Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Ten of Coins

Is it time for a tarot post again?  For realz??  Wow, today is the very last of the pip card posts!  We've made it all the way from Ace to Ten in all four suits!  Pretty crazy, huh?  Of course, it's not time to start the major arcana yet!  Next week we'll start the court cards, which I'm really looking forward to.  Then I'll have sixteen weeks to get my rear in gear and have the major arcana ready to go!  But for today, let's focus on completion.


The Ten of Coins
"A whole family is present, in the opulence of a grand estate.  The patriarch sits in the corner, draped in a beautiful robe, enjoying the company of a few dogs.  Children, or perhaps a child and a spouse talk or argue in the middle-ground, and a younger sibling or grandchild hides behind the mother, reaching out for one of the family hounds.  What does it suggest that the dogs form a circle between the oldest generation and the youngest? 

            In the tarot canines are generally signs of loyalty or fidelity.  The family that is rich together, stays together.  They may be better off than the solitary lady of means on the last card, but they’re obviously still a bit insular: a walled city beyond the arch in the background suggest they have isolated themselves from the lives of the work-a-day everymen. 

            It’s a simple byproduct of great success in this life: some people will despise you or judge you for it, and those who continue to be kind will likely ask for money.  A significant change in financial status will almost inevitably change your social network significantly as well.  Are you happy to remain loyal to those you got here with, or those within your new class, or does that beautiful carved arch feel like a prison wall?  It actually is an open arch and not a locked door.   You’re free to step outside the confines of your success and start all over, redefining what victory in this case means to you.  Be grateful for this powerful foundation you’ve built for yourself, and don’t burn any bridges with your card-fellows, or those dogs are liable to bite you in the ass.

            In the staves, the victor took his spoils all for himself, meaning he could do with them whatever he pleased.  The cups were all about sharing their joy, but their openness was so great, they were willing to watch their triumph disapate.  The swords accepted defeat with dignity and wisdom.  The coins appear to do the same thing with success.  Can you?

            In a reading, consider who you owe what for where you are today.  Are you paying your dues to those who gave you a leg up when you needed it?  The next time your alma mater asks for money, send them a check.  It’s only right.  If you feel you succeeded in spite of the institution, then at the minimum stop taking perks for being a graduate, and better yet, step out of your perfect life, and demand change for future graduates."


To put this in common parlance, you probably didn't build it alone, and even if you did, is that the way you want to end up?

~em

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