To do that I decided to use the Traditional 5-Card Spread.
That clear course can be obscured by that fourth card, which many Tarot readers often miss the meaning of. Why? It’s a difficult card to understand, and most often deals with some subconscious impulse or desire, and could even be causing you some holdups in the matter.
My Tarot Question
NOTE: While I was doing that two cards popped out, something not unheard of, but a bit unusual. One card landed face-up (and upright) while the other remains hidden.
I’ve since laid out my cards, and this is what I get:
1st Card: Ten of Pentacles (Reversed)
This is not good, showing that currently I’m far from secure financially, perhaps because I’m living beyond my means. Is keeping up appearances really worth risking the poorhouse for? This card reversed also shows that there could be instability in a business, family, or even a large corporation. And of course it’ll be about money.
Boy, looks like sales will suck this month, something I also thought possible since planet Mercury is currently in retrograde. Could the planets and cards be aligned? Let’s continue with a look at the past.
2nd Card: King of Wands (Reversed)
I’ve got a problem with an authority figure bearing down on me, probably a man. Perhaps this is a cruel boss, a bad criminal, the school yard bully, or just a real asshole. And in some cases the King of Wands reversed shows us what may befall a good man, if there are a lot of other negative cards surrounding it in the spread.
In this case looking at those two random cards that flew out might tell me something. Let’s get back to this later.
3rd Card: Three of Wands (Reversed)
The Three of Wands is typically a positive card, showing you looking upon all you can create in life, but that’s when it’s upright.
Reversed it’s telling me that things are likely to be delayed and there won’t be much cooperation – in other words, nothing will progress. No one is working together and therefore nothing is getting done. I need to put my foot down and take some action!
4th Card: Two of Cups (Reversed)
When the Two of Cups shows normally, it means there’s a profitable union about to take place, usually something dealing with the emotions, since that’s what cups govern.
In this case, however, instead of coming together there’s a coming apart. This card reveals that a separation of some sort is likely. An idea or offer could get rejected outright. There could also be bitterness left over from a previous relationship.
Is there some important person I annoyed that’s causing my sales to slump? Could this big person be representing Jeff Bezos of Amazon? Maybe I’m not getting the love I need from him. I did get rejected from the Amazon Serials program twice now, and I don’t have as much info on the new G.I. JOE Kindle World as I’d like.
Like I said, this fourth card is tricky. Now how about the last?
5th Card: Death
Wow, what a terrible reading, right?
Not necessarily. This is the only card upright, and while it’s showing Death, that might not be that bad. Death is far from the worse card in the Tarot (that would probably be a reversed Ace of Swords = literal death) and this card actually means more of a rebirth.
Look at the card. The sun is setting in the background, showing the ending of one day, which is also the beginning of the new day according to the Druids.
We also see four people on the Death card: a high-ranking priest is begging from Death, a king lies fallen before Death, a young maiden falls sick in the path of Death, and a young girl is awed by the sheer power and unknown that Death brings forth, and the possibilities it leaves in its wake.
You see, the card doesn’t have to depict an actual death, but instead just an end. This could be a relationship or an interest of some sort, but the end of either will create a new self-awareness. The card is representing changes more than anything, and particularly the ending of one aspect and the beginning of a new.
It’s best to look to the surrounding Minor Arcana cards in the spread to see what’s influencing the Death card. In this case we have two Wands, so it’s fair to say there’ll be a death of one form of creativity and the start of a new.
Now, let’s get to those two random cards.
Random Card #1: Seven of Swords
The Seven of Swords might also indicate that I’m trying to sneak away from something, whether it’s responsibility, a relationship, or even my current life.
It could be that running away is the wrong choice. This card also is often seen in people thought of as ‘lone wolves.’ Perhaps I just need to go it alone for awhile.
What does this have to do with my eBook sales? I have no idea.
Random Card #2: Knight of Pentacles (Reversed)
Mainly it shows I’m foolish with money often because I have a complete lack of self-control when it comes to my finances. Instead of being strong and standing firm with a budget or financial plan, I’m weak and look to be heading for ruin.
Boy, I wish I didn’t do a Tarot reading for self-publishing. You know what, don’t read this post.
Overall it looks like February will be a dark and cold month for sales, about what I expected from the weather. But that Death card points to some new hope in March (the G.I. JOE Kindle Worlds program, perhaps?).
Anyways, I think you can see Tarot is interesting, and can be used for a lot more than figuring out if you’ll make money or not. Why not use it to plot out your next novel? Hey, Tarot and Novel Plotting, I think I know what you’ll be reading about next month!
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