Letting Go And Leaping Forward

This New Year’s Eve we celebrate the end of not only another year, but another decade. The new year and new decade will also begin in a leap year!

A leap year is a year in which an extra day has been added to the end of February. In the Gregorian calendar, a year is normally 365 days. It takes the earth a little bit more than 365 days to revolve around the sun, so to keep the calendar year aligned with the seasonal or astronomical year, an extra day is added to the year every 4 years with some exceptions. (Any year that is exactly divisible by 4 is a leap year except if it is exactly divisible by 100 but not 400.)

So what is actually being leaped in a leap year? In the Gregorian calendar, a fixed date advances one day of the week year by year. So if March 1st falls on Monday one year then it will fall on Tuesday the next year, Wednesday the next and so on. When a leap year happens, this progression changes after February 29 and all fixed dates advance or leap a day. So if March 1st was going to fall on a Thursday the next year it will actually fall on a Friday if it’s a leap year. This happens all the way to the end of the next February when the daily progressions return to normal – until the next leap year.

The extra day that is added to a leap year is February 29. In numerology, the number 29 reduces to 11 (2+9) and then to 2 (1+1). February is also the 2nd month of the year so the number 2 is very important in a leap year. The two major arcana tarot cards that represent the numbers 11 and 2 are Justice which is card number 11 and the High Priestess which is card number 2.

image from the dracula tarot

Justice stands for balance, cause and effect, clarity, equality, fairness, impartiality, intellect, judgement, logic and truth. The Justice card aptly symbolises the leap year’s correction of the yearly imbalances the Gregorian calendar produces.

The High Priestess represents our descent into the unconscious mind, the land of dreams, visions, and hidden realms. The secret and magical world of the High Priestess may be reflected in the numerous myths and traditions that are associated with leap years. Part of that magic for me is knowing the legendary Bram Stoker died in a leap year!

To pay tribute not only to the upcoming leap year but also the end of the decade, I created the Let Go and Leap Forward tarot card spread which connects these two important events. It is based on the The Wheel of Fortune, which is card number 10 in the major arcana. The Wheel of Fortune is the card of destiny and explores the past, present and future. It symbolises our inability to control fate, no matter how hard we may try. It is a powerful card to work with when celebrating cycles of 10 such as the end of a decade.


image from the dracula tarot


Let Go and Leap Forward Spread
This tarot spread uses only the 22 major arcana cards.
It will be in the form of two circles, one dealt anticlockwise and the other clockwise.

The Outgoing Decade
Shuffle the cards.
Deal 10 cards face down in an anticlockwise direction to form a circle.
These cards represent the themes that were significant to you in the outgoing decade. They provide insight into what successfully brought you to the turn of the decade.
Turn them over one at a time in an anticlockwise order. As you turn over each card reflect on its meaning, identify how it contributed to your last decade and whether it should be let go or will help you leap forward.
Once the 10 cards have been revealed, reflect on the themes that have become apparent and allow the understanding of how the past influences have positioned you for the future to sink in.

The Incoming Decade
Deal the next 10 cards face down in clockwise order, covering the first 10 cards.
These cards represent the influences that will become more significant over the coming decade.
Turn them over one at a time in clockwise order. As you turn over each card, reflect on its meaning and consider how it can assist you to leap forward.
Once the 10 cards have been revealed, reflect on the themes that have become apparent and allow the understanding of things that need to (or will) come into your life and/or be nurtured within it to settle within your mind.

The Leap Year Gifts
You have two cards remaining. These are only used when the start of the decade is a leap year. They signify the extra boost that the leap year gives.
Deal them face up side by side in the centre of the circle.
Consider the meaning of the cards and how they can help you move forward quickly.

Leap Year Recipe – Frog In A Pond
To celebrate leaping into the new year I made an adult version of an Australian childhood favourite. Frog In A Pond is a green gelatine dessert decorated with frog shaped chocolates. My version is a cross between the original childhood treat and an alcoholic jello shot – just perfect to ring in a new year and new decade!



3 leaflets of gelatine
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup Midori or other green liqueur
2 chocolate frogs

Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes.
Squeeze gelatine to remove excess liquid then place in a saucepan over a gentle heat.
Stirring once or twice, allow gelatine to melt.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the water and Midori.
Pour into two cocktail cups.
Place a chocolate frog into each glass.
Refrigerate until set.
If you want your frog to float on the surface, refrigerate until partially set, then add the frog. You can push it in as far as you like or just let it sit there.


  1. Quite fascinating! I did not realize we had a leap year coming up. I love your Tarot cards and images! 2 and 11 are my numbers — as my birthday is Feb. 11 🙂 So I am always very aware of those two cards. The High Priestess is one of my favorites.

    I love your Frog In A Pond! I thought of Harry Potter, the chocolate frogs. Perfect for the new leap year!

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    1. I love that your birthday resonates with the numbers in a leap year! Anna did a great job on the artwork for the deck. I never get tired of looking at it.

      I forgot about the chocolate frogs in Harry Potter! They would look really good in jello. I might have to buy a frog mould so I can make my own chocolate frogs. 🙂

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  2. Omg, how did I miss this post????? It’s a goodun.

    I hadn’t even noticed that this would be a leap year! I, like Christine up there, love the number 11. I do also just feel instinctively that this will be quite a special year. I just feel it in my spidey senses 🙂 . (Justice and The High Priestess! If that’s not an indicator that great things are upon us, I don’t know what is).

    Wonderful Tarot Cards, by the way! Having embarked on the creation of artwork for my own deck, and having thus far only just completed my 19th card, I salute you for the successful completion! It’s quite the commitment.

    I love this idea of doing a reading re: this decade. I did a 2020 reading this last full moon, and it did not disappoint!

    Re: frog in a pond: I had honestly never encountered such a thing until I moved to Victoria. It’s a very Melbourne thing, I think. My daughter certainly took a liking to them straight away ( the non alcoholic version, of course!). Damnit! I now want chocolate….

    Anyhoo. Merry 2020!

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    1. It’s already been an interesting start to 2020, especially as the first full moon coincided with an eclipse. I’m pretty excited to see how the rest of the year unfolds.

      It’s great you’re creating your own tarot deck! It takes a lot of time but it is so worth it and so rewarding. I’m so grateful that my artist friend Anna could spare the time to paint 78 cards for me. It took us a couple of years to complete. We were both so relieved when it was over. 🙂

      I can imagine how excited your daughter was when she first saw a chocolate frog in jelly! I’ll never forget seeing them at a birthday party when I was a very young girl. I couldn’t wait to eat them. Another childhood favourite was Blue Heaven flavouring. Like Frog In A Pond they are both very Melbourne. 🙂

      Happy 2020!

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      1. Yeah, I have a good feeling about 2020. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, but something just feels…different. I guess we’ll find out either way!

        Oh, I can only imagine how it must feel to actually complete such an undertaking! I’ve just accepted that I know it’ll take a while, and that it’ll definitely be worth it in the end!

        It’s such a cute concept. Oh yes- and Blue Heaven! Very very Melbs. I love all the little Melbournisms 🙂

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  3. Your Dracula Tarot Cards are absolutely beautiful and your photos of Frog in a pond are very cute especially the one completely submerged. I think to let go and leap forward is the best think anyone can do but can be difficult. I do struggle at times but feel much better when I do let go.

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    1. I love the submerged frog! It was extra tasty too 🙂

      It’s not easy letting go and there are often strings that stay attached. Sometimes we need a universal push and I think 2020 may give us that!


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