Reading for MM - 11 February 2004
"I've been unemployed for 6 months. I'd like a reading to figure out the problem."
I'm going to use a "Knot" layout for this question, as it's one designed especially to look at anything we call a "problem". It's explained in detail in 15 Minutes a Day to Tarot.
- 1. The Tower (R) + 4 of Wands
- 2. 4 of Wands
- 3. The Magician
- 4. Queen of Wands
- 5. Ace of Pentacles
- 6. The World
- 7. 5 of Swords
- 8. 3 of Cups
Card 1 - The Tower + 4 of Wands: The first card is about the situation; why this question at this time? Because of this, the situation has developed. The Tower in this opening position is all about the collapse of established systems. This can be personal, but in this case it's probably dealing more with the state of the economy, especially in your region and line of work. Note that this is the only reversed card, so we're not looking at as much blocked energy as one might think in a reading about not being able to find a job.
The 4 of Wands "stuck" to the Tower, so is being read with it. It's like the opposite card, really; here's a structure that's specifically for celebrations, and a group of people getting ready to celebrate. It looks like the present situation may soon give way to better times. Look to groups of people for a solution.
Card 2 - The 4 of Cups: This 2nd position is about what's going on with you as you ask the question. The 4 of Wands often shows a state of ennui, and I think you've become depressed over the situation. It also warns that an opportunity may be just in front of you and you may miss it if you're not careful to pay attention, or that you already have the solution but you don't know it yet.
Card 3 - The Magician: This is a card about being powerful in the phenomenal world, but since it's in the position that tells about something that's negative about your situation, we can read it as a reversed card, and take it to mean the feeling of powerlessness that this card often symbolizes in the reversed position. So maybe the big things aren't going well at the moment; try to make progress elsewhere.
Card 4 - The Queen of Wands: As a person, the Queen of Wands may be operating in the sphere of career, as Wands often do. The position of the card tells what's positive about the situation, so this may be someone who would like to be in a position to help you, but has been unable to up until now. It seems to mean you have people pulling for you, even if they're powerless to offer you a job right at the moment.
Card 5 - The Ace of Pentacles: This fifth position tells us something that was previously hidden or unknown, and the Ace of Pentacles is a very fortunate card, indicating that while the path may not have been known to you before, it will be now. You'll have a new start in the area of prosperity.
Card 6 - The World: The card in the sixth position shows the best thing you could be doing right now in your situation, and you've got one of the most fortunate cards in the deck here. The World is your oyster, so to speak. As an advice card, it reminds us that if we remain centered and true to our vision everything's going to turn out just fine.
Card 7 - The 5 of Swords: The card in the seventh position shows the worst possible thing you could be doing to help yourself right now, and there are a couple of examples on this card. The foreground figure is a person who gets his way at the expense of others, and the far background figure is someone who allows himself to be defeated by turns of fortune. You don't want to be either of those guys, but rather take your cue from the fellow in the middle ground, who has left his defeat behind and is on to something else.
Card 8 - The 3 of Cups: Another happy card about groups and celebrations. This indicates everything's going to turn out great, that groups of people will be involved, and the breakthrough may happen at or around the next holiday or happy gathering occasion.
(NOTE: MM got her job -- in a large group -- just a few days after a) Valentine's Day, and b) a weekend she'd spent at a gathering of friends and acquaintances. The job was already on its way to her when I did the reading, owing to her having worked on a similar project recently.)