End of Year Reflection with Your Tarot Cards: 5 Spreads to Try

December 17, 2020

End of Year Reflection with Your Tarot Cards: 5 Spreads to Try | Happy As Annie

I love a fresh start as much as the next girl. But before we dive head first into the new year, an end of year reflection is in order. In fact, tarot cards are the perfect tool for this end of year self-reflection.

Here are five tarot spreads to help you reflect on this past year and set yourself up for more success in the year to come.

Why are end of year reflection questions crucial?

When I was younger, I’d forge ahead into the new year with all sorts of ambitious and lofty goals and ideals without pausing for even a second to reflect on the year. How had I grown or evolved the previous year? What was I going into this new year with (or without)? It was just “Good riddance” (and an unhealthy dose of perfectionist self-loathing if I’m being completely honest) and on to the much awaited do-over.

But think about it. You need to know where you are to figure out how to get where you want to go. And an end of year reflection allows us to take stock of our starting point before we plan and project for the new year.

  • What do you have under your belt?
  • How can you leverage a new strength you developed this past year?
  • What is an anxiety or pain point that you need to take into consideration instead of just ignoring or repressing?

So now, I always make sure to do an end of year reflection in my journal. In fact, I now use my tarot cards to help me go even deeper.

Don’t tarot cards tell the future? Why would you use them to look at the past?

I actually don’t believe in the power of tarot cards to tell the future.

Sure, many people use them for divination or cartomancy, but I don’t think that’s how tarot works. I see tarot as a window into our soul, or a mirror of our true self. So to me, tarot cards are a wonderful self-discovery tool, which means they are ideal for introspection, reflection, and digging deep into our own psyches.

(Related Video: How Does Tarot Even Work?)

They are similar to a therapist’s further questioning, or journal prompts, or a guided meditation. Could you reflect without them? Absolutely. But tarot cards help you access your intuition and true self in a way that allows your reflections to be as honest and authentic and revealing as possible.

(Related: How to Read Tarot Cards for Yourself)

With that, here are five of my favorite end of year reflection tarot spreads for you to try this year. Pick your favorite from the bunch or try them all. I bet you’ll see some patterns if you do!

5 Year End Reflection Tarot Spreads

I love these spreads because they don’t just look back! They are a great combination of reflection and looking ahead into the new year, which helps us see how these two activities go hand in hand.

1. Past Year Reflection Tarot Spread by Emerald Lotus Divination

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2. New Year’s Tarot Spread by My Wandering Fool

New Year's Tarot Spread by My Wandering Fool

3. Year Ahead Tarot Spread by Tarot.com

Year Ahead Tarot Spread by Tarot.com

Want to try two even bigger spreads, plus some general tips?

I walk you through two additional tarot spreads in the video below (for a total of five spreads in this post). One uses eight cards and the other uses twelve!

Plus, I answer some general questions people often have about doing tarot spreads:

  • Do you shuffle all at once or in between each card?
  • Do you turn over the cards at the same time or reveal them just one at a time?

So if you want more tips and even more detailed spreads than the ones I’ve featured here, this video is for you.


Let me know which of these spreads you try out. And, what other end of year rituals do you like to do? Leave a comment below!

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  • Reply Megan December 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve always been curious about Tarot cards. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to learning more now.

    • Reply HappyAsAnnie December 17, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Do it, Megan! 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne December 20, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Great information can’t wait to learn more!!!

    • Reply HappyAsAnnie December 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! 🙂

  • Reply Megan December 22, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Hope to try one of these spreads if I get a deck for Christmas!

  • Reply Selma December 28, 2020 at 11:52 am

    It’s a such interesting post. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply HappyAsAnnie December 29, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      My pleasure, Selma!

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