This is my favourite annual practice! Forecasting your new year with Oracle or Tarot cards is a fun and empowering way to invite Source into your life so that you can co-create your future.
The New Year is the time of Capricorn, which bring us the energy of planning, forward-thinking, a focus on manifesting on the material realm, and all of that amazing masculine energy that sets a solid foundation and makes things go, go, GO! There really is no better time of the year to set goals and resolutions than in Capricorn.
Meanwhile, an Oracle Card Reading is a more contemplative practice, which is the perfect complement to our planning actions. When you can incorporate both the Yin and the Yang in all aspects of your life, you will have balance and success.
Ultimately, doing an annual card reading is a totally fun and useful practice that will shed some much needed light and awareness over each coming month.
First of all, please know that this activity is NOT about “predicting” the year ahead.
If you want to predict your future, all you have to do is look at where you are right now: If you don’t change, nothing will change; if you want to be somewhere different, you better start doing something different. Simple. Not easy, but simple.
Rather, forecasting the new year is an effective method for bringing awareness to your actions. This activity will help to build your intuition, clarify your intentions, and strengthen your ability to take inspired action with as little waffling as possible.
And now, without further ado . . .
How to Forecast Your Year with Oracle Cards
Shuffle your chosen deck with the intention of picking cards that will guide you through the new year.
Pick twelve cards, one for each month, from the deck. Line them up in rows in front of you and take stock of what your year brings. Take a few moments just to meditate on the cards you’ve chosen, just looking at the pictures or words, without judging or attempting to “guess” at any particular outcomes.
Write out a table listing all of the months, their corresponding cards, and card summaries. If you use a planner, then you can choose to write out each card summary with its corresponding month, or all together on one page. If you don’t use a paper planner, you can simply write it out on a few sheets of paper (and keep it by your calendar or on your desk for future reference).
Using your own hand writing is a very powerful manifestation tool, and you’ll appreciate reading your own writing, even if you think it’s messy. Are you a chicken scratcher? Here’s a tip: WRITE SLOWLY.
You may want to consult your oracle guide book for the summaries. You can choose to copy out the summaries word for word, or, you can read the entire card synopsis and in your own words write down what you feel the card’s message is. Don’t get too verbose or complicated, just go with your intuition and write what’s most important to you right now. Remember, you don’t want to confuse yourself later on!
Take your time. You want to write as clearly as possible because you WILL be referring to this in the months ahead. I am always impressed with how relevant and helpful each card is when the time comes!
Your Written Summaries
The goal behind all of this is to provide yourself with some insight to guide you throughout the coming months. Each card will focus on a particular aspect of your life, a relationship, or a situation that you may need to pay more attention to.
So again, it’s not about predicting the events that are going to occur, but rather forecasting the areas in your life that you will need to bring more awareness to at that particular time.
Picking Your Deck
A few things to bear in mind. If you use a traditional (i.e., a non-Doreen Virtue) Tarot deck, be prepared to see some “negative” cards. The Tarot is a huge deck, and as we all know, it is most definitely NOT all airy-fairy, Death and Tower notwithstanding. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use a Tarot deck, but the point is to give yourself some sweet guidance over the new year.
Angel cards, Goddess cards, crystal cards, fairy cards – heck, even color cards are great options, because you could even “theme” your months based on a Goddess or crystal, or whatever.
In fact, you could even combine decks if you feel so inclined. Not my personal cup of tea, but many others like it, and you just might.
If you’re not looking to spend a ton of time reading through and summarizing each card, then I recommend picking a deck whose card summaries are already printed on the card. Some of Doreen Virtue’s decks, for example, her Angel Tarot cards already have the summaries printed in the front, making for easy interpretation.
I do want to emphasize, however, that I find the traditional Tarot to be very useful, especially if you’re not afraid to receive a proverbial kick in the pants. Everything has its own place and time; and the deck you feel most drawn to will the be the right one for you.
If you REALLY want your future predicted . . .
For those of you who insist on getting an accurate look at what actually lies in your cards for the future, I highly recommend you seek the counsel of a reputable psychic. The new year is probably the best time (aside from your birthday) to get a psychic reading, or to get a personal astrology forecast.
Either way, take the time to forecast your own year! I promise you’ll have loads of fun doing it, and you’ll love referring back to your own guidance as you build your dreams in the coming year.
All the best + see you on the other side . . .