There is an old saying in cartomancy, one that i heard my own grandma say countless times when a card would launch itself out of her hands while shuffling for a game of rummy, that a card to the floor comes to the door. The idea behind this saying is that there is a message so important in the current moment, and the universe so insistent on your hearing this message, that a card or cards will jump out of the deck to get your attention. These would be taken as an omen that something is about to happen, the benefit or detriment depending on the card.
This morning, as i sat waiting for the tea kettle, shuffling my cards for my morning meditation, the Queen of Spades, Amor #42, in the unfortunately named G*psy Witch playing card deck, shot out of the deck mid-shuffle, and i was reminded of this saying. This card promises love and affection, but is also a reminder to guard against letting desire to cloud our better judgement. Stay sharp like the Queen of Swords. Don’t fall for flattery.
My thoughts on this deck are too many for this post, but I am planning a full dive into it over the coming weeks. It is a gorgeous deck, and one that I use often, but the glaring problem of name remains. More to come on that problem, and my proposed solution. Watch this space.
Metaphysical: Don’t allow delays or seemingly slow progress to lead to apathy or relaxation on the matter. Stay alert. Stay focused. Stay ready. You have seen how apathy has hurt you in the past, so learn from it. If action cannot be taken now, work on getting possible actions ready to implement.
Practical: Financial hardships will lessen with new opportunities or promotions. New avenues of revenue might come from an old idea or process. What did you used to do to improve your finances?
Fortunes in shift. Watch your pocket book. Gains and losses end in equilibrium. We might feel the need to rob Peter to pay Paul, but when if we’re honest with ourselves and our checking accounts, we can pay Peter and Paul and be just fine. This will take some maneuvering and balancing on your part, but ultimately you realize you can adjust your definition of ‘need’ and make it work. Buy it next week.
This card often reminds me of the times when i say ‘im broke,’ and mean that my bills are paid, i’ve got food and gas for the week, and i have rainy-day money, i’m just not being frivolous. Many tarot decks depict this card as two coins in the loops of a lemniscate, or infinity symbol. In Marseille style decks, this is often shown as a looping banner with the name of the company that printed the cards or artist info. This concept of coins in infinity reminds us that money is such a fluid thing in the universe. Incredible wealth can be lost or gained overnight, and what we consider ‘incredible wealth’ can change in an instant. The stressful situation this card can vaticinate will come and go. Just keep the ball bouncing.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained today. Look no further than your own backyard. The Nine of Coins reminds us that tending our own garden is the way to guarantee our success. If we’ve already put in the work and are waiting to reap the rewards, being overly fussy or pushy might tip things out of our favor. Generally, a positive outcome is indicated, but just let it happen.
Mathers tells us this card indicates discretion, circumspection, prudence, discernment. Etteilla tells us this card indicates success.