The Discontents of Job-Seeking, and a Seven-Card “Interview” Spread

Following up from yesterday’s post, I was notified today that I’ve been scheduled to interview, later this week, for a job at a local nonprofit—more relevantly, a nearby museum. It’s an interesting-sounding management-level job at a prestigious institution, and it would appear—on paper, at least—to be a real plume in my “career bonnet.” It has been nearly a year since I’ve interviewed-in-person for any kind of job, so while I’ve done plenty of preparation for the interview—studying the institution and its organizational structure, composing a personal “mission statement,” and coming up with a list of questions to ask my prospective employer, I’ve been a bit on edge over the whole process: Perhaps because I fear that my interviewing skills might be a bit “rusty,” and perhaps because I’ve never worked in the not-for-profit sector before and have no idea how the screening process might differ from that of the private sector. So, seeking the advice of the Tarot today, I laid out a basic seven-card Prosperity Spread to see if I could glean any additional insight before going into my job interview. As a reminder, the cards are dealt in a horseshoe pattern, right to left, and the significance of the cards are as follows:

1. The past.
2. The present.
3. Hidden influences.
4. Obstacles.
5. Influences of others.
6. What the querent should or should not consider.
7. The outcome.

After a thorough shuffling of the deck and a few minutes of meditation, these are the cards that decided to make an appearance today:

Screen shot 2015-06-21 at 11.20.44 AMWell now . . . . Interesting times, indeed.

To say that there is all manner of negative chi surrounding the querent today would be putting it mildly: To wit, delusions of grandeur (the Devil reversed), bitter disappointment (Three of Swords), execution without planning (Seven of Swords, at the apex of the spread!), unrealistic expectations (Six of Cups reversed), loss of profession or purpose (Eight of Pentacles reversed) and, ultimately, conflict and struggle (Five of Wands). This in not to say that these qualities are all being generated “inside out” by the querent—the presence of such a powerful archetype as The Devil, leading off the spread as the “first” card in the layout, suggests looming external forces that may bode ill for the querent today. The advice your humble blogger would give here would be something like, “Don’t let your expectations get the better of you. Do your homework, and be prepared for sudden changes in topic throughout the interview. Most importantly, don’t lose track of where you want to be in the workplace. You may think this new job is the answer to your prayers, but it could just as equally be an source of aggravation.”

If there is a silver lining—and a source of ambiguity—to this spread, it would likely be the Princess of Cups in the position of “hidden influences.” The Princess of Cups, who is governed by Scorpio, generally portends news involving death and rebirth,  metaphysics and the occult. Flanked on both sides by “upright” Swords (think “lance” and “grail” here for an archetypal precedent), she suggests a receptive sexual energy exerting an influence upon the querent that may (or may not) play a role in his career search. It may only involve the querent tapping into his “fertile” imagination to ‘seduce” an employer into hiring him, but in any event, it suggests that the querent shouldn’t hesitate to “pull out all the stops” in his interview since the spirit-force atmosphere surrounding him today isn’t terribly conducive to the kind of workaday gain he seeks at the moment. As the old sports cliche goes, “Don’t leave anything behind on the field”—unlike the figure in the Seven of Swords, who, in his haste, abandons valuable “tools in the arsenal” that could help to bolster his cause.

Dante DiMatteo

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