|Hindpsych: Erstwhile Conjectures by the Sometime Augur of Yore
Gordon asks: "How about a reading for that fateful day for JFK in Dallas?"
In our hindpsych Tarot spread, the left card, "Wheel of Fortune," is a symbol of fate and marks a turning point. The middle card, "The Tower," symbolizes a sudden crisis and downfall; a king is shown falling from the top of his castle. The right card, "The Hermit," speaks of retreat from society; the isolated philosopher follows his own light. Viewing the spread of cards as a whole, we see that the hermit is looking down toward the falling king. This promotes the theory of a lone gunman, targeting President Kennedy from above. The light of the hermit's lamp becomes the lightning that strikes the tower, suggesting that the assassin's ideology fuels the overthrow. On the opposite side of the spread, facing the falling king is the jackal-headed Anubis (an Egyptian guide to the souls of the dead). This suggests that the crisis will end in death.
Interestingly, the cards echo two aspects of Kennedy's "Camelot" image. The first is obvious: the crowned king in "The Tower." The second is a "round table" suggested by the wheel of fortune. By way of explanation, the "Wheel of Fortune" card is associated with the "Magician" card, as both the wheel and the magician's table feature emblems of the four suits/elements of the Tarot (Fire/Wands, Water/Cups, Earth/Pentacles, Air/Swords). And so we can consider the wheel as an image of the magician's table, viewed from above. It is a round table. In the Camelot story, the round table was designed by the magician Merlin for King Arthur.
Also interestingly, the "Wheel of Fortune" card features open books in the storm clouds at each corner; a book depository is central to the assassination investigation.
|* Historians must reconstruct the past out of hazy memory. "Once upon a time" requires "second sight." The "third eye" of intuition can break the "fourth wall" of conventional perspectives. Instead of "pleading the fifth," historians can take advantage of the "sixth sense" and be in "seventh heaven." All with the power of hindpsych, the "eighth wonder of the world." It has been said that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. Therein lies the importance of Tarot readings for antiquity. When we confirm what has already occurred, we break the shackles of the past, freeing ourselves to chart new courses into the future.