Trouble at the office (reading with Shelley)


This is the final of three readings with Shelley, Bride of Frankendecken Tarot I have permission to post here. Once again, I have included the card backs as a part of the reading.

This reading is for SD. She described her concern like this:

This is the situation.
I am torn between staying with my job or leaving. I LIKE the work, I LIKE the office and my desk by the window, I LIKE working for my boss. What I can’t stand are “personalities” of approxamatley 1/2 of the office. Imagine the MEAN girls when you were in 6th grade and there you have it. I’ve met up with some of the temps we’ve had and they’ve NEVER seen anything as bad as what goes on in this office. “Toxic” is a mild description. I’m standing up, and calling BS when I see it, but I know it’s not ever gonna change unless some of them leave and I don’t see that happening. Keep in mind I’m a Taurus…I move at the speed of a snail with stuff like this.
SO, I guess I’m asking for guidance with my job. Not a Yes/No stay/go, but just guidance for where I am now.

I pulled three cards for you, without positional meanings.

King of Cups (Radiant Rider Waite) — World (Legacy of the Divine) — Five of Swords (Sun and Moon)

The first thing I noticed is the symmetry of the cards: two white-bordered ones with lots of blue at the sides, a circular one with copper-colored borders in the middle. It’s as if the two side cards came to have a round table discussion.

So, let’s see what they have to say.

The King of Cups is definitely uneasy. His seat is safe, his feet are dry, but his cloak is hanging into the water already. It will probably get worse once he stands up to move. Not that he would have anywhere to go if he wants to stay dry. He doesn’t even have his hands free, so it would be difficult to even pull the cloak seam out of the water. But there is a ship in the background which is hopefully coming to his rescue. If only he would stand up and wave his cloak to make sure they see him! But he seems a bit frozen in his current position.

I believe this is you, not feeling at ease in your work environment but also not willing to give up your position.

The Five of Swords shows a person (presumably male) flat on their back, with swords stuck in the ground around them, and another person (presumably female) holding two more swords. Above them is a lot of sky.

Again, we have a situation of being stuck in an uncomfortable and restraining position that is not quite as inescapable as it seems. Yes, moving could result in becoming a target for an attack (or at least a threat), but if she hasn’t stuck a sword into him by now, it seems unlikely that she will. I believe this is more a struggle of minds: Will you believe you can’t move and have no options but to admit defeat? Or can you see a way out of the stuckness that will gain you some more breathing room? Because there is enough room here for everyone.

The four elements are represented on the central World card, echoing the yellow and blue (for fire and water) of the King at the bottom and the green and grey-white (for earth and air) of the Five at the top. That tells me that you shouldn’t let emotions rule your decision (they can and should play a role, but they can’t have the last word). Otherwise it will all be high drama with very little substance.

The middle card also features a court jester-like figure in the very center, holding a crystal ball and a hoop. Interestingly, he has no face, just a mask. This makes me think of dishonesty, playing games, making each other jump through hoops and relying on a vague sense instead of a hard fact. I believe this fits what you said about the interpersonal atmosphere at your job. Since it’s smack in the middle of the card (and reading), I don’t think it will go away anytime soon. However, there is also a thick border around it, almost like a steel-enforced containment field. This suggests that it might be possible to reign in the destructive elements in some way (which will probably need support because it doesn’t look like a one-person job). Put the “mean girls” into a petri dish and study them so you learn where their weak spots are, with the goal of limiting their sphere of influence.

However, this will require standing up and making waves. You may call attention to yourself and it may not all be friendly. But there doesn’t seem to be any real danger for you, just discomfort. If you decide to try and do something about the other people in the office, you will need reinforcements (have you talked to your boss? to your other coworkers? someone else who might be able to support you?). And they will be there for you, even if you have to take the first step on your own.

Of course you can also decide not to fight that fight and look for another job.

If you ask me personally (and this is not from the cards), I would give the option to try and change things at your current job a shot. If it doesn’t work at all, you can still leave. But you will have tried. And you never know who is just waiting for someone else to take the first step… :)

Oh, wait. I nearly forgot the card backs!
A sky full of stars, a decorated stone tablet with a mysterious crystal ball insert, and a mandala in black and white.
You are not alone. You need to find the right way to set things in motion, the right combination, the right companions (the middle one makes me think of movies like The Fifth Element and similar “mysterious stone structure needs to be opened by combined efforts” stories). You need to consider the consequences of your actions, the ripple effect, for good and for bad. And you can totally take your time and do this slowly. :)

I hope this reading is useful to you! Please let me know if I can clarify anything.


3 responses »

  1. I really like your reading style! It’s insightful, gentle but to the point, and humorous.

    jelly of these Shelley readings. Definitely going to have to pay attention for if there is another deck! ;)

  2. I like the way you included the backs of the cards when reading with this deck. An elegant touch that adds extra beauty and insight. When I belonged to the Yahoo! Comparative Tarot list, I participated in two collaborative deck projects and made two cards for each. The projects were produced as physical decks (limited edition made-to-order) with a single design for all the card backs (we voted on it, as I recall). I don’t have either deck, but it occurs to me that we missed a great opportunity to add more creative appeal and usefulness: We should have had contributors submit back designs for their cards, and had 78 unique backs, especially considering that most people weren’t going to shuffle their copy anyway.

  3. Thank you! I agree, unique backs would have been a great addition to a collective deck like that.

    Coincidentally, I think I recently came across one of these cards during an image search. It looked like your style but it didn’t have any information about where it came from (and I don’t seem to have saved it or the link).

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