2020, A Spread

hello, 2020!

Happy 2020 everyone! I hope you all had a great 2019, despite the on-going environmental and political challenges. It’s hard to believe we’re now in the second decade of the 2000s. Twenty-twenty is one day old and full of magic and potential.

During my twenties, I played in a role-playing campaign using the Cyberpunk 2020 rules system. This is a world that blends technology, music, and the body and pushes it to the max. Think about what would happen if you combined the ability to connect your brain up to the internet with extreme cybernetic body modification using prosthetic limbs, nanorobotics, and smart drugs while corporations rule the world in nefarious ways and that’s sorta what Cyberpunk 2020 was. My hacker character jacked into the net to use her special skills to get information for the team, funds, and do other cool network battles.

Now that we’re in the same year as this game and I’m sad to say, it’s not at all like the rulebooks described. There’s no “jacking in” and no real cyber limb replacements or eye/ear systems. The only real connection to that world seems to be how corporations have ALL the power. In any case, I’m still waiting for my cyber hearing to come around. And the ability to plug into a web world where I can directly get my creative ideas out from mind to project fulfillment. Of course, none of this relates to tarot or the spread… or does it?  

My word for 2020 is clarity. Twenty-nineteen brought many big changes and shifts into my world. As the dust settles out, I want to focus more on what they mean and how to incorporate them gracefully into my life. Go deeper in boundary setting and all the studies I have. With the start of my next book draft in November, I also will want to begin edits and gaining clarity around the draft and what the submission package to Llewellyn will look like.

I’m also growing my podcast empire with the introduction of Cardslingers Coast to Coast. Hosting with me will be Melissa Cynova and Hilary Perry Haggerty, two of my favorite friends in the business. (We better be, as we have matching tattoos received due to this project!)

But that’s not what this post is all about.

Those of you who have read these posts over the past few years will know what this spread and page is. Every year I lay out a total of 36 cards from 3 different decks: two oracle and one tarot. This year I’m going small. I love pocket and mini decks and there are so many good ones out there. This year I chose Theresa Pridemore’s The Sovereign Oracle to set the Theme for each month. I’m using the mini Ceccoli Tarot by Nicoletta Ceccoli for the Hows. Finally, I’m using the fantastic Animantras deck by Kayti Walsh for the helper cards. I adore planning spreads. They’re flexible and help bring ritual and structure to meeting my goals over time.

I’m also refining and adding two new steps for 2020:

1. Smaller cards mean I can keep the whole monthly spread at my desk. This way I can refer to them every day and make sure I’m tracking the reading as laid out.

2. I’ll be posting each month’s spread on the first, as usual. I’m now introducing a wrap-up post at the end of each month. It was brought to my attention that while sharing this information is excellent, I don’t share how these spreads take prominence in my life. I’m hoping this helps me and everyone reading my site.

This page is a place holder for this year’s full series of planning spreads. The image gives you an overview of all twelve monthly themes. I’ll follow it up with a table showing a quick overview of the Month’s name theme, how, and helper. I may or may not link review posts in the table. I’m undecided. Click on the name of each month to view what I wrote for each triplet.

Anyhoo, here’s 2020’s overall theme spread with all 12 months using The Sovereign Oracle. Look for patterns as you view this image and read the details. It may be a bit harder this year with the number of words printed on the cards. They are color-coded, so you might see patterns pop out. All these little insights help in understanding the readings and add to the interpretation.

My themes for 2020. You can click the image to make it bigger. Cards from The Sovereign Oracle.
Theme: Thrive
How: King of Swords
Helper: Hummingbird
Theme: Resilience
How: 10 of Swords
Helper: Beaver
Theme: Resources
How: 6 of Wands
Helper: Unicorn
Theme: Resolve
How: Queen of Wands
Helper: Snow Leopard
Theme: Experiment
How: Queen of Swords
Helper: Sea Turtle
Theme: Undergrowth
How: 6 of Cups
Helper: Whale
Theme: Embodiment
How: 3 of Cups
Helper: Cow
Theme: Knowledge
How: 5 of Cups
Helper: Honey Bee
Theme: Restriction
How: X The Wheel of Fortune
Helper: Raven
Theme: Sensuality
How: Queen of Wands
Helper: Peacock
Theme: Focus
How: 3 of Wands
Helper: Horse
Theme: Compost
How: Ace of Swords
Helper: Butterfly