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2011-2012 Capitals Predictions: Part V September 26, 2011

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Good morning, Caps Nation. Grab some coffee, settle in, and let’s take a look down the road.

Today’s position is the “crowning” position, at the top of the Celtic Cross. This represents where things are generally heading. It’s not the outcome per se: it’s more a matter of how you GET to the outcome. If the outcome card were, say, “New York,” then this position would be saying something like “6 AM train out of Washington Union Station. Oh, and you’ve been upgraded.” Not that I’m going to be reading it THAT well, mind you, and the cards here are a mixed bag: the 9 OF PENTACLES (Hak Jah) and the 2 OF SWORDS (Ari El).

Yes, Ariel is the name of an angel, but I’ll get to that in a second.

As I mentioned in closing yesterday, there was a comment in these cards about the ones I outlined yesterday. If you read yesterday’s reading, you saw me worrying a bit about that Ace of Pentacles that’s now in the past.

The 9 of Pentacles is about prosperity, and material independence. So how that relates to the Ace of Pentacles yesterday could mean something like this. Yes, there’s a lot of material gain in the past, and yes, that is going away. But that does not mean that things will suddenly turn sour on the material front. This is a 9, not a 5, so what that suggests is that the gains from the past will be sufficient to carry the team forward throughout the coming season.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this might also indicate overall good health for the team throughout the coming season. No hockey season is injury-free (unless you’re playing a video game), but the 9 of Pentacles would indicate that when there are injuries, that there will be enough reserves to see the team safely through. The Capitals have got a very good farm club up in Hershey, and this deck seems to like what it’s picking up about the Bears.

So this 9 here seems to be telling me not to worry so much about that ace that’s in the past. The gains that have been made are sufficient, is what this 9 would say. This seems to be a good sign for the upcoming season: the prospect of material independence is something I like to see.

What I don’t like to see as much, is the 2 of Swords. Yes, it’s a minor, and it’s also a dinky little 2 of a minor, but Swords aren’t fun nonetheless. The number 2 can represent equal opposites: day and night, light and shadow, yin and yang, you get the idea. So on the one hand, the 2 of Swords could represent stability. But since it’s Swords, there’s also an undercurrent of conflict. In this case, an equally balanced conflict would be irresistible force meeting immovable object.

In hockey terms, that would mean something similar to Alex Ovechkin against Tim Thomas; last year’s Vancouver power play against last year’s Pittsburgh penalty kill; or a perpetual Capitals sourpuss sending an email to Ted Leonsis.

It’s not that something’s gotta give, it’s that something may NOT give in a case like that. The 2 of Swords can indicate an equal balance, but it can also indicate a stalemate–nobody wins, nobody loses.

The other interesting thing about this card is that the angel assigned to it is Ariel. Ariel means “Lion of God,” and in the Old Testament, it was a poetic name for Jerusalem. As an angel, though–and this is the intriguing part–there may be some question about exactly whose side Ariel is actually on.

John Milton, for instance, in “Paradise Lost,” cast Ariel as one of the rebel angels who got thoroughly housed by the obedient seraph Abdiel in the War in Heaven. Other sources insist that Ariel really is one of the good guys, and always has been. Here again, we are dealing with a situation of equal opposites…although I have it on good authority that the good guys will win in the end.

How does that all work together?

If you want to take an optimistic view of it, you could say that not only does the 9 of Pentacles represent independence, but that the 2 of Swords indicates that that independence will be stable throughout the season. If you want to be a pessimist, you could say that the 9 of Pentacles is leading to a false sense of security, and that some needed changes may not be made because the situation is stuck in neutral.

My gut reaction was the optimistic one: that the material prosperity of the 9 of Pentacles will be good and stable throughout the year. And they do say to go with your gut. So, not bad.

Tomorrow will be the first of three very big days of readings. All three days feature Majors, two of which are less than pleasant, and one which indicates a potentially major spiritual interest in the Capitals. Be here at 8 tomorrow–you don’t want to miss this.–CS

UPDATE: Thanks to Ted’s Take for the mention. *blush* For those of you who are just picking up this series today, please check out Parts I through IV, if you have the time. Parts VI through X will be going live daily at 8 AM, DC time, from now through October 1, and I do hope you come back for those. Thanks for stopping by.–CS

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