I recently received a request to do a professional tarot reading that spanned up to a two-year period. I thought long and hard about attempting it, but ultimately decided that it wouldn’t be prudent, primarily because the topic was “personal life” circumstances, which can often be a euphemism for relationship matters, and situations involving other people and their frequently divergent agendas and destinies can shift dramatically over that long a period. Thus, the amount of generalization required of such a reading would render it fairly useless, placing it well beyond even what I call “SWAG” (scientific wild-ass guess) territory. That said, the Lenormand Grand Tableau can be valid for up to a year, but I don’t like to perform them for online readings since they cover so much ground and really demand direct client interaction for the best results. I’ve created a couple of year-long tarot spreads patterned after the pagan “Wheel of the Year” but don’t have a lot of confidence in them for professional purposes since I haven’t used them much.
Predictive astrology offers much better tools for extended forecasts in the form of transits, progressions and solar returns, but the amount of work required to interpret a birth chart and two sets of three “moving indicators” is daunting (as well as expensive for the client) and should be undertaken by a more polished natal astrologer than I am since I’ve been focusing on horary techniques for the last few years. I advise against pursuing a computer-generated report for this because, at least in my experience, they fail to adequately personalize the results and yield a somewhat spotty “patchwork” of individual meanings that lacks a convincing synthesis of chart features. Once again, a face-to-face consultation is the best approach.
I think, however, that it’s time I make another stab at creating a spread that can be applied over a year’s time, with a sharp enough focus to be stretched beyond that point without making too many untenable assumptions. I’m not quite sure how I’ll attack the problem, but a challenge like this is always stimulating. Stay tuned for a future post that presents my results.