Of course, we haven’t got a clue who Richard’s mysterious dream woman is, if she actually exists, if she’s alive, or if she’s one specific person and not some weird gestalt being spread across time and space (like the Vossath Nor seem to be). But working off the assumption that she and Richard can inhabit the same dimension, we’re using one of Nerit’s relationship reading spreads, which she performed back in SC. The spread is made up of two columns, Richard on the left, mystery woman on right, and each row represents a different aspect of the relationship. The final card at the end is a summation of the relationship as a whole.
Richard —————————————————————–The Mysterious Woman
Absolution —– Five of Coins (inverse)
Boy, no pressure there, eh Richard? Absolution is the card of new beginnings – the slate is wiped clean, chains are broken, the trumpets sound, the spirit is evolved. Richard knows, or at least thinks, this relationship can change him in some way, heal the past, transform the present, and set him free. Like I said, no pressure. Intellectually speaking, it’s clear he’s smitten, though not necessarily in the classic sense. He thinks differently when around this woman.
The woman’s card is a lot more cautiously optimistic. The Five of Coins is that of material want, but inversed it represents a cautious optimism, keeping your head, and avoiding despair despite physical hardships. It can also mean a revived interest in the spiritual – i.e. getting through hard times by faith, knowing that things are going to turn out alright. The position in the intellectual column makes it interesting. Is Richard a companion to help her through hardship? Is he a means out of it? Or is his presence what’s causing the trouble, but the woman is able to look past that?
Eight of Swords —– The Tower
Mmmm. Hmmm. That’s bad.
The Eight of Swords is the card of imprisonment, but it’s a card of mental imprisonment, of fear. When you look at the card, you can see that the girl’s legs aren’t bound – she could get up and leave the circle of swords that surround her. But the knowledge the swords are there and the fear that she might be cut is enough to keep her trapped, even though a mild cut is likely far less painful than her current predicament. Richard’s emotions are being held back by his thoughts, and he can’t express them because of it. This is rather painful for him, but his fears have formed a cage that he’s having a hard time resisting.
The Tower is, well, the picture kind of tells the tale – at it’s most benign, it’s a major shakeup where something secure (be it a world view or a physical kingdom) is razed to the ground. In it’s worst case interpretation, it’s losing everything. Whatever else, The Tower is a sign of change, and uncomfortable change: you are not going to enjoy this. There is an upside, however, which is the unspoken promise you will come out of the dust stronger for the experience. Maybe you lose someone you depended on, but find the strength inside yourself to go on. Or perhaps you are thrown out of a community that you later realize were jerks and bad for you. Unfortunately, you still have to get through all the destruction to get to the good bit, and it’s not going to be fun.
There is a lot of emotional and mental pain here, yikes. And what on earth in mild-mannered Richard could possibly be provoking The Tower?
Mistress of Cups —– Master of Swords
Well this is kind of an amusing dichotomy. The Mistress of Cups is a water/water court card – in tarot jargon that means it’s an emotional/emotional card. Yes, the only women court cards are “emotional” in tarot, it’s sexist like that. Anyway, this signifies that spiritually, this relationship makes Richard super duper gushy overflowing with emotion and kindness. This is just a huge fountain of spirituality pouring out of the man, and it’s an exceptionally emotional experience. Given Richard’s issues with interpersonal relations in… every tarot card category so far, this isn’t something usual for him. Looking at the cards above, I get the impression of things being scrambled slightly. He has an incredibly spiritual card in his mental space, and incredibly emotional card in his spiritual space, and a huge mental block in his emotional space. What does this mean?
How should I know, I’m not a Vistani My best guess would be he’s sublimating his emotions into an expression of faith: he thinks this relationship is a spiritual one, and attributes his strong emotions to that.
Meanwhile, over on the right, we have the Master of Swords, an air/air court card – in tarot jargon that means it’s a logical/logical card. Okay then! Obviously a lot more reserved. This woman is humanistic and selfless, but her strong morals spring forth from reason, and not from emotion. Of course, this is spirituality merely in regards to Richard and how the relationship affects her/allows her to grow. It could mean that his presence allows her morality to grow from beyond simple impulse to something with strong reasoning behind it – as Richard’s contact with this woman makes him grow more openly emotional, the woman grows more intellectual and logical? Or perhaps his presence simply reinforces her already formed rational opinions. Hmm.
Ten of Stars (inverse) —– Squire of Swords
Not this card again H’okay, we all know the drill. The inverse Ten of Stars could mean a relief from a great burden, or it could represent him being crushed by it. Considering the category it’s in and looking at the cards above, I think the only burden here is the fact Richard is a permanent card-carrying member of the State of Denial. Courtly love is all well and good, Richard, but if you don’t acknowledge you want to ask her out, you’re going to have a rough time of it.
Meanwhile, the woman has another sword card, which is an intellectual card sitting in the physical space. Definitely more reserved. It’s a more open card than Richard’s continual streak of emotional and physical denial – the Squire of Swords usually represents curiosity, learning, a student. There’s passion and energy there, but it’s an intellectual sort of energy. It’s a healthy card, not going to get swept up by impulse or emotion, but willing to become enthusiastic over a sound and logical notion. Much like the inverted Five of Coins, there’s an underlying current of optimism and fortitude in the face of adversary. Good thing, too, given that Tower card up above.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this, but my best sum up is “Richard is an idiot. But that’s okay, because mystery woman is willing to talk it out.”
Knight of Coins
The Knight of Coins is a responsible, reliable, patient, dedicated sort of guy. Possibly a bit too patient. He’s slow. He’s not flexible. At his very worst, he’s stubborn. This is a relationship that is going to move along at it’s own pace, and nothing is going to make it change or go faster if the participants don’t want to.
All in all, an oddly optimistic reading, given the circumstances.