by Courtney Weber
A number of years ago, I was dragging a heavy suitcase to my job, prepared to head home for Christmas at the end of the work day. It wasn’t until a security guard asked me if I was all right that I realized I was yelling at that suitcase, and crying.
“I’m fine,” I said. “It’s just Christmas.”
I don’t remember why I was yelling at my suitcase. I’m sure it was heavy. I was probably sick of hauling it up and down subway stairs. But I may have also been angry at a loved one, fighting with some boyfriend, or frustrated with having to buy a present for a work party on an overstretched holiday budget.
Such a typical story. The holidays can be joyous, exciting, and Magickal. But they can also leave you yelling at your suitcase on a cold morning.
As a Tarot reader, I often consult the cards during the holidays—not so much for prophecy as situational navigation. Pulling a single card a day is a common practice for Tarot practitioners (and one I include in Tarot for One), but this time of year may require a few extra “pulls.”
I have posted some samples below, along with their interpretations:
What do the holidays hold for me and my loved ones?
This card represents a lot of everything: things lovely and challenging—and all coming at you at once. No holiday will be perfect. People will need to be flexible, limit expectations, and focus on the beautiful things. There will be plenty of lovelies, but nothing will ever be 100% Hallmark-worthy (I’m not paid to say that.).
How will the office party go?
If the Page of Wands encourages attention to detail, thoughtfulness will be key. Is the boss focusing on who participates in the Secret Santa as a sign of team-playership? Maybe this is a sign to pay attention to how much eggnog you consume (Someone might have spiked it beyond an appropriate level….)? If this is the card you pull in response to a work event, it’s not going to be the kind of event where you can let loose and be a crazy person. You’ll need to be mindful of yourself and others around you.
First time getting together with the family since The Election…how will it go?
Sometimes, two cards flip out when you’re only trying to draw one. This can highlight a “hot topic,” and given the nature of events this year, many family gatherings will land somewhere on the scale between smoldering and inferno. These two cards, particularly the 9 of Cups Reversed, urge sensitivity. In the best of times, the 9 of Cups represents a whole heart and lots of love. It being reversed does not indicate an absence of love at your family gathering, but it might mean that feelings will be easily hurt—imagine this card as the “open blister” omen. As for Judgement Reversed, the message might be “Leave your judgements at the door.”
What to get the niece/nephew who has most things and hates everything else?
The Moon represents fickle feelings, so don’t get one for a single store. Visa or Mastercard Gift Card (I’m not being paid to say that, either…).
How can I best practice Self-Care during the Holidays?
Make sure to keep yourself on your list this year, too. Keep even a sliver of your budget available to gift something to yourself. If you don’t have any budget at all, imagine your personal time as your holiday gift to the world. Carve out a slice of that time for yourself: go look at lights, listen to your favorite holiday album with no one around to tell you to take it off repeat, indulge in a tasty treat you normally wouldn’t have. The holidays may encourage giving to others, but this doesn’t mean you should leave yourself out.
Good luck, and whatever you celebrate at this time of year, make it as Merry as can be!
Courtney Weber is a Wiccan priestess, writer, Tarot advisor, and activist. A Tarot reader with over 20 years’ experience, Courtney produced and designed Tarot of the Boroughs, a modern tarot deck set in New York City, composed of original photography. She is the author of Brigid (Weiser Books, 2015) and Tarot For One (Weiser Books, Nov 2016). She has been published on Huffington Post, The Wild Hunt, in Circle Times magazine, and elsewhere.