Progress and Progression
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree of Truth.
Over three Â months Â ago, Â a High Â Priestess Â friend Â of mine â€œlaid cardsâ€ 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 Â used Â a Â very Â unusual Â configuration Â of Â cards (Witchesâ€™ Tarot) to describe Â the progression Â of my life from Spring 2006 to Spring 2007. The timeline was odd, with movements woven together at different times for a particular Â outcome. Â I was Â a little Â skeptical Â at the time, even though the cards triggered her gift of sight and she gave me some specific descriptions.
For months, I havenâ€™t felt Iâ€™ve gotten very far in the progression. Â Today, I discovered that progress has been made on this particular journey.
Though I kept it at first a secret, Â Iâ€™ll now tell the first three Â cards Â of Â the Â progression, Â though Â with Â only Â the briefest of explanations. Iâ€™ve Â seen Â evidence already of the Â fourth and final card in play, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â though not yet to its fruition, and the four cards that contribute Â to the out- come 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 Â that Â Iâ€™dÂ already Â begun Â my Â journey, Â started Â 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 itâ€™s not expected until next Spring when this cycle is complete.
The Eight of Pentacles, the next card in the progression meant, Â in essence, Â â€œbuilding Â your body of work.â€ This Â represented projects ahead and getting my written words out there and available to the public. For most of the Â past Â three Â months, Â Iâ€™ve Â felt Â thwarted. Â Too Â 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 Â realized Â how Â many Â projects Â in Â my Â â€œbody Â of workâ€ 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 Â thriller Â I Â plotted Â years Â ago, Â Facing Demons. We talked about Â the Â black arts/black ops series Iâ€™ve plotted that Â feature Â the Â daughter Â in Â Dark Revelations. WeÂ talked about the reincarnation thriller I plotted years ago, Imaginary Friends. We Â talked Â about Â the Â suspense Â novels Â Iâ€™d planned as spin-offs Â to Flying by Night.. We talked about the Â wonâ€™t-ever-be-a-Bombshell series starting with Eye of the Serpent. We talked Â about Â the Â Angel Â books. Â 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 Â 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 didnâ€™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 itâ€™s been a fruitful summer.
The last card, the Seven of Pents, was interpreted for me as being Â happyÂ with my work Â and having Â projects completed that I utterly Â adore. Â It was aboutÂ getting Â to that Â place Â where Â I Â could Â finally Â be Â content Â and Â very happy with doing the things I want to do, thrilled with my creations, regardless of anyone elseâ€™s opinions.
I have been wondering how many months before this cardâ€™s energy kicks in. Iâ€™d thought maybe next January, after I finish the first phase of my career transition train- ing. Â This Â Autumn Â seemed Â too Â short Â notice, Â 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 Iâ€™d left on the table to box up and ship out Tuesday morning. I had to stop and rearrange them and…play…with Â them on the table. A total of 30 different books that Iâ€™d written, edited, or had Â a hand Â in birthing Â into Â the Â physical Â plane. Â 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. Iâ€™d swear the photograph I took should be the new 7 of Pentacles card.