The New Year Tarotcast – January 3, 2017

A New Year; and a new Tarotcast drawn with the intention that it describes an underlying theme that will be present for a wee while yet – one the defines the beginning of your year.

It may represent a theme that is returning in a different form for you to attend to – perhaps in a new way. (After all, isn’t that what Mercury Retrogrades are for?) Or it may be something new.

Eight of Wands, Nine of Wands, Prince of Disks from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.

And as I was writing that last sentence – “it may be something new” – I was shaking my head silently but resolutely.

First of all because there is nothing new under the sun, and our lives tend to travel in spirals, where we see things time and again at different angles, perhaps from an increasingly compassionate and detached perspective.

Second, because the Nine of Wands at the centre of the reading suggests a breakthrough. Or a break out. Or a clean break. None of which can happen without the experience of having been held in something that you’ve know only too well, and probably for some time.

Let’s start with the card on the left, the Eight of Wands. As you can see, we have a chronological pairing with the Eight of Wands, and the Nine of Wands next to it. They come one after the other in the Tarot deck, as they do here, and that suggests the kind of progression is underlined: it is both emphasised in the reading, and there will be a quality about it that suggests that its path is eased. It could even be that there is a default or least-resistance quality to it – like lightning crackling along a wire.

Well, hey! Isn’t that what leads to the break-through? Doesn’t that mean that following that lightning path will blow the whole thing open?

Maybe it will.

Maybe the breakthrough comes because there is that no-obstacle feel to what’s happening. It could feel magical. It could feel fucking electric. Because that’s what it is: electricity, libido, creativity, va-va-voom! That’s Wands when we hit the realm of the Eight. Activation.

Maybe you have a choice, though.

More choice than you’ve had before. Maybe the CHOICE is what’s important – the fact that you can choose under circumstances that in the past have followed a current either with no alternate path available, or a path you were unable to take because the current was so compelling, so driven by a power that swept you along with it, zipping you past any deviations.

Libido on default setting.

And remember that ‘libido’ is not just about sex. Not at all. Libido is the creative drive that underpins all things. It is plugged into and fed by the unconscious, by biology, and initiated in a zone that precedes thought, or logic, or what’s rational. It is also creative to the point of destruction.

This is where plans and good intentions fall by the wayside. It is where heartbreak is forgotten (or postponed). It’s where consequences are put on the back-burner. This also is where breathtaking art is forged. It is where a meeting of minds (among other things) can change lives. It’s where the popping-fizz of ingenuity finds the perfect chemical reaction to make the kind of progress that, before, had felt impossible.

One way, or the other, you’re looking at the most potent energy available.

Don’t forget, though, that you are also looking at a choice.

Only you can know whether that pulsing zip-wire of recognition and intensity is what yields your breakthrough this time. Or whether the breakthrough comes from a different quality that stands alongside this. One that is more grounded, perhaps slower-moving. It may feel downright sluggish by comparison, but, then again, anything is going to feel sluggish by comparison.

This other quality is represented by the Prince of Disks, whose profile mirrors one of the two masculine profiles to the right of the card in the Eight of Wands (one with moustache, one without).

Did you notice the double profile on the right of the Eight? It’s easily missed. Our eyes want to brush past it; it takes a moment of pause to stay still enough to see it.

A moment to see the choice.

As a Disks card, the Prince is slower than Wands, and denser, being associated with earth and not fire. As ‘air of earth’ he represents the intellectual mind as it is applied practically. He is an architect. He is methodical. He may not move as fast as greased-lightning, but he is consistent, and he has a plan. He is committed; he is built to see it through.

Notice the little explosion of light behind the drawing of the amphitheatre on his crown? My eye moves from that, and to the explosion of light that breaks open the stone cell in the centre of the Nine of Wands. With this particular side-by-side comparison, I see a controlled detonation – one that took planning. And then I see the value of ‘slow and steady’.

And with that detonation comes what has held you back, or down, or in one kind of prison or another.

It seemed to be all about the electricity, when actually it’s about the choice: between what seems so immediate and so beguiling, and what has the ability to endure.

Again, only you can identify the choice in your own life and how and where it’s showing up, and only you can make it.

Finally, an after-thought that may in fact be central to the whole matter: the choice may not be limited to two options.

It may be a third choice that holds the greatest power:

You need both the va-va-voom and the planning and commitment.

When the quickening volatility seduces you into surfing the current, it’s the Prince of Disks who has the plan to harness it, and to use it before it either fizzles out or takes an entire continent with it.

In other words, what you’re looking for is something to break you out of a situation, and which also works for you. It is constructive, yes. Creative, for sure. But it also has longevity.

If you’re tempted simply by the fireworks, I leave you with Lili von Shtupp’s long-suffering lament in Blazing Saddles:

I’ve been with thousands of men / again and again. / They promise the moon. / They’re always coming and going and going and coming / And always too soon.

Happy New Year!


Astrology Correspondences: Eight of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius), Nine of Wands (Moon in Sagittarius), Prince of Disks (the airy aspect of earth)

The New Year Tarotcast – January 3, 2017


  1. Emma on 3 January 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Lovely reading Sarah, I like your take on the cards. The deck too is beautiful, what is it?

