Tarot and Men’s Figure Skating, Part 2

Well, the Men’s Figure Skating results were interesting to watch! Congratulations to all of the medalists:

Gold Medal: Evan Lysacek, United States
Silver Medal: Evgeni Plushenko, Russian Federation
Bronze Medal: Daisuke Takahashi, Japan

If you follow my blog and read my last post, you’ll see that the Tarot did a pretty decent job of predicting medal winners, if not the colors of the medals the men achieved. That was an interpretation on my part, which is all part of reading Tarot. It’s very possible that I may have interpreted things differently had I pulled more than one card for each skater, which would have given a lot more detail to their upcoming energies. I put more stock in the upset power of Major Arcana The Tower than perhaps I should have in predicting Evgeni Plushenko might not even medal in the competition. Obviously, he did win silver, a great achievement–but honestly, after reading some of the comments he’s made since the competition and the reactions of fans to these comments, his ego is possibly causing some damage to his image. This could be the big lesson that The Tower’s energy is trying to teach him at this time, or there could be more shake-ups coming for him as he goes forward.

Major Arcana The Magician did seem to indicate the strong possibility of a gold medal win for Evan Lysacek, which was awesome. Evan can continue to capitalize on this manifestation energy as he goes forward. Things are looking bright for him!

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The appearance of Major Arcana The Hermit for Daisuke Takahashi also seemed to indicate a medal performance, which obviously happened. I will be interested to see if he goes on to become a skating teacher in the future, as this card often symbolizes a leadership energy, one who wishes to pass knowledge on to others.

This was a fun project! I’ll have to do more of this in the future. But first, maybe I’ll read the cards to see if that’s a good idea… 🙂

Happy Tuesday, all.

Tarot and Men’s Figure Skating

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics from Vancouver this last week. Even though I’m in the final week of rehearsal for my show, I HATE HAMLET, I have been DVRing the events and watching them the next day when I can. After a long rehearsal last night, it’s nice to have a day off, so I sat down at lunch today (with my new healthy eating plan) to catch the Men’s Figure Skating Short Programs. I love the artistry of figure skating, and, I’ll be honest–the jumps are incredible to watch when they’re well executed. As usual, there were some terrible mishaps on the ice for some of the competitors, but an exciting battle has shaped up for the gold medal between leader and 2006 gold medalist Evgeni Pleshenko of Russia, Evan Lysacek of the United States, and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan. These athletes are only separated by small margins as they currently stand in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively.

So, as I watched these men and their competitors this afternoon, I thought it might be fun to do a one-card Tarot pull for each of the top six, to see who may end up on the podium on Thursday night after the Free Skate. Those top six are:

1. Evgeni Pleshenko, Russia
2. Evan Lysacek, United States
3. Daisuke Takahashi, Japan
4. Nobunari Oda, Japan
5. Stephane Lambiel, Switzerland
6. Johnny Weir, United States

I’ll use the Rider-Waite deck to take a peek at what may be in store for each man in the finals on Thursday. Let’s see what comes up!

1. Evgeni Pleshenko: Major Arcana The Tower
2. Evan Lysacek: Major Arcana The Magician
3. Daisuke Takahashi: Major Arcana The Hermit
4. Nobunari Oda: 5 of Swords
5. Stephane Lambiel: 7 of Swords
6. Johnny Weir: Major Arcana The Moon

Wow! Out of six cards and for six different men, Major Arcana cards came up 4 times! This is an important turning point for all of these gentlemen, which I’m sure they realize. Spirit reminds them with these cards that they are not only fulfilling dreams in these games, but life plans. They are right where they need to be, and there are important lessons for each of them to take away from this opportunity, win or lose.

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The appearance of Major Arcana The Tower for leader Evgeni Pleshenko worries me. He is known for his amazing jumps and his bravado, but The Tower forecasts destruction of the foundation on which he stands. He may have something that shakes his faith in himself before Thursday that throws a wrench into his hopes for another Olympic win. Because of the power of The Tower, there is a vital lesson for him to learn here: he has physical strength and determination, but extraneous ego may strip him of his win. The outlook for him is ominous. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a very costly mistake that bumps him completely off the medal podium, opening the door wider for one of his competitors. I wouldn’t rule out a possible injury, either.

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On the other hand, Major Arcana The Magician for Evan Lysacek indicates that he has the magic to manifest a personal best and a podium win in these games. Everything is working for him right now; he needs to focus and concentrate his will to make his dreams a reality. A medal certainly looks promising with the appearance of this card, and it would not surprise me one bit, under this card’s influence, to see Lysacek bring gold home to the United States.

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Daisuke Takahashi looks to have a strong chance for a medal as well with Major Arcana The Hermit appearing as his card. The Hermit is an energy that lights the way, not just for the self, but for others. I get the sense that Takahashi must remain committed to his coach and the teachings that have been passed on to him; he must remember all the nuances of what he has been taught to succeed. He also needs to meditate and go within to pull the very best performance out of himself that he can. Success looks assured, however, and as The Hermit is the card of the teacher, Takahashi may go on to instruct others and continue the cycle of excellence and pride.

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Nobunari Oda has drawn the 5 of Swords in this reading of his energy, which indicates that he may take something away from one of the other more well-known competitors. His finish may upset a favorite, but this may come at a high price. Some may see him as a usurper. Still, Oda seems to have what it takes to win a place on the podium at Vancouver. He does need to keep his ego in check to ensure success.

