Oh my, now this is an interesting mix for the weekend ahead especially in terms of Current Events! We now go from rather cosmic speculations about Liberation and Magic too much more focused and down to earth matters like MONEY and FORTUNES.
First we have the Fortune Card – which while it can be about other sorts of fortune (anything from spiritual growth to the “fortunes” of war) right now I think this is about the most typical meaning of the card in a Current Events Reading – Great Fortunes/Big Money/Big Finance/Inherited Wealth/Big Business and Big Economics. I also think there are hints of some of the other meanings of the card here as well, including that of the “Winds of Fortune” or Fate – there is also an aspect of Treasure seeking to this card. In a positive role, this is The Seeker going forwards towards enlightenment and understanding (or even the average person doing what they can to take care of themselves and earn their “fortune”) but I am not sure this card is in a positive aspect today.
That’s because of the second card, which is the Beast. The Beast Card represents all those horrible, nasty, violent, aggressive, explosive, lustful, vengeful and just downright nasty Beasts that we all have deep inside us, but most of us learn to regulate on a personal level after we leave early childhood. While adults vary a great deal in how well they accomplish this task, even relatively unsocial people tend to recognize that throwing an emotional tantrum in the grocery store is not likely to get them what they want; unlike the two-year old screaming to Mommy that he must have the sugar-coated crunchy box RIGHT NOW—WAAAAAA!
On an international and Current Events scale, the Beast combined with Fortune is not positive combination and indicates fights or at least envy, lust and anger over Money/Fortunes/Economics/Resources etc. It isn’t necessarily outright war on a gun-slinging battle field, though it can be; but it is certainly not a safe, quiet or calm situation either. I get an image of livid executives, red-faced in boardrooms and screaming at their minions in frustration about something.
This could be the result of some actual situation in “World Fortunes” that is already happening on the ground, something they are concerned about or something that is being planned but whatever it is – the Fortunes of The Beast have now engaged and it is likely to be a bumpy ride.
Even our Cat’s Eye Tarot Card today is about Money – It is the Seven of Pentacles Kitty – The Seven of Pentacles Kitty is a feral kitty who is in the process of learning to trust and evaluate the pros and cons of becoming domesticated and enjoying a food bowl. He really appreciates the food dish and when the lady has opened the door before and turns on the light, he knows she will be putting one out for him but it is still early days and he isn’t sure about this new contract between human and cat. He’s going to have to make a choice: shall he accept the easier life offered by the food dish and the warm house and if he does, what price shall he pay for the warmth and food?
This card usually symbolizes a cross-roads, a time to access and perhaps re-access a program or plan of action towards meeting a goal (aka Seeking your Fortune) but if things are not going as you hoped, it maybe time to switch gears and try a different track or at least really evaluate what you are doing. This is a time to pause, take a breath and plan the next move forward, because it is a time when you may need to make an adjustment in order to continue to progress (or in the case of the kitty give up a totally free life style in exchange for warmth, love, light and food in a regular dish).
The final entry into this rather intense group of cards is also intense that is the rune Nauthiz, which means NEED or NEED FIRE. This is the rune of desperation, the rune of using two sticks together to make a fire, the most primitive and difficult way to do so. By the time of the runes, people were already pretty good with flint and steel, men tended to carry them about on their belts so they could make fire on a moments notice; in contrast rubbing two sticks together means going back in time and working very hard for something that normally would be relatively easy.
But fire, next to water and food is a basic human need without which food can not be cooked, water can not be boiled and in extreme cold people can die without.
This rune combined with The Fortunes at Stake, The Raging Beast, The Re-evaluation of the Seven of Pentacles suggests a GREAT NEED in the worlds of finance/money/fortunes etc probably for a change in direction, re-think or even restart of something.
Unfortunately, because of the Beast Energy, some of these decisions are likely to be based on emotional reactions (including fear) rather than real, thought out and rational reasoning.
However the Need Fire can be a lot of things, with desperation being high on that list so this could also indicate and increasingly grave desperation in terms of that need to make a change, especially in the face of the Angry Beast.
Now the most obvious way I see this energy expressing today is again in North America with the anger over their Health Care Program which is now pitting the forces of the Insurance Industry against a “request” by a President combined with a furious congress and an upset public. There is certainly a desperate need there for a rethink and perhaps change of direction, this weekend looks to be very interesting in that regard.
I do think this energy is likely to spill over into other areas though, I’m sensing a serious unease, worry and probably growing desperation on the part of the world economic moving and shakers in terms of their being able to keep “The Beast” (aka the current “too big to fail” world of funny money/phantom products/vaporware debt etc) in check and their fortunes intact.
This may be a time period when THEY are taking stock and deciding what prices they are willing to pay for their continued participation in The Beast and it won’t surprise me if a number of individuals or even corporations decide to cash in their chips and get out of the game this weekend (or begin plans to do so).
The energy will also likely spread beyond the areas of just finances and economics, anytime you have the Beast Card you have the threat of violence (real and symbolic) arguments, upsets and above all emotional rather than rational responses to anything.
That applies to individuals as well as current events – so this is a good weekend to concentrate on making sure your fortunes are not threatened by unreasoning behavior and make sure your decisions are based on real needs and now the demands of your inner two-year old.