Prescience is not omniscience. The cards facilitate divination. Generally this means that they allow a reading of the present situation with hints about the past or present in respect of the continuum. The puzzle of this, and not infrequently the wonder, is that the reader is often reading for complete strangers, knowing nothing or little of them or their present circumstances.
Public Domain: The Fortune Teller, Albert Anker, 1880
Sometimes the cards enable forecasting or sudden leaps of insight, not easy to account for through the language of the cards themselves. It is a conundrum that sometimes the future exists and sometimes it does not. As the saying goes, nothing is certain but death and taxes. But we all watch forecasts and we all make them, all the time. That is what planning is based on, and what forecasting activities are based on…projection of some pattern or algorithm, whereas ‘psychic’ predictions are generally disbelieved, even by the person making them, because unlike numerically based forecasts, they indicate a lack or break in some more widely perceived pattern.
Experience tells me prediction is perfectly possible, beyond common sense forecasting, as facilitated through the cards. I am not saying it is there, ready, easily available on tap, and others are prone to pointing out that tarot is really more a counselling tool.
I don’t disagree, and I am not in the business of telling other people they are wrong, but it has happened far too many times in my work, and so many times in family life for me to feel it is as simple as that. Too many times, peering through the dark glass of my cards, looking into the unknowns of this or that; the future recovery of a sick pussy cat, yes or no; the return of another missing cat, yes or no; a long silence from an old friend, why the silence, and when might there be word from this friend? The future purchase of a car. Would this go ahead? And so on. The answers proved correct but I didn’t know the answers. I had to sit and play with my cards, have a look, and have a think.
I feel a weight in doing readings, a tension, a pull from the questioner on the other end of the question, and this tension helps me, I think, and enables a degree of telepathy and the psychic ‘hits’ that can blow in apparently out of nowhere.
When I am looking at these politicians through the cards, who or what am I trying to read? The future headlines? The thoughts of people who do not know I exist, who are not asking me any question, who have not entered into a ‘telepathic’ dialogue with a reader like me?
I do not know anything everyone else does not equally know, but of course I give it a go, for the experience and to test myself in new ways.
These were the cards I drew yesterday afternoon in respect of the candidates for PM, forty five minutes ahead of the announcement that Dominic Raab was now out of the contest for Prime Minister.
I drew further cards after these cards discussed below, but unfortunately the photo didn’t make it to my lap-top. IT glitch.
The bottom line of the lost cards was that the UK will eventually leave the EU as per the referendum 2016, and may well achieve a trade only special deal with the EU. I drew the Ten of Cups twice, correlating with Scorpio timing, late Sept-late Oct, indicating that the UK government may deliver on its new promise to leave by or before 31 October. If not, it could slip until at least May/June 2020 (Knight of Swords =Gemini, and we are still in Gemini now, with 2 days still to go of Gemini in 2019)
Who Will be the New PM?
NB I am not asking who should be PM. I will leave that to others. I am not enquiring into the worthiness of the candidates, only asking for signs as to whom it will be, and what might prevent them from succeeding, or help them, as suggested by the cards and only the cards, but connecting these to the known evidence where possible. This is about divination, not a political posting.
The Magician, The 9 Swords, The Knight Swords, FUTURE? THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Image Ciro Marchetti: The Legacy of The Divine Tarot
Reflecting the current state of voting, these are the strongest cards, and this is the longest write-up for the same reason, but there is a but.
Mr Johnson is a Gemini subject, which interestingly for a reader, correlates astrologically with The Magician card. The Magician combines intellect and intuition. The Magician can get things done. The Magician is sometimes also a figure of mistrust, the Trickster. Sometimes this is justified but also, there is a mercurial quality, and the thinking happens so fast, one suspects a sleight of hand where actually, there was none. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, planet of Trade. Another name for The Magician is The Jester. Mr Johnson is genuinely up for fun, can laugh at himself, or present himself as a figure of fun to many, but his mind remains separate and cool.
The 9 Swords is a horrid card of stress and sometimes sadness. There is a fair degree of stress suggested here, maybe headaches, literally. Insomnia. Worry about something personal, close to his own home. Women and children feature in that picture.
The Knight of Swords attacks head on, but with a cool head. It’s not personal but get in his/her way, he/she strikes you down and carries on going. The objective is everything.
The Wheel of Fortune is a destiny card. THE destiny card, bespeaking forces greater than any individual’s ability to control. This is not up to him. He has been here before and it did not go his way. But the Wheel has been drawn the right way up. When the Wheel is drawn reversed, change is coming, but you’re riding the downward wheel. The Wheel is not only a major arcana card, it is a Number 10 card.
Mr Johnson has drawn two major arcana cards out of four. That strikes me as significant. These cards are not straightforward however. The votes suggest this is almost in the bag, but that isn’t how it feels to me. This situation is weighing heavy on Mr Johnson. Not shown here but looking on previous occasions I have twice drawn the 3 of Cups as the outcome in respect of his candidacy. A celebration. Still, there is that 9 of Swords…and a sense of perhaps entirely natural guarded reserve.
The 3 Coins, The Sun Rx , The Ace Coins RX, FUTURE? THE ACE SWORDS (?)
