Monday, April 4, 2016

Cards for Sorrow; Cards for Pain...

So today I saw a Tarot spread (Instagram - BrooklynTarot) depicting the presidential candidates and what they stand for.  It was spooky how accurate it was.  All the cards in the spread were inverted, except Bernie Sanders.  He was depicted as the King of Cups, a major force of healing and good.  Hillary was depicted as the Four of Swords, inverted, which is about entering a period of rest, of recuperation, and I've been saying for a while that she would be a sort of status quo placeholder until we were ready to accept the change and healing that Bernie Sanders offers.

I don't normally talk about politics.  I try to keep those opinions to myself.  They separate people and drive wedges where there need be no wedges.  I feel about it the same way I feel about religion.  If you want to talk about it, I'm game, but I'm not going to bring it up.  Everyone is entitled to their own private beliefs.

I just thought that this particular spread was super interesting.  And right now I care about the presidential race as a sort of turning point for this country.  Before it was like, "Oh, great.  Someone who will keep making progress toward a more equal future."  And this race seems to be, "Oh, great.  This is a watershed moment for our country, and a ton is at stake."  While I don't consider myself to be a great patriot, I live here.  I do care about how we are perceived by the rest of the world.  A man like Trump in the white house would be a huge mistake.  Someone who is well-recorded as being a bully and a bigot, a hater of women and minorities, and a general, all-around asshole is not going to do our country any favors.

Bernie Sanders has beliefs.  He speaks out about what he believes and the direction he would like to see this country take.  He isn't slinging mud and deflecting criticism in a personal manner like others are.  It's refreshing to see someone NOT telling you why you shouldn't vote for the other guy and instead telling you why you should vote for them.

This card reading is just symbols on paper.  And it probably largely reflects the opinions and energies of the person who drew these cards.  I'd love to see this spread done by a Trump supporter.  Are there Republican Tarot readers?  But I find it interesting that these symbols on paper seem to speak to just exactly what I've thought in my core about these three people and the future of our country as a whole.

Maybe I'll give my cards a turn in the future and see what they have to tell me about all of this mess.  If I do, I'll be happy to share the results with you all.

Also, and this is completely self-serving, if you want a reading on a personal matter--whether that be money or relationships or career or whatever--I'd be happy to do it.  I need to hone my reading skills on people who aren't me.



Cheeky American said...

Very nice. Thank you for sharing that spread, it reflects how I view the presidential race myself. And I echo your thoughts that this election seems to be a watershed moment, not just an ordinary election.

I used to live and breathe politics as an activist, and since then I have turned 180 degrees away, for the same reasons you cite. But with the importance of this election and the whole issue of civil rights having such national prominence, I feel that I cannot stay silent, but I also don't want to become a strident person who alienates others. I guess I'll have to take it one day at a time :-)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That's a healthy position to take.

Geoff said...

Like you, I don't make politics a subject I speak out about. I keep my thoughts and beliefs largely to myself. But this election has me invigorated to vote for the first time since the 2000 election (i.e. when Ross Perot upset the apple cart). This could be a time for real change, and I want to believe the system can still work, and be a part of making that happen, and f*** the power elite. I want my vote to count for something. That's new for me, general pessimist and down-trodden soul that I am at this time in my life. Thanks for sharing your outlook….