Every once in the while I like to tell a story about a client (in this case two clients) and their reading.
L. has been my client for several years. Mid-forties, married with two
young children, L. is a high functioning, articulate, bi-lingual
Three years ago, L. decided to move. He changed countries in Europe a
couple of times, moved back to Canada (Toronto) and now lives in
Quebec. Another move is immanent. His woes have left him suffering
For too many reasons to list, his life has been frustrating, frightening
and ill-fated. We’ve all been there. A never-ending, uphill battle.
Rather like Sisyphus and the boulder.
On October 30th
(the AM of Devil’s night), he asked me to tell him some good news. “Something good is coming finally, PLEASE”
, he lamented.
I turned over the Devil card (expletive).
Just as I was about to sing him the comforting song
about how the Devil card doesn’t signal disaster, we were disconnected.
This happened not once but twice. Cut off in mid-sentence. No
explanation about why this happened or that it had even happened. Our
calls just ended at that moment when I was opening my mouth to sooth and
assure. I sighed. L. is not out of the dark yet and clearly (I felt) I
was not going to be permitted to soften the blow.
Immediately on the heels of this reading with L., I met with a man in
his ‘70’s. He had enjoyed a good life until, inexplicably, after 30
years of working for a company he genuinely liked and respected, he was
fired. A man of fortitude and positivity and resistant to notions of
retirement, he sailed off and found another job. A great job. One he
loved every bit as much.
A few months into his new job, the old company, the ones who had
unceremoniously dumped him, launched a law suit against him, his new
company and his son (who was also working for the same new company).
Relentless, like going after a “mosquito with a baseball bat” as he
described it, they were gunning for him. After spending $100,000 on a
legal defence, he was no where near the end of the nightmare. Very
likely he would be utterly ruined financially by the end of this arduous
road. His wife had seemingly overnight (undoubtedly due to the stress)
started exhibiting signs of dementia and a serious heart condition.
I sighed as I turned over the Devil card
A different deck, for a different client. Just as I was about to sing
my comforting song again, a VERY loud buzz saw started up right outside
my office window. I looked at him helplessly realizing I would have to
scream to be heard above the din. Sitting together a full 5 minutes
until the racket stopped, he had plenty of time to contemplate that
Devil card before him. He looked at me with very sad eyes and said, “I guess things aren’t going to go great for me, are they?”
In both cases I was muzzled at just that moment when a positive
reframing was so desperately needed. I pondered these two readings in a
row and their similarities. They were both destined not to hear how
the Devil card wasn’t that bad.
I first met the Devil card the night before Halloween 1974 (yes another
Devil’s night!) when a few of us (women) gathered around a candle-lit
table to play with my new Tarot deck. I turned over the Death card, the
Tower and finally the Devil card. Yelping and scrambling for the lights
in a blind panic, we decided to discuss this matter under the safe
reassurance of bright lights.
What kind of day had we all had? Who had we met in the last week that’s
creepy? It led to a lively discussion, taking us down an exploratory
path we would never have wandered without the trigger of the Devil.
The Devil’s card and night corresponds with the fall harvest
Eat, drink and be merry because soon winter will be upon us. We’ll be
happy to savour those luscious memories as we bite into a bit of dried
meat we’d smoked and saved. The Devil is about being in the moment,
indulgence, material/physical pleasure and laughing until you’re gasping
for breath. That’s when things are going well.
On the shadow side, the Devil is about entrapment, addiction, over indulgence
and being stuck in a negative loop that you don’t know how to get out of
or break. It’s about loving that meal, sexual encounter, easy money so
much you’d sacrifice everything that has heart and meaning in your life
to taste it again…and again…and again. The Devil teaches us to be
circumspect even when abundance is in great supply, to be disciplined in
our indulgences, to savour yet save and not to be fooled into believing
that anything comes easy. Everything exacts a price.
We might imagine that we live in a time when addiction proliferates more
than at any other time in our her/history but I’m doubtful.
I think humans have always struggled with addictions and entrapment.
We’ve always been vulnerable to loving our pleasures a little too much
which is why all the spiritual teachings throughout the ages include a
narrative about them. And, why a spiritual perspective has always been
its best cure. Perhaps its only one.
The spiritual vision elevates our perspective. It’s grander. It’s the
long view. It helps us to see behind to the epochs of our ancestors and
the ones of our descendants to come. It shifts our focus off ourselves
if only for a short while. This can be surprisingly freeing. Life can
be so damn painful, it’s pleasant to focus on something and someone else
for a change. Especially when all we can see of ourselves at this
moment is our misery.
Carl Jung spoke of addiction as a spiritual problem and in this I
believe he was right. If you notice you are addicted to something (and
I’ve yet to meet one single person who isn’t!), ponder what it is you’re
REALLY wish you were reaching for when you reach for the object of your
desire. The question the Devil asks, “What are you prepared to sacrifice to have more of this than you need?”
Because sacrifice you will. Whether you’re aware of it now or not.
The Devil card points to entrapment
A trap we have set for ourselves with our material desires. An addiction
that we hate but are powerless to resist. A job that pays us well, but
one we despise. An unhealthy relationship that we sustain because the
financial cost of breaking up is too high. An escalating debt that
forces us to work every minute we’re awake.
It dawned on me that the Devil card was challenging me most of all. How
hard it is to ask someone how their attachment to the material plane is
the root of their problems? How had their over-attachment to the
corporeal blinded them to the risks they were taking that would end up
costing them everything?
The Devil demands we ask these tough questions of ourselves and others sometimes too. The “Light Bringer
” wasn’t given this moniker for nothing.
Last month was all about re-building my
Canadian Tarot Site and what fun it was. This is one of my earliest web
sites and hasn't had a redo in more than 10 years so it was due.
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Cora Richmond - Kathleen's Spiritual Guide
have been a client of Kathleen's for 5 years. There were occasions
when had to make hard choices. Decisions I wasn't able to make on my own
without her consult and guidance. Her gifts of insight and intuition,
paired with her intellect and wisdom have helped me immensely. I always
have clarity and direction after my reading. I depend on her insights so
much that there really isn't a decision i feel to make without her
consultation! Her professionalism, accuracy and ability to intuit the
issues at hand will keep me forever in contact with her and I'm so
grateful for that. Thank you so much, Kathleen! Haley