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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How People See Me

I'm sure many of you have seen the "How people see me" meme that has popped up all over the internet. In case you haven't, here's a link to show you what I'm talking about: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/how-people-see-me

I decided to enlist the help of Antonio Lupatelli's Tarot of the Gnomes (Llewellyn) to create a meme related to my status as a self-employed individual -- writer of books, tarot reader, and jewelry designer. I drew cards at random to place in the following positions:

How my friends see me
How my family sees me
How society sees me
How anyone with a steady job sees me
How I see myself
How it really is

The results totally cracked me up. Here they are:

Tarot of the Gnomes by Antonio Lupatelli (Llewellyn)

How my friends see me: FIVE OF WANDS
My close friends know that I often feel like I'm in a constant battle to solve problems and get my work in front of potential customers. Perhaps more importantly, I am constantly in conflict with the part of me that sees only the negatives: the shortage of customers, the lackluster reviews, the "outgo" that far exceeds the "income."

How my family sees me: FIVE OF CHALICES
Learning, growing, gaining experience -- sitting on a little stool, dressed in funny clothes, having a drink. The traditional interpretation of disappointment or regret isn't readily apparent in this version of the card, but I think my family is aware that I am disappointed by the level of success I have achieved, which I would describe as "too little, too late."

How society sees me: THE EMPRESS
In society's eyes, the self-employed person must surely be ruler of her domain, yes? Powerful, in total control of every aspect of her work, invincible, overflowing with self-confidence.

How anyone with a steady job sees me: FIVE OF SWORDS
Ha! Free as a bird, roaming the range, living off the land, eating a whole chicken cooked over an open fire.

How I see myself: THE WHEEL
Round and round and round I goes. Where I stop, nobody knows. I am in tune with the Universe, part of the movement of life, poised and stable in the midst of change. This is how I would *like* to see myself, but I really don't.

How it really is: JUSTICE
Yeah, I can see myself here: blindfolded, clutching a sawed-off sword in one hand and holding scales aloft in the other... The keyword given for this card is "Consequences" and I think that about sums it up. That's how it really is. Everything I do in my work has consequences. The trick is to somehow achieve the consequences I am working toward rather than a bunch of random consequences I don't expect or desire.


  1. This deck has always seemed on the thothy side to me. Great spread and well chosen deck to work with it.

    1. Thank you, Sharyn. You're right - those gnomes are a bit thothy, aren't they?

  2. Great spread - not sure I'd do it or want to know how others see me - it might be a shock ^_^

  3. I decided to be brave and try it out with the heading I am an Author - it was really fascinating the results - have decided to show on my fb page with a link to your post here - hope that's okay. ^_^

    1. I hope you will share it, Helen! I look forward to seeing it.

  4. haha, this spread idea is great. might have to try it myself!

    1. I'm glad you like it. If you try it, please share the results!


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