Winter Solstice Spread & Reading

The winter solstice falls on December 22nd this year. The winter solstice is the longest night out of the year. Spiritually it represents the New Year. Even though We place the New Year on January 1st, the winter solstice marks the time when the Sun is “born” and day begins to get longer.

There are many points in the year in which I do tarot readings for myself to evaluate where I am, where I was and generally what’s going on.  I do a reading on my birthday, the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice or New Year.

In this post I will be sharing with you a Winter Solstice spread that I shared on YouTube where I pulled cards for my reading. In this post I will be giving my interpretations to these cards.

The spread goes like this.


1)   How do I feel overall about the past year?

2)   Where were my challenges in the past year?

3)   Where did my support come from in the past year?

4)   How have I changed in the past year?

5)   Where do I need to change?

6)   What do I need to release?

7)   What do I need to bring in?

8)   What do I need to honor in myself?

How do I feel overall about the past year? – 6 of Wands.  This card is about victories and the overall feeling about this past year is a feeling that I have come out on top, that I have achieved something and that I am victorious in some aspect. This is true. In the start of 2011 I felt that good energy was heading my way, many things positive happened for me tarot wise. Personally, I lost 55 pounds and that without a doubt is a victory. The 6 of Wands can also indicate support and praise from people around you, which is true. I had great support from my fellow readers and I have been cheered on in my endeavors. In the last part of the year I was laid off from work however I see that as a GOOD thing, my tarot business picked up right after being laid off and I have been able to focus on my book, blog and youtube much more.


Where were my challenges in the past year? – 4 of Cups.  Oh how I laughed when this card came up, tarot has a good sense of humor for sure. This card relates to my challenges in this past year perfectly. I see this card is boredom, apathy and losing interest in things and I see it also as laziness. Laying around, wanting to do something but not having the drive to do it. This is the story of my life. I see this card influences me the most with my book. It often found it card to get myself to sit and write. I was overwhelmed by the energy of the 4 of Cups.


Where did my support come from in the past year? – The Wheel. This is an interesting card to see here. The Wheel represents cycles and the flux of ups and downs. As what supported me this can show that either I understand this idea of cycles more and that I understood that lows don’t last that sooner or later things move on up. As a force outside of me it represents that higher forces have been at working pushing me into a positive direction. Which is a great thing to see here.


How have I changed in the past year? –  The Fool – The Fool is about newness and taking risk, jumping into new things, trying new things. This is something I did do, during the summer especially felt the energy of The Fool. I was more adventurous and really went with things as they came.


Where do I need to change? Justice – This card is about balance, fairness and about understanding cause and effect. Justice is about taking responsibility for our actions.  I need to take more responsibility for my actions. I also need to change and become more balanced. As well as more rational.


What do I need to release? – Ace of Wands. This is odd and somewhat of a stumper. The Ace of Wands as what do I need to release? Perhaps instead of something I need to release as in “let go of”, I may need to release in another way. I may need to release as express what is being kept inside. If this is the case there is a whole bunch of fiery energy that this ace represents that needs to be let out of the bottle.


What do I need to bring in? – 10 of Swords. This seems odder than the Ace of Wands this card may seem counter-intuitive as something you should bring in right? Maybe not, this card can signal a need for me to let go of something, which has become a dead horse, which I keep beating. This card can signal a need to usher in a new cycle or thought and new ways of thinking to old problems.

What do I need to honor in myself? – 6 of Cups. Finally, the 6 of Cups for what to honor in myself directs me to look towards the past, my childhood, my upbringing perhaps making peace with it. Honoring my past and my experiences growing up. I don’t need to go into much detail but I look at my past with mixed emotions of regret, missed opportunities and a desire to change certain things. However this card being a card of the past and in the “honor in myself” it says I need to stop wanting to change what can’t be changed and honor that which made me who I am.


This reading was very accurate and resonated with me very much. I would love for all of you to try this reading and see what the cards have to say to you.

Have a Blessed Yule, a Merry (happy) Christmas and a great New Year.


Angelo Nasios




The recipient of Tarosophist of the Year 2011, Angelo Nasios is a rising voice in the tarot community. Angelo is known for his popular YouTube channel in which he produces educational tarot videos. Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana, Angelo’s first book will be released by Schiffer Publishing.

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  • Jade

    Hi, you left out The Fool. Was that intentional?