This week: A perilous journey


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Paul B.T. Hyson

Hello, readers!

Let's see what the cards can tell us this week. The theme this time around seems to be journeys, metaphorical, literal, or perhaps both. Maybe one is trying to create something new, embarking on a new project, or travelling as part of a new endeavour? It looks like this time around we may be in for some rough seas, but with a nice reward at the end that will make it worth it.  

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This week I'm going with the classics, the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which set the standard for many subsequent decks. 

First card- universe/big picture- The Magician- power, skill, bringing elements together under one's direction. An auspicious start for this reading

Second- point of view- Eight of Wands- motion, a journey, , though not necessarily a physical journey. Let's see how these two connect...

Third- the meeting point of the first two-Queen of Wands strong, forceful, not one to back away from a challenge but still not completely lacking in vulnerability.

Fourth- active influences- Seven of Swords- the motion implied here may connect with the third card, but with the implication of some elements lost along the way. Nonetheless, the most important still remains, and what gets lost is of little to no consequence in light of this

Fifth- passive influence- three of wands, a figure who is part of the whole yet stands out as separate at the same time due to their role. Interesting, this makes me think of the first card.

Sixth- current- King of Cups, a figure very powerful in the realms of the subconscious and the intuitive, but, like the other kings limited by the nature of their power. The magician channels forces from the inner to the outer- making what at first exists in the imagination manifest in the world so this may link there.

Seventh- comment on the spread- Two of Swords- choices in what course of action to take, but possible stalemate due to risks involved. Exercise some caution in this journey.

Eighth- Will, or its means of manifestation- Three of swords. Pain, sorrow, limitations. One of the few truly negative cards in the tarot. Given the position in the spread, it could possibly mean that the overcoming of this related to the manifestation of Will, or that the manifestation will involve this. Speculating on a possible link to the fourth and seventh cards and their implications of loss and risk along the way. The Magician is on a possibly perilous journey to manifest their Will.

Ninth- Desire, or its means of manifestation- Temperance- balance, harmonizing, this balance involves a blending of elements, not just bringing separate elements in to equilibrium.

Tenth- meeting of eighth and ninth- Four of Wands- celebrating the end of the old and the arrival of the new. Perhaps that loss won't be so bad after all when we reach the end of our trip?

Analysis of the suits shows us that the predominant suit is wands, with four out of ten cards. The magician of course wields a wand, used to channel their will and creativity in to manifestation. Swords, representing intellect, is next, with two from major arcana (spirit/abstract forces) and one from cups (emotion) next. No pentacles, so nothing manifest yet- hence the need for the journey. We have a string of numbers from one to four, indicating that the initial impulse is just beginning to form but hasn't fully come in to being yet,

Key card: Lovers- similar to Temperance, but the elements brought in to balance remain separate. The process hinges on this.That's it for this week, see you next time! WRJ Tarot Musings out.

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