As I was browsing through my enormous spread file, I came across an “Elemental Thanksgiving Spread” that I put together a few years back. I had forgotten all about it. As we are just coming up of the American Thanksgiving holiday, I felt that it would be appropriate to post it. Being grateful and expressing gratitude is not just for the Thanksgiving holiday but can be done anytime throughout the year.
In this spread, I combined the elemental correspondences with expressions of gratitude – aspects of the elements that we can be grateful for. The layout is as follows:
Card 1: North
This is the direction of the North, associated with the element of Earth and your physical environment: financial matters, physical health and material concerns. Ask yourself: what prosperity or material concerns do I need to be thankful for?
Card 2: East
This is the direction of the East, associated with the element of Air and your mental environment/self, ideas or philosophies, attitudes & mental activity. Ask yourself: What clarity or intellectual realizations do I need to be thankful for?
Card 3: South
This is the direction of the South, associated with the element of Fire. This is associated with Career, energy, action, activity, desire and spirituality. Ask yourself: What do I need to give thanks for in my spiritual, career or creative life?
Card 4: West
This is the direction of the West, associated with the element of Water. This concerns your emotional environment: relationships, friendships, emotions, and intuition. Ask yourself: What do I need to be thankful for in my emotional life?
Card 5: Spirit
This final card drawn and represents Spirit: your spiritual life and moral/ethical issues. Ask yourself: What do I most have to be thankful for in my spiritual life?
Try doing the same spread except asking yourself what you have to be thankful for in each of these areas in the coming year.