within its image. The circle evokes a sense of containment, wholeness, totality, integration and completion (to come "full circle", springs to mind). The mandorla, the pointed oval motif often seen in architecture and the vesica piscis, often appearing in sacred art, is reminiscent of the female vulva--the place where a little life exits the body and enters a brand new world. It's a garden in full bloom, a degree from an intuition, a birth, the film credits at the end of a movie, The End at the close of a book--even enlightenment (if there truly is such a thing on this dualistic planet).

If world peace would ever be achieved, this would be the card! In some versions of The World, a hermaphroditic dancer--symbolizing both ecstatic joy and the integration of masculine/feminine energies--features prominently. Maybe even the soul after death, triumphing at yet another life well-lived (with pats on the back all around from angels and spiritual guides) would feel the exultation of The World.

A word about the Aces: They are offerings of new beginnings--not a guarantee nor proof. It's up to you if you plant it, grab it, wield it or drink from it.

Ace Coins Montage

Ace of Coins - You are being offered a chance to invest in the material realm. Time, money, resources, health, job, food, clothes, house, environment, property, seed--any new opportunity within the physical, tangible realm falls under the Ace of Coins (aka Pentacles, Earth, Disks, Crystals or Rainbows). But again, it's just a chance. A lot can happen between the Ace and the Two: Indecision, lack of action, opportunity going to someone else, fear of accepting the offer, laziness, indifference, bypassing the chance to buy lottery ticket (or worse, forgetting to scratch off and redeem a winning one!)--snooze and you lose. The portal only stays open for a short time before it closes unexpectedly. (By the way, when I look at RWS versions of this card, I'm reminded of a basketball hoop for some reason. Don't drop the ball! may be the message in this case). You don't plant the seed, don't expect to see any ROI.

Ace Wands Montage

Ace of Wands - If a person offers you a match to start a fire for roasting marshmallows...there's no guarantee you'll see flames. The match holder may change his mind. He may drop it amid fallen foliage. You strike it...but wind blows the damn thing out (the holder may not have anymore). Ya just never know. The Wands suit (aka Batons, Fire, Staves, Sticks) governs energy, action, ambition, enthusiasm, courage, gumption, career (as opposed to actual job), as well as many issues related to the "self" (as in, "self starter", “self esteem”, "self propelled", "self possessed", etc.). When the Ace of Wands shows up, you're invited to reinvent yourself--to "grab the baton" and begin the race of becoming a fulfilled, courageous, self-defined, passionate creature. I also consider this the big "thumbs up" card in the Tarot (i.e. a resounding yes! or go for it!). Reversed? Negatory. Nope. Hell no. 

Ace Swords Montage

Ace of Swords - Aha! What a brilliant idea! Are you content to just "sit with it"? Ponder it? Play with it? You can, you know. Who says that we need to be production fiends, right? Or share our lofty ideals or dazzling musings. Nope, our thoughts can remain just ours if we desire. But what if we want to "make something of it"? Say, communicate it via written or spoken word? Like the other Aces there's both opportunity and risk involved here: wield the sharp Ace of Swords--and risk bursting balloons or bubbles. The Swords suit covers the intellectual realm, as well as words, beliefs, assumptions, thoughts, decisions, analysis, facts, data, logic and judgement. The Ace of Swords (aka Athames, Blades, Air or Wind) also cuts through BS; its clarity and precision is beloved and embraced by truth-seekers...but feared by poseurs, charlatans and liars. It's a force to be reckoned with, as are all the Swords cards. Of all the Aces, this is the one most passed over for the sake of maintaining the status quo, avoiding scrutiny and averting disruption. 

Ace of Cups Montage

Ace of Cups - With this card, we're being offered warm, fuzzy feelings: love, peace, compassion, harmony, forgiveness A new chance for romance is possible; the conditions are certainly favorable when the Ace of Cups pops up. The Cups suit (aka Chalices, Water or Vessels) governs matters of the heart, as well as succor, healing and spiritual communion/connection (after all, the corresponding ancient TdM suit relates to the clergy). Moods, emotions, feelings, dreams, aesthetics and preferences also indicated by the Cups suit. Thus, when the Ace of Cups shows up in a reading, there's an invitation to forgive, to remedy, to kiss the boo boos--as well as feel deeply, widely and strongly. 

Card images courtesy the Snowland Deck, Aquatic Tarot and Coffee Tarot

A note on inspiration: you may be thinking "Which Ace deals with inspiration? Isn't that the 'breath' of something new?" I'm glad you asked this! Early in my Tarot career, I pondered long and hard on this very topic. Personally, I feel all the Aces provide inspiration. Ace of Coins: If someone gives you a $50 gift card, you're suddenly inspired to buy something (unless your a 4 of Coins miser!). For a creative, this could mean paints, canvas, pens, paper, classes for further study and so on. With the Ace of Wands, you're inspired with a rush of energy to start a project or accept an opportunity to collaborate. A sense of passion and vitality infuses your being.

With the Ace of Swords, you're inspired by a singular idea--some notion or observation that could revolutionize the world, shake up the sleepy, solve a problem or communicate a complex concept with clarity and simplicity (alliteration unintentional!). And the Ace of Cups? That dreamy, flowing, kaleidoscopic inspiration that feels like you're tripping on acid (just guessing...honestly). It's warm, watery, luxurious. 

Welp, I hope you found this post on Tarot cards about beginnings to be illuminating and helpful! Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comment section. I'd love to hear from you.

