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2011-2012 Capitals Predictions: Part I September 22, 2011

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Okay, welcome to Part I of my reading for the Capitals’ 2011-2012 season. Today, we’re going to look at the first position out of ten, the two cards at the center of the Celtic Cross. This position deals with the general atmosphere surrounding the question–kind of the deck’s way of saying, “I know why you’re asking. It’s because…” Well, the “because” in this spread has two very contrasting cards about it: 8 OF SWORDS (Akhib El), and ACE OF CHALICES (Manah El).

Couple of things about the 8 of Swords. First, since we’re going to be seeing a lot of these, let me talk about what Swords mean in general. They represent the intellect, the mental, the ability to cut right through to the heart of the matter, seeing things as they are, and so on. That’s a good thing in a way, but Swords can also represent more troublesome stuff.

I tend to overstate the bad news when I see a Swords card. One professional reader that I saw once told me that “It’s the 5 of Swords, not The Tower.” Meaning, yes, Swords are no fun, but they are still the Minor Arcana. For you Windows users, it’s like the program is not responding, so to speak, and not the blue screen of death. No, Swords are NOT fun, but they’re not the end of the world, either.

Now, as to the 8 of Swords in this position. The 8 of Swords is generally about restraint, about being held back from where you think you want to go. But in a lot of decks, the restraint of the 8 of Swords is usually depicted as…not necessarily SELF-restraint, but that it’s easier to break out of that restraint than you think. That’s not necessarily out-and-out good news–the restraint is still there, you are still being held back–but it does come with a hopeful note. Yes, the situation sucks, but there is a way out, if you’ll open your eyes and see it–that’s probably the best way I can put it.

Now, as for the Ace of Chalices. What I’m getting here, first and foremost, is a sense that the Capitals are coming back into this season bound and determined to bring home the one chalice that really matters in this game.

Wait a second–8 of Swords, restraint–bound and determined…that was NOT intentional, folks, that just came out of nowhere, and I’m going to run with it.

Now, Aces represent beginnings, and Chalices represent the emotions. Chalices tend to be the “sweetest” cards in the deck. Even the 5 of Chalices, which usually means an emotional loss, has a bit of a “cheer up” vibe about it. In a traditional Rider-Waite deck, for instance, three cups have been spilled, but two are still standing, so all is not lost. So Chalices tend to be a suit I like to see, not least because I tend to relate to the suit so well. But I digress.

So an Ace of Chalices can mean “the beginnings of happiness.” Yes, Chalices are generally about emotions, but that emotion tends to be happiness with most of the cards in this suit. The 2 of Chalices is all about love; the 3 of Chalices (which is in this reading somewhere) is all about celebration; the 9 of Chalices tends to be the “make a wish” card; the 10 of Chalices is “happily ever after”; you get the idea. Yes, there are a couple of Chalices that deal with less pleasant emotions (the 5 and 7, for instance), but most Chalices cards tend to either reveal or portend happiness. And given some of the cards in later positions–as well as a timeline I’m getting from another Ace that I’ll sum up in Part X–I think this particular Ace of Chalices could very well indicate the beginnings of a LOT of happiness for the Capitals and their fans…to the point where I’m not quite sure I want to believe what I’m being told. But I’ll get to that in Part X.

For now, though, the general atmosphere of the season to come is one of easily broken restraint, and the beginnings of happiness. I think what we may be in store for this year is the end of the history which seems to have restrained this team, and the start of something big…really big. So big, I can’t believe what I’m being told, in no uncertain terms, by these cards. Stay put for the rest of this series, Caps Nation, and don’t just come back for Part X. There’s a lot that you need to know besides the outcome–old issues that seem to be going away, a potential rough start to the season if the Immediate Future cards are any guide, an archangel that appears to be taking an interest in the team…and where, exactly, IS that Death card, anyway?

See you back here at 8AM Washington time tomorrow for Part II.

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