Reading with the Millennium 2000 Tarot by Diane Wilkes
The querent asked for insight into her issues regarding finances and budgeting. I chose to do the Elemental Spread designed by Tom Tadfor Little.
First we looked at the two missing suits: Swords and Pentacles. This spoke of a lack of reasoned detachment in terms of spending...and a present lack of coinage, literally, as well as a grounded, earthy practicality.
The first three cards were Major Arcana (in the following order: The Hanged Man, Judgement, and The Empress). This told me that the querent was feeling hung up and out of the loop in terms of the financial decisions in her family--her husband is the primary breadwinner and makes many financial decisions without her input. Interestingly, the card Hanged Man features the image of Karl Marx, who wrote The Communist Manifesto, which speaks of the the need to distribute labor and finances equitably. Judgement's historical figure is Martin Luther, known for his "protests" against the status quo and antipathy towards what he saw as hypocrisy in the Church. I didn't know much about the Kaiserin Maria Theresa (who is on the Empress), but could tell she was a woman used to the finer things in life and expected to be indulged in all things.
Research turned up some interesting facts about Maria Theresa: "Practical, if not always fiscal, considerations, rather than doctrinaire humanitarianism, guided all of Maria Theresa's reforms," " [S]he managed to reduce drastically (except in Hungary) the powers of the various dominions' estates, which had held the monarchy's purse strings since time immemorial," and was known as a "capable ruler." (www.Brittanica.com) The querent acknowledged her own spending was often heedless of financial considerations. She recently gave birth and identifies in many ways with the Empress card: perhaps Maria Theresa has something to teach her on the subject of practical budgeting.
The King of Cups stands next to the three Majors, and seemed to represent her husband. Both the Empress and the King of Cups (Karl V) look like rulers who expect the royal treatment. I got a sense of a man who felt comfortable in the role of lawgiver, but someone who didn't want to do much but settle in when he got home from ruling the kingdom. I got a sense of someone who just wanted to grab a chalice of relaxing brew and sit in front of the royal television. Because her husband is an excellent breadwinner, it may seem unfair and/or unpleasant to him that he must take over the handling of such domestic duties as laundry and child-care when he gets home from work.
The dynamic between the Empress and King of Cups seemed one of two people who wanted lives of ease, and perhaps resented what they saw as the other's life of easy bliss--the querent envied her partner's being able to interact with adults all day, not at the beck and call of her domestic responsibilities and children's demands. Her husband saw her as someone who could loaf all day since her children spent much of their day in childcare or school. Because the querent's husband is the primary breadwinner, he may feel disinclined to "reward" her for what he may perceive as an already easy existence. We discussed the importance of discussing what each other feels he/she needs from each other to feel as though the labor and finances are less uneven.
Lastly, the Eight of Wands stands alone at the top of the spread. We determined it had two messages. The first was that the querent's husband might feel things are moving so quickly that he doesn't have time to tell her each and every little thing he plans for the two of them on a financial level (in fact, he said that just recently about his ordering a satellite dish). The more far-reaching message was that something needed to be done quickly, or the Empress would start plotting a revolution of her own (Karl Marx as Hanged Man with a cause).
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