Archive for February, 2013

Work, rest and pay?

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. 🙂

Dame Fortune Devil Four of Swords Eight of Coins







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I’m not really one for doing daily draws with cards – a few times a week is quite sufficient for me – so for the last few days I have spent some time simply shuffling my deck and looking carefully at the cards. There are all sorts of interesting little symbols which have particular meaning and add dimension to readings. I’ve also downloaded the extended LWB from Lo Scarabeo’s site which helps to explain some of the imagery which piqued my interest. It is obvious that Paul Huson has put a huge amount of scholarship into this deck – it’s one of those where things appear in the imagery quite deliberately. It’s a fascinating trail to follow. I’ll write a post detailing some of these soon.

In the meantime, here is my three card draw for today.

Significator – Eight of Coins – Three of Coins

The first card I pulled is the Significator. It is supposed to represent the person asking the question. I didn’t deliberately choose this card but picked it at random. When this happens, I tend to see the message in the other cards as being particularly significant for me.

The Eight of Coins shows a young woman handing over some money to pay for a fabulous crown being fashioned by the craftsman. There is obviously some important occasion coming up where she will need to dress her best.

The Three of Coins has a herald sharing some news – someone of importance is coming to visit. The clover shows that this is someone held in great esteem. Suddenly, the need for the woman to look her best becomes clear.

These cards suggest to me that I may need to splash out on a new outfit to prepare for an important visitor. It seems to be linked to a work event. Alternatively, I may be the craftsman and need to help someone else put on their best possible face.

Dame Fortune Significator Eight of Coins Three of Coins

Image Copyright 2007 Paul Huson

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The Wheel Turns

I’ve made the decision to go back and use a favourite deck intensively for a while.

In my foray of trying out a different deck every week I really learnt what type of deck suits me and which are best left as collectors items. It has meant that I have became far less likely to jump on the latest releases thanks to enthusiastic gushing of others. My bank balance is also quite thankful. 🙂 I’ve been craving time with just one deck for a long time – the weekly deck-hopping just wasn’t satisfying me anymore. Enter Dame Fortune’s Wheel!

Regular readers will remember how much I enjoyed using Dame Fortune’s Wheel created by Paul Huson and published by Lo Scarabeo. It is based on Etteilla’s meanings rather than RWS/Golden Dawn and that is very appealing at the moment. So I’m afraid there won’t be much variety here for a while – at least until the Spring Equinox – but I’m looking forward to delving deeper with this little gem.

The Moon – Ten of Batons – Knight of Coins

My eye is immediately drawn to the snake in the centre who is curled round the tree but looks ready to strike and protect what is his. It is a card which warns of cheating. Someone is planning a ruse and all is not quite as it may seem. There is a little hint of hypocrisy. The way he is curled round the tree makes me think that this snake is acting out of self-interest and wants to protect what is his.

The Moon brings an increase but can also indicate that something is hidden in the half-light. A time of growth approaches but something else lurks.  It seems that this snake is what is hiding in the shadows – he acts as a second warning that something is ‘false’, things are not as they may appear. With the moon, I’m inclined to think that it is my perceptions which are false or that I’m being false to protect something which is important to me.

The Knight of Coins brings something useful, an advantage of some sort. It is this which the snake would like to protect.

Overall, there is a message of a time of increase and something advantageous coming my way. However, there is a falseness to it – whether this is a hidden pitfall to what seems positive on the surface or a need to be sly and false myself to protect it, might be too early to say.

Dame Fortune Moon Ten of Batons Knight of Coins






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