There are certain cards in traditional fortunetelling that have a special status. A♠ death, 9♥ everything you wish for, A♥ the house, 10♠ worries, A♦ a letter, and so on. The sevens are always trouble even whey they follow the most benevolent of the suits, namely the heart, so 7♥, a heart problem, 7♦, a money problem.

What happens when we have several of these ‘special status’ cards aligned in a spread that has no more than 9 cards? How do we read their ‘locked in’ position along the other cards?

Here is an example of a snappy reading that I did this morning for a writer who has started entertaining paranoid thoughts about what others might think of his writing. As someone who is writing myself, I can relate to this, but as far as I’m concerned, I have learned that both praise and criticism last equally long and they end up meaning equally nothing, interesting no one in particular once the three days of wonder after the publication of anything are over. As to having one’s work shamelessly stolen, ah well, there are other ways of dealing with that than reporting the theft to the police. As to some people’s actions, which gave my writer cause for worry, deeming a book on account of what others have to say about it doesn’t strike me as very intelligent. So why, indeed, worry for others’ thoughts by proxy? Generally, opinions are not very interesting if they have no foundation whatsoever. And worrying about people who can’t make a distinction between an opinion and an argument is downright idiotic. I mean, really. But as not all are willing to listen to the voice of reason, some want to see it in the cards.

So here is what a square of 9 had to say today:


There’s nothing to worry about. Worry features grandly in the middle of the spread, and we have here aligned quite nicely 3 of the cards with ‘special’ status. 9♥ over 10♠ in the house A♥. It looks like our writer will get more on top of what he already has (10♦/9♥/3♦). As the 3 indicates increment, I don’t see the progression from 10 to 3 as detrimental. The writer (J♠) clearly worries (10♠), as he comfortably thinks (8♥) that his assets (10♦) are nothing but trouble (7♦). The truth is, however, that  in spite of the suspicion of what others might think of the written word of our writer, he’s quite stable emotionally (4♥). And why, one might ask, with all those spades at the core? Because he knows his worth (4♥/8♥). A Queen of Hearts is also in the wings, giving her support and making sure that whatever doubts our writer might have about himself, it’s all for nothing.

And here is the point where I myself secretly entertain the idea that the cards enforce my philosophy about what to make of evaluations, namely, keep a cool head, and never get exited either way. A good day of balance to you all.


Deck: Otto Tragy Jugend Spielkarten, Ver. Stralsunder Spielkartenfabrik, 1910.


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  1. June 22, 2013 — 6:39 pm


  2. I certainly agree with your Philosophy here. Worrying about an opinion about words is a semidiotic argument…with respect to the cards what strikes me is that the black cards are driven into the red reading like a spike…by the writer himself. And that he lacks only twos and fives in the block indicating a lack of self reflection and constructive sparring or real critique. Nice Reading!

    • Good observation and image of the spike. It was a very fun reading, really, and one which gave me the opportunity to do what I do best: run through the 9 cards with the speed of light. I love it when the cards fall so precisely that you almost feel you’re reading in the past – because of the speed, of course.

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