What is Coming Still

As a continuation of my notes from the readings I did with friends a few weeks ago, here is my 2014 Year Card and Year Spread. Some interesting things within.


2014 Year Reading

We did readings for ourselves, drawing one card for each month of the year. They did theirs clockwise. I did mine counter-clockwise to match my internal synesthetic calendar. :P Below are the quick notes I captured on paper while doing this spread. I’m not going to add a bunch of additional explanation or analysis here, because I just am too emotionally exhausted to do so. At least, what I have here is my notes, which is what I really wanted anyway.


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1. JANUARY – 8 of Swords
  • hermiting
  • waiting out the bad junk
  • trapped
  • powerless
2. FEBRUARY – Daughter of Pentacles
  • emerging from my chrysalis
  • ready to learn
  • responsible & kind
3. MARCH – 10 of Swords
  • shit coming at me from all directions
  • beating a dead horse?
  • melodrama
  • rock bottom
4. APRIL – The Tower
  • when it rains, it pours?
  • strike of inspiration?!
  • crisis, change
  • unexpected upheaval (oh boy)
5. MAY – Father of Cups
  • taking control of my feelings
  • rising above all the chaos
  • being supportive and diplomatic
6. JUNE – 10 of Cups
  • home & happiness
  • harmony & joy
7. JULY – 5 of Swords
  • overkill?
  • others dissecting my behavior?
  • self destruction?
8. AUGUST – 4 of Pentacles
  • saving money for something upcoming?
  • possession/control
9. SEPTEMBER – 3 of Pentacles
  • investment?
  • teamwork
  • determination
10. OCTOBER – Death
  • something ending!
  • a necessary ending
  • closure
  • transformation
  • a big change
11. NOVEMBER – The Fool
  • a fresh start after the big change/ending
  • innocence, naivety
  • spontaneity
  • starting out
12. DECEMBER – 10 of Pentacles
  • celebrations & abundance
  • generosity
  • fulfillment


But what does it all MEAN?

It’s clear that my year is going to start off with some challenges, but if I can school my emotions and work through things wisely, I’ll have some cause to celebrate and relax a little before the next big challenge. It looks like a cycle of working through  problem and then celebrating my success, as there is a 10 in June — halfway through the year — and another 10 in December.

I am nervous about the Big Change coming in October, and based on the pentacles in August and September, I feel like it has something to do with my job. Perhaps it means I’ll be getting a new job (something I don’t really want to do); or perhaps it means something more like I’ll be saving all that money and finally deciding I can afford to buy a friggin’ house — which would be a huge change and would also be well-represented by the cards from August – December.

Either way, I do think it will be a GOOD change, especially considering the Fool and 10/Pents at the end of the year. It’s just the unknown (heh) that is scaring me, I suppose. Here’s to new and different challenges (and successes) in 2014.


2014 Year Card


Tarot of the Wild Unknown – Death

The Year Card is determined by adding up your month of birth, your day of birth, and the year in question, and then adding those digits — condensing them down into a number between 1 and 22 (to match a Major Arcana card).

09 + 24 + 2014 = 2047

2 + 0 + 4 + 7 = 13

13 = DEATH

We discussed appropriating the Year Card in two different ways.

1. Assume the card’s influence begins and ends with the calendar year. This means that from January 1 – December 31, 2014 Death would be my main influence card.

2. Assume the card’s influence begins and ends in accordance with my birthday. This means the influence of my 2013 card (The Hanged Man) would have begun on my birthday — September 24, 2013 — and would continue until my next birthday in 2014, when the Death card’s influence would take over.

In the past, I have usually gone with option #1, just because going along with the calendar year is easier for a brain as dependent upon organization as mine is. However, in this instance, I found option #2 to be especially interesting and relevant in relation to my Year Reading (as seen in the reading above). My card for October 2014 is also Death, which is eerily close to my birthday, when Death’s influence would be taking over.

Seeking Clarity

At the time, I wanted some more explanation about this. I was freaking out a bit, because the idea of something ending and changing so significantly kind of scares me (for some reason, I felt like it had to do with my job). My clarification cards were: Knight of Swords and Three of Swords. Oh. Goody.

(Honestly, at this point, I just gave up trying to understand it, and moved on.)


3 thoughts on “What is Coming Still

  1. There are so many ways of calculating a year card. I did two ways just now and came up with the Emperor (4), and then Death (13). Feh. I find full-year ahead spreads very tricky. I think there’s just too much in flux over a long period of time like that.

    • I completely agree with you — on both counts! It’s actually the reason I stopped doing my month-ahead spreads a couple years ago. I found that even within a month’s time, it was too difficult to portray it accurately with one tarot spread. So, yeah, I can only put so much stock in a whole YEAR ahead spread. It was still fun to do, especially since it was my first time getting to use the Wild Unknown deck!

      The year cards… I know. I used to get confused because I’d seen multiple ways of calculating them. For this, I decided to go with the method detailed in Mary K. Greer’s books (Who Are You in the Tarot), because that’s what I own. I figure at least if I stick to the same method, that’s better than nothing. We’ll see how things go this next year. :)

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