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.
Three of Rods, Reversed; Nine of Cups; Six of Swords, Reversed
Let’s take a look at our reversed cards first. The Three of Rods represents business, particularly a negotiation or a new undertaking The reversed position indicates that someone you are dealing with has ulterior motives and can’t be trusted—which is pretty much par for the course in any sort of business dealings these days, sad to say. The Six of Swords represents a journey, literal or otherwise; reversed, it indicates a stalemate or delay in solving problems. Looking at these two cards together, we see that it’s time to move very cautiously. I’d actually advise giving up and crawling back under the covers for now, if it weren’t for the central card, the Nine of Cups. This card indicates success, good health, and material prosperity. So now, at the start of a new calendar year, might just be the time to consider making a new start or changing something. Just remember to move slowly, and make sure you have all the facts before coming to any sort of decision.
Seven of Swords, Reversed; Three of Swords; the Hanged Man, Reversed
The Seven of Swords signifies partial success; in its reversed position, it indicates questionable advice, arguments, or gossip which one must be cautious of. The Three of Hearts can represent delay and disappointment. It can also represent separation and sorrow. The Hanged Man is the card of transition, but also of being “suspended” between two states. In addition, it can represent a need for sacrifice—reversed, it suggests those sacrifices are not yet being made.
As we come to the end of what has unarguably been a terrible year for most people, we need to prepare ourselves for the hard work of rebuilding and change. Just turning a page on the calendar isn’t going to alter anything in and of itself. We cannot just hope for change; we need to be the change.
Nine of Swords, reversed; Nine of Cups, reversed; Ten of Pentacles The Nine of Swords is an emblem of loss and grief whether upright or inverted, a perfect representation of 2020 as a whole. In reverse position, it points to financial losses. The Nine of Cups, usually a positive card, can be an indicator of poor health when it is reversed. The only upright card this week, however, is the Ten of Pentacles, and this card can bring us hope. It symbolizes security, safety, and family. The fact that I’m only posting my interpretation of these cards on Thursday is just another testament to how upside-down and miserable this year has been. Unless you are a vendor of hand sanitizer or toilet paper, you have probably seen serious financial losses this year. Even if you are fortunate enough to have been spared any cases of COVID-19 in your family or immediate circle, you likely know someone who has been affected or who has lost someone, and we have all been afflicted by the mental strain of shutdowns, quarantine, and, my personal least-favorite contemporary stressor, on-line school. So much for the first two cards. The third card is how we are going to survive this: family. Not necessarily birth family, but the families we make of our supportive friends. I love you, and I pray that 2021 will see the growth of love, mercy, and kindness this world needs. Blessed be (and for those who celebrate it, merry Christmas Eve! I’ll be at Midnight Mass tonight—Strega Nona would approve!), Angela
Nine of Rods, Reversed; the Sun; Eight of Cups, Reversed
Rods are the suit of conflict; the Nine card, in its reversed position, represents adversity, delays, disasters, and ill health (notice the young man’s bandage?). The Sun represents happiness, especially as relates to friends and family, and success. The Eight of Cups is interesting, in that its reversed position is more positive than its upright meaning; upright, it symbolizes giving up one’ efforts, or running away from problems. Reversed, however, it signifies perseverance and success. Well, here we are. Month ???? of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Still at home, still worried. But there is light on the horizon. Several promising vaccines are in the works, and some are even being administered to doctors, nurses, and others on the first line of health care. Don’t give up. We will get through this! Many cultures across the Northern Hemisphere celebrate holidays at the time of the Winter Solstice, to recognize that light, literal and spiritual, is never truly absent from the world. Happy Hanukah to my friends who celebrate it, Joyous Yule to my friends who celebrate it, and for those like me, who observe Christmas, may it be Merry and Bright.