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Ask KnightHawk — Jobless and Stressed

September 19, 2010

Dear KnightHawk,
I have been having so much stress lately in regards to money! I have been out of work for over a year and am scared that I won’t be able to get a job. Do you see me getting a job soon?
Jobless and Stressed

Dear Jobless and Stressed,

Thank you for asking for a reading at this tough time. While I don’t do explicitly “predictive” readings with these “Ask KnightHawk” readings, I can do a reading to find out what you need to know in order to cope with your current situation and improve your future prospects.  Here are the cards I dealt for you:

Tower card -- Tarot of the Masters . Knight of Cups -- Tarot of the Masters . Ten of Cups -- Tarot of the Masters

Card 1 (Major Arcana Card for Spiritual advice) – The Tower
Card 2 (Court Card for traits to develop or emphasize) – Knight of Cups
Card 3 (PIP card for suggested action) – Ten of Cups

Before discussing these three cards individually as they relate to their positions in this spread, allow me to discuss them as an illustrated story, which is what struck me immediately when I laid them down. Since the “actor” of the story, the Knight, is facing to the left, I have read this “story” from right to left. (This way of considering a three card spread was created by Robert Place.)

The general message here is that for you to succeed, you will need to move away from the areas and techniques that are comfortable and familiar to you.  Use your imagination to envision something very different for yourself—perhaps a new career path or maybe a different location.  Then move toward that vision with all your heart, even though doing things in a new and different way can take you on a bumpy road that involves risks. Sure, the road won’t always be smooth, but remember that “you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.”

Now, let me give you the messages of the cards individually:

The Tower:

It’s important to realize that the “Towers” of our own creation can stifle our growth or even smother us. However, rather than question our beliefs or reevaluate our situation, we often choose to stay locked up in our own tower, which can be comforting in its familiarity. Staying in that Tower is less frightening than setting out to explore unknown territory.  And so the Tower card says that any severe, life-altering event (even one such as prolonged unemployment) has the potential to convey an enlightening message from the Universe through its impact on our sense of complacency and our perspective of what is truly important in life.

So, how is that relevant for you at this time?  Begin by asking yourself if you are doing what you love?  In other words, is your choice of career or the area of job search you are pursuing in an area that serves your soulful purpose?  If not,  continuing to search there only serves to keep you in this imprisoning Tower of your own making. Try to realize that this crisis has a good side since it is forcing you to consider new possibilities in your life. Use it to impel yourself to envision a life that will serve your soulful purpose and then pursue that purpose. When you do that, you will move toward becoming your authentic self, and success will come to you.

Knight of Cups:

This knight urges you to act upon your dreams and intuitive wisdom.

I know it’s easy for despair to creep into your life when things are going so badly, but this card encourages you to engage your imagination and intuition and to use them to guide you through these dark times.

The reflective quality of this card also suggests doing some inner searching (using your dreams and intuition perhaps) for what sort of career pursuit would suit you best at this time. Reflect upon the wisdom in your heart so that you may actively pursue your dreams.

Ten of Cups:

Notice the dreamy feeling of this card which reinforces the message of the prior card.  We may infer that the people shown in the foreground are envisioning the cheerful scene that surrounds them, and so this card echoes the message from the Tower: that you should visualize the improved future you want. By this I mean more than just saying, “Boy, I wish things were going better.” This card advises taking some time and effort to get a clear mental picture of what you want and of where you want to be in the near future. Maybe you can clip pictures from magazines to help you envision that. However you choose to do this sort of visualization, you can tell if it’s vivid enough if you get an emotional reaction to it. (If you want to read more about doing guided visualizations, I wrote a blog post called “Tarot Visualization” a few months ago.)

To give you a bit more help in this situation, I would like to leave you with the following affirmations, which are adapted from my book, Tarot Affirmations. (You can read more about using affirmations with Tarot cards in a prior blog post.)  Feel free, of course, to pick and choose among them and to adjust them to suit yourself.

The first affirmation is based on the Tower card:
I have an open mind, and I am prepared to change it now and then.

The next two reflect the message of the Knight of Cups:
My heart shows me the way toward true happiness and fulfillment.
I act upon my dreams and intuition.

The final one, which is based on the Ten of Cups, will help you get through these tough times:
I am at one with the world, and my heart is filled with joy and serenity.

Bright Blessings,


“Ask KnightHawk” Readings:  If you would like to get an “Ask KnightHawk” reading from me, click on the Ask KnightHawk tab at the top of the page for more information. And if you would like to read a collection of KnightHawk readings for mythical, fictional, and historical figures, you will love my books Tarot Reading Explained and Tarot: Get the Whole Story.

Tarot Deck:  The deck used for this reading was my own Tarot of the Masters which you can only purchase from me.

Private Readings:  Note that I offer private readings that are more in-depth.  They can be on the telephone, via Skype, using email, or in person (if you are in the Los Angeles area.)  For more information about that, see my reading services page.

Archives:  To see past “Ask KnightHawk” readings, see the KnightHawk Readings Index page.

Disclaimer: A Tarot reading is not a substitute for medical, psychological, financial, or legal counseling.  For such advice, please consult a qualified professional. The information provided in a Tarot reading is not legally binding and the Tarot reader assumes no legal liability for any damages, losses, or other consequences of any client decisions or actions, subsequent to, or based on, this service. 







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