Opening a Gift Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Opening a Gift Spread

On This Day

The 12 days of Christmas had its origins in Christian tradition, with 12 days of religious devotion culminating with a large feast. American celebrations of these 12 days have mostly been forgotten in lieu of Santa Claus and the ever-popular New Year’s Eve party.

Merry Christmas! Millions wake early today, tiptoeing toward decorated trees, eagerly unwrapping shiny gifts, luxuriating in the fun of toys, gifts, and delicious food. December 25 is actually the first day of the twelve days of Christmas, referenced in the popular holiday song of the same title.

Summation of Spread

The Six of Cups is the card of gifts from the heart and generosity to yourself and others. At times it is regarded as a walk down memory lane, especially appropriate as Christmas seems, more than any other day, a time for childhood reflections.

This spread is an unexpected present for you. Unwrap to discover what the magic of the holiday season has in store for you all through the year.

Cast Your Cards

Take a moment to thank the tarot and honor yourself for all the soul-searching, divining, hard work, and effort you put forth this year. Make a solid promise to enjoy your day, relax, and be thankful for the goodness in your life.

Shuffle your deck. When satisfied, remove the top five cards without looking at them. Place the remaining deck in front of you. Build a house of cards—or, in this case, “wrapping” around your gift—by creating a five-card house around the deck.

When ready, begin to remove the “wrapping” of your deck, one card at a time. Contemplate each card as you remove and find the message within it. When you have removed all five cards, the deck remains in front of you.

The top card is your big gift. Turn it over to receive the gift tarot bestows upon you for the next year. This is your special card, containing a meaning just for you.