Oh, many have there been for us as of late!
Since losing my job I suffered a brief but nasty illness and started learning how to be a bookkeeper again – something I had trained for when I was offered the job I lost and what I had originally hoped to do. In a way, it was like taking a nearly 11 year detour. It was quite a blow as I had always been taught by both of my parents to be an independent person and capable of supporting myself. Submitting more fully to the integration of a marriage, becoming a full time home-maker and parent is shocking and difficult, but the timing is perfect. It will afford me to be more active in assisting my son and in getting the house prepared so we can re-locate. Everything happens for a reason. Change is often difficult to embrace when it conflicts with the ego, but it is easier to embrace change if you see it as an opportunity rather than a hindrance.
Now it seems my husband is about to go through a change. I often marvel at my husband’s resilience and his calm and steady demeanor. In the last two years he has seen and survived four layoffs at his job. The next one (which we believe will be very soon) will be the deepest cut, and we are concerned about his job this time more than we ever were in the past. I have asked several friends and family members for their good energy and prayers. Everything is in God’s hands, and what will come is what is meant for us. Of course, as a card reader it is difficult to avoid the potential insights of my craft so I decided to throw some cards.
This throw is based on a spread, and I usually don’t care for them. As a limited person in many ways it is difficult for me to interpret cards in different formations which is why I always tend to use lines. This spread happens to be linear which appealed to me. You can find it at the wonderful forum The Art of Cartomancy. The spread itself is here. I would suggest checking it out prior to reading the rest of the post (and I hope to add more to it so that I can explain more coherently, but time is not my friend when I write, lol). My cards were as follows:
Ugh! Missing images! Will have to update those too…
The three cards behind the whip (which is the center card, placed over the “anchor” for work) are the recent past. Interestingly enough, the dog which often refers to friends and can be about loyalty is quite well placed. The reason for our concern had to do with an uncomfortable conversation (which is indicated by the whips) about my husband’s loyalties to the company. The mountain is perplexing coupled with the clover. It almost gives the feeling that luck is running out. It also makes me think of an incident where my husband had tried to shield a friend from some short term bad luck at work. I wonder if this will have something to do with the decision.
The whips also impart a feeling of controversy. That’s not so hard to understand given the environment, and my understanding is that this layoff will be bad because the people who are left are all hard working and very good at what they do. The fox indicates a deception and the coffin in particular is very concerning. I could read this two ways – firstly that the assurance that my husband was given during his conversation was done so in bad faith and that either he or someone he was assured was safe is not. The coffin can be a scare or an ending. Because I am asking about his job, I worry it is the latter. With the tree at the end however, I wonder if it is a brief thing and that whatever happens will offer him some growth (tree). The coffin can signify a transformation so we may wind up with a little more stability. That would be nice.
If you mirror the cards and use those combinations (think of folding the line in half with the whip as the center) you get the combinations of clover + tree – little luck offers stability or growth, mountain + coffin – this could go two ways, a great enemy (mountain) is defeated (coffin) *or* we are blocked (mountain) from a fright or ending (coffin) and that a friend it truly a foe (dog + fox). Interesting indeed.
I am curious to see how this pans out. Until then, I need some rest :)
My husband’s job was safe and several people we know were let go. I’m still waiting to see if he will be afforded some growth as a result of this process. He’s out of town on a business trip so we shall see what happens when he returns.