A return, and a lot of activity
New ventures, great frenetic motion, and a possible need to rest a little.
Hello readers. I have returned. I felt the need to take a hiatus from blogging for a while, taking some time to work on my writing and retool my approach somewhat.
Beginning with this column, I intend to add a new feature. Each column for the foreseeable future will start with some words on one of the majors. We will work through them in order, starting with The Fool. When we reach the end with The World, we'll delve in to some of the majors that didn't make the final cut when tarot decks became more standardized with the mass production of the Tarot of Marseilles
The Fool represents wildness, taking risks, leaps of faith, resisting control, setting out in one's own direction, and similar concepts. The Fool does not represent foolishness in the commonly-understood meaning, however. The Fool does not necessarily lack intelligence. Rather, the Fool exercises freedom by not knowing or acknowledging the potential limits, risks, and/or negative consequences of a course of action. The Fool has an immunity to the rules by not knowing the rules, like the classic concept of a cartoon character walking on air because they don't know about the law of gravity.
The Fool starts off on the journey, takes a risk, and says Just Do It. Others may think The Fool mad or stupid, but, regardless, The Fool proceeds. The final outcome is uncertain, or undetermined, but the Fool does not think of such things. They may encounter hardship along the way, and may even find a different end point to their journey than what they had thought it would be, if they had envisioned an end at all, but, for now, their focus is on taking that first step.
On to today's reading...
This week we are using the Welcome to Night Vale tarot .
The first card is the Universe. This position represents the big picture, everything involved with the question. Here we have the Queen of Pentacles, which represents working creatively within a set framework, possibly to the point of becoming completely absorbed in said work.
The second card represents the point of view of the person that the reading is for. Here we see the Six of Cups. This represents working in a new environment, physical or psychological, while bringing some elements of one's previous environment, tangible or intangible, with one to make the new space one's own. Relating it to the previous card, this new environment may be the framework that one does one's work in.
Where the first two cards meet we find something disconcerting, the Five of Cups, representing loss and sorrow. In the context of this card, these feelings derive from disillusionment. While disillusionment can prove painful, it still literally means a loss of illusions. What illusions do we lose and how do we lose them? Do we lose the illusions of our nostalgia, or does moving to a new environment result in any illusions we may have had in regards to said environment, or does this refer to illusions that we may have clung to in the past?
Next we see a very active card for our fourth card, the position of active influence. The Chariot at its core represents motion. The chariot, representing some means of travel, conceptual or actual, powered by will and force of character, is heading towards a goal. Does the work that we do in this new environment represent the means to reach this point? Does the Chariot represent our motivation for the change and/or the work?
The fifth card, our passive influence, is the Wheel. The Wheel represents chance, with a possibility of change taking place of own accord. In the passive position, this may represent events moving in the background, or perhaps advice about going with the flow for now, giving up some control in order to allow things to go in the direction that you want them to, rather than attempting to directly influence them.
The themes of the fourth and fifth cards may tie in with the sixth position, the Current, which represents where things are headed on their own or where they may easily be directed. Here we have the Seven of Swords. This card represents an injunction to keep moving no matter what. Difficulties on the way may cause some things to fall by the wayside, but what gets lost is not important compared to what is kept when the other side is reached. It seems possible that the things we lose may be the illusions from the third card. Some associate this card with the need to define one's self. Coupled with the idea of new environments and disillusionment this may indeed play a role too. The coincidence of numbers with the Chariot leads me to believe that the journeys implied in both cards represent the same thing.
Another card implying motion, the Knight of Wands, occupies the Comment position. This position represents some factor that bears on the situation but may not have a direct link to it. The Wands are the most active and energetic of the suits, and the Knights are the most active of the court cards, so we have a lot of motion going on here. The drive behind the Knight of Wands's activity is idealism. While this force fuels the Knight, it also comes with a risk of causing the Knight to become headstrong and inflexible in that idealism. As the first card in this spread implies deep involvement in one's concerns, this can serve as a warning to not get carried away with that involvement, and to allow for some flexibility.
The eighth position represents the Will, or its means of manifestation. The Will in this sense serves as the source of one's drives, inclinations, and everything that derives from one's truest self. Here we find the Ace of Pentacles. The Aces represent the core essence of their suit, and in this case the Ace of the most material and manifest suit represents such concepts as security, wealth, and abundance. If our Will is focused on such concerns, perhaps this is the goal of the work that defines the opening cards in the spread.
The ninth position represents Desire, or its means of manifestation. Here we have the Four of Swords, representing withdrawal, rest, stepping back from something to disconnect from it, gain new perspective, and perhaps allow things to develop on their own. I lean towards this serving as the means of fulfilling. After the activity of the earlier parts of the spread, taking a break may actually help things along. Sometimes one just needs to stop, rest, and renew perspective.
The tenth and final position represents where the previous two positions, Will and Desire, meet. Here, coincidentally, we find the very card that I had talked about at the beginning of this post, the Fool. This could result from the renewed perspective touched on by the Four of Swords, a fresh new outlook leading to a new path or approach, perhaps taking a new chance. This could involve using the framework one already works in, mentioned in the first card, as a springboard to take matters in one's own direction. The Fool can also be seen as connecting with the fifth card in the spread, the passive influence, the Wheel. This seems significant to me as both cards have a common denominator of chance and uncertainty. This may reinforce the idea of going with the flow mentioned in that card's interpretation.
The Key card for this spread is the Emperor. Yet another card with a lot of activity implied. The emperor is a ruler, like the Kings, and, like the Kings, the source of his power also has a down side. While the Emperor rules in a very active manner, and seeks to expand his rulership aggressively, he runs the risk of getting too caught up in the power and becoming controlling and childish. This seems to tie in with the active and mobile forces already present in the spread, and possibly also reinforce the importance of the interpretation of the Four of Sword's place in the ninth position.
On to the second phase of the spread, breaking it down according to numbers and suits:
We have a string of numbers, 4,5,6, and 7 -representing the beginnings of something forming, coming in to focus and beginning to manifest on the emotional level, with the two sevens in the spread reinforcing this part of the interpretation. What's happening is coming together but not yet in a form that one can easily define. Still the motion implied by the two sevens may indicate that whatever is forming is forming quickly.
We have three majors, indicating archetypal forces not fully formed. Much of the crux of the matter has not manifested yet and only exists in potential. . The next most common suit is swords, intellect and knowledge, indicating a focus on these areas, though, interestingly, the two Swords cards in the spread represent almost opposite ideas, motion and rest, perhaps indicating a need for balance between the two, bringing all of the motion implied in the spread under deliberate control. For the other suits we have one each of cups (emotions), pentacles (material matters),and wands (will and creativity), in balance but not as important to this reading as archetypes and the mind.
That's all for this week. WRJ Tarot Musings out.