Tarot Readings for You for January 18, 2015 Sunday©
GUIDANCE Oh, membership. No one is immune to it, not even you. You can be one of them wholeheartedly. You can be trying to break into being one of them, maybe pressuring them with your display. You could be protesting something-or-another the clan is for – whether opposing that secretly, or being openly against it. You could be there to move members over to something else you are part of. Maybe you are an indignation-missionary, out to form a fresh group around some cause, any way you can. You find yourself a member of some herds whether you chose to be or not. Small herds and large herds, from family to international in scope. Humans are herd animals, you know. And creeds, with all their ardent propaganda and enthusiastic adherents (another word for ‘member’) unite and divide the human herd, cluttering its world histories with population reductions. Today we examine the pressures – the pressures to be in, the pressures to break in, the pressures to protest. We do not comment on the cost of not being a member of any herd today.
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Ten of Cups – Seven of Wands – Six of Wands
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Tarot Readings: The Effort to Fit In (Seven of Wands and Six of Wands)
Tarot Readings: Misleading, or Misled, Friends (Ten of Cups and Six of Wands)
Tarot Readings: The Pressure to Conform (Ten of Cups and Seven of Wands)
Tarot Readings: Miscellaneous Subversive Pressures (Seven of Wands and Six of Wands)
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Ten of Cups – Seven of Wands – Six of Wands
………………….……………………Uh-oh, we’re about propaganda and protest, and belonging to the good-guy bunch. Both Six and Seven of Wands are troublemakers. Six of Wands is the trickster. Six of Wands (propaganda) is selling people *on what benefits the seller,* or is getting drawn into the downdraft of a movement you will end up serving – but it can be merely a double-crossing buddy, if you’re lucky. Seven of Wands also has two main applications that line up with his Six friend. He can be the mouthy mooch demanding his (or hers, of course) or he can be the fed up person who’s ‘mad as hell and won’t take it anymore.’ You can see how these two play into one another’s dramas and agendas. The other card, Ten of Cups, is the joiners, is the good-guys’ group, a concept the other two feed off of.
…………………………..Ten of Cups equates having it all with being good. On the one hand, it is a good marriage, a good home life, a community you would want to buy a house in (and it means a house as well as a home). On the other, it is the kind of respectable money makes people buy into, the moral majority type thing.
………………………….. Seven of Wands is standing up to being intruded upon, defending your position, or it is getting on the soapbox and pressuring others about something. Either way, it is about pressure. Mad as hell and won’t take it anymore, or ‘Gimme the car keys.’
..………………………. Six of Wands is the con artist, the sneaky two-faced up-to-something frenemy in the camp, the person who has an agenda you are going to serve if he can help it. It represents things like double-crossing friends, leaders who aim to sell the group out, being misled or conned. It’s the agenda, and the person who has the agenda. It’s the hypocrite flaunting its righteousness and expecting your support. But it’s also fitting in, playing your role, faking it ’til you make it. The other cards today turn on Six of Wands’ political side.
……….………… Ten of Cups and Seven of Wands Ten of Cups and Seven of Wands says ‘pressure (Seven of Wands obviously) to conform (Ten of Cups).’ These two cards today involve a group or family and pressure. The pressure today appears in the following ways: trying so hard; pushing my way into; I am in their face about this; Listen to me! … harangues; fighting those people; resisting this thing; God forbid I should …; No way am I…; coercion; too damn much trouble to; feel the pressure to be one of them; Everybody is up in arms; I oppose; stirred up against; This drama queen; hell-raising; pushes out people who; Get everybody indignant.
Ten of Cups is obviously the happily married, the group and family, respectable, circle of friends, conform, well-adjusted people, happily-ever-after, settle down in suburbia, stalwart citizens, we, one of the crowd, normal, one of the herd, one of the majority, everybody. x..
……….………… Ten of Cups and Six of Wands Ten of Cups and Six of Wands both involve conforming. Ten of Cups is one big happy family and the respectable people, and Six of Wands is conforming to a group to subvert it, or to play a role and fit in. Put them together and you have looking as if, or pretending to be, a member. Both these cards mean ‘conform.’ You also have propaganda (the deceit meaning of Six of Wands) making you one of that crowd. And you have: To go along with the herd.
The influence (Six of Wands) of the good, healthy, respectable, well-adjusted group (Ten of Cups) can be seen as subversive too. We have ‘Succumb to the family mold’ and ‘Getting sucked into this happily-ever-after thing’ and ‘Succumb to settling down in suburbia’ and ‘to be normal sucks me right in.’ And it can be seen as a good thing. We have these five: ‘My friends get with the program. Go along with the program. The influence of all those well-adjusted people. Fit in with these stalwart citizens. To fit in and be one of the majority.’
Six of Wands’ influence here can be heavier than all those. The following express that darker spectrum of Six of Wands and Ten of Cups: My circle of friends is being misled. You people have been duped! … his friends to join his cult. I secretly oppose the group I am a member of. Some of my best friends are against me behind my back. Sabotages everybody’s good day. Everybody getting along puts a damper on …. People who uproot the values of a healthy group. You have covert control of them. x..
………..………… Seven of Wands and Six of Wands Seven of Wands and Six of Wands could go several ways, with Seven of Wands either trying to break in, or defending from a break-in, and with Six of Wands either misleading or being misled, and either sabotaging or being undermined. Here are the scenarios they make in today’s stories:
The effort to fit in: ‘Trying so hard to look like …’ and ‘Oh the effort to fit myself into ….’
Pushing my way into: … ‘making myself fit in with them.
Pressured into joining: ‘I succumb under protest.’