Want even more information on the cards that often signify new starts? Check out my video below!

 

-- Janet


78 Tarot Tips for the New Year

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Imagine the cards of Tarot lined up to give you advice for the New Year. First the Major Arcana cards, followed by the Wands, Swords, Coins and Cups suit. Each card considers the wisdom it offers to you, and melds it with the anticipated wisdom of the next card.

Which of following 78 Tarot Tips for the New Year resonates most with you?

Major Arcana

The Fool – Leaps of faith invite magic.

The Magician – Creativity generates intuitive guidance.

High Priestess – Honed intuition nurtures the soul.

The Empress – Abundance benefits from boundaries.

The Emperor – Inner authority begets wisdom.

The Hierophant – Tradition determines our commitments.

The Lovers – Commitment fuels forward movement.

The Chariot – Force submits to grace.

Strength – Courage lends itself to individuation.

The Hermit – Solitude prepares for vicissitude.

The Wheel of Fortune – Fairness is but one setting on the Wheel…and never a guarantee.

Justice – The relentless pursuit of fairness halts progress.

Hanged Man – Reality upends less when practicing non-attachment.

Death – Once the rumbles of transformation settle, balance is restored.

Temperance – When caught between heaven and earth, always side with heaven.

The Devil – Chains explode when illumination dawns.

The Tower – Remove the roof to see the stars.

The Star – Hope is a star navigating us through uncharted waters.

The Moon – Only by embracing the dark can you appreciate the light.

The Sun – Earthly achievement pales in comparison to spiritual fulfillment.

Judgement – What is it to gain the whole world if you forget your soul?

The World – All the world’s a stage, and I am the writer, actor and director of my personal play.

Wands Suit

Ace of Wands – Original ideas and passionate purpose never go unchallenged. 

2 of Wands – As iron sharpens iron, so does one man to another.

3 of Wands – Do it because you love it, not because you expect attention or applause.

4 of Wands – Even the most idyllic neighborhoods host troublemakers.

5 of Wands – Participation in high-spirited fun sometimes leads to unexpected victories.

6 of Wands – Hollow victories are the ones unearned and undeserved.

7 of Wands – When you view people as friends, resolution arrives quicker.

8 of Wands  – Hurrying may lead to delays at best and disaster at worst.

9 of Wands – Choose your battles wisely, for some will lead to even more struggle.

10 of Wands – It’s a sobering moment to realize that most burdens are self-created.

Page of Wands – Usually, necessities are required before great quests are undertaken.

Knight of Wands – Inner Sight often guides trailblazers and renaissance souls.

Queen of Wands – Valuing our Inner Sight helps others to see clearly, too.

King of Wands – Exercising creative muscles often leads to mastery, then benefaction.

Swords Suit

Ace of Swords – First thought, best thought.

2 of Swords – Better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.

3 of Swords – Going it alone makes for lighter travel.

4 of Swords – Calm focus prepares for activity.

5 of Swords – Healthy competition can pave the way to new discoveries.

6 of Swords – It’s easier to think on your feet when the proper groundwork has been laid.

7 of Swords – It only pays to be fast on your feet if you’re actually heading somewhere.

8 of Swords – A rut is a grave with the sides knocked out.

9 of Swords – A close mind prevents compromise and alliance.

10 of Swords – Forgiveness covers a multitude of sins.

Page of Swords – Harsh words stir up anger.

Knight of Swords – If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.

Queen of Swords – Reviewing in the early stages prevents mistakes later on.

King of Swords – No outcome is ever guaranteed, so go big.

 Coins Suit

Ace of Coins – Jumping through windows of material opportunity may lead to monkey in the middle.

2 of Coins – Balancing tasks on your own time gives you an advantage when collaborating.

3 of Coins – Budgeting wisely protects sweat equity.

4 of Coins – A scarcity mindset perpetuates loss.

5 of Coins – Suffering opens our heart to the struggles of others.

6 of Coins – Giving without expectations erases the need to keep score.

7 of Coins – Taking stock early on makes for less work later.

8 of Coins – Dedicated effort brings personal satisfaction and material reward.

9 of Coins – Enjoying abundance is your birthright.

10 of Coins – Your future isn’t defined by your lineage or the past.

Page of Coins – Tackling chores as they arise creates the habit of completion.

Knight of Coins – Extraordinary discoveries are made amidst caution and care.

Queen of Coins – To feel rich, appreciate the intricacies of the natural world.

King of Coins – How are profits and losses measured in the business of humanity? 

Cups Suit

Ace of Cups – Knowing you deserve goodness paves the way for comfortable intimacy.

2 of Cups – Better to have deep love with one than shallow ties with many.

3 of Cups – Cliques and chicks can prevent beneficial solitary pursuits.

4 of Cups – Familiarity breeds contempt, but sadness results when it disappears.

5 of Cups – Better to regret something you’ve done than something you haven’t.

6 of Cups – Your past doesn’t equal your option-filled future.

7 of Cups – Confidence in your selection leads to enjoyment.

8 of Cups – It’s only a vacation when you’re enjoying it.

9 of Cups – Food is not a substitute for human connection.

10 of Cups – It’s easier to navigate a cold world when love and warmth waits at home.

Page of Cups – Precocity will open the door, but ardency will keep you there.

Knight of Cups – If you can’t have what you want, then want what you have.

Queen of Cups – The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

King of Cups – Provision for games and diversions pays great dividends during lean times.

-- © Janet 


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