Oh no. Oh yes, we’re talking about Brexit. This blog is about divination, not politics or social commentary, and many practitioners of divination, besides conducting personal readings, are bound to look through their lens at affairs of public life.
Everyone does forecasting or predicting. Humanity is hard-wired that way for survival. Everyone. If you feel you know which way this is all going, you are predicting. Knowing what is your prescience and what may instead be wishful thinking, may be harder to judge. The same for readers, who must beware their own fallibility and personal biases in interpretation. For the most honest answer possible, the reader needs to stay like stone while shuffling and drawing their cards.
What are the bookies saying about it right now? It’s a shifting picture. Some think the UK will remain in the EU after 2019. But then again, the bookies did not predict the Leave result in the Referendum. This from The Guardian, Patrick Collinson, 24 June 2016:
In a candid statement, Ladbrokes’ head of political betting, Matthew Shaddick, said: “The truth is that bookies do not offer markets on political events to help people forecast the results. We do it to turn a profit (or at least not lose too much) and in that respect, this vote worked out very well for us.
“Nobody at Ladbrokes’ HQ will be criticising the predictive powers of our odds, they’ll be looking at the money we made.”
More than £40m was gambled in the biggest political betting event in British history.
William Hill said one woman in central London placed her first ever bet by putting £100,000 on the UK voting to stay, while another woman, from Kingston, south-west London, gambled for the first time by staking £10,000 on leave.
Here are the playing cards I drew around this question 12 August 2018.
The cards are shuffled and drawn blind. The most basic rule of interpretation is:-
Red suit cards indicate a yes answer
Black suit cards indicate a no answer….particularly if these are spades.
Will UK leave the EU with an agreed deal?
First glance therefore suggests no, probably not, based on this rule of cartomancy interpretation, but let’s read it as a story-line, left to right.
3 Clubs. Lively discussions, confrontations, a 3- way deal.
Ace Spades. Endings. New beginnings. Lines drawn.
10 Spades. Nadir. Betrayal. Despondency. Despair. A large body of water.
6 Clubs. Back in the saddle. Teamwork. Negotiation. Achievement.
4 Diamonds. This last red card on the line could still turn it into a last minute deal. Financial stability. a strongbox. A cheque book. This is financial conservatism…either UK pays out for the sake of diplomacy in the event of a non-deal so as to minimise the rocking of the boat or else decides to hang on to more of its own money. BUT the four is so solid, no bank gets broken in the event of a non-deal.
What about the likelihood of a No Deal?
At first glance this is looking highly likely; 1 black suit card and 4 red. Right or wrong, that’s what I’ve drawn under the No Deal heading, no fudging the system. Let’s read the story-line
Page Swords, spies, secret communications, legal advice, bad news, dark thoughts, skulduggery, espionage (No! Really?)
6 Diamonds, Research, technology, diagnostics, shyness. The PM is very clever, some fear deceitful, but she is rather shy. This may have added to a few problems in the face of the various manifestations of the ‘page of swords’ – in-house opposition to her stated brief.
6 Hearts, courage, trust, armed forces, physical objects archetypically ‘masculine.’
8 Diamonds, utmost caution, balancing books, taxation matters, influential person wearing glasses (several come to mind both sides of the table)
Ace Diamonds, Fresh start, important document, life force, fire, new lease of life
BUT, for utmost impartiality, at risk of fudging the system, let’s just zoom the lens out, reading both lines as a single story, paragraph one and paragraph two.
Now we have a total of 5 black no cards and 5 red yes cards, and we end up with a row of reds.
So a deal could still happen, viewing the cards as a kind of graph line where the black cards are succeeded by a row of red cards…so that the graph line rises.
Only time will tell. But, whichever way it goes in the end, for all the undoubtedly dirty machinations and toxicity of this process, and however the lines are read, separately or in continuation, the ‘end’ card, the Ace of Spades made an early appearance, while the ‘inception’ card, fiery Ace of Diamonds is the final card in this spread.
The final card. And this electric money Ace is about anything but poverty, repression or isolationism, and will always and forever trump the 4 of Diamonds. It will not be business as before, whichever way it goes.
Meanwhile we’ll all do as we see fit, and I’m not stockpiling for Doomsday.
The dreaded Ten of Spades, the card of ruin, betrayal and desolation does appear in this reading. It is the central, crux card on that top line of cards. The crux card represents the issue at hand. It describes the stakes and accurately reflects the huge amount of anxiety, rage and venom surrounding this momentous change. But the crux card is the hinge and not the indicator of the long term outcome.
Image: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Viktor Vasnetsov, 1887
Until next time 🙂