Will you ring it in by throwing a wild, wooly, wonderful bash or quietly by your fireplace, gathering wishes over the phone with a few close friends?
Whatever your plans, it’s great to have a rough draft of what you’d like the entire New Year ahead to contain. After all is said and done, the New Year and its possibilities contain much more than blowing a whistle, drinking some champagne, and popping a balloon, wouldn’t you agree?
As we start the countdown to the New Year, we’re faced with a blank slate that we each will fill in with whatever words and pictures are most prevalent in our minds. And, so, as we make resolutions, it’s great to be conscious of what we’re actually creating.
Why is it Important to Plan for the New Year?
Experts advise us that without some semblance of conscious intention, our efforts are likely to fall off track or be side-lined by the actions of others who are crystal clear about what they want to take place. We’re not in control of events or other people, but we can be in control of ourselves. So, even if we eliminate or revise some of our New Year’s goals and strategies, it makes sense to have a vision and plan in mind for what lies ahead.
Planning Tools to Try
There are many different ways to lay out a plan, and it’s good to try a few different possibilities. So here is a short list of strategies to get clear about what you want to create in the New Year.
Write in a Journal
Things just get clearer when we see them in black and white, don’t they? A New Year’s journal, with a special cover design representing where you are right now, is the perfect tool to brainstorm about what you’d like to see happen in the year ahead.
Let your daydreams, and night dreams, add depth to what you desire. Journaling their symbolic content can trigger new ideas and help you get in touch with your deepest feelings.
Make a Treasure Map
For those of you who ‘think in pictures”, this is the perfect tool. Find a picture, either online, or in print, that represents what you’d like to see happening in each area of your life.
For example, love and relationships might be one area for you, health and fitness might be another, and career and money might be another. Be sure to include spirituality and life path somewhere in your treasure map.
You get the idea.
Select one or more images for each category and arrange them however you want on a bulletin board or canvas. Include places, events, and people that you want in your life over the next year. Remember to have this montage in a place where you will see it every day!
Notice how your life begins to look a lot like the pictures you’ve selected. Images speak to the subconscious and super-conscious levels of the mind, where so much of our lives are created. They contain the inspiration and emotional energy needed to fuel the changes we want to see.
Sometimes it works best to put your goals into words. Ask these three key questions about the New Year coming up: What do I want to experience? How do I want to grow? What do I want to give? The answers to these questions give us a clue about not only what, but how, we will create the New Year.
To maximize the power of visualization, it is good to shift your mindset from “I want”, to “I have”. Mentally experience what the end goal looks and feels like. Make three columns and spend two minutes a piece answering each of these questions. Post them on your treasure map for daily viewing and use them as a way to assess each day that goes by.
Plan at the New Moon
For those of us who feel a strong connection with the earth and natural cycles, this tool is very powerful.
Each month contains at least two lunations: a New Moon, when the moon and sun are conjunct in the sky, and a Full Moon, when they are opposite each other.
The first New Moon right before or right after the New Year holiday is the perfect time to plan for the year ahead. At that time, we cooperate with the universal energies. As the moon grows brighter our goals pick up the energy of the growing moon. The first New Noon of the New Year in 2021 takes place on January 13 in the sign of Capricorn.
Plan with Tarot
A favorite technique of mine is to use Tarot to gaze into the future. Reflecting on a single card for each month gives us insight into the joys and challenges that each might contain. It is good to ask our guides and angels to join us in this process and tell us what we most need to know about each month ahead, and to impress on us solutions to each challenge.
A New Year’s Tarot Spread
Here’s a quick look at the New Year ahead using twelve cards for each of the twelve months coming up:
Pull twelve cards from your deck and lay them out in a circle like the face of a clock. January is one o’clock, February is two o’clock, and so on around the circle until the end of the year. December, the end of the year, is shown by the twelfth card in the twelve o’clock position. Each card is a snapshot of what you will encounter that month.
The Seven Card Year-Ahead Tarot Spread
Now, for a deeper, more transformative reading of the year ahead! This spread examines motivations, emotions, and growth opportunities. It encompasses the past, present, and future.
It is a stellar spread for looking at the bigger picture of your overall purpose on the planet and how the year ahead will fit into that picture. This spread lends itself perfectly to journaling and other reflective techniques!
Check out the video below for a DIY Tarot reading using the Seven Card Year-Ahead Tarot spread!
Cards one through six are laid out in a clockwise spiral with the seventh card in the center, forming a lovely snowflake pattern.
Card 1- Sunset: What did I learn this past year?
Card 2- Horizon: What kinds of things can I expect in the New Year?
Card 3- Obstacle: What challenges will I face in the New Year?
Card 4- Strength: How can I harness my spiritual power?
Card 5- Advice: What did last year teach me?
Card 6- Navigation: What guidance can I get about the New Year?
Card 7- Clarity: What am I about, or what is my personal theme, in the New Year?
The Universe is Looking Out for Us
Whatever and however you plan your New Year, remember that the Universe has a way of operating for your highest good even when it doesn’t look like it is. The bigger picture reveals itself, usually, in retrospect. It can make us laugh at the unexpected ways out destinies actually play out before our eyes.
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