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It’s in the Cards

Dear Reader,

Welcome to ‘It’s In the Cards’ for 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 whose question I choose 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 www.SubRosaMagick.com or write 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.

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Dear Alicia,

I am definitely at a turning point in my career life where I need to decide whether to keep trying to achieve a particular long-term career objective, or give it up in favor of another direction which also has some serious merit.

When you are at a fork in the road and both paths truly seem to have equal merit, how do you know which one to pick?  Does it even really matter in the final outcome?

Thank you,
Amber
(birthdate withheld)

Dear Amber,

With Venus in Cancer, with your love in the place of the home, your line of work comes as no surprise, but you may find it unfulfilling because it does not appeal the deeper aspects of your personality, nor, with Mars in Taurus does it truly challenge you. Persistence may be key as it usually gets you what you want, but with Jupiter in Taurus as well, I see why you feel something should have already presented itself. You may not be in the wrong career situation, but rather, the wrong place.

I have created a nine card ‘crossroads tarot spread’ just for you, to answer your question better in relation to your career choice. It is in the shape of a Y for the fork on the path that you must choose; the mystical place where Hecate and the three paths meet. I am also choosing a card from the bottom of the deck, which signifies what is hidden from you that you cannot see or do not wish to see.

6.. ………..9

..5………8..

…..4…7.….

…….3……..

…….2…….

…….1…….

The Crossroad card spread positions:
Card #1: Root of the situation, challenge

Card #2: How will that work manifest, and how this card relates to #1

Card #3. What do I need to know to move forward?

::::::::::this is the path you are on now:::::::::

Card #4: Path one: What does this mean for me?

Card #5: Path one: What are the possibilities inherent in it or what may open up because of it?

Card #6: Path one: Outcome
::::::::::this is the path you may choose instead:::::::::

Card #7: Path two: What does this mean for me?

Card #8: Path two: What are the possibilities inherent in it or what may open up because of it?
Card #9: Path two: Outcome

The first card is the Eight of Cups, representing you and the decision that you are currently making. This is, in part, an emotional decision for a strong cool-headed Taurian to make, and part of the confliction. It is born of restlessness that the work started has not brought you the expected results or satisfaction. Eights also signify the double edged way of power, of gain and sacrifice, and growth and restriction. Either way, you are making a clear conscious choice that you are willing to sacrifice, to leave much behind you as you move forward.

The second card is the Four of Wands, inversed. Fours may be dull and limiting especially when inversed, but they are numbers of stability, and this card is very much connected to the Eight of Cups below it. Anything that you try to build right now for yourself, and business regarding property matters, is likely to be delayed. Be patient, as nothing will manifest at this time.

The third card is the Queen of Swords that advises you to move forward, use your cool-headed intellect and focus solely on the professional side of things. Be shrewd and discerning in making your decisions and confident in your own judgment. Be careful of the jealousy you may inspire in others as a result, as they may be threatened by you. Strong competent woman are often not received well by those who are not as capable, as may be reflected in the conflict in card 5: the Seven of Wands.

The fourth card, the first card on path you are currently following toward is Death (13), inversed. It too, like the Four of Wands, is advising you to wait. In actuality, you may wish to focus on making the most of this time, especially if it seems insufferably boring. The economy has brought stagnancy to many businesses, so this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The fifth card, the second card on path you are currently following toward is the Seven of Wands. Obviously, competitiveness during lean times doesn’t bring out the best in everyone’s natures. Rise above the drama as you have the higher ground, and remember that you were born to do much better things. The very results may in fact reward you.

The sixth card, the third and final card on path you are currently following toward is the Seven of Pentacles. This is your outcome. If you stay on your current path, you will be able to reap the fruits of your labor and be in a much better place financially. It will still take time, but all the cards lead me to believe that all you need to do is to play it smart and bide your time.

And now, the other path you are considering…

The seventh card, the first card on path you may choose instead is the Seven of Swords, inversed. “Believe half of what you see, half of what you read, and none of what you hear.” There is something untrustworthy here, and perhaps of the person who is giving you the information. Sevens are also mutable and somewhat unstable cards. Trust your instincts and intuition in your decision making process.

The eighth card, the second card on path you may choose instead is the Knight of Pentacles, inversed. Coupled with the Seven of Swords, something is definitely amiss. Although you may find yourself working hard, there will not be financial reward, as this card speaks of underlying financial issues.

The ninth card, the third and final card on path you may choose instead is the Knight of Cups. Although the final outcome may do well for you emotionally and spiritually, if financial issues are a concern as they appear to be, this may not be truly the best option for you even if you know the people involved as the two Knights suggest.

The card from the bottom of the deck is the Nine of Pentacles. Jupiter in Taurus is very lucky, it speak of abundance naturally occurring in your life. Perhaps your best option is to let life unfold as it should rather than spending energy in trying to make things happen. One of the greatest investments you can ever make is in yourself, so perhaps now is the best time to prepare yourself for the future. For an intelligent, strong, competent and personable lady such as yourself it won’t be a very hard stretch.

I drew one last card just to make sure, and it was the Three of Wands. Please remember that you can’t see when your ships are coming in if they are still over the horizon. Give your life time to manifest what you need, because as long as you stay on top of everything, those ships will eventually come in.

Blessings,
Rev. Alicia Lyon Folberth

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