We are on the verge of a major household move to the other side of the State, so I thought I would use that event as a test case for my “Turning Point” spread. I used the Golden Universal deck with reversals, and the RWS Centennial Edition for the one duplicate trump card that came up in the layout. The question involved what kind of satisfaction is in store for me as a practitioner of the esoteric arts in our new locale.
The “Higher Path” line includes the Moon as Departing, the Fool as Existing and the Magician reversed as Emerging. It’s true that I’ve been in “eclipse” for some time in our present living situation, both spiritually and also practically (see the 4 of Pentacles reversed below); locally, I haven’t been able to find a way forward that makes use of my talents. The Fool shows that I’m on the cusp of a complete make-over in our new environment, something I’ve needed for some time. The Magician rx (especially paired with the 4 of Swords rx below) shows that the logistics of this reinvention are still up in-the-air and establishment of a practice will not come overnight. But the Star as quintessence indicates that my hopes will turn out to be well-founded.
The “Character Path” is populated entirely by Knights (Swords, Cups and Pentacles). In the Golden Dawn system, Knights represent “Power in Action.” which is telling me that it’s in my hands to make something happen. However, the reversals show that action may be held in abeyance until its release – which looks like “emergence from my cocoon” – in the Hanged Man rx. The message I’m getting is to put myself out there but don’t come on like “gang-busters” since it is clearly a “hurry up and wait” situation. The Hanged Man is one card that I see as more encouraging when reversed because it shows the end of delay and the liberation of what was once held hostage to circumstances.. The Knight of Cups and Pentacles reversed suggest blockage and frustration, while the Hanged Man rx frees them from their disillusionment (but only in its own good time). On thinking more deeply about this particular reversed Hanged Man, with it’s glittering metallic aura, I’m reminded of the gleam in the bottom of a gold prospector’s pan; what was one buried has now been unearthed. But another epiphany is that it could be “fool’s gold.” There is a technique in reading the Lenormand cards known as “knighting,” in which cards that connect in the “L”-shaped pattern of a knight’s move in chess are given special significance. Here the Fool and the 7 of Cups both “knight” to the Hanged Man rx, so there is a cautionary note to avoid being too impressed with appearances.
The 4 of Pentacles reversed in the Departing position of the “Earthly Path” shows that I will have to let go of something I’ve held dear for a long time (over 38 years to be exact). However, the wonder shown in the 7 of Cups dispels any sense of sourness over that fact, despite it perhaps being a bit too credulous. The 4 of Swords rx implies that it won’t do to let any grass grow under my feet by being too placid. Once again, the Magician rx as quint shows that raw talent won’t be enough; there must be some strategizing that may not come easily. I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge.
Although not a formal part of the spread, the Grand Quintessence (Star + HM rx + Magician rx) would be the Emperor, predicting ultimate recognition and achievement of a solid reputation. However, if I don’t subtract the reversed values and simply add the numbers 17, 12 and 1, I get 30 = 3+0 = 3, the Empress, a different form of appreciation that I may find even more agreeable.