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Be Careful What You Wish For

Phoebe Tsang

A reading for John Franklin in 1841, Van Diemen’s Land

Judgment reversed is the central card for this reading. You are on the verge of aligning with your life’s purpose, but getting there won’t be easy. On the far horizon are the mountains of Van Diemen’s Land, suggesting that your calling will lead you away from your present position. Judgment is the twentieth card of the Major Arcana, indicating that you are nearing the end of a cycle. A rebirth will manifest on a physical or spiritual plane. Now is the time to let go of old beliefs, goals or relationships in order to move forward.

The Ten of Cups shows that you are a sympathetic and likeable leader who thrives on the goodwill of his people. However, your tendency to be led by emotion weakens your credibility in higher circles—beware of ridicule. The number ten brings opportunities for growth, but not without loss.

The King of Coins represents a risk-averse authority with whom your impulsive personality will clash. This authority has the wisdom to reflect fairly on the situation and act in your best interests. The suit of coins corresponds with the earth element, advising you to protect your resources and cultivate contentment. Consider all options before accepting new opportunities.

The overall message of the cards is one of caution. Ask yourself what you truly want and be careful what you wish for. Born under the sign of Aries, you are hot-headed by nature. Long-term planning isn’t your strength. Though you may feel confident given your past achievements, be warned that the future holds challenges that will require you to evolve or die trying.

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Phoebe Tsang

Phoebe Tsang is a British-Canadian poet, librettist, violinist, short story writer and tarot consultant. She is the author of the poetry collection Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, 2009). She lives in Toronto and at phoebetsang.com.


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