Reading November 8, 2016

Three card reading for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is from the Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti, 2005-2015 – companion book by Lee Bursten, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2015.

Tarot of Dreams The Emperor – Five of Swords – Eight of Wands

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
~ Frederick Lewis Donaldson


I dislike politics in all its forms and infrastructure as it all seems so corrupt even in the hands of those who may have good intentions.  I certainly was not consciously thinking of the election when I contemplated the cards for today, but like it or not the election and the coming results, for better or worse, is what I see.

The Emperor represents the concept of authority, laws, rules and regulations, social and governmental institutions, and can indicate Tyranny in its shadow aspect.  In my opinion, and I stress this just as a personal opinion, there are NO good choices in the Presidential election.  It is disheartening that such a strong nation and world leader is quickly losing its integrity and the pride of the people who call themselves Americans, that as a nation we weren’t able to put forth viable presidential candidates.  These are our choices?  Is this is the best we can muster to pick from, to continue our country’s role in world government, economics, education, integrity, and strength of character?

Bursten writes of the Emperor:  “The Emperor is quite a solid-looking figure, yet as the same time he seems a bit unreal, almost as if he is being projected onto the night sky from the city below.  Thus, he doesn’t really represent one specific person as much as he does a concept.  The Emperor asks us to examine the role of power in our lives.  How effective are we in dealing, as we all must, with institutions and powerful people?  As we all know, power can be misused.  The laws can be biased, the institutions can be self-serving, the army can engage in wars whose sole purpose is to increase the size of the army.  In the end, a nation can be reduced to a barren wasteland if the Emperor goes too far.  

The Five of Swords represents humiliating defeat.  A defeat that life or circumstance hands us, which we are helpless against.  This defeat for the sake of winning and any cost.  It is a hollow victory, a bitter victory (or defeat) that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.  For, I believe that both the victor and the defeated were ruthless – neither being on the right or wrong side – just in competition.  The Five of Swords, represents the person who always has to win, who has to have the last word, and always keeps score.  Whatever the contest, there is no real winner.  And, in my opinion in this election there is no real winner, only losers, which includes those of us on the sideline jeering or cheering.

The Eight of Wands brings a bit of relief.  The political season of pot stirring, slandering, idiocy, and debates begin to wind down fast.   The votes will be counted (and I’m sure re-counted many times before all is said and done) the lawn signs will come down, the hate commercials will cease, I hope, and for better or worse, we as a people will get back to our day to day non-political activities and conversations.  Normally I don’t pay much attention to the media drenched election propaganda, but this year has been such a controversial, back stabbing, slander-slinging, horrifically nightmare of an election campaign, that it will be a huge relief when it is finally over.  The uncertainty will be over and a new candidate will be elected.  The nation can then focus on moving forward (and making the best of a bad situation) climbing out of this political cess-pool limbo we’ve been mired in for months.

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