A Night Off With Mr. Ensslin and Mr. Wirth

…and Mr. Vodka and Mr. Tequila. So I will loosen up and talk about a sector of my life I don’t talk about much.

What is a Tarot but Majors and Minors? And what are Minors, but Pips? The Lenormand, arguably, is a reduced Pip deck.

The Majors speak in great depth, they resonate with Kabbalah/Qabalah, elemental dignities, Hebrew letters, gematria…but the Minors tell us about the world here below, what generally concerns us. “Will he ask me out?” “Is my job secure?” “Will my parcel arrive?”

But the most incisive, to-the-point Pip deck I have encountered is Lenormand.

I know that noobs want to shuffle everything together and read them in “intuitive” combinations. I am not suggesting that anyone do that. Oh HELL no.

But from what I understand, Continental readers lay the Majors and Minors out separately. The Majors for the deep, causative stuff, and the Minors for how it’s all effecting us here on the “meat wheel” (thank you, Mr. Kerouac*. You were a goddamn wino, but I love you for this. And On The Road. You crazy genius motherfucker. RIP.)

So, what better layout than a good old Majors-only Wirth, and a few Lenormand cards?

I asked about my (non-reading, it takes several streams of income to pay the bills these days, sadly. Oh, how I wish I was June Cleaver!) job. I can see things going wacky there. We make computer automotive parts (like those things that beep when you back up and there’s something you’re going to hit.) My line puts shock absorber pads on the metal shields that hold the little circuit boards.

It’s all crazy now because we have seven lines that build these units, but our line that supplies them is being cut down to nothing. Machines we use are being shipped out. And they give us the shittiest people – currently we have a morbidly obese mofo there who only bathes when we make a complaint. He’s lazy AF and he’s got the personality of a moat – you know the moat was where the castle sewerage went. Before him, there was a psychotic lady. I had to put in a “hostile work environment” complaint to get her the f*** away from me. And that’s the easy part, I’ll get him out, too. But there will be another after him, and another…AAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH.

We already lost a contract with Ford. I think we will lose another.

Everything is in flux there, in a really stupid kind of way. So I asked – in general – how it will come out. (I know everything up to this has been bitch-gripe-grumble-fuck. But the background is relevant to the cards.)

Again – Birds – Cat – Mice _ Fish – Ship

The Ensslin is not a regular Lenormand> When I first got it, I was inclined to substitute Cross meanings for Cat, but Jon St, Germain tells me that he uses it for nosiness and interference, and that works for me. (LOL, CATS.)

Stress and hecticness and gossip combined with nosiness leads to financial loss. A lot of talking and movement, but the shipment (or two, or more) is not made. Decision makers are dropping the ball in a big way. A lot of intrigue and talking and yammering, but no substance. Playing at work. Birds reflecting Ship, stress over a shipment (that should just HAPPEN, in a sane world. What is so hard about building shit, packing it, and shipping it out? I mean, if you have the machines to do that. Which we did – BEFORE THEY GOT RID OF THEM.), Cat + Ship, they have their nose in it (the shipment) but it’s all wrong. Mice take Cat (“SHUT UP”) but they shit on Fish (money).

WHY?

Magician – Moon – Fool

Magician is a trickster. Sleight of hand, con games. The people at the top are losing for a reason – tax writeoff? IDK, but it’s intentional. The Moon, things are lit dimly, people get away with things in the shadows. (Goddamn weasels.) The Fool is an utter ass who thinks he knows it all – watch out for that croc, dude.

Synthesis: The ass is leading the head, like some kind of backwards snake. Failure in 3…2…

Mr. Dreidel says “do nothing”. So I will shut up and keep plugging.

*211th Chorus

The wheel of the quivering meat
conception
Turns in the void expelling human beings,
Pigs, turtles, frogs, insects, nits,
Mice, lice, lizards, rats, roan
Racinghorses, poxy bucolic pigtics,
Horrible unnameable lice of vultures,
Murderous attacking dog-armies
Of Africa, Rhinos roaming in the
jungle,
Vast boars and huge gigantic bull
Elephants, rams, eagles, condors,
Pones and Porcupines and Pills-
All the endless conception of living
beings
Gnashing everywhere in Consciousness
Throughout the ten directions of space
Occupying all the quarters in & out,
From supermicroscopic no-bug
To huge Galaxy Lightyear Bowell
Illuminating the sky of one Mind-

Poor!
I wish I was free
of that slaving meat wheel
and safe in heaven dead.
Jack Kerouac

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7 responses »

  1. I find it helpful to pull some cards for advice how to proceed, perhaps Rachel Polloacks 3 card gem. heart of the issue, what to do and what to avoid. Magician can also mean you have everything you need to co-create your life.

    • Thanks, Eve, but the advice is in the dreidel – “do nothing”. IOW, be still for the time covered by the reading.
      Additionally, keeping within the framework of the original question is vital in cartomancy. Since I asked about the job rather than my own potential, that’s what the Magician is referring to. It’s an “anything can happen” card, but it’s modified by the Moon and the Fool. So the “anything” is somewhat negative here. 😉

      • The dreidel is an awesome divinatory tool, BTW.

        Normally, kids use it to gamble for chocolate (fun…and yum!) It works like this:

        If נ‎ (nun) is facing up, the player does nothing.
        If ג‎ (gimel) is facing up, the player gets everything in the pot.
        If ה‎ (he) is facing up, the player gets half of the pieces in the pot. (If there are an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes the half the pot rounded up to the nearest whole number)
        If ש‎ (shin) is facing up, the player adds a game piece to the pot (often accompanied with the chant “Shin, Shin, put one in”). In some game versions a Shin results in adding three game pieces to the pot (one for each stem of the Shin).

        So Nun – be still. Do nothing.
        Gimel – You win big time.
        He – A mixed bag. You win, but not in a big way.
        Shin – It will cost you if you want to stay in the game. The worst result.

        Of course, you can get all occult with the letters, but those are the simple and most straightforward interpretations.

        Straightforward is good. It makes things clear. 😀

  2. You made me get a dreidel. And want to re-read some Kerouac. I only wish that the Tarot of the Magicians offered the ~straightforward interpretations~ that appear on all the bottoms of the Wirths. It doesn’t help, not being Jewish.

  3. The Cross interpretation would also work for the Cat here. It stops Birds (there’s very poor communication at that place) and backs up Mice (loss).

    It subs quite well for the Cross. There are a lot of ferals where I live (and no TNR program) and their lives look burdensome. The Cat even does “religion” – think Bast.

    (The traditional cartomantic meanings of Cat cards are identical to Fox cards, and those who prefer cats as companions and use the “friend” meaning would functionally have two Dog cards in the deck.)

    But I really like “nosiness and interference”, and it’s relevant here.

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