So, offered for entertainment purposes only, here's my tarot reading for the day:
- Your Position: Temperance. Keep emotions in balance. Synthesis. Create something new.
- Cross/Opposition: Nine of Swords. Sense of despair or dread hangs over you. Temporary.
- Immediate Future: Ace of Pentacles. Luck. Financial propositions, business opportunities.
- Recent Past; Eight of Swords. Fear, doubt and anxiety. You can escape, but with some bruises.
- Distant Past: Judgment. Recurring illness or problem. Old debts, old scars come back.
- Long Term Future: King of Swords. Calm and self-assured, with a deep sense of inner strength and conviction.
- Position You Will Soon Be In: Seven of Wands. Deep purpose and valor. Stiff competition and opposition.
- External Influences: Six of Swords. Moving away from strife/difficult times to calmer waters.
- Hopes/Fears/Concerns: Two of Pentacles. Success is achieved through skillful manipulation of goals and objectives.
- Final Outcome: The Devil. Temptations. Addictions. Raw, primitive instinct.
As I was reading these, I went through the five stages of fortune-telling:
- Hope that it would tell me something;
- Skepticism that these things ever mean anything;
- Consideration that maybe there was something in what the cards mean that I could at least take as ideas about things to do in my life;
- Critical skepticism, trying to figure out how often a mix of "working toward calm" and "escaping old bad habits" would come up and be applicable to how many millions of people;
- Total WTF?!?!?! The Devil? After all these cards saying that I am temperate, escaping doubt and anxiety and old scars and moving away from strife to calmer waters--and I end up with Addiction and Temptation?
Well, Kurt Cobain seemed to have, so maybe that's not a hard mistake to make.
[Drum hit here: Ba dum shish! I'm here all week! Try the veal! Watch for me on HBO!]
But seriously, if you think of people with whom you associate the terms "temperance" and "inner strength" and "conviction," don't you think of --well--the Dali Lama, or Gandhi. Not so much "raw, primitive instinct."
Oh yeah, right. "Entertainment purposes only." Well, I guess that was fun.