For most of you familiar with Wicca, you’ve heard of “Year and a Day” training. After dedication to your Pagan or Wiccan path, most folks will go through either solitary self-study or structured study with their Coven, for a period of no less than a year and one day. This 366 days of training is wonderful for really diving into subjects (the most common format is cycling through a new topic or activity per month) and through this a person can really absorb the material and find out if that path is for them. The thought is that if you can commit to a full year and one day for study, then you’re ready and have enough knowledge & skill to be fully initiated into that path.

I’ve done several versons of my own “year and a day” for my solitary path, since self-dedicating to Wicca at the age of 15. Since I’m now 31, my solitary practice is pretty solid, but this year I had an idea. For 2017, I want to focus on the Tarot and do a full “year and a day” study of this wonderful divination tool! The idea came to me as I was cycling through Ethony’s #31 Days of Tarot challenge in January.

After creating a new Tarot Journal for this journey, I’ve outlined my full 2017 year, shown below.

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My 2017 “Year and a Day” Tarot Journal, shown with Light Grey Art Lab’s Cosmos Tarot Deck

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2017 Year And A Day Tarot Study

  • January – Complete Ethony’s #31 Days of Tarot Challenge
  • February – Daily draws/pulls with a new deck (I chose the Linestrider Tarot) & complete “deck interviews” for all of my Tarot decks (I’m excluding Oracles here because that’s a lot of decks for me!) For the interviews, I’m using Ethony’s spread, found HERE.
  • March – In-Depth Study: Cups Suit (here I will go through each of the cards in the suit and take 1-2 days meditating on the card and its meanings/symbology)
  • April – In-Depth Study: Wands Suit
  • May – In-Depth Study: Swords Suit
  • June – In-Depth Study: Pentacles Suit
  • July – Walkthrough of the Fool’s Journey (the Major Arcana cards) and compare to Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”. This is really going to be a month to study archetypes. πŸ™‚
  • August – Create & work with 2 new spreads per week (8 minimum); spreads must contain at least 3 cards/positions.
  • September – Tarot Maintenance Month! Each week will have it’s own separate blog post, rather than a monthly re-cap.
    • Week 1 – Go through each Tarot deck and purge any that should move on to new homes.
    • Week 2 – Revamp my storage for all remaining decks (obtain bags for the ones that don’t have boxes, ensure old, torn boxes are replaced, etc.)
    • Week 3 – Focus on trying new cleansing & clearing techniques (i.e., crystals, Reiki, smudging, EO diffusing/smudging – include New Moon bath on 10/19/17)
    • Week 4 – Categorize all remaining decks into groups for personal use versus client use and notate why.
  • October – Create & post my own daily TarotΒ Challenge on Instagram! Theme & Name TBD.
  • November – Using Tarot for manifestation & spell work. This month will focus on exploring other uses for Tarot than just divination. πŸ˜‰
  • December – Non-traditional Tarot! Each week I’ll go through a different “Tarot” deck that follows its own system versus the traditional Rider-Waite system and blog about its differences. So, this month will have a weekly post like September:
    • Week 1 – Cosmos Tarot
    • Week 2 – Dreams of Gaia Tarot
    • Week 3 – Medicine Woman Tarot
    • Week 4 – TBD

Lastly on January 1st, 2018 – I plan on reviewing my entire journal and taking notes on my own tarot journey for 2017:

  • What did I learn?
  • Did my views on the Tarot or aspects of the Tarot change?
  • How have my reading skills developed this year?
  • What were the pros and cons of studying Tarot in this format?
  • Would I do another single-subject “year and a day” study?

In addition to the monthly activities, I plan on continuing to post deck interviews for newly acquired decks, post about the decks I’ve been lovingΒ each season, and upload unboxing videos to YouTube.

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Phew! This is going to be a FULL year for me! I’m also completing other trainings (Holistic Tarot, Reiki Master & Doula) in addition to the above and will be returning to my regular 9-5 job in April. I’m not sure how to get all of this accomplished, but I won’t know until I try! πŸ˜‰ “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” as the saying goes!

How have your Tarot studies gone, lovelies? Have you done an in-depth study of this size, or taken any certification courses? Would love to know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

Brightest Blessings, Lovelies! -Cory Gunn, CCH