February 18, 2008
The Furniture Psychic
In January, I took a side trip to Sedona, historical Prescott and Jerome, Arizona. It was, if you will, a rustic furniture-buying mission. When it comes to design and decorating, I'm one of those people who loves vibrant colors, spontaneity and change, so I'm moving a slick silver clean-lined table out of my office and into the hallway in favor of the first rustic one that jumps and says "I'm it."
Speaking of energy. Speaking of rustic. All three places made great choices for such a mission.
I browsed through numerous stores ranging from holes in the wall and high-end furniture stores to vintage and antique shops.
At the tail end of a desert road just outside Sedona, I discovered a store that had oodles of things I'd be happy with, all of course with price tags that were certain to break the bank if I stayed too long. Add shipping to that, and it turned into a browsing experience without action.
Before this realization, however, a woman came over to me and watched how I was responding to some of the items and then how I'd share a potential decorating idea with my traveling companion. We learn that she is a furniture psychic; at least that's how she referred to herself. No joke. It gets better.
She informs me that I'm not quite ready to buy and that I shouldn't make any purchases in the next week. I was "in Sedona after all," and I should be spending all my time lying on red rock and connecting with the earth. It's what people do there. She had a point and it wasn't as if I didn't have red rock "time" planned, and yet there was still something 'intense' about her advice. Then I learned why.
She's not only a so-called furniture psychic (whatever on earth that is), but she dabbles in cards. You can learn more about her particular approach by picking up The Little Book of Cards by Hathaway and Crick.
The original playing cards were developed in medieval times to safeguard an even more ancient system. The 52 cards correspond to the weeks in a year; the 12 royal cards to the months in a year; the four suits to the number of seasons in a year and weeks in a month, as well as the four elements. The birth card for each birthday is summarized, as well as ways to interpret them.
It plays a little differently than merely reading your horoscope. Click on the image below to get a larger view of the birthdates and what card they match up to.
What intrigued me enough to buy this little book was the correlation between the way we think and act towards people, professionally and personally. Also, the weight we give relationships versus things and basic value systems. The furniture psychic was so intriguing and her assessment of the handful of people she rattled off details about based on their birthdates were so eerily spot-on, that I had to find out more.
Do I believe in this system? We don't know what we don't beyond the realm of our own understanding or what can be proven. What I did learn is this: after reading roughly a couple hundred people over the course of a month or so, I discovered that Spades only came up in my life a few times, whereas Clubs comprised 90% of the people I interact with on a regular basis.
While this is quite general, clubs are "head people," diamonds gravitate around success and money (thankfully I have some diamonds in my life) and hearts, well, they're all about giving and love of course. Regardless of what I really think, the patterns were oddly accurate and compelling enough, that its worth a read.
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