Puttin’ on the Rex

As an American with strong ancestral ties to Scotland and Ireland, I have more than a passing interest in the outcome of the Brexit controversy. I realize that the term is a conflation for “British Exit” from the European Union (EU), but I  latched onto the subsumed fragment “Rex,” which was a title once given to reigning kings. It struck me that historical English kings, who frequently had a hostile relationship with Continental monarchs, would have been appalled by the concept of sacrificing their sovereignty for an externally enforced economic and cultural homogeneity (especially if it involved the French). I spent over two years in central Europe in the late 1960s and found the different national identities to be engagingly diverse and not particularly fractious. My opinion when the EU reared its head was that it looked like a questionable exercise in socioeconomic engineering and not a particularly good idea. (I should note that I’m not a globalist sympathizer.)

Anyway, to keep this post on-topic, I did a reading about the fate of Theresa May’s upcoming confrontation with Parliament over the contentious “deal” that the EU leaders crafted for facilitating Brexit. I used my “Barometer of Fate” pros-and-cons spread and the RWS Centennial deck, with reversals. A “Yes” verdict indicates that the intended initiative will most likely go forward, a “No” verdict that it will fail.


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Position #1, the Current Status, was the Page of Pentacles reversed. Theresa May appears to be standing alone (the only court card in the spread), and may not have the political clout or personal stamina to tough it out; with the reversal, my impression is that she “doesn’t have a leg to stand on.” Her agenda could be viewed as half-baked – although for different reasons – by all sides in the debate. Liberals seem to see the deal as too restrictive, and conservatives as too conciliatory.

Card #2, the “Good Omens” position, was the 3 of Cups  reversed. This is sometimes called the “friends” card, and the reversal suggests that the deal is considered by its signatories to represent the most amicable parting of former friends possible under the circumstances.

The “Improving Trends” position, Card #3, was the Empress. May’s personal magnetism is still a potent force and may be enough to carry the day (or at least she’s counting on it).

Card #3, the “Highest Hopes” position, was the 6 of Cups reversed. This card reversed reminds me of Candide’s statement at the end of Voltaire’s satirical novel; the British will just go back to “tending their garden,” which may be less bountiful than before.

It should be noted that there are no “bad” cards in this series; only the reversals provide a hint of weakness.

Things go downhill with Card #5, the “Ayes” quint card, which should ideally reflect solidarity with the “Rising Expectations” chain. The Lovers reversed here suggests that no “bed of roses” awaits at the end of the day. I generally see this card as a “crossroads,” and the reversal implies hesitancy of the faithful to take the path laid out by leadership. My thinking is that May will be unable to sufficiently align and motivate her supporters, and she will be undone by the internal opposition (tantamount to a “palace revolt”). As cartoonist Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Card #6, the “Early Warnings” position, was the Magician. This implies that a formidable and subtle talent is arrayed against her. Perhaps Jeremy Corbyn’s star will culminate over the issue.

The “Growing Suspicions” position, Card #7, was the 10 of Swords reversed. I’m not one who sees reversal as improving the dire consequences of negative cards; this looks like defeat in the making to me and, with the reversal, more the result of a stab in the back than a fair fight.

Card #8, the “Worst Fears” position, was the 2 of Cups, which may very well mean there is no Brexit at this time, and the GB/EU relationship will continue unchanged.

The “Nays” quint, Card #9, was the Chariot reversed, with its correspondence to astrological Cancer. May could wind up “shoveling against the tide,” with the triumphant destiny usually accorded this card held in abeyance. Blocked movement appears to be the upshot of the “Falling Expectations” chain.

Regarding the influence of the two quint cards on Card #1, with the unstable Chariot reversed beneath its feet, the Page of Pentacles could be standing in quicksand or, more precisely, could have its head buried there. I’m thinking of Ross Perot’s “giant sucking sound” as May’s support surges away from her. The Lovers reversed above the Page of Pentacles is elementally unfriendly (Air to Earth) and suggests stubborn divisiveness. The Page is caught between two restless energies that are in no mood to give it a free ride.

The “Decision” position, Card #10, is the quintessence of Cards #1, #5 and #9, and it presented an interesting dilemma. The numerical sum of the three was negative 24: [-11] + [-6] + [-7] = [-24]. Standard numerological reduction using my method of quint calculation yielded the Lovers reversed: [-2] + [-4] = [-6]. Since this is simply restating the obvious, I decided to use the “casting out nines” method of reduction as an alternate approach. Extracting 9 from -24 produces -15, the Devil reversed as the “higher octave” of the Lovers reversed (which one reaches by removing another 9). This comes across as an emphatic rejection of May’s agenda. You might even say she doesn’t have a chance in hell. In a previous post, I talked about the two paths leading from the Lovers’ crossroad as arriving at either the heights (the Star by way of Strength) or the depths (the Devil). To me, the reversals here point downward and, as the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

4 thoughts on “Puttin’ on the Rex

  1. I fear that your subtle Magician is more likely to be Boris Johnson. A manipulator par excellence, and a total disaster waiting to happen. Also a liar out for his own ends. (Before the referendum he wrote two articles, one in favour of Remain and one against. He published the one he thought most likely to mean he would end up as Prime Minister.)
    Corbyn would be a disaster too, though. I favour his shadow Chancellor.

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    • I don’t know enough about either one to be able to discern, I was going on the fact that, in a reading on the chances for a second referendum that was discussed on one of the forums, the King of Swords came up as an antagonist, and someone I know to have once favored Corbyn said she wished the King were “blond.” But in looking, I see that he isn’t and Johnson is, or is that “Trump hair?”


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