As promised, here is the first installment of my “test drive” for the Weekly Situational Blueprint spread. I used the Tabula Mundi Colores Arcus deck, with reversals.
The weekly draw produced the 4 of Cups (Moon in Cancer) reversed for Monday, the 4 of Swords (Jupiter in Libra) for Tuesday, the Queen of Disks (Sagittarius-Capricorn) for Wednesday, Art (Sagittarius) reversed for Thursday, the Tower (Mars) for Friday, Adjustment (Libra) for Saturday and the Emperor (Aries) reversed for Sunday.
A word about reversals: since the seven “blueprint” cards capture the background tone for each day, I consider reversal to show where the “pitch” may be a little off during the affected day(s). This can make blending the nature of that card with the daily action card more challenging but also more nuanced. Think of it in musical terms as “counter-point” to the main theme.
The blending of the astrological correspondence for each daily card with the planetary character of the day creates a few interesting convergences. Monday, the “Moon” day, hosts the “Moon in Cancer” decan card, implying a reinforcement of Lunar influence despite the “watering down” of the reversal. Thursday, “Jupiter’s day,” presents Art, the Sagittarius card (Jupiter’s sign of rulership), also reversed. Saturday, given to Saturn as shown by the name, harbors the Libra card, Adjustment, bearing the sign of Saturn’s exaltation. These synchronous occurrences may exaggerate the potency of the energies through a doubling of symbolic dignity on the days in question.
The most compelling days of the coming week appear to be Friday, for obvious reasons associated with the potentially disruptive intrusion of the Tower’s Mars energy into the sanguine realm of Venus, and Saturday, with Adjustment reflecting a “morning after” need to sort through the debris and adapt to the altered landscape. Fortunately, neither of these cards is reversed, so the situation should play out in a straightforward manner. There is a kind of “eggshell” brittleness or fragility to the feel of Adjustment in this combination. Given the “pirouetting ballerina” image on the Tabula Mundi version of the card, I’m reminded of the title of the Jethro Tull song, “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day.” The nature of the action cards for these days will show whether the tonal emphasis is intensified or mitigated.
The Queen of Disks on Wednesday could bring an encounter with a no-nonsense female of patient but uncompromising mien. Right now I have no idea whom that might be (my mother is long gone). Art reversed on Thursday could reflect an unbalanced state as a run-up to the “explosion” of the Tower on Friday. The 4 of Swords on Tuesday seems relatively inconsequential. And the Emperor reversed on Sunday? Maybe it just means the New England Patriots will lose again.
There are four “4” cards in this spread: 4 of Cups, 4 of Swords, Trump IV (the Emperor), and the Queen of Disks, whose place in the sequence as the 13th suit card reduces numerologically to Four. Stability is the central theme, both seeking it (the reversed cards) and maintaining it (the other two). The reversed Emperor appears to be struggling to recover from the “Tower” event, so it will be interesting to see what follows next week.
The action card for today (Monday) is the 9 of Disks (Venus in Virgo) reversed. Together with the reversed 4 of Cups, it suggests mild disappointment or dissatisfaction. As a Lunar type of person by nature, right now I’m feeling a bit grumpy about having to work in the hot sun, painting the exterior of the house (beautifying the domicile in a classic, utilitarian Venus-in-Virgo way) when I would rather be writing. A literal take on these reversals might show deprivation (the opposite of Luxury) and material loss (the opposite of Gain); but at the mundane level associated with the Minor Arcana, there is very little chance of either eventuality, so I chose a more psychological interpretation.