HAPPY NEW YEAR TAROT SPREAD

Happy New Year 2010!

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Each New Year gives us the opportunity to evaluate the goals that we need to focus on for our development and progress.

The special New Year Tarot Spread gives us the elements to reflect on our achievements, lessons and challenges of the outgoing year and our goals and resolutions for the incoming year.

Each year is represented by four cards, corresponding to the four realms of the human experience. Cards 1-4 correspond to the outgoing year and 5-8 to the new incoming year.

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Card 9 is the central card providing the main direction of our self-development to achieve our goals and aspirations. This card focuses in our hopes and dreams for the future and how to manifest them during the next 12 month cycle.

The first 8 cards are distributed in pairs according to the four levels of the human experience.

Cards 1 and 5, each corresponding to the outgoing and the incoming year, refer to the level of the body. The essential energy of these cards is related to the material and the physical, our health as well as all the material aspects of our lives, such as our possessions and the means to manifest material wealth: job, career and money. In the Tarot these values are expressed by the suit of disks, coins or pentacles and the element of earth.

Cards 2 and 6 correspond to the level of the mind. The realm of our mental and intellectual aspirations is presented by the suit of swords and the element of air. The essential energy of this level is related to the development of the power of our mind, manifested in the areas of projects, studies, organization and planning. And yes, indeed to the use of CREATIVE VISUALIZATION and AFFIRMATIONS to control our thoughts in order to tap to THE LAW OF ATTRACTION.

Cards 3 and 7 refer to the level of the heart. The energy of this level accounts for the emotional manifestation of our human nature through our feelings and relationships with family, friends and most certainly with the “significant other,” our partner and/or our romantic interests. The Tarot represents this level by the suit of hearts or cups and the element of water.

Card 4 and 8 relate to the level of the soul and the spirit. Our spiritual lessons and aspirations correspond to this level and are manifested in our philosophies and/or religious ideas. The tarot relates this level with the suit of wands and the element of fire.

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My Philosophy on Tarot

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I started to read the Tarot professionally 15 years ago. I was living in Boulder, Colorado and with a Masters in Linguistics I was applying for jobs washing dishes, and not getting them. I had had a couple of Tarot readings in my youth, which predicted events that I believed were impossible, but that came to pass; so I decided to have a Tarot reading to ask for guidance on what to do with my life.

I was at the right place to find a Tarot reader. The lady took a look at me and told me that I was a psychic and that my destiny was to become a Tarot reader. I was skeptical. I always thought that psychics had paranormal abilities, and I didn’t see myself in that role. “How do I know that I am a psychic?” -I dared to ask. “Because I am a psychic”- she answered – “I know.”

Soon enough life put in my path a job in a psychic line over the phone. I had to provide a reading over the phone to the person who was going to hire me. I had a new Tarot deck I had bought at the metaphysical store, and some books. I tried to learn the meaning of each card and it was an incredible amount of information. I did not feel I was prepared for my first sample phone reading.

I had the Tarot of Thoth. It was outstandingly beautiful. A lady I had never seen before, my future boss, called me and asked me for a general reading. I did not know that it is customary to lay out the cards on a “spread,” a geometrical pattern where each card has a different meaning: past, present, future, outcome, etc. So, I opened the cards one by one. I remember that I was reading standing next to the window, in order to have enough light to see all the drawings clearly. Since I did not know the traditional meaning nor value of each card I started to describe the images. An advantage of the Tarot of Thoth was that each card had a label: Sorrow, Pleasure, Disappointment, Victory… so that facilitated finding something to say. After a few minutes, the lady told me that my reading was “hitting her right on the head!” And she hired me. I started working not knowing very well what to do. I was nervous. I remember each one of my first clients. A man who had a pregnant girlfriend, insecure of what to do. For him I got the 9 of disks, the card of Gain. “You have to learn to deal with paternity.” – I said. And he thought that I was just saying it as a personal advice. I had to reassure him that I had pulled this one card, and that’s what it meant. A young man out of prison, ashamed before society. For him I got the 9 of swords, the card of Cruelty. To him I said: ” You have been criticized and have internalized that criticism, and now that all those people are gone out of your life, you still inflict that pain to yourself. You made a mistake, but you already have payed your debt to society. Now you have to forgive yourself.”

Soon I realized, that even through my inexperienced voice, the precise message was delivered. Every day I was amazed.

15 years later I pick a card at random and I hold it in my hand, while the voice on the phone, which might be calling me from Paris or Japan, asks me a question. And the card I chose before that question was formulated carries the precise answer.

My philosophy on Tarot is rather simple: I’m the messenger.

Peace, Love & Light,

Iris

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