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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Talent and Career Potential Reading

from Numerology: Key to the Tarot by Sandor Konraad (Whitford Press)


On page 185 of Sandor Konraad's detailed and fascinating book Numerology: Key to the Tarot I came across a Talent and Career Potential spread that I just had to try.

I am doing this spread as a "retrospective" spread in a sense, because I'm pretty sure I already know where my talents lie and which careers I might be most suited for. My purpose in doing this reading is more to check my experience and understanding against the information the cards provide.

Layout
3....6....9
2....5....8
1....4....7

Each positional definition describes the career potential associated with its respective number.

(1) Writing, teaching, communications, innovative career
(2) The theatre, diplomacy service occupations
(3) The creative arts and sciences, particularly music, anything expressive or creative, including parenting
(4) Clerks, bookkeepers, psychotherapists, health-related vocations, detailed work of any kind
(5) Politics, guidance work, bartending, glamour jobs, work involving much travel or adventure, any job where there is tactile gratification
(6) Commerce, garden-variety jobs, selling, collecting, home management
(7) Religious, spiritual or occult calling; research, any profession involving food
(8) Law, banking, The Power Structure
(9) Humanitarian service, social work, people-oriented enterprises on a grand scale

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Using the Mystic Dreamer Tarot (Llewellyn Publications; art by Heidi Darras), I drew the following cards:

(1) Writing, teaching, communications, innovative career

THREE OF CUPS
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Three-of-Cups-45393792

My keywords for the number 3: creativity, synthesis, initial completion, expansion

In her book The Dreamer's Journal (Llewellyn Publications), Barbara Moore describes this card as "an all around good omen in financial, relationship, work, or spiritual concerns." I certainly agree with that interpretation in this case. From earliest childhood, I wanted to be a writer, and I have held many jobs where my writing was a major factor. I have written 10 books that have been published by mainstream publishers. I have also worked in Marketing and Communications. The joyous tone of the Three of Cups clearly represents the fact that I have always enjoyed using my writing talents in my work.

(2) The theatre, diplomacy service occupations

THE EMPRESS (Trump 3), reversed
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-The-Empress-43932019

My keywords for the number 3: creativity, synthesis, initial completion, expansion

My first reaction here is "uh oh, not a good career choice." An upside down Empress can suggest blocks or delays in the areas of creativity, synthesis, or expansion. I did enjoy acting in a few plays in school, but I never saw myself as having a career in that field. Diplomacy service doesn't sound attractive to me at all.

(3) The creative arts and sciences, particularly music, anything expressive or creative, including parenting

KNIGHT OF WANDS*, reversed
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/tarot-Knight-of-Wands-70897282

My keywords for the number 3: creativity, synthesis, initial completion, expansion

Interesting. Music has always been a major interest of mine. I play piano and guitar. In my younger days, I wrote a lot of songs and performed them in public. However, the reversed position of the Knight of Wands suggests to me that these would not be the best careers for the expression of my creativity.

Barbara Moore writes that this card reversed can represent someone who "always has to be center of attention." I confess that my interest in writing and performing music declined as I grew older and realized that nobody seemed to think I was "all that good." At least that was my perception based on the comments (or lack thereof). As far as parenting, I was extremely reluctant to become a parent, partly because I was concerned that I was too self-involved to do a good job! My (now adult) children seem to think I did okay...

* The Court Cards present a bit of a challenge from a numerology standpoint. The Mystic Dreamer deck follows the Rider-Waite-Smith model (as opposed to the Thoth model) for the Courts: Page, Knight, Queen, King. I confess that I use a very simplistic method for assigning numbers to the Courts.
  • Page = 11 or 2 (1+1)
  • Knight = 12 or 3 (1+2)
  • Queen = 13 or 4 (1+3)
  • King = 14 or 5 (1+4)

(4) Clerks, bookkeepers, psychotherapists, health-related vocations, detailed work of any kind

TWO OF CUPS, reversed
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Two-of-Cups-44871980

My keywords for the number 2: relationships, harmony, unity, balancing polarities

The Two of Cups reversed suggests to me that the occupations listed above might not help me create balance, unity, or harmony in my life. Barbara Moore writes of this card reversed that it "can indicate a union or partnership that in theory or on paper should be amazing, but the reality is that there is just no emotional connection." The fact is, I am a detail-oriented person, which served me well in my jobs as a secretary for various employers. But that sort of work -- while fulfilling in the sense that I do it well and I know I do it well -- is not satisfying emotionally.

(5) Politics, guidance work, bartending, glamour jobs, work involving much travel or adventure, any job where there is tactile gratification

KING OF WANDS*, reversed
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-King-of-Wands-73186166

My keywords for the number 5: restlessness, adventurousness, flexibility

While the occupations listed above might have provided travel, adventure, or tactile gratification, the King of Wands reversed suggests to me that these careers might not have been a good choice for me. Barbara Moore notes that the King of Wands reversed can represent someone who is demanding, impatient, and tyrannical, perhaps with anger issues. This suggests to me that the occupations listed above would not be suitable for me, perhaps because I would desire or expect more attention and control than I would be given in those jobs.

