The Thought/Action Distinction (Vera Sibilla Reading)

Occasionally the cards will point out a clear and sharp distinction between what the querent thinks he is going to do and what he is actually going to do. 

    Usually this ends up with the reader being looked down upon as something of only slightly greater value than a bowl of mashed potatoes. "He wants to ask you out, but he won't" "Oh what do you know anyway, you superstitious hexer?"

    Many times the querent will either make clear to you or heavily imply what his preferences are, or you may simply be able to perceive them. 

    On such occasions it is tempting to dismiss what the cards are saying as nonsense and tell the querent the story he would like to hear from us. Don't! The cards mirror reality, not our whim. The truth is there, not in our assumptions. 

    Let's have a look at a very clear example. 

Thirteen Card Spread - Vera Sibilla
Thirteen Card Spread - Vera Sibilla


    The second half of this spead is talking about an unrelated issue. Let's keep to the main issue. This is pretty straightforward. 

    Six of Diamonds + Five of Spades: he wants to break up from his wife. Then we have the Letter. This is already weird: the Letter is a card of communication, and therefore of mediation. It leads to the Ace of Clubs + Nine of Hearts: remaining faithful to the marriage. 

    Another interesting testimony is the Thought card falling right above the Queen of Diamonds: they may not love each other (or she would have come up as the Queen of Hearts), but she's rich (Queen + Eight of Diamonds). So the project (Thought) is ultimately directed towards the wife.

    Furthermore, the Six of Diamonds crosses the Present of Jewels. Crossing is a phenomenon I haven't spoken of yet, but in most cases it shows tension. In this case, the wife's richness impedes the querent's project. 

    It is as if the richness and the project were two characters of a drama who found themselves at crossed purposes with each other. Ultimately, the richness prevails.