How can I make the most of new opportunities at work?
The Devil – Four of Swords – Eight of Coins
Interesting to see the Eight of Coins here today as I had been reflecting on my last reading and come to see this as also signifying the offer of a pay increase in recognition of my skills. It makes sense for this to appear in this work focussed question.
The Devil as the first card suggests that it will not be easy to make the most of the new opportunities presented to me. It can stand for an unhealthy obsession and clinging on. I also see it those things which seem very tempting on the surface and which encourage us to throw long-term caution to the wind in pursuit of a short-term fix of pleasure. It is unrestrained impulse. Paul Huson also suggests in his LWB that this card can stand for tyranny which brings adversity. This fits quite well with what I know of my workplace. There is a tyranny of sorts in that the same small group of people have been in charge for a very long time and it is difficult to propose something new. There is a clinging to an old system which is driven by passion and very strong feeling. The temptation may also be to simply work too hard. There is an interesting expression ‘working like a demon’ which has connotations of being obsessed with work and never giving yourself a break.
The Four of Swords often has the meaning of rest or retirement. In this situation, I can see it as advice to remove myself from the passions represented by that Devil and take time out to contemplate the situation carefully. It can also indicate a retirement. Well, I’m nowhere near retirement age but wonder if there might be an unexpected development for someone else.
The Eight of Coins brings the reward and recognition for hard work and a job done well.
It’s quite a complicated set of cards but the implication seems to be that I need to try and keep out of the politics and keep working hard. There is also the hint here that some aspects are being controlled by larger forces and I may not have as much ability to influence events as I think. Work hard, rest later and hope I receive payment.
Image copyright 2007 Paul Huson, 2008 Lo Scarabeo