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#135674 - 12/19/04 10:43 AM Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Loc: philadelphia
This forum thread is a space intended to discuss your experiences with this custom spread, introduced in my article, Tarot Spread Tutorial : Sacred Days of Yule Spread

Sacred Days of Yule Interpretation

This spread will help you to learn to apply the tarot to enjoy and enrich your passage through the twelve festive days from December 20th to 31st. The meaning of each card in the spread reflects the energy of the festivity associated with each of the twelve days.

1. Mother Night of Dreams: - Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night foretold some of the important events in the coming year.

2. Yule - Winter Solstice: - Dec 21st This card shows us how best to connect to the Light within and without - it symbolizes the Birth of the Sun.

3. The Time of Beth: - Dec 22nd This card points to the inner blocks and resistance that is holding us back from following our dreams.

4. Hopi Time of Renewal - Dec 23rd This card indicates the best way for us to seek purification and renewal, and to build tolerance for others.

5. Feast of Mothers, Christmas Eve: - Dec 24th This card shows how we can connect with the spirits of our ancestors for communion and to ask for wisdom and guidance. It is also a time for Christians to reflect on the birth of Christ.

6. Festival of Life, Christmas: - Dec 25th This card shows us how to connect directly with Spirit.

7. Yuletide, Kwanzaa: - Dec 26th This card shows us how to express nurturance, to attend to our families and to express the protective energy within us towards others.

8. Birth of Freyja: - Dec 27th This card points to issues of love, luck, artistic and creative expression and female wisdom.

9. Feast of Alcyone: - Dec 28th This card gives us a personal inner message - one that speaks directly to our heart and spirit.

10. Day of Nymphs - Dec 29th This card encourages us to connect to our playful side, our inner child and how best to cultivate this aspect of ourselves.

11. Day of Rest: - Dec 30th This card shows us how to walk our path in a relaxed and confident way....with the ability to deal with stressful situations in a philosophical, detached way.

12. New Year's Eve, Hogmanay - Dec 31st This card shows us how to release the old and let in the new. This relates to both our external lives and our inner being.


This spread is unique from other spreads - it is done one card at a time, over the course of twelve days. Each card is meant to be drawn and reflected upon as a separate entity, with a special unique message for the particular sacred day.

1. First, print out a copy of the Yule Wheel.

2 Select a quiet consistent time of day to draw each card over the twelve days if you can. Considering the busyness of the season, this could be a challenge.

3. Each day, draw one card from your tarot deck and lay it on the appropriate spoke of the wheel. Reflect on each card and glean the message it has for you, according to the meanings given above.

4. By New Year's Eve your wheel will be full with the drawn twelve cards. Reflect on the overall meaning of these twelve cards as a whole and write down your impressions of the message being given for the coming year.


#135675 - 12/23/04 02:58 AM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Darn! I was offline for awhile recovering from illness. I would have really loved to try this spread.

Great job, June! <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#135676 - 12/23/04 11:04 AM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Loc: philadelphia
Thanks Janet!

Sorry to hear you were sick - sending you warm healing energy for a comfortable and joyous Holiday!

#135677 - 12/23/04 11:29 AM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Thanks so much, June. :love: Your last Tarot reading for me has really been a source of Guidance and Comfort, even with health challenges. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Happy holidays to you and yours!

#135678 - 12/27/04 12:15 PM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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I am so glad Janet!!

I hope your Holidays were pain free, comfortable and full of fond memories to treasure for years to come!!

You deserve it!

#135679 - 01/06/05 06:49 PM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Posts: 76
Hi June,

This is the first time I've posted in here. I wanted to say, I am fair impressed with your place here, and I'm excited that I might be a part of it. <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> I learned about BellaOnline through Janet, so that's where I "started", lol...

I saw this thread just in the nick of time to start the spread right when you've got the dates set up, so that was cool. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I used the Faeries' Oracle deck instead of a tarot deck, as it is my most favorite deck. I then used several other tarot decks to compliment certain cards if I needed clarification. I did the spread all the way through, and wanted to share...

MOTHER NIGHT OF DREAMS - what specific message do I need to know from my dreams tonight... what of important events of the coming year?

How to do the mundane, everyday "things" with "joy".
Reverence, spirit, gratefulness, enjoyment, acceptance, responsively.
How to *participate* in living, honestly, with integrity and virtue.
How to "dance" when doing all thle things I "have" to do.

