I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while. I’ve moved, changed jobs, and increasingly been sticking to Instagram for my social media fix. This doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing, working, and pulling cards. (In fact, any day now the Cartomancer is going to publish something of mine – super exciting!) Starting a few days ago, I returned to a project that has great meaning for me. For the past seven years, I’ve used #Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, integrated them into my tarot practice, and created my own month-and- a-bit of questions. I shared a version of these questions with a few brave souls before, (thank you! you know who you are!) but something about 2017 says “share everything! Let everyone in on it!” So here we are. These are the questions I ask myself each year before the calendar turns, to capture, reflect and grown. If you love tarot, I think you’ll love this. You can answer them in order, or you can notice which card come up for you in a daily reading, and answer the corresponding question.
THE FOOL/ At The Start. Where did you start the year?
THE MAGICIAN / Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use?
HIGH PRIESTESS / Wisdom. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year?
THE EMPEROR / Habit. What habit did you adopt this year that really made a positive impact on your life?
EMPRESS / Soul Food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget?
THE HIEROPHANT / Education. What do you want to learn in the next year?
THE LOVERS / Heart. How did you give and/or receive unconditional love this year?
THE CHARIOT / Travel. Where did you go this year?
STRENGTH / Brave. What was the bravest thing you did in this year?
THE HERMIT / Message in a Bottle. Imagine you can write a letter and give it to your future self. What advice do you have?
WHEEL. 8 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of the past year in 8 minutes. Set an alarm for 8 minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about the year.
JUSTICE / King Solomon. What was the wisest decision or choice you made this year?
THE HANGED MAN / Re-Vision. Is there one moment you wish you could do over now that you have 20/20 hindsight?
DEATH / Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
TEMPERANCE / Heart + Head. This year, when did you feel your body and mind were the most integrated?
THE DEVIL / Bonds. What should you have done this year but didn’t?
THE TOWER / Failure. What went really, really wrong this year?
THE STAR / Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
THE MOON / Unconscious Writing. Write for 8 consecutive minutes on the word “wild” as it pertains to this past year. No editing. Set a timer and go.
THE SUN / Success. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?
JUDGEMENT / Best of. Favorite book. Favorite movie. Favorite song. Favorite TV show. Get all Oprah with it. Make list of favorite things.
THE WORLD / One Word. Encapsulate the year in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. What’s the word for next year?
3 OF CUPS / Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year?
4 of WANDS / Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in the past year? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in the next?
5 OF COINS / Wear it Out. What piece of clothing did you wear again and again this year?
6 OF CUPS / Blowing out the Candles. You’re another year older! How did you celebrate the passage of another year?
7 OF SWORDS / Challenge. What challenge did you take on this year?
8 OF COINS / Skill. What skill would you like to cultivate – learn or refine – in the next year?
QUEEN OF WANDS / Party! What social gathering was the highlight of this year?
QUEEN OF SWORDS / Slice Away. What are 8 things your life doesn’t need in the new year? How will getting rid of these 8 things change your life in 2018?
QUEEN OF CUPS / Healing. What healed you this year? How would you like to be healed in the future?
QUEEN OF COINS / Gratitude. How did you show gratitude this year?