It’s been a few weeks since my last post.
Over the Easter holiday, I experienced the flu, which came on after having a head cold during my birthday earlier in March.
As a result, the energy just wasn’t there for a lot of my routine things, like writing up the weekly Oracle Outlook posts. One of the things I had prided myself on—being consistent—was now gone. One week turned to two, then to three. I had fallen off the wagon.
And I was finding it difficult to get back on.
What made the situation even more interesting was that I was still filming the video presentations of the readings for my YouTube channel (which was very challenging one week because of the amount of energy it took being health-challenged), but the very thought of writing (transcribing) the reading for the blog made me feel tired.
So I wondered if it was time to assess—or re-assess—the Oracle Outlook in this space. To help me with this process, I decided I’d do an Answer Spread asking what I might need to know about the situation.
Pulling cards from my beloved Uusi Classic Playing Cards, I drew Ace of Hearts, Ace of Diamonds, 6 of Diamonds, 4 of Spades, Ace of Spades, and 8 of Clubs.
The Ace of Hearts and 4 of Spades represent aspects of the situation. I had to laugh when I saw these cards because they were so spot on!
The Ace of Hearts is a card of the home, but also the beginning of an emotional experience; I tend to read the Ace of Hearts as beginning to feel a new way about a situation.
The 4 of Spades is a card of illness (it’s known as “the sick bed” card), which is a clear reference to having had the flu; given the context, the pair literally reads being home (Ace of Hearts) in bed sick (4 of Spades).
The 4 of Spades can also indicate a period of exhaustion, or a need to slow down the pace. Considering this aspect of the card, my thought went to the possibility of burn-out, something I experienced when I was out in the working world before becoming self-employed.
The Ace of Diamonds and the Ace of Spades answer the question.
The Ace of Diamonds is a card of news and messages; it’s a card known as “the letter,” suggesting written correspondence. I feel this card is representing the blog itself, or an actual post, again sticking to the context of the situation.
The Ace of Diamonds can also indicate engagement, and this could be referring to my level of engagement when it comes to writing up the Oracle Outlook.
The Ace of Spades is a card of the mind, again highlighting that the situation is on my mind.
Also, Spades can point to blocks, problems, and difficulties, so here the cards are pointing to a potential (Ace) problem or difficulty.
With the Ace of Spades being the mind, it can also suggest the need to make a decision. Coming after the Ace of Diamonds, it can mean that a decision has yet to be made.
At this point, it strikes me that three out of the four cards are Aces. Aces represent a beginning, something new, or the potential for the future.
The 6 of Diamonds and 8 of Clubs provide additional information to be considered.
The 6 of Diamonds is a card that’s associated with astrology, so I’ve personally widened that interpretation, taking into account all of the metaphysical sciences, one being divination, like cartomancy (card reading). Again, this would keep with the context.
Another meaning that would fit the context would be a lack of communication, which would be the lack of posts over the past few weeks.
And third, the 6 of Diamonds can represent computers, and the blog posts are written on my laptop, as well as uploaded and published online (again through my laptop), and read on computer (and smartphone) screens.
The 8 of Clubs is a card of work and business, and can indicate the work one does (in my particular case, my work as a cartomancer). The 8 of Clubs is also a card of conversations; putting both aspects together, we have “conversations about the work one does,” which is, in part, what this very blog is about.
The 8 is a number of balance, and with that, the 8 of Clubs can mean effort (work) being put in to achieve balance (8) in both work and social activities (Clubs).
And it was that last interpretation that got me thinking that perhaps it might be good for me to share more about how I work with the cards in my daily life, and not just from a strictly professional standpoint, like the Oracle Outlook.
So that’s where I’ve decided to leave things for the time being. I’ll be posting about decks that come my way (I just got a deck in the mail today), and how I’m working with them at the moment.
I’ll be keeping an open mind (Ace of Spades), though, and if I discover that there’s still interest in the Oracle Outlook postings, I’m always free to change my mind and decide (Ace of Spades) to pick it back up.
Hello James, glad you’re back on the blog. You’ve been missed! I’m always interested in other people’s journey and relationship with cards. So I’m really excited about your idea of sharing how you work with cards in your daily life and talking about new decks. I think it’s great and may open new perspectives!
Thanks so much for checking out the post, and for your excitement about what I’ll be sharing in the future; that’s very encouraging.
I’m excited as well; the subtitle of the blog is “my life with dreams and divination,” so it reminds me that my life with the cards isn’t just in the professional sense, that I’m bonding with them daily for myself just as much–if not more so–than I do with my clients.
And like you said, the shift may open up something new altogether, so it will be interesting to watch that possibility unfold.