It’s in the Cards

Dear Reader,

Welcome to ‘It’s In the Cards’ for http://www.PaganPages.org. At one time this column appeared in Finer Things Magazine in New Haven, CT, and I am very pleased to be writing my column again; this time for the Pagan Community.

Every month, I will do a tarot reading for one person who I chose for this column. Also, by writing me, you will have a chance for a free tarot 10 minute reading on the phone. If you would like to contact me about purchasing a reading, please visit my web site at http://www.SubRosaMagick.com or white me at [email protected]

Since I first began reading for the public 13 years ago, I found that I fell in love with being able to help people in their personal lives and on their path as a spiritual counselor. The cards, I have found, often tell us what we need to know, and not necessarily what we want to know. They provide a way for me to see deeper into the heart of an issue and often what magickal advice I also need to give to bring about change.

Even if you aren’t familiar with tarot cards as a form of divination, they also work in the same way other forms do, be it the Runes, I-Ching, oracles or Ogam. The symbols of the tarot speak on many levels, and allow a connection to be created with spirit; opening a doorway for the universe to communicate on a personal level. As an artist as well as a priestess, I acknowledge the power of these symbols, but as a psychic, I use them to “see” more clearly.

Mediumship isn’t something I intentionally practice, but sometimes I do receive messages from spirit or departed loved ones, and if I receive messages I will relay these to you as part of the reading.

This following is the question chosen for this month.

Merry Meet,

My name is Teresa.  My date of birth is Feb. 20, 1965.  I have recently resumed my education at a local jr. college amidst the rumblings of a boss who thinks I am being foolish.  He is discouraging me and trying to make me feel bad about returning to school (although I work all day and school at night).  My husband and family have been supportive but my boss keeps making these funny faces and these weird sounds whenever I mention the word school.  I work for a lawyer and I am trying to get my degree in criminal justice.  I would like to go into the field of Field Evidence Technician / Forensic Photography.

My questions is:  Will my education really benefit me and my family or is it a waste of my time as my boss tells it?  Do I have a future?

The first thing you should know is, that yes, indeed, you have a future. Life, however, is what happens when we are making other plans. It struck me that you were born the same year as myself, in 1965, the Year of the Wood Snake. You are highly capable, with a quick mind, and your biggest weakness as a Pieces may be giving your power away to others, perhaps as you seem to be doing with your boss right now. The people who love you in your life will no doubt be the best judges. Whatever trials you may face, you can count on luck to carry you. As I told a friend recently, not trying have never garnered me anything in life, I’ve always gained more by trying anyway, and it may accidentally lead me to something better. I believe this is the key here – make sure you leave yourself open to something better than what your dreams currently are.

I have chosen a layout for you called the Pyramid Spread because it is a complex situation involving a number of people who may influence your decision. It is a ten card layout beginning with four on the bottom as the foundation, then building on top of them with three cards, with two more at the next level with the possible outcome crowning the triangle. I will go over every card and tell you how they relate to your current path, and the patterns that form from them.

These ten cards are:
1. The King of Pentacles (inversed)
2. Queen of Swords (inversed)
3. Two of Swords
4. Queen of Cups
5. Ten of Swords
6. Three of Cups
7. The Empress (3)
8. The Magician (1)
9. Two of Wands
10. King of Wands (inversed)

Your question begins with the King of Pentacles, which is inversed, and represents the question asked, either consciously or subconsciously. It seems much of this is focused around the material, and not in a good way, and in all likelihood, this is how heavy your boss’s impressions are weighing on you now. Looks like to me, that truly, he is not a happy person, and the real issue may be that he doesn’t want to see anyone else succeed, or be happy. Abuse of authority is something he can rationalize. Perhaps you may want to consider finding another job before he becomes more abusive.

Your second card is the Queen of Swords, which is inversed, and represents the root of the matter, and looks deeper into unseen and subconscious. This is something. Or someone else who is holding you back. This is a mature woman who may be bitter, and seem cold and uncaring, who does not know how to give to others. This feels like someone in your past who was a negative influence who affected your self esteem on a deep level, so much so that she is still influencing your decisions now.

Your third card is the Two of Swords. It represents the conscious, literal and practical matters regarding your question. There is a very real need to make a decision here, even if it isn’t the decision you were originally looking for push is coming to shove, because both this card, and the position it is in are very much saying the same thing: make a good logical decision then act!

Your fourth card is the Queen of Cups. It represents the heart of the matter, the emotions and intuitions. The Little Prince said, “It is only with the one can see rightly,” and that seems to be the case here. You need to follow your heart and your dreams – this is coming from a very real need within you. You have a right to be happy.

With these four cards forming the foundation of the reading, there is a message of duality, and of balance throughout it. Balancing the logical and the emotional is the key to making this decision. Only you know what that key is that will turn the lock.

So we now begin the next row of three, to where this situation is leading, in relation to the cards that form the foundation.

Your fifth card is the Ten of Swords. It represents the price that is to be paid. As with all things, there is an exchange to maintain balance. There is an ending here, something that you will have to let go of to move forward that will cost you anguish. It may appear to be a situation where all is lost, but this is a card of hope, because it is always darkest before the dawn.

Your sixth card is the Three of Cups. It represents unhelpful influences in the situation. Don’t let family influences, no matter how special they may be, keep you from your task at hand. I also see this card as the center of the reading – how much the rest of your life revolves your family.

Your seventh card is the Empress. It represents the unexpected. I feel this is a strong powerful woman who will be your ally. She will be the door your key will go to – when she appears follow her advice because she is very wise and worldly. She is more than she appears to be.

So what we have in these three cards signify three very different things, but the challenge of each one will come in succession. If you make it this far, then everything will get easier from this point forward.

Your eighth card is the Magician. Both the card, and its position suggests helpful influences. This is the place where you need to use your will, your own power, to make changes and create the opening you need – turn lead into gold.

Your ninth card is the Two of Wands. It is the suggested action you must take, that which is already in your hands. You need to challenge yourself creatively here.  Moving yourself into a new position that will better serve your needs, even if there is more work involved will suit you. Take time to pause and reflect before you go forward.

These two cards side by side speak of magick and intuition. A little bit of spell work should be called into play at this point.

Your tenth and final card is the King of Wands, which is inversed. This represents the final outcome. This is definitely a card of change, although it is the final outcome – it feels like a riddle. The tenth card is the crown of the reading, marked by a King. This person may actually represent an aspect of yourself rather than a person. Kings themselves can be fire, drive and ambition, especially coupled with the wands. Before taking this final leap, make sure you have looked inside as to what will hold you back.

I was told years ago that the brave die but once, but the meek die a thousand times. I see that it is possible, but you still make take a somewhat different direction than the one originally planned. I say go for it. Where there is a witch, there is a way!

Blessed be!
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth


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