I used my “Wheel of Opportunity” relationship spread to ask whether the Republican and Democratic political parties in the United States will ever agree on a common agenda that serves the best interests of the American people. The short answer is “No,” but the details are very interesting. In this reading, the “Individual #1 spoke” reflects the Republican party, the “Individual #2 spoke” shows the Democratic Party, and “The Relationship spoke” portrays the well-being of the American public that should be the main beneficiary of the political system. I used the RWS Centennial Edition for Individual #1, the Albano-Waite RWS for Individual #2, and the Golden Universal RWS for the Relationship. The quintessence was populated with a card from the Radiant RWS.
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The first notable thing is that all but one of the cards in the two “spokes” representing the individual parties are reversed (and the Hanged Man is “reversed” by nature), indicating that neither one wants to do much of anything; they are waiting one another out to see to see who makes the biggest blunder and loses credibility with the voting public. On the Republican side, they don’t want to give up any of their gains, and on the Democratic side, they don’t want to engage at all. With the 4 of Wands, the 9 of Cups and the King of Pentacles all reversed, the Republicans just want to rest on their laurels, maintain their advantage, and hold on tight to their tattered dignity. With the 4 of Swords and the Page of Cups reversed, and the Hanged Man naturally inverted, the Democrats are going to sit on their hands while pretending to care, snipe at their adversaries from a defensive position and offer nothing better of their own making, trying to come across as the righteous “lesser of two evils.” The Hanged Man implies that this posture will leave them “hung out to dry.”
The third “spoke” displays the relationship in terms of the American people’s status as recipient (or victim) of the fallout from the parties’ interaction. The Page of Swords shows that we want decisive results, although honesty in the debate over how this should occur may be in short supply. The Ace of Pentacles clearly indicates that the “bottom line” for most people is individual prosperity. The card representing those factors that are likely to unite or divide the two antagonists is the 7 of Swords; the upshot is that both parties are like “thieves in the night” who will continue to steal from their constituents at every turn. Their sole objectives are retaining power in one case and regaining it in the other; their sworn obligation to the voters is only paid lip-service and only when it’s politically expedient. All of the figures in these three cards are moving from past-to-future (left-to-right); there will be no foreseeable end to the betrayal of trust. In contrast, there is almost no directional movement in the first six cards – they’re going nowhere fast!
The quintessence is Justice reversed, suggesting a perversion or travesty of same. There is obviously no solace for the embattled American public in the short term.
Here are the “layers” in detail:
4 of Wands rx – 4 of Swords rx – Page of Swords: Although rallying around their respective agendas, both the Republicans and the Democrats are shunning unpopular action that might compromise their re-election chances; an exasperated public needs to “give them a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.”
9 of Cups rx – Page of Cups rx – Ace of Pentacles: Both parties are eye-ball deep in well-heeled fat-cats (it’s why they get into national politics) who have their fingers in the till while proclaiming that they’re all for fiscal responsibility (although the Democrats are presently a bit leaner and hungrier).
King of Pentacles rx – Hanged Man – 7 of Swords: The Republicans are currently “holding the throne” while the Democrats are “hanging out at the fringes,” but neither is exactly “sitting pretty.” The 7 of Swords shows that they have been “caught red-handed.”
But Justice rx means that won’t make one whit of difference; in the long run, it will be business as usual.