Eight of Pentacles; Eight of Cups, Reversed, Ten of Cups
This week’s cards seem to focus on work (Pentacles) and relationships (Cups). The Eight of Pentacles indicates craftsmanship, personal effort, and a willingness to learn new things from those more experienced, such as in an apprenticeship. We’ve seen the reversed Eight of Cups before; this card usually signifies giving up or abandonment of a project or relationship, but in reversed position, it indicates following through to a successful completion, as well as joy, happiness, and celebration. The Ten of Cups is the card of a happy home life, founded on virtue and love.
So hang in there. It’s going to get better. On a personal note regarding effort and craftsmanship, I am very close to completing what I hope is the final non-technical overhaul of the fourth book in my Edward Red Mage series, Lord Cailean’s Tower. I can’t say how long the technical editing phase will take, but I’m hoping it won’t be more than two or three months before the final version is available (along with the rest of the series, which already are) on Amazon.
And in this week’s installment of “I Just Got Called The (BLEEP) out by a (BLEEP) Deck of Cards,” we have: Three of Cups, Reversed; King of Cups, Reversed; Ten of Cups. The Ten of Cups pretty much just jumped off my deck this morning—and why wouldn’t it, as it represents what I and everyone else want this time of year: Stable home life. Loving family. Happy holidays. All that greeting card/mall music/gift commercial stuff. Yeah, and then I pull the cards leading up to it: both Cups, which relate to love and relationships, and both Reversed, which means, well, it’s still 2020. Reversed Three of Cups can mean “delay,” which no one wants to hear after ten months of semi- or total quarantine. It can also warn that someone’s been hitting the ‘Nog too hard, or that you might just be tempted to max out your credit card. In my case, it might indicate a lack of appreciation; the cards are telling me (and you?) to sit down and consider my blessings, which are surprisingly many. Reversed King of Cups can represent loss, ruin, or betrayal—but it can also indicate that someone is being a Diva and they need to shut the heck up. OK, OK, maybe I’ve been whining lately . . . . Everyone wants that “perfect” holiday, and none of us are going to get it. And that’s OK. We do have families, even if we can’t visit them, and, hopefully, we have homes, even if they aren’t quite what we might call “stable.” Be patient. We’re almost halfway out of the dark.
Seven of Rods, Four of Cups, Five of Rods, Reversed The Seven of Rods is back again, but this week he’s upright, indicating victory and success. However, we also see the Five of Rods, which represents conflict. In reversed position, it indicates a highly complex situation, possibly involving trickery or deception, so don’t rush to judgement. In the center is the melancholy Four of Cups. He can represent disappointment, unhappiness or disgust, but he can also represent a stationary period of life. Now I’m’a bring the realness: I know we are all more than ready for the COVID-19 pandemic to be over. However, all signs indicate that at the moment things are getting worse, not better. Disgusting as it is, we are going to have to stay “Stationary” a while longer. I know this winter is going to feel like some major Game of Thrones bullcrap, since we’ve been stuck in our houses since last March, and it may be next March before we can come back out. But be careful. Keep wearing masks and washing your hands. Stay home if you can. We can and will survive this. I hope to see you all next year, when things return to, if not “normal,” at least something “normal-adjacent.” Enjoy your Turkey Day next week, and Blessed Be!
Six of Rods, reversed; Seven of Rods, reversed; Ten of Cups, reversed Yeah, this. Everything upside-down again. The Six of Rods represents good news, a desired outlook coming as a result of effort. The Seven of Rods has a similar meaning, of obstacles and challenges overcome. Reversed, they both signify delay, doubt, and disappointment. The Ten of Cups is the sign of a happy family life and a good reputation. Reversed, it represents petty quarrels and loss of friendship. At the risk of starting an all-out war in the comments section, I’m going to share something: My husband and I did not agree in the last election. He can’t understand how I can be so naïve and trusting. I’m trying to get my head around some of the things he’s telling me. We have lost friends—people who refuse to have anything to do with people who disagree with them, who assume that political disagreement means allegiance to the worst, lowest, most extreme positions of the opposing side. But we love each other. I know my husband is the same person I married, and he knows the same about me. My one hope for the future of this nation is that the majority of the people will see past the posturing and the shouting, turn away from the ugliness and the name-calling, and find a way forward. Peace out, Angela
Three of Cups, Knight of Pentacles, Three of Pentacles I’m surprised—not only are all three cards upright, they are all fairly positive. Pinch me, I must be dreaming. The Three of Cups, with an image of three friends celebrating, represents healing, completion, and/or the satisfactory resolution of a problem. The Knight of Pentacles represents maturity, patience, and the ability to work through problems. Continuing with the theme of work, the Three of Pentacles signifies artistic skill or excellence in one’s chosen field. Taken together, these cards seem to say that it is a good time to get support from friends and dependable family members while you seek to advance your artistic and career goals. And on that note, I’m back “in school”—this post is a day late because I had class assignments due yesterday. I’m pursuing a degree in library science so I can get a full-time position as a school librarian. I’m still working on my fiction writing, though, and for those of you who were left hanging after my last reading from “Snowblind” don’t worry, I’m planning to finish the story this week.