Good Fortune Tarot, my next deck, will be available July 2024. It is a fantastic deck, designed to actually bring good fortune to any reading. I'll tell you more about that over the coming months.
This project broke me open in a beautiful way. Stagnant ideas leaked out and sunk back into the earth. New ideas snuck in, creating a whole new internal light that I'm enjoying and think you will, too.
One of the things that snuck in was Simone Benoit, the author of The Rules of Fate and Destiny. Quotes from that book, which was probably never published at least not on this plane or in this timeline, are sprinkled throughout the guidebook for Good Fortune. I do not know when or where or if she was born. All I know is that she is French, and that only because it is in one of the quotes she leant me. Whoever or whatever she is, Simone has brought a new sass and confidence to my world.
In my last newsletter, Simone offered to do readings for people. Out of an over 2000 person mailing list, I thought that more than two people would respond. But I'd be wary of this new, perhaps fictional, certainly confusing "person" offering to read for me. The warning about Simone being blunt and not caring about the querent's feelings may have turned some off and that's fair. Simone cares more about the art and craft of interpretation than taking care of fragile human hearts.
A brave reader, PR, asked for a reading. Here it is:
PR asks simply: Will I find a different job?
The question did not include a timeframe. In cases like this, tarot communicates whatever timeframe is relevant. Some may argue that it is best to include timing into the question but for some readers that can be inhibiting; indeed allowing for the tarot to speak and admitting that we don’t know what we don’t know can allow for a more complete understanding of a situation.
Because this was a yes/no question, we use a reliable yes/no method. Each reader should work hard to find or develop one that they know they can count on. Mine is a five-card draw with odds and courts counting as “no” and evens and majors counting as “yes.”
I hear all the you readers out there screaming “but the universe isn’t black and white; the future is not predetermined! Tarot cannot answer yes/no questions.” To you I say, watch and learn what a fictional yet skilled reader can do.
For example, in this reading the initial interpretation indicates “no” because of the two courts and the 3. Even those with poor math skills can see that 3 no and 2 yes is a very close thing. Someone with enough faith in the human spirit might be inclined to conclude that perhaps that no can shift to a yes if we wrung more information out of this reading (no need for clarifiers!). We can also mine the reading for reasons why the cards say “no.” Unless PR is going to retire or otherwise quit needing a job in the next little bit, no one would assume that they will NEVER find a different job.
What else do these cards tell us?
The only suit represented is wands, so lots of fiery energy, passion, desire. It’s not for want of wanting that PR has not found a different job. The Wheel is Jupiter, so also fire. And then card 13, associated with water.
In terms of timing energy, there is such conflict here. The Wands indicate a speedy change while the majors indicate a longer timeframe, perhaps a year or more.
Notice the Wheel in the center. Here, if you’ll forgive the wordplay, is the axel on which everything moves. On one said we have not just the desire but the active seeking. The 3 of Wands and the King show action. PR has done the things and yet nothing is changing. The question is: can change be encouraged? The Wheel, being a major might make us think “no, the circumstances are beyond their control.” However, look at the spread. The King on one side of the Wheel as if holding it firm in place. The Queen, on the other, brings in not just the end of the old but the birth of the new.
Assuming a different job is desired, then PR can increase the speed of the shift by changing their approach from King to Queen. This can be done on an energetic level, on an attitude level, on a practical level. The King looks to the big picture, long term structures, efficient organization, and status. The Queen cultivates personal passion and expression, connections, and creation.
A different job could come into PRs life in about a year, if they continue as they are. If they shift they energy, practice, goals from king to queen, they can hasten that outcome. PR should be advised that despite appearances, they can have more influence on these circumstances than they may think. Possibly because the shift needed is so subtle, they don’t realize the big effect it will have.