4-Card Tarot Spread to Navigate the Fall Equinox

Posted on August 20, 2019

A clock is sitting in a pile of red and orange leaves.

​It’s time for a change of season again, and some of us are a lil’ bit cranky about that. Who wants to say goodbye to Summer?

The Fall signs, that’s who! Most especially Libra, the Cardinal sign of the Air signs, the sign that launches Fall. Virgo energy is abundant in Fall alongside Libra energy too, and this combination of Earth and Air gives us just what we need to get down to the brass tax of it all. It’s time to get to work!

This time of year then presents a little bit of a freak-out moment for many zodiac signs. We’re sad about Summer being over, that’s okay. It happens to everyone. Many Earthlings gave up on resolutions long ago.

But maybe you hoped that this would be the year you met your soul mate or found that epic dream job at the top of the ladder. Or both. And maybe none of that has happened and you are having a bit of a freak-out. Don’t.

Divination is now your answer to finish off the year with exactly what you need to do in order to fulfill the Universe’s Destiny for you. One way we do that is through the Tarot. Every Tarot card reading contains messages from your spirit guides and angels that show you the path to enlightenment. Humans like the Tarot because it uses symbols to illustrate what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen. Maybe you don’t even know what your goals are, but you do want to finish the year in exactly the way your Destiny has intended for you.

As we change seasons and head into the glorious Autumn Equinox, the days are getting a little bit shorter and we have less time to figure out what needs to get done. So, let’s ask the Tarot what to do and when to do it! Here’s how to perform your own Autumn Equinox Tarot reading.

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Autumn Equinox Tarot Reading

Tools you will need:

You can do whatever you need to accomplish this. This can be a meditation room, add candles, get a diffuser with essential oils going, or you can just do the reading when you are home alone and have some time to really examine what lies ahead in the last quarter of this year.

This is going to be a 12-card reading. Four cards are going to represent each month: September, October, November, December. Then, under each month you are going to draw an additional two cards, and that is where you are going to get your 12 cards from.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Step One:

Shuffle the cards, any way you want. I’ve seen it done a number of ways. My son, for example, usually cuts them in half and picks the top card. Ever the Libra! He likes to keep it simple. Logical. Organized. Neat and tidy. I’ve seen other people fan the cards out and mix them all up in a big mess.

After you shuffle your cards you are going to pick them, or, draw them, as some Tarot professionals say. I always say, there’s no wrong way to do either. Which way is your heart telling you to shuffle? Then do it.

Step Two:

Draw your cards. I personally prefer that all cards for the reading are pulled at the same time. Very often we pull clarifying cards if a question comes up during the reading. Those are simply that, extra cards, to clarify something the Tarot is telling us.

But first, pull or draw the number of cards required for the reading. Again, any way you want to get those 12 cards is up to you. You will find that the Tarot pushes some cards out to you. With practice, you will recognize this more.

Step Three:

Lay out four cards in front of you, and as you do, name them. You can do that out loud or in your head – September, October, November, December. Lay them out face up. Don’t freak out or get too excited yet. If you see a card that looks scary, relax. You’ve only just begun your reading, remember?

Step Four:

Now you are going to take the remaining 8 cards, and two cards are going to go under each of the four cards you just set out. You can lay these face up as well. These are what I call “Advice Cards.”

One represents: What to do. One represents: What not to do. So this is where you get direct advice from the Tarot to give you actionable energy to fulfill your potential. Now it’s time to read the cards.

Step Five:

Now you are going to read your cards. You may want to use our Tarot card definitions to do so.

Each of the four cards is going to tell you what the theme for you of that month is.

For example, let’s say you get the Sun for September. That’s an awesome month ahead for you! It signals prosperity in joy and a lot of abundance in some form.

Then you’re going to look at your advice cards. What should you do to encourage this potential? What actions should you avoid? Tarot may tell you to avoid being sneaky on something, to avoid overspending, or to avoid causing drama, or things like that. And it may tell you exactly what you need to do to receive that abundance in September.

Now you’re going to do that every month. You may want to journal this and come back to it in January 2020 to see if the cards were right. I bet they will be! Use the reading, and take its advice, or don’t, as many Earthlings sometimes just don’t like it, and see what happens. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve read for that didn’t take the advice from the Advice Cards and then come back to me and say, “What happened? Why didn’t that come true?”

Well, instead of the cards, let’s ask Captain Obvious, shall we? It’s okay. I’ve even done that myself a few times. It happens. It’s called being human.

You always have your free will no matter what the cards say. And your intuition. Use it. Use them both. Until then though, this reading should give you some peace of mind, and less freaking out, as you wrap up this year and head into the next

Concluding Thoughts…

Remember that when you are doing your own readings, there is no wrong way to do them. And also, when you do your own readings, the things you see now are truths in potential. That means these things CAN happen. But anything can change. The winds of change are always blowing. For example, you may make a decision today that will change the outcome of this exact same reading tomorrow.

Don’t be afraid to do this Tarot card reading as often as you need to. At the same time, come back here and check your Free Daily Tarot reading - you will probably be surprised to see that the same cards keep showing up (happens to me all the time). That’s a sign! Duplicate cards always are pointing you to something major. So pay attention, and don’t be afraid to hit us up with any questions.

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Meg Jones Wall (she/her) is a queer photographer, writer, and tarot reader based in NYC. She is a columnist and contributor at Autostraddle, shares daily card studies and original… Learn More About The Author »

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