The “Gambler’s Option” Test Case

This spread cracks me up! Using the Gilded Tarot, I asked about the advisability of buying a new tarot deck tomorrow. The “odd” line included the 7 of Pentacles, the 7 of Swords, the 9 of Cups, and the Ace of Swords, with the Lovers as the quintessence. Sevens interest me because they represent taking a step in a new direction, but only after clarifying something about the move. The 7 of Pentacles isn’t certain that anything I buy will be any more useful than what I already have; the 7 of Swords wants to get it cheap (at a “steal” even); the self-indulgent 9 of Cups is agreeable to anything as long as it’s pleasing (I think of it as the “fat, dumb and happy” card – as the Jupiter decan card in the Jupiterian sign of Pisces, its appetite is prodigious and its growth potential is breathtaking); the Ace of Swords is delighted to make a decision – any decision; and the Lovers (its corresponding Hebrew letter means “sword,” making it the third Swords-related card in this line) sees it as a momentous decision, worthy of agonizing over.

The “even” line included the 4 of Cups, the 6 of Pentacles, the 8 of Pentacles, and the 4 of Wands, with the Emperor as quintessence. The 4 of Cups couldn’t care less one way or the other – most decks make it yawn; the 6 of Pentacles is more than willing to spend the money; the 8 of Pentacles is overjoyed about the prospects of getting a new “working” deck; the celebratory 4 of Wands is saying “Yay! Let’s do it!” and the Emperor is going to do whatever he wants anyway.

Elementally, the 9 of Cups is on cordial terms with its two flanking Swords cards (Water and Air), as is the 8 of Pentacles with its two adjacent companions (an Earth-Earth-Fire series).  The elemental dignities therefore provide no encouragement toward one choice or the other, although the 8 of Pentacles is slightly more dignified with its same-suit match-up to the 6 of Pentacles.

I’m inclined to see this as an endorsement for buying the deck before the Lovers and its Swords henchmen drive me crazy!

All images copyright U.S. Games Systems, Inc, Stamford, CT

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