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2010-2011 Capitals Predictions: Part III September 9, 2010

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The next position we’re going to look at is the Distant Past position. This position deals with issues from the distant past, and how they could affect the coming season. The cards that are in this position are THE WORLD REVERSED and 7 OF CHALICES REVERSED.

The World is the final card in the Major Arcana, and it traditionally represents an ultimate victory of some kind. Well, it’s reversed, so I doubt I need to explain the “well, not quite” aspect of THAT. But it’s not quite as cut and dried as it looks at first blush. This is the DISTANT past, not the RECENT past, so this could potentially be referring to long-term issues that are still playing themselves out over, and over, and over. That last bit made me think of this little video clip, and maybe there’s a reason for that. In that clip–it’s the tech demo for “Heavy Rain,” go watch it!–the script starts out one way, and ends quite another. And I think that may be emblematic of this particular card, in this position, in this reading. Everything seems to start out okay with the Caps, but then something always seems to go wrong, and three and a half decades later, here we are, still waiting for our first Stanley Cup. The World reversed can be described as “unfinished business,” “you’re not done,” messages with that sense. So, perhaps we could be looking at a message of “unfinished business from seasons long past.” The past needs to be the past, in order for the Caps to be successful. Sometimes, you’ve just got to let it go. Otherwise, what’s past is prologue.

The other card here is the 7 of Chalices reversed. Upright, the 7 of Chalices refers in general to illusions of success; when reversed, it’s more a card of false hope. I think the message here is that, over the years, we’ve all been hoping for the wrong thing. Wait…if we’ve all been hoping for the Stanley Cup, isn’t that the right thing to hope for? I daresay it’s not. Because it’s not about just winning on the ice. It’s about bringing people together: people who otherwise might never have met, to unite in a greater community. Aim higher than just the Stanley Cup. Winning a championship ultimately means nothing if it accomplishes no greater good beyond itself. Does that championship bring people together? Does it get them involved? Does it ultimately mean more than just, “Hey, we won, so let’s go knock back a few cold ones and do it again in a couple of months”? Because that, I think, may be one of the spiritual obstacles that could get in the way of this team this year. It’s like VNV Nation said: “When will the banners and the victory parades celebrate the day a better world was won?” What we need to hope for, then, is not merely victory, but–and, why not, let’s aim for the heavens here–a better world. And if that sounds too lofty, then maybe you’re not dreaming big enough.

Unfinished business, and false hopes…what, then, are we to take from this? What I believe this to mean is this. Each and every one of us needs to leave behind our disappointments from seasons gone by. And we also, on a personal level, need to commit ourselves to a greater sense of community. As for the fans, we’re all fans of the same team, and we therefore all have at least that much in common. As for the greater Washington area, we all have to live with each other, no matter how much we all disagree. This city ultimately exists to bring different ideas together, and that means there are different opinions for almost every street corner in town. Perhaps, if we all could find one common ground to start from–even if it’s something as playful as a hockey team–then maybe the banners and the victory parades might indeed mean something greater one day.

And if that sounds too naively idealistic, then I’ve got two words for you: Dream bigger.

Let go of the past; it can’t be changed. Don’t hope for mere victory; aim instead for the stars. That, I think, is what we all need to do, in order to turn the page and move on to the next chapter; a chapter, I hope, with a better meaning for the team, this town, and maybe–if we dream big enough–the world.

Onward to Part IV!

Wait…I missed Part II.

Take me back to the beginning.

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