I already know I have issues with doing anything at all - I am being "lazy", not doing the things that *need* to be done, "sitting in limbo", and then I can't do the things I "want" to do because the things I *have* to do are still tapping me on the shoulder. I feel like I have no joy in my life at all, and "having" to do something just feels "weary". On top of it I feel "guilty" when I don't get things done - I feel it is morrally wrong to be so irresponible. Over the last few weeks though, I seem to be "coming out" of that, and have had sporadic moments of willingness...

I will note here that on this night I had no dreams... could it be that having a "void" in waking life reflects itself in a "void" of dreams at night?

And the question then becomes, how do I create joy in my life? I shall call on the Collective of Pixies to show me!

YULE - WINTER SOLSTICE - How can I best connect to the light within and without when I see only darkness?

Always keep hope... hope requires that I believe that I have control over myself. *Hopelessness*, as I have realized, is what I feel when I've come to believe again that I have no choice, no say, no control in what occurs in my life. Hope infers that I have a choice.

Because I didn't really understand at first what Iris of the Rainbows was saying, I chose to draw a clarifying card from the Gothic Tarot:

At first this only confused me more. All I could think of was "taking actions". Then I realized... perhaps the message was that I give up/into too soon... I often "predetermine" how a situation "will" turn out, and decide to take things into my own hands and terminate a relationship, or change something to "force" an outcome... I take action to soon... which could kill hope...

THE TIME OF BETH - What inner blocks are holding me back from following my dreams?

Resisting the changes necessary for health, for owning a business, for being responsible. Resisting initiation into living. Resisting letting go. Transfiguration, transformation, change and irrevocable metamorphosis... require *fire*, the essence of this Singer. Fire is an element of *action*... is it that I am resisting taking the actions necessary to unblock myself from my dreams? I believe this may be a key...

HOPI TIME OF RENEWAL - What is the best way to regenerate and renew myself, and in this process cultivate tolerance for others?

THE POOK (a challenger faerie, who carries mirrors to show us our fear, denial, inner trauma, inner drama, insecurity, delusions, confusions, and illusions)
Don't lose sight of my inner light - stay true to that. With the help of Pook's mirrors, look at everything about myself and my life, throw out what isn't true for me anymore, refine what still rings but doesn't quite fit - when I can be true to myself, I no longer will need to manipulatively redirect Pook's mirrors onto others.

FEAST OF MOTHERS, CHRISTMAS EVE - How can I connect with the spirits of my ancestors for communion, and to ask for guidance and wisdom?

Open my heart - conection must be offered, not forced, and that requires *active participation* in my part. True connection must take place on all levels at once - body, mind and spirit... I *must* be present wholly in the moment when I offer this connection. I need only to let go of everything, and just be present and open. Letting go and opening up will dissolve resistances and blocks.

Connection is something that flows "through" me, not "from" me - I am not "separate", we are all in connection.

So, connection could be about letting go of "me" and "I", just like what needs to take place for healing to happen...

For clarification, I pulled from the Tarot of the Dead:

Connecting with honesty, joy and fearlessness (openness).

FESTIVAL OF LIFE - CHRISTMAS - What is the best way to connect directly with spirit for communion, and to ask for guidance and wisdom?


Free expression of my inner light. Opening my wings, "letting fly", being true to the Spirit within.

I have felt "lost" and "disconnected"... and I've already realized that it's because I've "lost" my "belief system" again, or rather, just haven't grown within its parameters, but stagnated with it, when what I used to believe wasn't quite working anymore, I failed to realize it was because my personal understanding of my Higher Powers changed, but I refused to accept the changes.

Freedom of expression... don't "wait around" for the "right time", or be rigid in my rituals... This is another card full of "action" energies, with its implications of exploration... it requires not just study, but *practice*.

Explore, experiment, express... and then let Spirit reply back to me, complete the circle of connection...

12/26/04 (Full Moon tonight!)
KWANZA - How can I express nuturance, in attending to my family and my community, and express the protective energy within me towards others?

Live within a balanced base, as salads require "just the right amount"... and UNdressing a salad requires even more dexterity. In living this way, I can be an "example" to others of self-control, of the "ideal" of a free human being, and thereby being strong and protected.

Balance my own life, be open to the fluctations that require adjustment, maintain my own equilibrium so that I don't "react", but rather act on all things in life. Become the leader of my own life... be ready... and be *willing*... to jump in whatever direction seems appropriate to express nuturance and protection... keep a cool head in that expression as well.

For clarification, I pulled from the R-W deck:
*Balance*, choices, "in-relation-to"... well, I guess I might be understanding the Undressing of a Salad after all...