* The Court Cards present a bit of a challenge from a numerology standpoint. The Mystic Dreamer deck follows the Rider-Waite-Smith model (as opposed to the Thoth model) for the Courts: Page, Knight, Queen, King. I confess that I use a very simplistic method for assigning numbers to the Courts.
  • Page = 11 or 2 (1+1)
  • Knight = 12 or 3 (1+2)
  • Queen = 13 or 4 (1+3)
  • King = 14 or 5 (1+4)

(6) Commerce, garden-variety jobs, selling, collecting, home management

FIVE OF WANDS
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Five-of-Wands-47684542

My keywords for the number 5: restlessness, adventurousness, flexibility

A few keywords for this card from Barbara Moore: "combat, competition, strife." I don't know about "garden-variety jobs," but I have always had a strong aversion to selling. I absolutely hate being expected to convince people they want or need something they don't actually want or need. Unfortunately, being self-employed means that I am selling myself and my services, whether I like it or not. And it is stressful for me. I feel the competition keenly, and I am not comfortable with it.

(7) Religious, spiritual or occult calling; research, any profession involving food

TWO OF WANDS, reversed
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Two-of-Wands-44730835

My keywords for the number 2: relationships, harmony, unity, balancing polarities

I'm not quite sure what to do with this. Having chosen to be a Tarot reader and astrologer, I clearly feel a "spiritual or occult calling." And I truly enjoy doing research. Barbara Moore writes that the Two of Wands reversed can indicate being "unable or unwilling to make a choice," or "being faced with two unappealing choices and feeling forced to pick the lesser of two evils." I'm going to have to give this one more thought.

(8) Law, banking, The Power Structure
FOUR OF PENTACLES

Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Four-of-Pentacles-46767506

My keywords for the number 4: stability, security, hard work

I have worked in both banking and law -- in clerical or secretarial positions. In both jobs my bosses told me I should consider those professions (lawyer, banker) because I would do well in them. Too bad I had no desire to be a lawyer or banker! I do wonder if I had gone into one of those fields, if I would have become the miserly person depicted on this card, focused on controlling things and making money.

(9) Humanitarian service, social work, people-oriented enterprises on a grand scale

THREE OF PENTACLES
Link to picture of card: http://azurylipfe.deviantart.com/art/Tarot-Three-of-Pentacles-45550446

My keywords for the number 3: creativity, synthesis, initial completion, expansion

This card seems to indicate that the occupations listed above would suit me well, especially in terms of personal fulfillment and recognition. It is satisfying to feel that my work "helps people." I like using astrology and Tarot to help people deal with or address challenging situations in their lives. It's not quite the same thing as "social work" and maybe I don't operate on a "grand scale," but what I do certainly is "people-oriented."

11 comments:

  1. Hi Zanna, thank you for this. I will most definitely be trying this one out, though more out of curiosity (as I've already had a career change recently). Looks very interesting! Monica

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  2. Hi Monica! It was a fun exercise for me to do and also gave me affirmation, along with food for thought!

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  3. Hi, I have a question... how would you interpret 10 of cups on position 7? I mean, I'm rather tarot beginner :) but I realize, that this is lucky, but also tricky card. Can you tell something more about it?

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    1. Hello Dorota. Position 7 is "Religious, spiritual or occult calling; research, any profession involving food." Depending on which deck you are using, the 10 of Cups in this position can have many different meanings. What do you think it means in that position?

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    2. Well, currently I'm using Mystical Tarot; this deck has mostly Rider Waite meanings, but it also has slightly byzantium feel; and it's beautiful in my opinion. But the rainbow present on this card mean illusion, however, the rainbow is not shown in my deck :) I think I should be optimistic, but I' m an active reader of tarot blogs, and I don't wanna get disappointed.

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    3. I know of at least two decks called the Mystical Tarot. Could you provide the author and/or publisher of the deck? As you may already know, there is no one "correct" interpretation for any Tarot card. It's more about the question being asked, the positional definition, the imagery on the card, and the perspective of both the reader and the Seeker.

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  4. Actually ' I'm not sure how many people knows this deck; it's published by Lo Scarabeo this year, and the creator is Giuliano Costa. I don't think that the images are available in the internet. The question was simple, about my gifts nad predispositions :) and the card was in the upright position.

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  5. This is the new deck published this year by Lo Scarabeo; I think that it is rather impossible to see the full deck in the internet. The creator is Giuliano Costa, and the position of the card was upright. Now I feel more comfortable with Tarot than before, but I still have a lot of questions...

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    1. It is very natural to have a lot of questions, especially when you are starting out. Mostly we learn by practice. By practicing on yourself, you can learn what the cards mean to you personally, which can help you interpret them for others later. If the 10 of Cups gives you an optimistic feeling about the possibility of a career in ""Religious, spiritual or occult calling; research, any profession involving food," then it seems to me that there is positive potential in that area for you.

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  6. To be honest, I've learned a lot about tarot this an last year, but it was difiicult for me, and I'm still using books and blogs to make comparisons. I personally don't consider myself as some kind of a "medium", but sometimes I just says, feel some things, that are surprisingly correct, even it looks a little bit paranoid. I think that tarot in fact has a lot connections with NEW color analysis (12 types) and face readings, which I now treat as some kind of divination. Maybe you should read somethnig about it and try to connect and compare these things; maybe this would a little bit surprising. In this ways, last I understood some things and people even more than I wanted, and it was even painful. Sometimes, I just say something, it looks like a nonsens, but the next day shows that it was quite correct. Maybe this was my path to tarot.
    Now, I have problems to connect all the cards in the spread, nad maybe I don't treat all rituals seriously, but I'm still optimistic. I consider myself as a spirited person and I think this may be helpful, even if I see some forms of divination as ridiculous. Anyway, thanks for your help and patience :)

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Dorota. I wish you much success on your journey!

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