(For the past five years, I’ve used Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. For 2015 I combined my love of tarot with the Reverb questions, matching my favorite questions to the 22 Major Arcana cards in the deck.)
WHEEL. 7 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of the past year in 7 minutes. Set an alarm for 7 minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about the year.
This was the year you cried in an airport because your mom had fallen and needed emergency hip surgery. You’d flown up to the Bay Area to surprise an old co-worker. It was a surprise, and a great day. Until the call.
Don’t forget that it didn’t take too long before your mom was walking again. She was so proud of how ‘young’ all the doctors said she was.
This was the year you started a blog. And actually started to use all your tarot decks.
Don’t forget seeing a screening of The Hunting Ground at the casting agency in downtown LA. Your assistant told you to not wear jeans, and you were glad you listened to her.
You presented on campus safety at a conference based on seeing that movie.
You made your own tarot deck!
This was the year you tried Soylent.
Don’t forget you had samosas and ginger beer in a tavern with friends. And the next night went out to a fabulous restaurant that reminded you of why you miss Oakland. And them.
You hired someone. And mentored them. And when they expressed a desire for leadership, you gave it. You hooked them up with a coveted volunteer position. And tried to say ‘thank you’ and ‘good job’ as often as possible. Because you knew right away you were looking at your successor.
You gave him a tarot reading. And he liked it.
This was the year you signed up for training on how to lead circles, and never finished it. But you signed up for a Tarot Counseling class and finished that, loved that.
Don’t forget the cabin in Wrightwood. And how it hailed as you drove out of town.
You discovered Lenormand cards.
This was the year you hiked Yosemite – and loved every second of it. You did not hike in Maui – that was a bad day.
One of his friends died while running on a trail. Another one of is former co-workers passed away too young of a heart attack. This was a year of death, perhaps the first of many.
Don’t forget how excited you were about BATS.
You scratched your glasses on the camping trip to that island with the little foxes. And saw dolphins on the way there.
This was the year you withdrew from graduate school. And cried a lot about it.
Don’t forget the sound of your car engine dying on an off-ramp. This is why you get the extended warranty.
This was the year you kept a diary for a solid year. “The messy year.”
This was the year of ill fitting glasses and bad haircuts.
You were a basketball player in a 4-person Halloween costume. 1 person as in a gorilla suit. Only the adults got the joke.
Don’t forget that the night sky was so amazing, so overwhelming that every time you left the cabins in Yosemite it was as if you could hear the noise they made.
You sold the house.
This was the year you decided to learn how to use a Pilates reformer.
Don’t forget that this was the first year since the accident that you didn’t spend October in a funk.
You saw Angela Landsbury in Blithe Spirit this year.
This was the year he ran a marathon and you flew up with him to be supportive even though you were really, really sick.
Don’t forget the sweet little attic room in that B & B in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania. Skylight. Window seat. You could have stayed there for days.
You stopped going to book club.
Don’t forget how often you cried in the car either to work or from work.
This was the year the Santa Ana winds made you itch all over.
This was a year of falls, and recoveries. And things breaking. And getting things fixed. It’s appropriate that this is ‘the Wheel’s Question’ as this was a year where is was more clear than ever: when you are up, prepare for the down and when you are down, know there is an up around the bend.