This is a reading for a question about the current state of affairs in the world: economic meltdown, protests and violence, instability, lack of security and material as well as emotional and mental unhappiness and uncertainly.
This is a four-card psychological reading using the Major Arcana.
What force at the center of the disturbing state of affairs in the world now?
We are experiencing the consequences of the law of cause-and effect. Karma is not merely a half-understood philosophical Hindu word. Karma is cause-and-effect, and it is a universal law.
Decisions were made, actions were performed. Now we are reaping the fruits of those decisions and actions as a society.
What is the theme of those decisions and actions that is generating the present effects?
ANSWER: THE STAR
We have abused the natural order of our environment and our ability to live happily and in an integrated way with our environment. We have lost the harmony and connection with our place in the world.
What is the essence of the situation psychologically?
ANSWER: THE HERMIT
We are being forced to face the consequences of our choices and actions.
We are being invited to analyze and understand our historical context and re-assess our situation aiming at re-directing and correcting our decisions in order to avoid the same mistakes in the future.
We are in a learning experience. But this is learning from our own experience — seeing by the light of our own awareness. This is not learning by being told what what is right or wrong by some external authority.
What is the posture that helps us deal with the situation?
ANSWER: THE MAGICIAN
Creativity, malleability, resource management, cleverness and right choice based on previous experience.
Some people say we are experiencing an awakening and the doors to love and peace are opening up. There is nothing of the kind in this reading. And notice that the pandemic did not show up in the reading either; that would be The Tower. The pandemic is merely a trigger and is not at the center of our problem. We are in the beginning of becoming aware of our mistakes as a society. Peace and love may come much later IF we begin correcting our choices towards ourselves and the world we live in.
The order of the cards in the spread is below. Notice the position of Justice and The Hermit and then read this article for a exploration of their spiritual meaning >>