With one year of the Trump presidency behind us, I thought it would be useful to do another Grand Tableau to forecast the next 12 months for both the man and the nation. I selected the Gentleman (no sarcasm intended) as the President and the Lady as the American public.
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The Gentleman appears in the house of the Tree at approximately “top dead center” in the uppermost row of the spread, with the majority of the cards below him and none above, indicating that he should be “master of all he surveys” and isn’t going anywhere soon. The first three cards in the spread, often taken as the gist of the entire reading, are the Cross, the Book and the Whip. While they fall to the Gentleman’s left and are therefore fading in influence, they suggest that he continues to be dogged by unpleasant revelations (Cross + Book) that cause scandal (Whip on Ship and Birds on House could be read as allegations of foreign meddling that are being fomented within his own administration). He is looking back on them, still obviously fixated, and the insidious Fox to his right, facing in the same direction, seems to be encouraging him to do so, thereby keeping him de-focused from his campaign promise of injecting a fresh impetus for betterment into the American “situation” (Child + Storks). The President’s war with the press over “fake news” is perfectly expressed by the Birds + Man + Fox combination; it’s still a very personal affront to him.
With the Mice directly below him and the Clouds below that, the Gentleman is standing on shaky ground, with anxiety and uncertainty destabilizing him. Mice is in the house of the Child and it also knights to Child, eroding his traction in mounting his initiatives, and Clouds is on Mountain, symbolizing the vexing opposition he is facing; with Clouds knighting to both Birds and Fox, the inference can be made that mainstream media is fueling the offensive with misinformation. Clouds above House shows the stigma that has been hanging over many members of his cabinet; House is on the Lady, possibly reflecting the key role his daughter has been assuming behind the scenes, which has been cause for some alarm among his critics.
The four corners of the layout seem to be speaking to the effects of the changes in the tax code that were just signed into law. Cross + Storks + Fish + Heart convey the idea that an onerous burden (Cross) has been eased (Storks), affecting disposable income (Fish), and the American public (except for the grumblers) is going to love it (Heart). The diagonal line Gentleman + Anchor + Rider + Fish seems to reinforce this with supportive, stabilizing economic news, and Fish on Moon could be showing a robust employment outlook (an “abundance of jobs”); however, Anchor is on Fox and Rider is on Mice, implying that the favorable news may be somewhat devalued by nay-sayers. The Lady knights to the Heart and the House, giving me the idea that Trump’s team will receive some recognition from the constituency for the auspicious “bottom line” result (House + Moon + Tower + Fish). The Lady is in the house of the Key and the Gentleman knights to the Key, together implying that the voting public is being wooed by these fiscal maneuvers in preparation for the 2018 Congressional election. The Key sits between the Anchor and the Sun, declaring that “stability is assured,” or more prosaically, “four more years of Republican dominance.” Furthermore, the Gentleman knights to the Clover and the Lilies, seeming to cement his winning trajectory in the near term (Clover) and beyond (Lilies). Both the Lady and the Gentleman knight to the Bouquet, which looks like an “offer” and an “acceptance” to me. However, the Bouquet is surrounded on all sides by trouble (Coffin, Snake, Clouds and Mountain), showing that it may not be all it’s cracked up to be, and the vertical sequence Bouquet + Ring + Scythe could mean that this part of his “Contract with America” will be “gutted” down the road.
The “destiny” or “fate” row (last four cards of the 8×4+4 tableau) contain the Lady, the Scythe, the Tree and the Letter. The Tree sits in the house of the Anchor at the base of the Gentleman’s column, reaffirming its importance to his longevity, and the sequence gives me the vivid impression of an ax-wielding woman (it could be any of a number of female adversaries) hacking at the very roots of his political well-being. The Letter in the house of Cross may signify an impending indictment or even Articles of Impeachment. Time will tell.