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2010-2011 Capitals Predictions: Part V September 11, 2010

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.

Well, now. This is the part where I start looking a little further down the road, and seeing if there’s anything we might be told about where things are headed for the Washington Capitals. There are three forward-looking positions in a Celtic spread, and this is the first one: a general overview of what’s to come. We’ll look at the immediate future tomorrow, and the ultimate outcome in Part X, but for now, let’s consider the general direction of the season, which are represented by the 8 OF SWORDS and JUSTICE. This is a paradoxical pairing, as you’ll see.

I can’t really sugar-coat the 8 of Swords here. This is a card that’s traditionally about isolation, ill health, oppression, and having fate against you. This could potentially indicate a freak long-term injury to one of the better players, and believe me, you have absolutely no idea how badly I want to be wrong when I write that. Please bear in mind, and I cannot stress this enough: this is not the ultimate outcome of the season! It’s merely a general direction, something to monitor as the season goes along. That said, the 8 of Swords is not much more fun than the 9 of Swords (which turned up in the last position). However, putting these two positions together, it does appear that the Swords energy is lessening as the positions move forward. There’s one more low Swords card left to go, and it comes up tomorrow–after that, we are totally done with the Swords for this reading. So, even though the 9 of Swords was no fun in the past, and even though the 8 of Swords won’t be much fun to have hanging around, that whole volatile Swords energy does look like it will diminish as the season moves forward. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole season is going to suck. What I do think it means is that there may be a few games here and there where the bounces are going the other way, or some absolute fluke seems to ruin the game (even if it’s ultimately won). “You’ve got to be kidding!” may be something we could be saying a lot more this year.

But that’s only half of this position. The other half? Well, it’s much, much better. Justice is about fairness, equality, and balance. It tends to indicate that the choices to be made will be fairly simple. Put another way, it’s going to be obvious what the correct line of play is going to be: it won’t exactly be rocket science. (Speaking of rocket science: this is completely unrelated, but go here and vote for Bruddah Iz!) So, balance, perhaps even harmony, if this card’s association with Libra has anything to do with it. Think maybe the refs will start respecting the Caps this year? Possibly?

Now, how do you put that together? How do you reconcile fate set against you with the 8 of Swords, with the balance and fairness of Justice? I think what I’m being told here is that it’s going to be a season where things will be volatile: either orderly to the point of dotting the J’s at some points, or as chaotic as the fare system on the DC Metro at others. So, ups and downs, perhaps even wildly so at some points. Nothing really remarkable in that, in a way: you win some, you lose some. But this pairing suggests a little bit more of an extreme polarity: you’re all lamp some nights, all pipe some others; “Heavy Rain” some days, “Iron Man 2” some others; “Inception” over here, “Furry Vengeance” over there; you get the idea.

The takeaway from this position doesn’t tell me anything specific about results–victory or defeat–but there is this: the good news of Justice is a Major Arcana card, while the bad news of the 8 of Swords is a Minor Arcana card. So the good should outweigh the bad, when all is said and done. If this had been, for instance, the 8 of Swords and, let’s say, the 4 of Wands, then I’d be more inclined to believe that the pleasant and unpleasant would be equally matched. Same logic if this had been Justice and, let’s say, The Tower. In both of those cases, the–importance, weight, strength, power–would be comparable: both Minors or both Majors. As is, there’s a Major and a Minor together, and the Major carries a little more oomph. So while I do think there are going to be some crazy moments, both positive and negative, this year, I think the positive ones should end up carrying the day once it’s over.

So that’s how things look overall for the coming season. Tomorrow, we’re going to take a look at some short-term trends as we get the season underway.

So, how do you think the season is going to start?

Can I go back to Part IV?

Take me back to the beginning.



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