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Our fifth skater, Stephane Lambiel, has drawn the 7 of Swords. This card seems to indicate someone stealing something away from him, which makes me believe his chances of medaling at these games are slim. The 7 of Swords can be a deceitful card, which I hate to see in any sporting event. It brings to mind cheating or some sort of dishonesty. I wonder if this athlete will be judged fairly, but I’m not sure that’s something that will be discovered if it happens to be the truth. It could also mean a win for Lambiel as a result of deceit. I don’t feel good about this card, however, and I don’t think Lambiel will make it to the podium after his performance on Thursday.

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Finally, our last competitor in the top six, Johnny Weir, falls under the influence of Major Arcana The Moon. The Moon can be a temperamental, cranky sort of card. She can indicate mystical influences, but often she symbolizes illusions. I think Weir’s hopes of medaling at this Olympics may be a reflection of those illusory Moon qualities. He is certainly true to himself, but there is a quality about him that makes me think he may not know himself as well as he thinks he does. This makes him vulnerable and perhaps a bit uncertain, which may be his downfall when it comes to performing under intense scrutiny and pressure. I don’t think he’ll medal here, but this won’t tarnish him in the eyes of his fans, who see him in an iconic sort of way. In reality, this card indicates that he’s a completely different person than we may think–and he may want to keep it that way.

So, based on these cards, here are my predictions:

Gold Medal: Evan Lysacek, United States
Silver Medal: Daisuke Takahashi, Japan
Bronze Medal: Nobunari Oda, Japan

It will be fun to see if these predictions turn out to be accurate. I’ll be sure to post again after Thursday’s results to reflect on the competition and the card reading.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! xox

TONIGHT: ASK A MEDIUM Lecture and Booksigning

I’m pleased as punch to be appearing tonight at my church, The United Spiritualists of the Christ Light, for a lecture based on my new book Ask a Medium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bring your friends and your questions about the spirit world, and we’ll have a wonderful, entertaining discussion! After the lecture, we’ll serve light refreshments, and I’ll have books for sale and will sign any that aren’t nailed down. 🙂 We do collect a love donation for the church for the lecture, just so you know.

The USCL’s address:

4412 Carver Woods Drive Suite 210
Blue Ash, OH 45242

I’d direct you to the USCL website, but it’s currently down. We hope to have it back up soon.

Hope to see you tonight! Have a great weekend!

xox

ASK A MEDIUM on Sale At Llewellyn!

My current book, ASK A MEDIUM , is on sale now through Llewellyn Worldwide’s website. It will make a perfect Valentine’s gift for someone you know and love—or for yourself!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the lovely winter weather. We’ve got plenty of snow in my neck of the woods. I’m a little mad at the groundhog right now.

Blessings to you all! xo

Monday Message from Merlin 2-8-10

Greetings to you all! It is my great pleasure to come forward today and speak to you from the realms of Spirit! I am Merlin, the Master Teacher of my beloved Rose, who allows me to use this forum as a way to communicate with you all. I cherish the times I am able to be with you, for you are all precious and important to me.

My beautiful Rose is happy this day, as she has been trying a new eating plan and has seen much success from her efforts. I praise her for this, but not because she is losing weight, as is so important to so many in your culture. I am happy for her because this makes her healthier not only in her physical body, but also in her mental and spiritual bodies. Many worry about being overweight or not looking attractive, and perhaps in your culture this is something to address, as so many people have become heavier in recent times. Physical beauty, however, should not be your motivation for embracing a healthier lifestyle. Do this instead because you love yourself enough to want to be stronger, happier, and more focused in every aspect of your life! Eating more nutritious foods, exercising, and getting adequate amounts of sleep will increase your energy vibration and help you to be more in tune with the spirit world around you. You will be more focused and find it easier to concentrate if you choose to meditate. You will find exercise to be a marvelous form of meditation, and you, with your busy lifestyle, will be able to incorporate your health consciousness into your spiritual consciousness thus! As Rose would say, isn’t that a win-win situation? Of course it is!

Changing to a healthier lifestyle need not be a chore. Ask your own guides and spirit teachers to help you through the process. I know Rose was expecting her change to be difficult, but she DID remember to ask me and her other guides to aid her this time–and what a difference it has made! She has adapted easily to her new routine, and now that she has experienced the benefits and been pleased with the results, she wants to continue with these healthier changes. I am excited for her to concentrate more on taking good care of herself–she has many important things to accomplish, and this will only help her to undertake them. You, too, have important tasks to face in your life–tasks vital to your spiritual progression–and any advantage you can give to yourself will be beneficial as you embark on your journey. Why not make a pledge that you will eat more nutritious foods and drink better beverages? Your guides will help you to select a meal plan that works for you. Promise yourself that you will exercise and get the sleep you need. Your guides will help you to schedule your day and evening so that you can fit in these important components. All you have to do is ask, and you will find things moving in a different direction, due to your intent and the subtle intervention of your spirit helpers. We want nothing more than for you to succeed in your endeavors! Make your health a priority!

A short message today, for as usual, my Rose has many obligations. But you are all important to her, and to me, and so I thank you for reading and for considering my message. May the days ahead be blessed and bright for you!

In love and peace, I take your leave.

Merlin


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