June 21st, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Midsummer's Dream: Card 6

It is June 21, Midsummer. Today I have pulled the last card of the Midsummers’ Dream spread, made by Christine Jette, from her book Tarot for all Seasons. The card is for the sixths position and is called “Future Trends on Psychic Development”. The card drawn in this position shows the outcome to my psychic development. The card is related to the last card which I pulled, that showed the voice of my intuition.

I have pulled Eight of Coins from the Tarot of Jane Austen. 

For a second day in a row I have pulled Anne Eliot from the book Persuasion. Yesterday Anne was shown as servile, in service of others against her own self-interest (on Ten of Candlesticks). Today she is shown as a capable and confident woman who is able to do many things: playing the piano, writing, reading, taking care for a child, acting as lay-counsellor, budgeting, and making accounts of the possessions of the estate.

I must admit I was glad seeing the card, because it shows a confident woman. It shows ‘me’ doing many different tasks effortlessly. It is a step forward, looking at the burdened Anne from Ten of Candlesticks which I pulled yesterday. I like being busy, feeling confident in my jobs. And I like going through life having many tasks. So, if this is the future trend of paying attention, then that is all right.

But in relation to my heart desire, card one, Three of Teacups, I am not so sure I am happy with the Eight of Coins. My heart desire is having more fun and joy in my life. This card does not show fun. 

 Besides that, I have pulled Eight of Pentacles, another version of this card, a few days ago in the interpretation of a drawing. Back then it showed that working serves as a means to repress my feeling side, feelings of loss and sadness repressing joy and fun along with it. 


Furthermore, the servile Anne on the Ten of Candlesticks might be viewed as the shadow of the Eight of Coins on which Anne is taking confidently care of many tasks, and almost all in service of others. The Three of Cups’ fun and joy is not easily reached looking at both cards in this regard.

So, mixed blessings.
by Tangerine icons, Amanda Hall

Midsummer's Dream: Summary

Doing a spread in five days, pulling one card each day makes me focus on the individual cards so much that I tend to forget the whole. Therefore I look back now; I summarize and jot new insights down from the cards that I have pulled in my journey during the past five days.

The whole spread revolves around ones “Heart desire”, which is card 1 of the spread. I pulled Three of Teacups (Cups) for this desire using the Tarot of Jane Austen. My desire is to have more fun and joy in my life. Card 2, which shows the future of this desire, Eight of Quills, and Card 3, which shows a blockage, Seven of Teacups, told me that it is hard for me to really feel this desire and fully understand what is fun and joy in my life. It took me a few days to really feel and understand the extent to which I lack it and how I need it in my life. It appeared that I was setting up a delusional world for my wish and have trouble accessing it (Eight of Quills and Seven of Teacups). 
The Emperor and Ten of Candlesticks (Ann Alliot), card 4 and 5, showed me that I have a strong moral code, which makes it hard to feel fun and joy, and to go for it. I also looked into my resistance to the Three of Cups card: I judge it as superficial and ‘over the top’. This showed my strong moral code as well. 


The last card that I pulled was Eight of Coins (again Anne Elliot), which showed the outcome of my psychic development. I saw this card as a mixed blessing: at the one hand, I will be confident, be able to do many things effortless, and on the other hand I will be probably working hard, which might make enjoying difficult. 

All in all, my heart desire is not an easy thing to obtain.