Image: Ciro Marchetti: Legacy of The Divine Tarot
The Three of Coins denotes conscientiousness and attention to detail. I’d be inclined to rule out Mr Hunt’s chances of the top job based on this card, positive as it is in general, but here it is combined with The Sun RX (success denied or delayed) and the Ace of Coins RX (no new job, no new house) Except I can’t yet decide he won’t be in the final two, notwithstanding these cards, because of the presence of the Ace of Swords; ‘the seeds of a victory as yet unseen’ – a coup…though it could be foreshadowing a metaphorical coup de grace, the sword of Damocles, looming over the next round.
Strength, The 8 Wands, The Empress, FUTURE? The 10 CUPS
Image: Ciro Marchetti The Gilded Tarot
Mr Gove’s cards start strong. The Strength card does what it says on the tin. Plus health kick. Una and the Lion of Britannia? As an individual contender, it is not that he trumps Boris Johnson in terms of ability, but he does seem to have an edge in terms of a gift for teamwork. Strength is a Number 8 card, very lucky in both western and Chinese astrology, a good card of money and trade. This card trumps the dedicated craftsmanship and attention to detail of the Three of Coins of Mr Hunt. Then we have The Empress – harvest home, and the 10 of Cups. Mr Johnson has the 10 of the Wheel of Fortune. Mr Gove has here the ten of happiness. Could it be the hearth at 10 Downing Street? Maybe, but it’s a smaller echo , domesticated when weighed against the 10 of the major arcana card; The Wheel of Fortune.
The Hermit, The 7 Cups RX , The 8 Cups FUTURE? The 9 COINS.
Image: Kat Black: The Golden Tarot
The Hermit suggests commendable qualities suggested in these cards; personal kindliness, a marked degree of self- sufficiency and also keen analytical abilities, and Mr Javid’s future with the conservative party seems set to continue with some senior role as indicated by the future 9 Coins. But the 7 of Cups is reversed, castles in the air. The 8 of Cups is about moving on, and 9 Coins is about managing a sector, running a ‘hotel’ or a financial department, tending a ‘garden’. But it’s not an Ace (beginnings) and it’s not a 10 (arrival at a destination, end of a cycle, crossing the line, completion)
Rory Stewart (typing this section at 18.05, having just heard the results of today’s round while typing up Mr Raab’s cards.)
The Ace Cups Rx. The 2 Wands Rx, The Page Cups, FUTURE? 4 COINS Rx
Image Public Domain The Ace Cups Reversed: Rider-Waite
This was the weakest row of cards yesterday, weaker than Mr Raab’s, and so I expected that Mr Stewart would go out before Mr Raab for all the sudden media push of positive publicity on Mr Stewart. And would have been wrong. WRONGGGG. I award myself a bad gold star. I thought Mr Stewart would go out before Mr Raab.
What was weak about these cards? There were 3 reversed cards out of 4. A reversed Ace of Cups, a cup is emptied on the ground, while the 2 Wands RX is nicknamed the ‘sorrow of Alexander’. Disappointment in expansion and conquest. The most positive card in this spread is the page of cups- a surge in goodwill and popularity, which is certainly being borne out in the media. Mr Stewart has done very well to get so far as he has in the face of this card portrait. The 4 Coins Reversed were saying, literally, as literally as the Tarot can speak ‘NOT round 4.’
The Chariot, 4 SWORDS Rx, High Priestess (Out)
Image Public Domain: The Chariot, Rider-Waite
It was the 4 Swords that was warning of Mr Raab leaving the contest yesterday, 18.06.2019. One may think I should have been expecting that? Saw that coming yesterday? Nah. Not with my everyday hat on, I was surprised to see Brexiteer Mr Raab go out so soon. The Chariot card suggests Mr Raab could have made progress on driving Brexit forward, but those voting decided he was a horse (or the griffin) pulling The Chariot, rather than the charioteer himself, while the 4 Swords Reversed is a ‘sick’ bed, or a ‘tomb’. The pro-Brexit voters in the conservative party were not sufficiently convinced of his having the wherewithal to guide The Chariot, and the 4 Swords suggests that this was based on the circumstances of his earlier resignation as Brexit Secretary.
The Four of Swords has come up more than once before in previous readings, asking about the Withdrawal Agreement, and whether that would get through Parliament.
‘No’, suggested the Four of Swords, and we saw how that turned out.
The solitary figure of Mr Raab’s High Priestess is Number 2 in the Major Arcana whereas Boris Johnson has drawn that equally solitary figure, The Magician, is Number 1 in the Major Arcana.
One might have thought pro- Brexit conservatives would want to hedge their bets, ensuring that an unequivocally pro-Brexit ‘Number 2’ stayed in the race as back-up, but no. We are all seeing, politics at the moment just isn’t working according to what might seem to be obvious dynamics.
These are strange times and the cards are strange. I have been looking out for an appearance of The Emperor, Judgement, Justice, The Sun or The World against the name of one of these candidates. Maybe tomorrow.
I drew further cards after these cards discussed below, but the photo didn’t make it to my lap-top. IT glitch. The bottom line of the lost cards was that the UK will eventually leave the EU as per the referendum 2016, and may well achieve a trade only special deal with the EU. I drew the Ten of Cups twice, correlating with Scorpio timing, late Sept-late Oct, indicating that the UK government may deliver on its new promise to leave by or before 31 October. If not, it could slip until at least May/June 2020 (Knight of Swords =Gemini, and we are still in Gemini now, with 2 days still to go of Gemini in 2019)
And then there were four.
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