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2011-2012 Capitals Predictions: Part VI September 27, 2011

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.

Good morning, Caps Nation. I hope you slept well, because after you read this, you may not sleep as well tonight.

Today, we’re going to be looking at the Immediate Future position. Now, a note on the timeline here. I actually dealt and pre-wrote this series before the preseason got underway. I assume these cards refer to the early going in the regular season, but believe me, I would be pleased as punch if they were only talking about the exhibition slate. There’s no way to sugar-coat these cards, so here they are: the 3 OF SWORDS (Heci El), and THE HANGED MAN (Archangel Barqiel).

Before I explain what these mean, I want to emphasize right away: these cards represent the immediate future, and not the final outcome. They represent the beginning of the season, and not necessarily the end. What I’m about to write is less than pleasant, but take heart: this is not a permanent situation, just what’s coming down the pike short-term. And since I’m writing this before the preseason starts, it may even have taken place by the time this post goes to press.

Okay, 3 of Swords. This may, pound for pound, be one of the saddest cards in the deck. It usually indicates mourning, heartbreak, and sometimes even loss (and I don’t just mean an L in the standings, either.) It is a sad, sad, sad card.

Did I mention it was sad? Just checking.

This would seem to indicate a rough start to the season. I can’t pretend this a “party” card like the 4 of Wands or something. It’s not. The immediate future does not look pleasant. The 3 of Swords is all about sadness, and that is what we could be dealing with early on in the season.

The other card in this position is The Hanged Man. Readers with good memories (or a nose for my archives) may remember The Hanged Man turning up in the preseason reading I did last year. For those unfamiliar with Tarot, The Hanged Man is typically depicted hanging by his foot, upside down. He’s not being executed, and I want to make sure I stress that. In fact, the image on this particular card has him with his eyes closed, and a peaceful look on his face, looking for all the world like a Renaissance-clad Bruce Wayne taking an inverted snooze. So this isn’t a “scary” card, just a “goofy” one.

Now, what the heck do I mean by that? Well, from The Hanged Man’s perspective, the whole world is upside down. He’s therefore got an unusual perspective on things, and this card can indicate quirkiness in that sense. Sticking with the Batman theme for a second, Bruce Wayne has an unusual way of looking at the world: having your parents killed right smack dab in front of you will do that to you every time. And sometimes, Batman ends up ticking off Gotham City’s finest because his drive to stop criminals leads him to extralegal means. Again, unconventional, which is more of what The Hanged Man is all about.

Another aspect of The Hanged Man is the concept of being stuck in one place. Sure, he’s got an unusual perspective on the world, but don’t forget, it’s the only world he can see. He’s doesn’t get to go hang upside down in Berlin, or New York, or Johannesburg. He stays where he is. He’s got an interesting look at the place he’s hanging around, sure, but he’s also stuck there.

Now, how does all that go together, and what does it mean for the early going to the Capitals’ season?

I think what we’re going to see early on could be a sense that we’re watching a rerun of a prior season episode of deja vu all over again. And if so, it’s not going to be fun to watch. If it really does come to that, there could be no small amount of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Put simply, these two cards, put together, do indicate a rough start to the season. It could be a rough start, but not necessarily a rough finish. There is better news to be had further along in this reading.

In fact, some of it is going to come tomorrow. By now, you’re probably sick of me teasing the “major archangel getting interested” bit. Well, that’s tomorrow, at 8 AM sharp. See you then.–CS



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