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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dame Fortune Devil Four of Swords Eight of Coins







Image copyright 2007 Paul Huson, 2008 Lo Scarabeo


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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

Image Copyright 2008 Lo Scarabeo

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.ย  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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The Bittersweet Spread

What is currently bitter in my life? (the things which cause sadness, don’t sit right or you wish you could spit back out) Death

Well…of all the cards to pull in this position. ๐Ÿ™‚ This card is applicable on many levels. It speaks to me not only of my current struggle to change direction, but also of the many deaths I have experienced in the past. At the moment, it’s causing me frustration because I know my situation is changing but I cannot see where it will end. There is currently not a safe ending in sight.

Death brings its own blend of bittersweet anyway. There are things which I have celebrated which have been tinged with sadness because my parents weren’t there to share it with me. Once Death has walked into your life, it can bring great transformation. It is very effective at making you question how you are living your life and what your real priorities are. In that way, it can be a catalyst for positive change. However, it does also bring with it a wistfulness, a longing for what might have been. When in the throes of Death, life can indeed seem quite bitter.

What is currently sweet in my life? (things which cause happiness, enjoyment and that you enjoy savouring) Aeon

It is interesting that this card follows Death. Aeon represents self-realization, it’s waking up to your true self. Is this the sweetness that comes after Death? Do we need these endings in our lives to help us learn more about ourselves and our potential? Death certainly taught me that I’m stronger and more resilient than I thought. It also showed me that I was wasting my life in a job I didn’t enjoy. Fast forward a few years, and I find myself in that position again. ๐Ÿ™‚ This card reminds me of the potential we have to create a different future. It brings clarity and the ability hear those subtle messages that lead us back onto the right path.











Oracle of the Radiant Sun gives me Achievement today. This card represents the sun in Capricorn which is also its position on my birth chart. It indicates the achievement that comes from a steady, conscientious pace coupled with a strong sense of responsibility and duty. Today might be a day when I have to take responsibility for something or show commitment to a project.

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This will be my last draw for a while with Dame Fortune as it’s time to rotate decks again. I’ve already extended my use of this deck by a week and really should go and use others in my collection. But oh how I will miss it! I love the vibrancy of the artwork and fluidity with which it reads. This is a deck I want to spend serious time with in the future. Once my ‘Deck of the Week’ project is finished, I can see myself working with this particular deck for an extended length of time.

Knave of Swords – The Star – The Empress

The Knave of Swords stands for observation – it shows someone or a situation which is being examined closely. If I follow his eye-line, it rests on The Empress who appears to be ignoring what is happening behind her by resolutely staring straight ahead. The Star in the middle has ducked down out of view and is unobserved by either party flanking him. There is distance and the feeling that the Empress is somehow unobtainable to the Knave. He is looking at her closely but she is out of his reach and not looking back.

The message these cards give is very pertinent to me. There is a particular desire that I am watching closely but which is currently out of my reach. It seems completely unobtainable and, like the Star is unobserved, I’m struggling to see hope in the situation. However, the presence of the Star reassures me that there is hope – I’m just struggling to see it at the moment.









The Portable Fortitude card for today is Protection from Structural Collapse. It makes me thinks of all those times we try really hard to be strong and keep it all together. In fact,ย  I’m perilously close to a possible collapse especially in my emotional life and of a long-cherished dream. I need to check my foundations and make sure I have adequate support to prevent my house from crumbling.

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King of Cups – The Devil – Four of Swords

The King of Cups represents a powerful man who is accomplished in arts or science. He is looking at The Devil who is an embodiment of the things which can easily lead us astray. This has to be one of the most benign looking devils. There is something quite comical and unthreatening about him. I suppose the things which can lead us astray often are seemingly innocent. He lies next to the Four of Swords which shows a retreat or position of isolation.

This trio remind me of a couple of stories in the news recently – both about men in power who find themselves compromised by theirย  ‘addictions’ and then are abandoned. I can think of several cases where those people were forced to retire from their positions.ย  Is there something inevitable about the process of accumulating power and then falling from grace? I’d like to think not, sometimes it is very easy for the media to latch onto something and sensationalise it.









The Portable Fortitude card for today is protection from the impending flood. This is one of my favourite cards in the deck! Its end-of-the-world style message just brings a smile to my face. I think many people in the situation described above would love to have this type of protection. Protection from the media storm and flood of attention and scrutiny would be very welcome.

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Knave of Batons – Queen of Swords – Knight of Batons

There is a sense of expectation with these cards. The Queen is looking towards the Knave of Batons who represents a stranger or something extraordinary. The Queen is a powerful but independent woman who may be self-employed. This pairing have come up before quite recently so I can see that there is some importance to this message which may not have been processed yet. I can see myself as this Queen waiting for something extraordinary to happy to improve my mundane situation.

While the Knave represents a coming messenger, the Knight refers to a departure. So in this group there is the expectation of something, the arrival of which will lead to a departure. The extraordinary event (represented by the gold baton the knave carries) will be taking by the knight and shared with others. There is also a deeper message for me. Do I want to keep waiting expectantly for an amazing event to transform my life? Perhaps I should jump straight on that horse and ride anyway.










The Portable Fortitude card for today is Protection from Cynicism. Another extremely appropriate card as I will be spending a chunk of today in a meeting discussing important changes. I will need to be on guard against my own cynical tendencies as well as those of others.

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