Progress and Progression
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Over three months ago, a High Priestess friend of mine “laid cards” for me when we were both in Daytona for a convention. She was very, very accurate in her readings, but one in particular fascinated me.
She used a very unusual configuration of cards (Witches’ Tarot) to describe the progression of my life from Spring 2006 to Spring 2007. The timeline was odd, with movements woven together at different times for a particular outcome. I was a little skeptical at the time, even though the cards triggered her gift of sight and she gave me some specific descriptions.
For months, I haven’t felt I’ve gotten very far in the progression. Today, I discovered that progress has been made on this particular journey.
Though I kept it at first a secret, I’ll now tell the first three cards of the progression, though with only the briefest of explanations. I’ve seen evidence already of the fourth and final card in play, though not yet to its fruition, and the four cards that contribute to the outcome are also certainly in play.
The first card, where I was then in mid-May 2006, was the Queen of Wands. In brief, she represented me, as the Queen of Wands/Rods/Spears so often does. I was told then that I’d already begun my journey, started taking steps toward this particular future. I was given specifics, all of which were true or had yet to happen.
Little did I know that within a week, the association would be complete, and all of the actions described to me had taken place except for one, and it’s not expected until next Spring when this cycle is complete.
The Eight of Pentacles, the next card in the progression meant, in essence, “building your body of work.” This represented projects ahead and getting my written words out there and available to the public. For most of the past three months, I’ve felt thwarted. Too much other work to do, too many old obligations to clear out, just too much of too much.
In talking to my mentor about my career transition, I suddenly realized how many projects in my “body of work” I already have out there and how many more are not too far behind or are half-written or are at least fully plotted in my head.
In talking to Shannon today, I told her the story behind a thriller I plotted years ago, Facing Demons. We talked about the black arts/black ops series I’ve plotted that feature the daughter in Dark Revelations. We talked about the reincarnation thriller I plotted years ago, Imaginary Friends. We talked about the suspense novels I’d planned as spin-offs to Flying by Night.. We talked about the won’t-ever-be-a-Bombshell series starting with Eye of the Serpent. We talked about the Angel books. And the banshee books. And….I so wanted to just drop everything and go write thrillers and suspense and dark, cutting edge stuff.
Then I fully understood that I am building my body of work. I have a lot already done and plenty more yet to do, and I will write my crazy thrillers and they will be published. This card is already well underway in the progression of the year. I just didn’t realize it. And truthfully, as of last May, I still had too much work to do to claim to be at this point, but it’s been a fruitful summer.
The last card, the Seven of Pents, was interpreted for me as being happy with my work and having projects completed that I utterly adore. It was about getting to that place where I could finally be content and very happy with doing the things I want to do, thrilled with my creations, regardless of anyone else’s opinions.
I have been wondering how many months before this card’s energy kicks in. I’d thought maybe next January, after I finish the first phase of my career transition training. This Autumn seemed too short notice, especially since my mentor had said that January was pushing it.
Tonight, I walked into the office to check email and spotted the stack of Spilled Candy Books I’d left on the table to box up and ship out Tuesday morning. I had to stop and rearrange them and…play…with them on the table. A total of 30 different books that I’d written, edited, or had a hand in birthing into the physical plane. All books I love. All projects I love, whether I wrote them or not. My heart filled with pride and love for these works.
Then I backed up and took a good look. I’d swear the photograph I took should be the new 7 of Pentacles card.