Today the sun shone brightly and I sat outside and read “As You Like It“, reading some passages outloud to my husband, who pretended polite interest (he really has to love me to put up with me quoting Shakespeare – especially as I was trying out different accents for each character.) But no, I am not Juliet Burton, who narrated my books The Road to Alexander and Legends of Persia so beautifully.

The news is terrible, so I stopped reading it today. Two things particularly distressed me – Trump allowing companies to pollute with no penalties, And Jeff Bezos making over 5 million dollars with just the stockmarket crash, as he dumps then buys stock. It’s obscene, it’s disgusting, it’s horrendous, unfair, and makes a mockery of anyone who is working to make a living. He’s slime. No, he’s a, as Shakespeare put it, a “trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with pudding in his belly, that reverend vice, that grey Iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in years.”
Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

So I dug out my tarot cards again to see what is in store for us, and it doesn’t look good at all.  We were woefully unprepared (the 7 of wands) and the worst is right over our heads (the 10 of swords), but when it all dies down, there will much rejoicing (the 3 of cups) and it will include people from all over the world (the 5 of wands).  However, in order to get there, we we have to overcome individualism (6 of wands reversed) and work together. There will be a lot of deception and fake news (the 7 of swords). There were also the 9 and 10 of pentacles – two cards representing wealth – but the ten of pentacles was reversed, which represents the dark side of wealth, financial failure or loss. There are many, many people who will lose money. But there will be those who profit from the situation. It is going to be very important to share the wealth in the years that come, so that there is not a total collapse of government. The main card for this reading was the Hanged Man, which is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time, and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good. The hanged man also represents a search for wisdom – and in this case I think we can say it’s representing not only the scientists searching for a cure, but the people working tirelessly in healthcare as well.

I cooked some brownies, so dinner tonight will be soup, with some warm brownies fresh out of the oven.  Tomorrow will mark two weeks confinement, and the government has just announced two weeks more. If anyone wants a tarot card reading, they can leave a comment on this post. Tell me simply how many times to shuffle the cards, then pick a number between one and three (representing the three piles of cards I’ll place – 1 left, 2 center, 3 right). I will give a quick reading and post it under your comment.