For the last six weeks I’ve been suffering from a moderately debilitating knee injury. As near as I can tell from my research, it seems to be patellar tendonitis, perhaps bordering on tendonopathy. I’ve struggled with it from time to time while skiing and jogging over the last fifteen years, occasionally experiencing sharp pain right below the kneecap that went away after 15 or 20 seconds and didn’t come back for many months, not until I managed to “tweak” it again. Consequently, I never went to a doctor for it, just bought a wrap-around knee brace and kept on going. But we moved last year and have been jogging on pavement since early summer, and this time when it hit me it didn’t immediately subside, although it’s slowly getting better; as before, there has been no swelling or redness around the joint and I can still walk slowly, with some minor discomfort and limping. While waiting to see whether it heals on its own, I decided to do a reading to explore what is likely to transpire. This is my “All Well and Good But . . . ” well-being spread, using the Thoth Tarot with reversals. Health diagnostics is not something I usually tackle with the tarot, but this is one approach I’ve found to be credible.
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Card #1 (Moon): The 6 of Swords reversed in the “You At Present/State of Well-being” position is saying that I probably won’t see a doctor this time either unless I have a major setback.
Card #2 (Mercury): The Queen of Cups in the “What’s Next?/Impetus for Change” position is a “passive healing” card, advising patience while allowing nature to take its course.
Card #3 (Jupiter): The 7 of Swords in the “What You Need/Best Possible Result” position suggests that expecting to become entirely “whole” after this event may be unrealistic. I’ve always thought that this card portrays being “pecked to death” as shown by the notches cut into the central sword by its six assailants, perhaps signifying tiny tears in my patellar tendon. (In the Tarot de Marseille deck, the 7 of Swords actually looks like being “stabbed in the kneecap.”) What I need is rest and rehabilitation
Card #4 (Saturn): The 8 of Disks in the “What You’ve Learned/Underlying or Hidden Issues” position is titled “Prudence” for good reason, and perfectly captures the message of the Queen of Cups in pragmatic terms. I need to proceed slowly and with great care (but then I don’t really have a choice at the moment).
Card #5 (Venus): The 10 of Disks in the “What You’ll Get/Most Likely Outcome” position shows I will become physically functional again for all practical purposes, although I will definitely forego jogging in favor of my exercise bike, a lower-impact form of exercise. There could be some limited mobility for a while.
Card #6 (Mars): The 4 of Wands reversed in the “What’s Wrong?/Unexpected Setbacks” position is telling me that I haven’t seen the end of this as I strive for wellness, but it is by-and-large a positive card that portends success; it could be read literally as “the inflammation will diminish.” If anything, recovery will be slower than in past episodes.
Card #7 (Sun): The 5 of Wands in the “Where You End Up/Consequences” position makes it clear that I will need to be eternally vigilant for conditions that might cause a relapse, steering clear of any forms of activity involving aggressive knee movement.
It’s notable that there are no trump cards in this reading, suggesting that the latest incident isn’t going to be a life-altering situation. But when I do the quintessence in my usual way, including the Queen of Cups as “13” and subtracting reversals, I get the Lovers, a clear indication that I’m at a crossroads this time around. If I leave out the court card as advocated by Hajo Banzhaf, it gives me Judgement, the “wake-up call” card. There is no legitimate excuse for ignoring the signs. I certainly don’t expect to be sprinting again in this lifetime, but then I haven’t run that hard in the last 50 years either except when fleeing angry ground hornets. (I don’t recall my feet even touching the ground!) Oh well, I don’t recommend the “running of the bees” as a routine form of aerobic exercise anyway.