I whipped up a little R&R themed tarot spread for this week’s solstice. Summer is for your enjoyment. Met with a plan, it’ll fuel you up for the year to come. Left to its own devices, this season will burn your winter-self right off your bones and shed you pink and prickly. Consider this spread a treasure map, pointing out where to indulge, and where not to over-indulge.
Place the Sun card in the middle of your table before you shuffle and draw anything else. The sun is at its peak power up north. Summer means everything for us that the tarot Sun does.
1. Recover & Renew: What do I most need to pull from this season? What do I need to soak up from the Sun?
2. Rest & Relax: Where in my life do I most need to rest and relax? What’s stressors can I step away from for a spell? What can afford to sit on the back-burner while I take a minute?
3. Rumpus & Romp: Where in life can I celebrate and play? What’s a good theme for a summer adventure?
4. Release & Re-Block: Where do I need to watch for burnout? How can I protect myself to get the best out of the season with minimal scrapes and burns?
My current list starts with a revisit to all my old Calvin & Hobbes collections, inspired by watching Dear Mr. Watterson on Netflix. For something old but new to me, Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (translated by Richard Howard) and An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks. I haven’t read either yet. Then I’m re-visiting Michael Koryta’s supernatural thrillers So Cold The River and The Ridge because ghost stories. Great storytelling, just creepy enough, and The Ridge is full of big cats (!!!). I can’t wait to get my paws on a copy of Will Do Magic For Small Change by Andrea Hairston later this summer. (Her Redwood and Wildfire is one of my favorites.) Finally, for poetry, a copy of Janine Pommy Vega’s Mad Dogs of Trieste. (I’ll admit I picked it up in a used book shop years ago cause I liked the cover art, but I still haven’t cracked it open and have no clue whether or not I like her writing.)
What are you guys reading this summer? Comment with your top picks!