Pressured to go along with the program: ‘Coercion makes us one of ….’ ‘The pressure sucks me right in.’ ‘Feel the pressure to fit in.’
Fighting the influence. Resisting getting sucked into …. No way am I going to fit in.
Getting Control of Members: Get _ indignant and you have covert control of_.
Opposition from within: I secretly oppose the group I am a member of. … are stirred up against me behind my back. This drama queen sabotages ….
The group’s defense: … pushes out people who uproot its values. is putting a damper on his hell-raising.
Seven of Wands in the above material is: trying so hard; the effort; making myself; under protest; coercion; the pressure; resisting; No way am I going to; Get _ indignant; oppose; are stirred up; drama queen; pushes out people; his hell-raising.
Six of Wands in the above material is: to look like; to fit myself into; fit in with them; I succumb; makes us one of them; sucks me right in; to fit in; getting sucked into; going to fit in; covert control; secretly oppose; against me behind my back; sabotages. x..
You may want to be a hermit for the day, and not go to any meetings, after reading this. We kind of say that, once you have a membership in the human race, you have memberships in groups. Government, they say, is a necessary evil; we say membership in clans, cliques, tribes, etc. is too. It’s not just your relatives you can’t choose, Human. This spread has a Sixties feel to it. We cover the waterfront, looking over our shoulder, about making an effort to be accepted, about joining, being in the in-crowd, resisting the influence of a group, and the group resisting ours, pushing us out. We talking about being the opposition from within, and about being subject to that.
HERE ARE PHRASES FOR ALL THREE 2-CARD COMBINATIONS
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……….………… Ten of Cups and Seven of Wands Trying so hard to be happily married. Pushing my way into being a member of a group. … to the family mold, under protest. Oh the effort to … the respectable mold. My circle of friends is … and I am in their face about this. Pressuring all my friends. You people …: Listen to me! He harangues his friends to join. THE PRESSURE TO CONFORM Fighting … those well-adjusted people. I am resisting this ‘happily-ever-after’ thing. God forbid I should settle down in suburbia. No way am I … these stalwart citizens. We are pressured. Coercion makes us one of the crowd. The pressure to be normal. It’s too damn much trouble to … the herd. Feel the pressure to be one of the majority. Everybody is up in arms about …. I oppose the group I am a member of. Some of my best friends are stirred up against …. This drama queen … everybody’s good day. Everybody getting along is … on his hell-raising. A healthy group pushes out people who …. Get everybody indignant ….x..
……….………… Ten of Cups and Six of Wands Look like I’m happily married. Being a member of a group, fitting in with them. I succumb to the family mold. Fit myself into the respectable mold. MISLEADING, OR MISLED, FRIENDS My circle of friends is being misled. My friends get with the program. You people have been duped! … his friends to join his cult. The influence of all those well-adjusted people. Getting sucked into this ‘happily-ever-after’ thing. Succumb to settling down in suburbia. Fit in with these stalwart citizens. Go along with the program. Propaganda makes us on one of a crowd. … to be normal sucks me right in. To go along with the herd. To fit in and be one of the majority. Everybody is … about the agendas. I secretly oppose the group I am a member of. Some of my best friends are … against me behind my back. Sabotages everybody’s good day. Everybody getting along is putting a damper on …. A healthy group … people who uproot its values. Get everybody _ and you have covert control of them. x..
………..………… Seven of Wands and Six of Wands THE EFFORT TO FIT IN *Trying so hard to look like ***… Pushing my way into … making myself fit in with them. I succumb, under protest. Oh, the effort to fit myself into …. … is being misled, and I am in their face about this. Pressuring … to get with the program. You have been duped: Listen to me! He harangues … to join his cult. Fighting the influence. Resisting getting sucked into …. God forbid I should succumb. No way am I going to fit in. _ pressured to go along with the program. Coercion makes us one of …. The pressure sucks me right in. It’s too damn much trouble to go along with …. Feel the pressure to fit in. MISCELLANEOUS SUBVERSIVE PRESSURES … up in arms about the agendas. I secretly oppose the group I am a member of. … are stirred up against me behind my back. This drama queen sabotages …. … is putting a damper on his hell-raising. … pushes out people who uproot its values. Get _ indignant and you have covert control of _. x..
Ten of Cups…….. Ten of Cups is the good people or ‘the good people.’ Real or pretend. Often, it represents a good relationship, a supportive family, the community you would want to be part of. Just like in real life, that appearance can be a sham. Today we have the sham card (Six of Wands) in our spread. Ten of Cups equates having it all with being the good guys. The kind of respectability money can buy. The in-crowd. The reason some big gangsters were so very well-dressed. There’s this house on the golf course, the well-dressed family admiring the house with their two perfect happy kids, an a rainbow over it all.
Seven of Wands …………. Seven of Wands is about defense or offense involving pressure or confrontation. It’s ‘I’m gonna make you’ or it’s ‘You can’t make me.’ Today the issue is joining or not joining, being or not being a member of whatever-it-is. The story in the illustration is the neighbors invading a man’s land to take it. He is in a nightshirt and didn’t get both boots on, outnumbered and facing the invasion. (He is expected to win.)
Six of Wands…………. Six of Wands shows what looks like a victory in a battle, but in that battle the king was kidnapped by the retreating Arabs he chased when he won it. The second in line to the throne of England arranged the whole thing. Six of Wands indicates that things are not what they seem, to distrust your environment. Con artist, deception, cheating, treachery … look deeper, Six of Wands advises. This is one of the cards Tarot Verbatim has a different perspective on. You will find other readers taking the illustration at face value and calling Six of Wands a victory.
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