Will there be a nuclear war before our kick-starter ends? - The Word Cloud Tarot Show - 3 Nov 2022
We released our #kickstarter for a new #tarot deck this week, while headlines in newspapers speak of building up a stock of #nuclear weapons around #Russia.
So we ask the important question of the moment: Will there be a #nuclear war before our kickstarter ends?
### Best Hope - 11 Of Cups, Page
We hope for a leader who is clever and cogent of
the situations. An articulate and astute plan
that is nuanced and responsive and sensitive
We should hope for de-escalation.
Lets see if we have that.
### History - 8 Of Wands, Swiftness
Instead we just have accelerating escalation,
a dreadful rush towards inevitability,
the _manifestation_of the portents, the
immantising of the echelon.
This is MAD.
But the history the world has chosen,
is to have a deterrent strategy.
### External - 5 Of Cups, Disappoint
So we are full of anguish and bereavement
and betrayal, the external world is in
calamity, and we are all feeling despondent and
It's clear our leaders are failing us, in all
the countries, all kinds of ways.
### Internal - 10 Of Cups, Satiety
Inside we have had enough.
We feel like it's an emergency and the emotions
are running high. There's hazards and instability
everywhere. The axis is misaligned.
They are using _threats_and surveillance
not just against Russia,
but against us all.
We should have bliss and contentment
a guarantee of harmony and joy.
But instead the newspapers are filling us
with emergency, and threats.
Have you had enough?
### Waning - 7 Of Wands, Valour
If you decide upon the strategy of using a deterrent,
you have to advertise the fact. The story must be in
the newspapers as surely as a cobra
evolves a display hood.
So you get all this bravado. Valour.
But foolhardy valiant confrontation has
consequences. Advertising a deterrent is
There is a risk that fearlessness
leads to battle.
But perhaps this is becoming less important.
### Waxing - 13 Of Trumps, Death
Instead, growing more important, is death.
It's well know that the card really means, change.
An ending, even a failure, but mortality
is not the only outcome with loss.
Breaking of the old can cause the new.
It's a cliffhanger.
Which way will it go?
End the tensions? Or end the life?
### You, Now - 13 Of Wands, Queen
It's upside down.
That's not supposed to happen.
I take active steps to avoid that.
Some believe if a card turns upside down then,
it reverses the meaning,
but I dislike a messy deck of 50/50 coin-flips.
The queen of wands is amazing,
she is confident and creative
and erotic and powerful and free.
She's fresh and inquisitive and
Do you feel that way? Or the opposite?
Do we take the card being upside down seriously?
Perhaps things could flip easily either way.
The cliffhanger continues.
### Obstacles - 10 Of Pentacles, Wealth
What stops us?
Oh, it's the economy. The capital again.
The establishment and their inherited wealth,
they look after their friends and flourish.
While we are at risk, their policies and
pensions are the only important thing.
### Outcome - 8 Of Trumps, Strength
Reports of upgraded nukes are a show of strength.
Lumbering powerful military intelligences flexing,
in each other's faces to get each other to back down.
But these risky cliff-hangers have a downside,
If we want the calming de-escalatory plan
We need to show gentleness and empathy
and trust, but also ensure it's our
public strength which is expressed, not
That upside down card, and the ambiguity "cliffhanger"
nature of the death card, gives us a reading showing
two worlds not quite resolved. A superposition.
Our best hope is calm de-escalation,
but instead our policy is swiftness,
MAD and deterrence.
All the world's leaders are clearing failing us,
and we have had enough.
The trouble is they have to show bravado.
If you have a deterrent, you must advertise it,
and that is itself escalatory.
So it becomes a gamble between
the two meanings of the card Death.
So the world feels topsy tervy.
You're fine, but also the opposite.
It could go either way.
The concentration of wealth and prevents any
real change And so we better hope their show
of strength works.
Because there's already been enough death and
we really want this kickstarter to be a success
before the war comes and kills us all.
So come support us at wordcloudtarot.com,
you might as well do it early, we might not
make it through the month. Cards reckon it
could go either way.
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