Farewell to June…and hello freedom?

To quote Freddie Mercury, “I want to Break Free”

Don’t we all?

Free to do what and be what and become what? Well, we all need the freedom to function such that we can get what we need to survive; the first and last freedom of human justice, though not accorded by Nature as our right.

Ah, shaddap and get on with it.

OK, OK, I’m getting there; chill your beans. This is a running jump, and it’s all connected.

The question today: Will the UK go back into full lock-down?

The Five Swords Page Cups, 3 Coins Reversed, 4 Coins, Justice from The Gilded Tarot Royale, Ciro Marchetti

Tweeted 27 June: Will UK have to go back into full lockdown? Raise in R rate? 5 Swords &Page Cups= We passed peak. 3 Coins=Nation back to work. Rx 4 Swords, but folk still getting ill. Justice. Freedom requires responsibility, rules & regs. May avoid, close thing, hanging in the balance.

The UK has not fully left lock-down. Previous readings in March and April suggested the UK would be largely out of lock-down by or before 21 June-23 July. This was based on the appearance of The Queen of Cups card, which is both a healing card, and a card associated with those dates, attached to the zodiac sign of Cancer.

The UK is currently on track to do just that, with limited family visiting approved from 4 July, and some overseas travel corridors opening up free of quarantine from 6 July, except for those displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

Some UK hotels have announced reopening from 16 July.

But the release of the UK lock-down is conditional upon there being no spike in the R rate above 1.

So what about the cards drawn above?

5 Swords.

This is the premise card and says, this is the situation, these are the stakes, this is where we have been. The 5 Swords is a card of mortification, chagrin and pyrrhic victories. It is a fight that cannot be won, or else is won at too great a cost. This disease was born out of cruelty, with bad husbandry, such that genes became mixed that should never have become mixed, and this first came to the attention of a young doctor in a lab in Wuhan, who wished to sound the alert, and was pretty smartly silenced, only to return to work and die of it himself, infected, it is thought, by a patient whom he had treated, a stallholder in the wet market who carried an extremely high viral load.

The Page of Cups is a healing phase, a more peaceful chapter. It denotes children, and the need to get them back to school for their well being; an attempt which failed in England though schools have now reopened in Wales. It is also the well-being of the economy, as represented by the next card-

The 3 Pentacles Reversed, which has arrived upside down because the economy is running under par. This is a card of study, apprenticeship, crafts, work ethic and production of tangible goods.

The halting of outputs.

Moving forward in time we come to

The Four of Cups: retreat, isolation…and Leicester has just had to go back into both lock-down and isolation as a city owing to a spike there. This card reminds me of Richard 111, his bones discovered there. I could never see him as an evil man, whatever the truth of what happened to the little princes.

Justice is the final card in the Line of Five. It is a hopeful if measured card, and relates back to the first card and the central card in particular, serving as a clear indicator that rules and regulations must stay in place for the foreseeable future.

No justice for the birds

The bees

The beasts and fishes

Insects, flowers

Rivers, hills and trees

Nature ‘red in tooth and claw’

Delivers only natural law.

In summary

This reading translates as a suggestion that the UK may well avoid a return to a full blanket lock-down. We’re not going back to March. But sporadic or localized returns to lock-down may be anticipated, since by now it is apparent that much of the public do not seem inclined or able for whatever reasons, to act on the guidance to practice social distancing, and this has to work on personal responsibility if we want to protect our normal civil liberties.

No rights, no resources, no freedoms without personal, individual responsibilities. Natural Law versus Human Law. It’s the one thing they agree on.

From The Telegraph 29 June:-

Germany, South Korea, China, Portugal, Israel, Singapore and many others have all had localised flare-ups. Widespread testing should mean that they are picked up early. Track and trace systems cut local transmission chains. And the implementation of local mitigation measures should mean such outbreaks remain contained.

This is what cluster busting looks like and is what Britain is now experiencing. It is something we should expect to become the norm for a good few months โ€“ perhaps right through to next Spring. How good we become at it will determine how well the pandemic goes from here.

The picture here, then, is both yes and no, from which I conclude there will be no nationwide return to lock-down, but future localised lock-downs are almost certainly to be expected in the UK. Logically this could mean other cities, eg; Leeds, Bradford, Birmingham, Liverpool, and this could continue into October. Quite possibly, until February/March 2021 (based on Pisces: and previous appearances of The Moon card)

The stages and rates of recovery are clearly going to continue to vary from latitude to latitude, season to season, country to country, custom to custom.

The line of cards, read left to right, translates as a cautiously favourable rising curve, with the worst card at the start and best card coming up last.

Here is a realistic bit of room for hope. Onwards and upwards therefore, and now we’ve seen how this thing behaves, even though there’s still a lot we don’t know, it’s clear this is a shared responsibility. The government’s job is to protect the infrastructure that we rely on to protect us, and the rest is on us to help speed this horror on its way, to weaken it day by day, at cost to our own liberty and convenience, as the alternative to adding to the toll in beggaring the member countries of the UK.

Meanwhile, we are being told that in China, a potentially new threat brews among the saddest of blameless pigs: a new strain of swine flu.

We have the power of choice. We have consumer power. We can give thought to the care of the animals that we eat, to pay a fair price for their betterment.

These things can have adverse implications for us, sooner or later. Collective physical consequences. We may not care what kind of lives or deaths they had, but that won’t prevent the retribution, some might call it divine, which is to say, it is natural cause and effect; a life-power that some call St Francis, patron saint of animals and ecology.

We’ve only one home.

Who remembers this one? The message is prescient.

Next time, ooh, how about Brexit again, and dare I even look at the US Election…Feel free to place questions and requests. I may be up for giving it a go, so long as no-one tries to shoot the messenger, and it’s at my own discretion.

We have another Full Moon eclipse 5 July. Last month’s was intense…here comes another, hopefully quieter. Last month’s was in fiery Gemini, this one in earthy Capricorn. But Capricorn can be obsession, addiction and rage, associated with the Devil card.

Adrenaline is addictive, and these are turbulent days.

Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Author: Katie-Ellen

Intuitive Tarot reader, consultant and writer.

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