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Tarot Spread – Theirs and your intentions

I recently stumbled upon a new tarot spread that I hadn’t used before. I don’t really know the name, but the premise of it has to do with two people and helping to understand the intentions of both. This might be in terms of relationships or financial partnerships, but ultimately it’s two people.

For reasons I can’t explain, I had saved this spread a few weeks ago after finding it on reddit, and today I felt the right energy to give it a go and ask a question. It focuses on someone that I’ve recently met, and trying to understand what is going on.

The 8 Card Spread of Intentions

The 8 Card Intentions Spread
For a lack of a better title, or until I discover the real title…

  1. The other person’s energy crossed by 4. The other persons feelings for me
  2. My primary/secondary energy 1 crossed by 5. My feelings for the other person
  3. My primary/secondary energy 2
  4. The other persons intentions 1
  5. The other persons intentions 2
  6. The other persons intentions 3

My Analysis

Drawing XV – The Devil as the initial card was both alarming and unsurprising; representing the other persons energy as being ignorant or blocked of some truth while also being constrained to the physical and material. Interesting, crossed was 0 – The Fool which is a natural opposing card, usually representing the beginnings or birth of faith, as an opposite it feels more like a cynic feeling or lack of faith relating to their feelings for me. Since I get a strong feeling of ignorance, I’m not very surprised that this person has been a bit foolish, superficial, or closeted. My intuition has been telling me of that things were not as they seemed, and the last thing I really want is to be taken on a ride by a person that doesn’t know what they want. Ultimately the energy of this other person, in my eyes, aren’t necessarily nefarious, but certainly more reckless than my own energy as outlined below.

In the positions of my own energy, I wasn’t surprised at all drawing the II of Swords and the King of Swords which to me is a strong energy of honesty and honourable intentions. More specifically the symbology represents the holding back and attempting to control of strong emotions, avoiding doing anything. This blocking or wall building perfectly sums of the situation, and looking at the King of Swords, further reinforces the honesty, analytical, and clear way that I’ve approached my feelings and energy. Being open and intelligent and a good communicator ring a bell in the situation, all reflecting my own energy related to my query. Opposed to these two cards is VII – The Chariot representing my feelings for the other person. Here I’m a bit perplexed as the symbol of victory, or using will to overcome situations might suggest the way I have handled the situation. I’m not sure if this is how it was during, or rather later after reflection, but in a lot of ways I do think I’ve been strong willed and overcome certain obstacles.

The remaining three cards representing the other persons intentions are IV of Pentacles, XX – Judgement, and the Queen of Cups. Initially my gut feeling of the ego and possessiveness didn’t really make sense to me, but looking a little closer with the judgement, or perhaps self-judgement, perhaps a decision needed to be taken. Being a bit biased since this is about me, I know the decision, but the card suggests that perhaps an absolution or resolution was sought, regardless of the outcome. I know there were certainly steps taken that seemed new on their part, perhaps it was this moment was a true moment of reckoning. Juxtaposed to this for the other person’s intentions is compassion of the queen. IT makes me wonder, is this the gentle nature that I felt, despite the confusion and harsh judgement? Though intuition can often be associated with this card, I think the other persons intentions were not quite there. Clear and caring communication was evident, but there was otherwise blockage on their part. Positive intentions masked by childish possessiveness and harsh actions.

Final thoughts

I think this spred helped me to solidify how I feel about the situation, as there were questions of intentions and a true feeling of openness and honest actions on my part, but on the other hand the intentions and feelings the other were perhaps more mixed and despite good intentions, perhaps the other person follows the fool’s journey and is early on in this self-discovery. I sort of intuitively knew as I was pulling these cards that there was something being confirmed in terms of the intentions of the other, but I just needed to reflect and check up on some opposing energies.

While I may be way off, I wonder if there are other interpretations? Did I miss something, or perhaps another someone else fill in some gaps in a more unbiased way? If you’re versed in tarot, I’d love to hear from you!

In need of protection

Courtesy of Tumblr’s @lionguard

While the title of this post could often be misconstrued by the overly sexualised humans that roam the Earth and peruse the internet, I am not in fact writing about contraceptives such as condoms. I’m talking about the protection of people; let me elaborate.

I was reading some things on reddit, as one does, and a situation that someone presented made me think of something and it led me to a reflection upon the needs of a person. User u/Independent_Year describes how he, as a straight man, seems to be falling in love with a gay friend of his:

I have tried to rationalize my attraction – he’s a delicate looking guy – so I must have been thinking of him as a ”substitute girl” of sorts, and putting myself in the role of ”badass” protector. But rationalizing haven’t lessened my feelings at all. At first I though hey – you feel like a big brother from another mother for him, that’s why your so protective. At least that’s what it might have been at beginning. But seeing other guys in the LGBT club hit on him .. makes me feel angry and quite possessive…. Not quite fraternal .

And it’s these comments that led me to imagining this protection that he wants to provide, and that I would imagine a lot of people in the history of humanity yearn to find. It is something that we want; we want to know that we are safe, we want to know that we have someone or something that can protect us, and we want to know that someone will be on our side when the goings get tough.

It’s a valid thing want, what with the world being in such a whirling wreck and so much hate all around. And even if you can’t empathise with me, at the very least we wall want to feel safe. I know it’s something that I’ve always imagined, always pined for, and it never appearing. I’ve had it in dreams, so many dreams since a young age, where there is a faceless defender and protector being there to support.

Now I will also clarify that this doesn’t fall the damsel in distress archetype, but more of the moral and physical reinforcement. In my dreams, will the face reveal itself an identity? Will this person ever encounter me, or feel the need or want to protect my wellbeing? Or will it just stay a figment of intangible imagination that will forever linger in my mind?