A Tarot reading on the Middle East, by Sepand
1) Present position:Q swords - an aggressive woman, keenly perceptive, not unrelated to the city of New Orleans in some way, confident, gracious, just, but can also appear cruel, deceitful, unreliable; I think instantly here of Condoleeza Rice and her recent intervention (New Orleans connection via Afro-American origins?) - perhaps more rests on the decisions and judgment of this woman than meets the eye, i.e. if you want to pray for peace in the Middle East, pray for Condoleeza?
2) Immediate influence: 2 pentacles (Jup in Cap) - an ironic comment by the Tarot in this case, "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!" i.e. the more things change, the more they remain the same! Too many seriously vested interests (Cap) to make any change on the surface more than superficial (Jupiter)? ;-P
3) Goal or destiny: Ace cups - hmm, the Middle East originally gave us the idea of the Holy Grail, did it not? And all the bloody crusades that ensued since, over its fate... Will we find the distant goal or ideal of love and peace there a chimeric illusion, or reality, I wonder?
4) Distant past foundation: 10 swords (Sun in Gem) - maybe the worst has already happened, i.e. it just doesn't get any worse than this! This complete madness and disaster may well signal the end of people's delusions and folly, the "mother of all wars" as the "war to end all wars", again? (cf. 2 of P above) ;-P
5) Recent past events: K pentacles - another key player, along with Condoleeza; not sure whom the cards intend here. Who appeared most recently on the scene, anyone who pays more attention to the news? Generally a solid and reliable person with good instincts, unintellectual, laborious, materialistic; can also appear shortsighted, stupid and superstitious - I can only think of George Dubya, aka. the Shrub, here - any other suggestions? lol
6) Future influence: 5 swords (Ven in Sco) - a losing battle, not worth the effort, bound to end in defeat; inadequate energy to maintain peace; reason undone by sentiment.
7) The questioner: 2 swords (Moon in Lib) - Sepand himself, abiding in equilibrium above the disruption, maintaining a slightly uneasy mental peace, keeping own antagonisms and affinities in reserve, trying to get a more objective overview of the whole situation.
8) Environmental influences: 7 pentacles (Sat in Tar) - success unfulfilled, i.e. expected profits turn to loss or even liabilities - not only a losing battle (5 of Swords) but financially and economically disastrous and costly as well ;-P
9) Inner emotions (traditionally "hopes and fears"): 8 pentacles (Sun in Vir) - only retirement from the fray can result in any honor - save your money and resources for something more worthwhile! (My card for today, btw) ;-))
10) Final result, outcome: Water (Hanged Man) - martyrdom, loss; suspension, death, suffering; stasis, paralysis of will, apathy.
Lacking suit: Wands (i.e. intuition, real spirituality, will).
>Comparison among Q swords/2 pentacles/Water made me think that the "new aeon" hasn't launched here yet (As it seems reasonable): An effort to change the current Patriarchal influence.
Not necessarily, Sepand; Athena (Q of Swords) every inch a "daddy's girl", exclusively, i.e. a goddess who actually serves the patriarchy! ;-P
>>The people tend to resist change generally (5swords) by the act of fanaticism (Venus in Scorpio).
Not a bad interpretation, Sepand, i.e. acts of terrorism, whether individual or global, only tend to spin the wheels of the "same old, same old" losing battle/cycle of violence?
>>The Sun has always presented himself in the horizon, in perspective (K pentacles/Sun in Virgo); causing people to ruin each other as they "regard" his non-presence (K pentacles governs Sun in Gemini interestingly); bringing unstable peace of Moon in Libra which again its governer (Q of swords) has created it as its by-product
Idealistic approach (Ace cups) not necessarily anything to do with Condoleeza, Sepand, in fact she rather represents the Machiavellian (literally!) interests of the ruling patriarchy - but then so did the whole idea of the Grail originally, anyway? ;-P
>>The sons die in war and the remained feminine "peace" (2 pentacles) gazes toward the "Sun" (K of pentacles).
Everyone looking to USA to restore its "pax americana" (oxymoron; cf. Iraq!) ;-P
>What the succession of 7 of pentcales toward 8 of pentacles in eighth and ninth positions imply?
What do you think of my interpretation above, Sepand? ;-))