July 27, 2019
This is part one of a reading I did for a querent in May of this year. It was for a woman who wanted to know if she should approach a man she was really interested in to see if a romantic relationship was possible.
Cards used: Noblet-Flornoy Marseille deck (Major Arcana)
Question #1: Should I reach out to X?
Spread used: Traditional version of a “Do-and-Don’t” spread
Situation: La Papesse, Force, La Lune
Do (optional): Le Diable
Don’t do: L’Empereur
I’ve been taught to look for “agency” among other things in a reading. Right away I notice that La Papesse (the Popess) is leading the line. Here she is, busy with books, documents and, like the querent, who happened to be someone with an important position at her workplace, has several things on her mind. One of those things is this guy she’s also preoccupied about, and yet she’s turning away from the other cards. As La Papesse, she isn’t taking action yet. Should she or should she not?
The card right after is “Force” (Strength), depicting a woman prying the jaws of a lion apart. Even though this action seems effortless, the fact that the Papesse is turning shows that if she takes the initiative in calling this guy she may be reckoning with a force that is greater or different from what she’s used to. It may simply be a strong feeling of resistance. The third card would show the outcome, i.e. whether she can “tame” that force (bring it to her side) or not.
The third card, however, is “La Lune” (the Moon). Sometimes it can mean acting more from one’s emotions than from reason. I usually interpret it as a situation where it’s hard to see clearly. It’s night-time, and also the two barking dogs seem to be making more noise than actually communicating. So if the question is whether one should reach out to another person, I would say, “no”, because the message wouldn’t come out right and/or be received in the hoped for way.
In addition, there are two other cards that confirm this: “L’Empereur” (the Emperor) is in the “DON’T do” position. L’Empereur is a man of action. He’s only half sitting on his throne, and ready to jump off it and act quickly when needed. So this card is saying to hold back, at least for now.
The top card, in the “Do” position, is “Le Diable” (the Devil). So if the querent still feels she must do something now, the only way would be to use her wiles, i.e. indirect means, not obvious ones. Her charm or the help of her connections, for instance. Because it’s the Diable card, which shows the two imps bound by ropes to the devil figure, she would have to be careful. Personally in this case, I recommended she just send him good energies for his own happiness and to stay away from any action that would attempt to interfere with his free will.
Feedback: It took me a week before I did this reading for the querent, but when I sent it to her she immediately confessed she had been very impatient and had already gone ahead and called “X” herself. Result: she confirmed that, exactly as the cards had shown, he didn’t seem interested when she called him, and it didn’t feel like they were on the same page.