Make this a New Year’s Eve to remember as you draw on the wisdom of Tarot and envision the year of your dreams. This magical process is a fun and creative way to get clear on what you want to manifest in 2010. You can even make a party out of it, inviting friends to join you in getting this year off to a great start. Just add some music and food to the mix and you’ve got a Tarot party! Or, if you’re feeling more reclusive, set aside some time to spend alone, making this a private process for your eyes only. Light a candle, shut the door and get ready to dream your dreams awake.
Materials needed: A deck of Tarot cards, a selection of magazines and pictures, glue, scissors, cardboard or other sturdy paper.
Pick one Major Arcana for each season (winter/spring/summer/fall) of the New Year that represents what you want to manifest during this time. For example, you may be thinking about looking for a new job but aren't quite ready to get started. Choose the Magician card for spring, representing new projects, power and the ability to successfully use all of your tools. For summer, you may like the World card, which represents accomplishment, success and achievement. As fall rolls around, it can be time to turn your attention to relaxing and enjoying the sensual pleasures of life, so look to the Empress card. Finally, during winter, you may want some spend some time in retreat, digesting all the events of the year, so pick the Hermit card to represent this season.
If you’d like to invite a little more serendipity into your life, you can simply spread out the 22 Major Arcana cards, pick four that appeal to you and then arrange them according to which season you’d like to see their energies manifest.
Now, put your own spin on these ancient cards. Lay your choices out in front of you as you leaf through any magazines you have. Let the images of each card inspire the pictures you select from the magazines. You can make one collage for each season/card, or one collage to represent all the seasons/cards. Try and select pictures that elaborate on the images in the cards you've chosen. You might want to cut out pictures of fruits, cornucopias or feasts to go with the Empress card, or caves, tunnels or cozy rooms to go with the Hermit. Once you’ve gathered your images, glue them onto the cardboard in a way that is pleasing to you. Put your collage (or collages) in a place that you will see them often, letting the images remind you of what you want to manifest for the year ahead.