For the past four weeks it’s been pretty difficult not to notice what has been happening in our country, it’s been in the television news, on the internet and in newspapers about the Occupy Wall Street protests. It now has spread to as many as 84 countries around the world… people are tired and I don’t blame them. I sat watching reports on MSNBC this morning and I wondered, what does Tarot have to say to us about the situation that we find ourselves in? So I layed down three cards… Situation, Obstacle and Outcome.
For the Situation, I drew the King of Coins reversed, now the King of Coins normally indicates abundance and success but when he appears reversed he often signifies a disproportionate interest in material things and a tendency to indulge in excess. Materialism and excess has been a defining factor of the American way of life for a very long time. It is an attitude that paints the American picture… It has given a perception of wealth and prosperity, however it is more often than not, a shallow example of reality. The possession of things does not equate to financially stability and as we are all finding out that materialism, excess, big business, lack of jobs and other countless issues has led to the unrest we see today.
The Obstacle card is the Page of Wands. Now the Page of Wands reversed as an obstacle card indicates to me that the protesters and their cause must walk a very fine line, they must not appear to be using their strength of numbers and fiery motivation to bully or intimidate the powers that be… steer clear of petty arguments and minor scuffles. So far protests against Wall Street and big business, with the exception of a handful of folks, has been peaceful and non violent. If they want their message to be heard loud and clear, they should avoid indecision and the instability which accompanies it by declaring a firm objective and clear mission statements. Become a united front, speak with united voices, they may need to repeat the message many times but they should remain firm in what is being said.
Now, as far as a possible Outcome, I drew the Two of Wands. This is a wonderful card to have in the outcome position, the Two of Wands takes the spark of inspiration from the Ace and matures it into an actual path forward, it’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and exhibiting great courage. As we have seen, thousands have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement and it seems to me that the longer these protests go on, the better chance we as a nation have, to realize this opportunity to make our country and even the world a much better place. We should all begin to consider our longer-term goals and aspirations and plan ahead for what we will all need to do to achieve such goals as job creation, gay rights, the various forms of oppression, equal status of ALL people… not just a select few and we must demonstrate our patience and focus of intent. Let us all work towards these goals no matter who we are or where we come from.