I asked a general question, what happened to America on November 22 1963?
We all know what happened in one sense, but at a deeper level, what transpired on that day and in the ensuing days and weeks?
This is a tarot zodiac spread, simulating an astrological chart with its twelve houses.
Card 1 on the mid left is the first house, represented here by the Lovers. Ironically, the so-called ‘Swinging Sixties’ could be said to begin on this very date, with one of the most traumatic days in American history. The personality of the USA was transformed, creating disharmony and the need to heal. The great outpourring of love for the slain president also left a great emotional scar that is barely healed even today. Yet, this card implies that it will be overcome and the healing process will succeed. There has been help given.
The opposite card number 7 on the right is Temperence, representing the country’s relationships. This indicates the great need for balance, peace, diplomacy and toleration, something quite evidently in short supply during the 1960s, but which was somehow achieved in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, despite the trauma and chaos. The whole situation could have easily escalated into something even more serious, like a general world conflagration.
Card 2, representing the second house of security and finance, is the 2 of Coins. This is opposed in house 8 of death and investment by the Wheel of Fortune. Here is shown an emerging duality in political and security issues and the fact that the sudden death of the chief executive did indeed turn everything on its head, despite the impression that the country simply carried on regardless. Within a year, the Vietnam War began in earnest, dividing the country.
A Sense of Injustice
Cards 3 and 9, houses of the mind, media, communication, foreign affairs and justice are represented by the 5 of Cups and Justice. I view the 5 of Cups as the second decanate of Scorpio ruled by the Moon. Quite understandably, the whole country was mentally traumatised and conflicted, but the sense of injustice did not go away. Very soon after the assassination, many began to seriously question the emerging narrative about what happened on that awful day. The repercussions of this are still going on today.
Cards 4 and 10 are the houses of homeland and government. I see the 3 of Coins as the third decanate of Capricorn ruled by Mercury. Very soon the logistical implications of administering a war on the other side of the world would cause a great rift the governing class, indicated by the 2 of Wands at house 10.
Four Lads from Liverpool
Cards 5 and 11 are the areas of entertainment, investment and group interests. The 7 of Swords in house 5 implies the need to distract the public mentally through entertainment. Let’s not forget that in less than three months four young men from Liverpool would arrive in America and plug a huge, gaping whole in America’s psyche. America and the world was changed, practically overnight. The 4 of Coins in house 11 might just be the most famous band of all time, bringing music and melody (Taurus=4 of Coins) to the public (11th house).
Finally, there are cards 6 and 12, areas of work, service, health and psychology. The 9 of Coins is the last decanate of Virgo ruled by Venus at house 6, indicating the practical attainments that were to be had with a diversifying economy and the workforce. One of the great achievements of the new administration has come to be called ‘The Great Society’.
Nevertheless, the Strength card in position 12 is a testimony not only of the courage needed, both emotionally and spiritually during these times, but also the defiant nature of the American public which is still evident today.
We could see the overt return of an important individual upon the world stage. Either way, something of major significance will occur this week to do with security, authority and stability, hopefully in a positive sense.
However, in the background major changes will occur, some of them quite drastic I think, although how much of this reaches the news is anyone’s guess. We may see, or suspect, the fall of some important companies or institutions.
The 5 of Coins I relate to the second decanate of Taurus ruled by Mercury. Much of the change will involve money, finance and the world economies. There may be bitter arguments and repercussions surrounding money and security, but it ought to be only temporary.
The 10 of Cups suggests that we are at least at some major hiatus point, both spiritually and emotionally. Reset may be too strong a word, and resets can be good or bad… I pray it is a ‘good’ one, naturally.The word Apocalypse, despite its dire reputation, literally means revelation, showing the truth – and don’t we need that?
The 8 of Swords in the background suggests to me that there is some major achievement in the realms of the mind and media which we are just not getting – yet. As to the nature of this, I am not sure, but it may involve new forms of communication which can be trusted and be more stable for humanity as a whole. This card, for me, represents the second decanate of Gemini, ruled by Venus, hinting at a generally positive development which can aid and secure all our interactions.
The Magician in the outcome position indicates that our future can be self-determined and that we can make a positive fresh start, perhaps even literally manifest heaven upon this earth, in time. We, as individuals, neighbourhoods, regions and nations, will have the ability to manifest what we need through our will power, to make changes in our lives, so long as we have the right motivation to do good for the whole, as well as for ourselves and our families. Well, let’s make it so.
I asked for clarity on the future of the British monarchy. There has been much speculation about this in recent times. I drew 3 cards for the immediate situation, covert situation and outcome.
I wanted to encapsulate it in 3 short phrases, 1 for each card according to my ‘intuition’:
Divine transformation; initiation; new ‘divine’ marriage between the people and ‘the king’.
I have looked at this before and each time, instead of feeling that the monarchy will end completely, I get that it will be truly transformed. The devine feminine energy here seems very strong, hinting of a very different type of institution, perhaps not an institution in any normal sense. The sense of the devine is strong in all 3 of these cards.
Of course, I may be wrong. Maybe this will be a reinstatement of the spiritual relationship between the people and the monarch, I don’t know. I am thinking of a kind of priest king or queen. But watch this space, I think developments are imminent, certainly by spring if not much sooner.
Today marks something new and practical which can be achieved, not only personally but in a wider sense. We may hear news regarding the economy, or money, such as crypto, or equally, important new developments politically.
In the background some long standing emotional issues, relating to family, health and similar concerns have finally drawn to a close, although this may be far less obvious. It is time to move on because, inevitably, cycles do end and we have to let go to progress in our everyday and spiritual lives. Letting go can be the hardest thing.
Nevertheless, it is also important to retain certain fundamental traditions and roots from the past. For example, it’s not logical to tar everyone and everything with the same brush if certain long standing institutions are found to be a corrupting influence. There are good people everywhere, and although there are ongoing conflicts, disruption and change, we have to bring something from the past with us for the sake of stability and humanity. Very often these roots are cultural and spiritual – we must guard against wholesale revolution, which only brings misery and degredation. Look at the lessons from the past.
I drew a three card spread for today, Friday November 12.
Card 1 in the centre is the overt energy, card 2 on the left is the covert situation, and card 3 on the right is the resolution or outcome. If you like, these cards represent the Sun, Moon and Saturn. For this spread I used the AGM 1JJ Swiss Tarot (TDM).
Card 1 is the Empress, indicating that today’s energy is feminine, quite fitting for a Friday. Here I see the Empress as an benign authority, understanding, trustful, yet firm when need be, a just arbiter. The Empress is number 3 in the major arcana and is therefore also quite creative when solutions are needed.
Card 2 is the Lovers, number 6 in the MA. It would seem that much can solved quietly today, a good day to spend with that special person and have the night in. In the background, there is a sense of relief, of coming through a problem, a feeling that fences can and are being mended.
Card 3 is the Page of Wands. Today is also a good day to start something new, to reach out and go that extra mile in good faith. There could be good news in regard to spiritual issues.
Overall today feels more positive, therefore. Trust and understanding will go a long way, as long as we don’t bend the rules too much.