Another Tarot de Marseille this week, the ‘restored’ deck from Jodorowsky and Camoin (Dg-Exodif, 1997/2006).
I’m working with an organisation and things have been slow going of late. So, I asked what I should know about the situation:
The Emperor is, of course, the perfect representative of organisational structure. He is seated firmly on his throne, holding out his sceptre, a symbol of spirit in the world. His back is turned though, on the other cards.
Next to him is the Ten of Batons. There is a hot, red core, blocked in by a criss-cross pattern of dark blue, encased in pale blue and then yellow. So much going on, perhaps at cross-purposes, that the initial flame of inspiration and drive to action are quashed at every turn.
Finally, the Four of Coins. The disks form another firm structure, a productive one, if the flowers growing around them are any indication. The eagle emblem at the centre harks back to the Emperor and his shield. An organisation has certain resources that are useful, yet you must work within their structure to have access to these.
That Ten of Batons perfectly depicts how I feel: crushed by the weight of paperwork and other structural requirements. The organisation is certainly not helping with my feeling of overwhelm!
The Emperor with his back turned reminds me that institutions have little invested. I’ve been told what I need to do, and if I want to succeed I need to do it. The fact that it’s not easy is irrelevant to the institution, I have to find my own way.
To help with that, the Four of Coins is a strong card of structure and having lots of resources. A reminder, then, to look at what resources I have available to help me with this situation. What do I have that will appeal to this institution and fit its brand model? And how can I be structured in going about it?
While this reading doesn’t fill me with joy, it does at least give me some pointers for the way forward…
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.