2023: A Look at the Year Ahead

2023 Annual Tarot Reading
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The annual reading is a spread that takes a look at what the year ahead holds by exploring the energies of each month. Fully six of the cards for 2023 are from the Major Arcana, signifying major life changes. Sometimes it’s good to have a reminder that change can be positive, neutral, or negative, and we can choose to embrace or resist it, but going with the flow can make for a smoother ride. There may be a lot of opportunities coming up for us that we don’t want to miss, and some choice points as we figure out where we want to go next. 

January: Four of Pentacles

Where the suit of pentacles represents the material realm—encompassing home, family, career, finances, and material resources—fours represent stability. We may be seeking or finding greater stability this month. This is a great time to expand or start a business, seek new clients, begin a training or educational path, explore investments, purchase a home, change jobs or career, and say yes to new opportunities. Paying close attention to the opportunities that feel resonant can guide us to greater satisfaction and fulfillment. Things are not always what they seem; giving the unexpected a chance can lead us down a happy road.

February: The Magician

You create your own reality and the world is a vast palette with infinite ingredients just waiting for you to mould and shape them into your heart’s desires. Exploring a few questions can lend insight: What are you letting in? What are you blocking or resisting? Finding ways to come into stronger alignment with our innermost self can open the valve, so to speak, to let in more of what we have been asking for. The Magician knows their power and strength, and they expect things to go well for them. Positive beliefs and expectations are powerful and act as magnets that draw to us similar energies and experiences.

March: Nine of Cups

Following on from last month’s Magician, the Nine of Cups indicates fulfillment and an abundance of resources. This may indicate something arriving this month or that is waiting for us to be ready to receive it. Finding things that lift us up and bring us joy, peace, and happiness is a powerful way to reach a place of receptivity. There is a celebratory energy this month that we can tap into. Knowing that we are worthy and deserving of all we desire and believing that the good things we want will happen for us can help align us to their energies and creates a conduit through which they can flow to us. 

April: Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles can herald recognition for a job well done and increase coming to us as a result of the work we do, whether creative or career-related. New projects are fruitful and this month may see us reaping the rewards of past efforts. Seeds we planted earlier are sprouting and ready for us to harvest. There is tremendous abundance available to us. Thanks to our focus and determination, and our commitment to the task at hand, wonderful opportunities are arriving. Remembering that alignment is more powerful than hard work can serve us well this month. It is through our connection to our higher self that we can receive inspired action, which is the most powerful action we can take. 

May: Knight of Swords

The first of two knights in a row, the Knight of Swords signifies a fast-moving energy that may bring a message. Wielding his sword, he cuts through anything that is unnecessary. In addition to being the bearer of a message and swift action, he can also represent outside influences that may present a challenge. Our guidance may be to stay the course and to strengthen our focus, knowing that we are always, inevitably, heading toward the destination we have set for ourselves. The only mystery is the path we will take to reach it.

June: Knight of Cups

Another messenger knight, the Knight of Cups can herald change, romance, or travel. This knight is typically associated with immaturity and frivolity and can encourage us to live in the moment, to do what is fun, and to allow ourselves to experience what thrills us. There need not always be strings attached, and in matters of the heart, we may experience something or someone fun and exciting who is not necessarily after commitment or anything long term. Entering new situations with the mindset of enjoying them for what they are without any further expectations can serve us well.

July: Two of Swords

This card often represents a choice point, and the need to look within to make a decision. What is right for us? What will serve us best? Which choice feels better? The suit of swords is associated with thought and the mental realm, but logic isn’t always the best determiner of outcomes. Paying attention to how something makes us feel and going in the direction of what lights us up or just feels better is a way of following our built-in emotional guidance that flows from the higher self. Relaxing and loosening our grip from the problem can allow the solution to arrive.

August: The Tower

Something is ending, and it is good that it does. The tower crumbles because it is not structurally sound; it is no longer safe and cannot support itself or those who wish to enter it. The infrastructure collapses because it is weak. It is time to let go, make our peace with something, and move on. One way of doing this is to focus on the better that we want to see in its place, the stronger, sturdier, stabler structure. The building is the fun part: what do we want it to look like? How will it be improved? How will it serve us? Visualizing the new and aligning with it can help us to move forward in productive ways.

September: Wheel of Fortune

The wheel is turning in our favor. Change, good fortune, and unexpected turns of events are indicated. Something is getting ready to manifest and we may see it come through this month. The universe is always conspiring on our behalf, and it’s time let it in. The path of least resistance is a way universal energies prepare us to move into what we’ve been asking for. Allowing ourselves to go with the flow and letting go of the desire to control outcomes can be just what is needed to allow us to step into that better place and experience the improvement we seek.

October: Ten of Wands reversed

Releasing burdens makes way for the better to arrive. A holdover from August’s tower card, there still may be some brush that needs clearing. This may refer to a cluttered vibration. Where we are holding onto the past or find ourselves remembering the past, we can choose to shift our thoughts, which directly inform our vibrational output, so that we are focusing on the good and anything we can find to appreciate. Imagining ourselves living the life we desire can be a good way of shifting our focus, clearing up our vibration, and bringing us into alignment with what we wish to manifest. Our thoughts inform our reality.

November: Temperance

Temperance is a card of balance, moderation, patience, and inner growth. This card may encourage us to seek ways to foster our inner growth, which informs our outward reality and the experiences we attract. It may also be encouragement to slow down, take more time for ourselves, and allow ourselves the space of quiet moments in which we simply breathe, relax, and be. Profound healing can happen in that space, which is also a place of energetically resetting.

December: The Hermit

This is the time to go within, to integrate some of the wisdom we’ve gained in recent months. Beginning with August’s Tower card, followed by October’s reversed Ten of Wands and last month’s Temperance, we may have experienced major shifts that we would now benefit from processing and integrating in order to find a place of inner peace. Sometimes, it’s a matter of giving ourselves the space to think and process what has transpired so we can make sense of things and clear mental clutter, preparing the way for more productive thinking and improved focus.

Energies of the Year: Justice

Seeking and finding harmony and balance are indicated throughout 2023. This year may see us experiencing tremendous change and growth, and we are advised to seek stability and balance, to stabilize in the positive aspects of our lives and in our growth. This paves the way for more growth and better outcomes, ensuring that the good will last and become even better.

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