I do not give medical advice. But it can’t be helped that sometimes I see illness in the cards, and then I will try to help, within professional and ethical limits. That is what the person has come for, after all, and usually, people with a worry like this are already in medical care. If not, I suggest and refer as appropriate.
What will be will be. Death comes to us all. Of what help can a Tarot reading possibly be faced with this finality? Well, in readying ourselves at every level possible.
I remember a man who came for a reading some years ago. He just wanted a general reading, he said. He had no particular question.
I hear this a lot, but few come for a reading without there being a question. A reading costs time and money. Not a lot, considering the rare and unusual nature, and the scope of the work, but still, people are investing resources, time, money and energy in coming to see a reader like me. They do not do so idly.
Maybe they sense a Question within themselves, but have not yet arrived at a point where they can articulate it. Then it is my job to help identify the question and get it under the spotlight.
Sometimes people are simply holding back. They want to wait and see what will come through the tarot completely ‘off the cuff’. This is entirely natural and to be expected, and is absolutely fine, if my visitor will then engage with the feedback, and not stonewall me, which wastes time and energy.
To discover this gentleman’s ‘Question’, I laid eight cards out in a general Horseshoe Spread. Click here to read more about Horsehoe Spreads.
The cards which particularly struck me were:
Temperance Reversed. The Temperance card drawn upside down (reversed) suggests a major illness. Another of its meanings is Lack of Time.
The Queen of Cups. A woman, loved by the querent. Wife, partner, friend.
The 9 of Swords. A dark card of fear, grief, mourning.
The Moon card. This tricky card has several meanings, but I have learned to be on alert for an incidence of cancer, particularly the ‘female’ cancers, if I see it in a reading.
The Page of Coins Reversed (a business under performing, folding a small business)
The Three of Coins. Workmanship. A small business. Community Nursing.
I put it to my visitor that he seemed greatly worried about the health of this lady. I asked him if he had a business, selling objects, such as food, crafts, books, and was he wondering how to proceed with the business?
The lady was his wife, she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was a book seller, She helped in his business. she handled telephone queries and marketing. He thought she ought to stop, and he was thinking of selling the business.
‘I think you will continue with the business,’ I said, prompted by the Tarot. ‘The Three of Coins is suggesting this. Tarot is saying it is a good plan, and a helpful plan, and is what your wife will almost certainly want, if you ask her. The business affords routine, structure…normality. If you were to sell for the sake of her health, I see her being more frightened at that, than wearied by working. (Nine of Swotrds) She needs to be busy and she wants you to be busy, not looking at her with fear in your eyes and a clock ticking. I sense community care, now and later (6 of Coins) Is it a hospice I am sensing? It lookslike a good one. I don’t make predictions of death, but the fact of seeing you busy with nursing and books in six months, suggests your wife’s time is not yet imminent. People do often exceed doctor’s predictions. ‘
His response: Tarot had answered his question before he asked. He had been debating with himself whether to close the business, but had not discussed it with his wife, being unsure of her reaction. They had recently been referred to a hospice, visited for a look round, and been pleased with what they had seen. It provided a sense of having a back-up, he said.
Recently, via a social and business networking site called Ecademy I became acquainted with an independent financial advisor, George Emsden, ‘The Cancer IFA’, who’s based in London. He specialises in financial advice for people diagnosed with life limiting or terminal illnesses and has experienced cancer himself. Here is a link, with his service information and an accompanying blog which I hope will help someone reading this.
If there is a God, he/it resides in the Tarot.
Never mind talk of the ‘Devil’s PictureBook.’
Tarot is an oracle for talking to The Human Spirit. For all that is wrong with Humankind, the Human Spirit is a flame and a church.
Until next time 🙂
4 thoughts on “Tarot Says The ‘C’ Word (Tsk. No. Not THAT one).”
Thank you Katie-Ellen – This article was very informative for me. I haven’t delved much into health issues with the cards but feel that it is time I learn that phase of the Tarot.
Blessings, Gloria Jean
Thank you Gloria Jean. It is one of the ‘stickiest’ areas, but inescapable. The question is only if we will engage with it when it is in our face, and without giving advice which we are not qualified to do, to find SOMETHING that can only strengthen not weaken. But the Tarot does seem to be able to do that. The gentleman left saying he felt better. Nothing had changed situation wise, but HE felt better. We can get deep down tired, in spirit. That is where the Tarot can help, as I know you already know from your own work. Kind Regards, Katie-Ellen.
It is rare when I read anymore but there is occasion in where someone will approach me. I loath a really negative reading. I refuse to simply blurt it out. I exhaust the deck sometimes for a greater clarification not for them but for me. In the end sugar coating or not I tell them the full score. The clarification at times expands my vocabulary in choosing words that have less of a bite.
I have empathy for you in that above. That can leave you drained and exhausted opening yourself up a relaying it them.
Thank you for your comment. I respect the approach you describe. We turn over stones till we can find SOMETHING to offer, not shirking to look, and to put a flower into the hand as it were, and never a scorpion. Kind Regards, Katie-Ellen.