BIRTH OF FREJA - What of the potentials of artistic and creative expression, and female wisdom in my life?

Open myself up to the Ether - let things go as they will, don't "control" events with "my" will, work to live within Universal Will. Listen to that voice within... it is already there waiting for my acknowledgement, be willing to be faithful to that alone. Work on improving my receptivity of the Song of Intuition. Patience and practice are the keys.

Information is already available to me if I will just listen to my own inner knowing.
This is the time to really listen to my intuition.

FEAST OF ALCYONE - What is my personal inner message, what does my heart and soul need to know?

He looks at me and says "You KNOW you should have done that already!!". I hear too... that I *need* to "do it" anyway, regardless of any fear involved in my logical processes. Would the nagging knowledge that something "big" (for me anyway, lol) will come of what I "need to do" be enough to overpower the inertia and depression the fear instills in me? Not sure yet...

Is "guilt" a part of Fee Lion's message? I don't believe so... instead, I think it is about "if you do this, you'll free up space in your life to be able to recieve".

DAY OF NYMPHS - How can I best connect to my playful side, my inner child, and optimally cultivate this part of myself for the good of all?

To not be so afraid of everything and everybody. To let go of my fear of "life". This is a hard one for me, as it was ingrained in me early by primary caregivers, to be afraid of "everything". My mother is still this way...

After drawing this card, I wasn't paying attention to the card, and was writting the above sentence down. When I looked bck at the card for more insights, I discovered I was holding it reversed, and I'm not sure if I "flipped" the card while writing... so...

I shall pay special attention to how pervasive fear and self-doubt are in my life, how much I allow them to control my life. With this card I feel a reverse is an "intensity" of the upright, not an "opposite".

DAY OF REST - How can I walk my path in the most relaxed, confident way, solving problems with detachment?

Face the problmes head-on with common sense - look at my fears/problems for what they are. Be honest with myself about what I am truly struggling with, and what my priorities are...

G. Hobya looks like a "devil" to me... he is described as the faerie who's job it is to "throw" all our boogymen in our faces. He is the one who challenges us to face our fears.

My Personality *and* Soul card is The Lovers in tarot, and so The Devil is my "shadow" or teacher card. With this knowledge, and seeing G. Hobya as a "devil", I also am reminded of all the symbolism that a "devil" stands for me... "temptations", things I do for instant gratification rather than for spiritual growth. If I can't look past the fear to see the truth, then I will not be able to walk with confidence in my path...

How can I best let go of all that no longer works for me, and open myself to Universal Potential, within as well as externally?

Arval is the faerie of True Voice... I need to speak my Truth, as well as listen to True Sound. I need to tune in more, be sensitive to, body language, incomplete sentences, and unfinished thoughts to try to discover what these signals mean to me about what no longer works for me, about ways the Universe wants me to act in order to be open in all ways.

Ok, there it is. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Any thoughts or other suggestions are welcome. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

A friend is someone who knows the song of your soul...
and sings it back to you when you've forgotten the words
~author unknown~


#135680 - 01/12/05 04:04 AM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Registered: 09/26/04
Posts: 4
Loc: philadelphia
Wow 'llysa,

What a wonderfully detailed and informative reading. I love the Fairy deck's card names and interpretations!

I especially resonate with the card you drew for the 27th - the Singer of Intuition. The advice it gives seems very potent for helping you to delve into your creative store and to incubate new and exciting breakthroughs and discoveries.

What a great way to start your year,..lots to think about here!!

#135681 - 01/18/05 11:11 PM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 3698
Loc: USA
I am so glad Janet!!

I hope your Holidays were pain free, comfortable and full of fond memories to treasure for years to come!!

You deserve it!
Bless your heart, June. :love:

#357390 - 11/30/07 09:52 PM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread [Re: JanetBoyer]
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Hi Everyone,

It will be time to begin this spread for 2007 on December 20th. Mark your calendars! Pay particular attention to the card you draw on the 22nd this year - this is considered the "key" Yule day in 2007!
June Kaminski, MSN PhD(c)
BellaOnline Web Design Editor
Visions of Adonai Design and Hygeia Design

#360778 - 12/19/07 02:42 PM Re: Sacred Days of Yule Spread [Re: June - Web Design Editor]
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Tomorrow is the first day to begin, if you plan to engage in this sacred practice this year.

December 20th:

Mother Night of Dreams: - Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night foretold some of the important events in the coming year.
June Kaminski, MSN PhD(c)
BellaOnline Web Design Editor
Visions of Adonai Design and Hygeia Design

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