Reading the Future

This reading is the final follow-up for the previous two.
I decided to ask one more question. I wanted information about the Prince of Swords from the very first reading, who showed up as a the Future card. The Prince of Swords represents the airy part of Air, which is associated with our Intellectual Mind.
Did this mean I would find intellectually stimulating work?
Did it mean that I can manifest anything I put my mind to, and what am I waiting for?
Did it mean that I am lost in "too much thinking" about it without enough "doing"?
I needed more info.

After we finished drawing cards and photographing the Influence card reading, I picked up the cards, and as Alia removed the props, she noticed a small, triangular dish that she had forgotten to use, and she cried out, "I really wanted to use this!"

I shuffled the cards, still at the white table, and I focused on the Prince of Swords and wondered what it was supposed to mean. Three cards fell out of the middle of the deck. I stopped shuffling and put down the deck. I spread the three cards that had fallen out and flipped over the top card on the deck. It was a reversed Three of Disks, named Work.

Alia immediately noticed the similarity between the triangular dish and the Three of Coins. It had appeared immediately after she had stated her desire to use a triangle-shaped glass dish in the next shot! The American physicist, parapsychologist, and author Russell Targ might propose that Alia's subconscious mind had influenced the cards, or that maybe my subconscious mind, upon hearing her request, had influenced the shuffling. Despite the influence, or maybe because of it, I was reassured that the reading would be accurate. (I'm a "everything happens for a reason" sorta person, and I chose to take this as a "good sign".)

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The card representing the Past here is the Princess of Swords, the card that follows the Prince of Swords (the card I had asked about), and in some respects the Princess his twin. The Princess is the earthy part of Air: the volatile has become fixed. The Idea has materialized.

The card here representing the Present is Atu XI, Lust. This card describes the magickal doctrine of the New Aeon. A naked goddess astride a lion serpent. It describes courage, love, strength, and energy. Leo is the Kerub of Fire and represents Fire at its highest form. This card advocates the use of the magical power of love. It's a very powerful card. The fact that it's reversed may imply I'm not using my Love [of Work] correctly or that I'm subverting myself somehow. I could place the blame outside myself, and say someone is subverting me, but ultimately I know this manifestation is my own doing.

The Death card, Atu XIII, sits in the place of the Future. This card implies rebirth and regeneration (the fish and the snake) and sacrifice (the scorpion). It represents a sudden, expected change. In The Book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley says the Death card is the completion of the Lust card. That's hopeful, at least! In the Future I will complete my Work.

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I use the Influence card as a filter on the reading. Since the reading was focused on the Prince of Swords to start with, there was already that layer. Now, the Three of Coins has something to add. Called Work, the Three of Coins is attributed to Mars in Capricorn, and it has a very constructive energy. True to its name, this card implies work is being done. In this reading, however, this card is shown reversed, so the work may not be in progress, or else it may be in vain or ineffective.

It's interesting to me that the question concerned employment, and the card called Work was drawn. As I continue using my new deck, I'm curious to see how they work when reversed. For example, when the Three of Coins is reversed, it looks similar to the Three of Swords, but does the meaning follow the Three of Swords or the reversed Three of Coins? What if the cards are turned left or right? I made them square to test my hypothesis that the direction does matter.

I took from this reading a sense that I am spinning my wheels. The Prince of Swords, I now believe, indicated that I need to work harder and to focus. With both the Influence card and the Present card reversed, it may be time for me to develop a real game plan and to set some goals.

This was a good example of how a reading can be influenced by the subconscious mind of anyone present, whether it's of the person doing the reading or of the querent. Maybe the mark of a good reader is someone who can clear their mind and let the querent’s subconscious mind shuffle the cards. I suppose some tarot readers have the querent shuffle the cards, but I never let anyone else touch the cards. I believe that better allows me to act as facilitator.
Looking at the cards is like reading a character sketch of the person. There is as much in those four cards about the person as there is about the question or the answer.

Reading on the Job Sitch

Even though it hasn't been printed, yet, I wanted to see how my new deck would work.
I used my standard go-to, Aleister Crowley's Egyptian Tarot, as proxy. From that reading, I made a digital mock-up substituting my cards.

The question I posed for this regarded the dream job I am manifesting.
I have faith it's coming, but in what form, I don't know for certain.
I am definitely open, though!

Addressing the cards, I said, "Whether it's working for myself, for a college, in the government, or for a big company with all the cool things, tell me something about it." It's funny that my questions often are not in question form. It's more like a wondering.

I shuffled and dealt these out.

This is how the reading dealt using Crowley's Egyptian Tarot. (Notice the use of wealth-attracting crystals... ;)

This is how the reading dealt using Crowley's Egyptian Tarot. (Notice the use of wealth-attracting crystals... ;)

What I read as the "Influencer" card, in this case the Ten of Wands is called Oppression. Saturn in Sagittarius. Heavy and heavier. Dreadful. I know this card matches my subconscious attitude towards jobs. I also know that military veterans often have this attitude. That's why veterans have such high percentages of both entrepreneurs and homeless. That's why I have asked the Universe for the Perfect Job.

The center card, the Present, to me represents the Job, itself. The Prince of Cups, or Son of Cups, is the Airy part of Water: both completely free and capable of great work. That sums up what I'm looking for: productive, meaningful freedom.

The card representing the Past, in this case the Hanged Man, also represents Water. It is the symbolic death through baptism and its association with sacrifice. Both are of the previous Aeon. The new God "demands aught in sacrifice."
This card, reversed, seems to imply that I may have playing the role of martyr. (?) Struggling in vain for no reason other than pity. (Thank God I don't do that any more.)

The card representing the Future, in this case the Prince of Swords, is purely intellectual. It is the Airy part of Air: the Intellectual Realm.
From a quantum standpoint, this seems to suggest that anything is possible.
That's good news!

This is how the reading would look using my Thelemite Tarot Deck.

This is how the reading would look using my Thelemite Tarot Deck.

You can order a Thelemite Tarot deck on my main page.
All sale proceeds will be used towards printing this deck. Likewise, all sales of drawings, prints, and stickers also will be used to print this limited edition deck. They are gonna look so cool!

Thank you!

Sublimation, in seventy-eight steps, or First of the first

Another little side project I'm going to fit in, while doing everything else, is explore Aleister Crowley's Thoth tarot deck card-by-card. I've been using the same deck for over twenty years now. It makes sense to me, but the information is so dense! I'm hoping to distill some of it down for ease of personal use. By going through them as they manifest on the Tree of Life, including how the trumps correspond to the paths, I hope to gain a little insight.

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