    • Integrated Tarot on 3 January 2017 at 10:42 pm

      It’s good to see you here, Emma! The deck is The Röhrig Tarot, which seems to base its keywords on the Thoth. While I find the cards similarly striking, this deck has a different feel, and one that I can’t quite put my finger on. A feeling of cosmic ‘otherness’ perhaps.

      • Emma on 3 January 2017 at 11:07 pm

        I recognised the Thoth aspect and I agree the images are very striking, I am not a deck collector as such – but may well invest in this one 😀

        • Integrated Tarot on 3 January 2017 at 11:15 pm

          It’s a collector’s item, so hold on to your hat if you haven’t checked the prices yet! The apparently ‘cheaper’ English version is a rip-off, but there are still relatively inexpensive decks in circulation if you’re okay with not having English keywords and titles. (The artwork remains the same.)

        • Integrated Tarot on 3 January 2017 at 11:17 pm

          Here you are – the most reliable source:

          • Emma on 3 January 2017 at 11:40 pm

            Wow, I used the word invest loosely, looks like it more serious than that! Actually I’ll pass for now, they are beautiful, but that price is just too much of a stretch for me.. thanks for the heads up on fakes out there to.

          • Integrated Tarot on 3 January 2017 at 11:47 pm

            I know. I was fortunate: the deck and I found each other at an auction where I was the only bidder.

  2. KP on 3 January 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Incredible reading! I very much resonate with this. Thank you for sharing, Sarah.

    • Integrated Tarot on 3 January 2017 at 10:43 pm

      You’re welcome, KP, and thank you too.

  3. Leanne on 4 January 2017 at 7:51 am

    Thank you Sarah!

    I can see this already played out in my personal life towards the New Year. Regarding the ‘light of seeing; the transparent ease in a choice, which resulted in the same reward…peace. Learning to think through the heart, and feel through the mind. That was really pleasant and easy. It may very well become a break-through instead of aftershocks caused by the veiled, obscured, uncontrolled (often disruptive) explosion I used to fall in/for.

    I also like the notion of this spinning out as an even bigger breakthrough with a business plan I been slowly developing and focusing on. I really feel connected with the image of the Prince, with the plans, the grid, the light and ancient foundational structures. A crystal picked up is guiding. The green gem on the brow is acting as a beacon centered towards love, expansion and healing. ..right into the 9 and your perfect choice of word, detonation. That is the brilliant de-ton(e)ation of light I am also.very much looking towards as well as forward to this month, this year. 😍

    Best wishes to a Brilliant New Year to you!

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 January 2017 at 9:02 pm

      All well-wishes to you for your de-ton(e)ation of light, Leanne – it all sounds very exciting! Happy New Year! 😊

  4. kelly grace smith on 4 January 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I apologize for the typo, the last sentence should read…
    Ask your Self, what serves my Soul, my Self, my God, my goals, and now more than ever…humanity?

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 January 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Typo or no typo, it was a really valuable comment given the content of this reading – and much appreciated! Thank you, Kelly ❤️

      • kelly grace smith on 5 January 2017 at 3:18 am

        Happy New Year! love, Kelly

        • Integrated Tarot on 5 January 2017 at 11:16 am

          Happy New Year! xxx

  5. Leanne on 7 January 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks Sarah. I was also wondering about the wood piece that is attached to the green gem on the Prince of Disks headdress. What do you or the author make of this piece? Does it represent and offer some kind of earthly connection to the stars? Well maybe maybe just answered my personal questiin there. Still would love your the professional, or what the author views.

    Also regarding the Prince and in particular the columns shown in his mind. I just read this numerological review to 2017 and thought to share. It seemed to mirror and also spark the similar impression of the cards in your reading to our entry into this 1 (one) year.

    “The number 1 is the magic wand of creation. It is the only number that is completely straight up and down. Like a column or antenna, it acts as an unobstructed channel of energy, and a direct conduit of manifestation between the spiritual and physical world.

    1 is the number of initiation, invention and new beginnings. It calls upon you to step up, take the lead, blaze new trails and celebrate your individuality.

    The Number 1 Ignites Exciting Ideas, Inspires Growth, & Sparks Lightning-Fast Manifestation

  6. Leanne on 7 January 2017 at 8:46 pm

    And..Just as I was reading that review, and thought to share it, I noticed the time read 11:11. There’s the universal nod! Kaboom!!

    • Integrated Tarot on 9 January 2017 at 12:13 am

      Thank you for sharing, Leanne! That is synchronicity in action!

      As for the wood piece – the companion book has nothing to offer – the description runs to barely a line-and-a-half. Neither do I have anything to offer – simply because I think you found the answer yourself 🙂

  7. M on 10 January 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Sarah — just checking in: should we expect a reading this week? If you think that’s an indication of how much I look forward to your readings, you’re right! Thank you!

    • Integrated Tarot on 11 January 2017 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for checking in, M! Yes, today. I decided to give last week’s a bit of wiggle room 🙂