While I was watching the latest Democratic debate, I worked with my tarot cards and in this blog I’m sharing what transpired in my quick readings of the candidates. First, the candidates who aren’t getting a lot of notice.
For Tom Steyer, I pulled the Seven of Cups.
His run for the presidency is a wish, a dream, but doesn’t have a strong foundation.
I pulled the Ace of Swords reversed for Andrew Yang.
The way I shuffle my tarot cards, they seldom show up reversed. So, when they do, it’s significant. In Yang’s case, the Ace of Swords suggests that we ignore his trickle-up economy theory because it means nothing.
I had to laugh when I pulled The Devil for Tulsi Gabbard, as she was blithering on about not being an agent of Putin (which we all know she is).
Interestingly, the few times I’ve done readings about our current administration, Putin shows up as The Devil. This speaks volumes about Gabbard.
For Cory Booker, I pulled two cards, the Wheel of Fortune and the Five of Cups.
While there’s a possibility that he can gain more traction if he stays in the race, he’s just not getting the notice necessary to truly move his campaign forward. But, he still has time.
I also pulled two cards for Beto O’Rourke, the Page of Cups and the Four of Cups.
He’s got some good ideas, but he doesn’t currently have the momentum necessary to gain the nomination. However, we have not heard the last of Beto – his political career will continue to grow and thrive.
. I pulled the Nine of Cups for Amy Klobuchar.
People who haven’t worked with her really like her, and I think this run for the presidency will strengthen future senatorial bids. I could see her working for a Democratic administration but now is not her time as far as the presidency is concerned.
The two cards I pulled for Pete Buttigieg are the Eight of Swords and the Knight of Cups.
Buttigieg still has a ways to go before he’ll be more than Mayor Pete of South Bend. He’s well-liked by white Democrats, but he’s going to need to learn how to better work with communities of color before he can go higher within the party.
For Kamala Harris, I pulled the Knight of Pentacles.
Her campaign will continue to thrive financially, but because the media is not giving her the same screen time as they are other candidates, I don’t think she’s going to be the Democratic nominee, at least as things stand right now. But, I do feel her continuing to move forward in a steady, positive way. I have to say that I appreciate her mentioning reproductive rights at this most recent debate because it’s an issue rarely mentioned in previous debates.
I pulled two cards for Julián Castro: TheHierophant and the Two of Pentacles.
Anyone who knows me knows that Castro is the one candidate I really like in the 2020 race. The Hierophant indicates that he is very knowledgeable and has a better handle on all the issues compared to the other candidates in the race. However, the Two of Pentacles shows that he’s walking a tightrope between needing more money and more media coverage to become a viable top-tier candidate. I wish more people would pay attention to Castro, because I truly believe he’s the most grounded and knowledgeable of all the candidates, despite his much younger age. While Booker and Harris are not my chosen candidates, it irks me that, like Castro, they have also not gotten fair amounts of media coverage compared to their white running mates. Could racism be at play? Hell, Marianne Williamson has gotten more coverage!
Now we have the frontrunners, all of whom I despise: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. While I found Biden to be as embarrassingly incoherent as he usually is, when he found his fire, he managed to make some sense. I pulled the Ace of Wands and Nine of Wands for Biden.
This makes sense because the Nine of Wands indicates wait-and-see energy about him, but the Ace of Wands shows that he still has a chance, if for no other reason because of his political clout as former Vice President and friend of President Obama.
I only pulled one card on Elizabeth Warren and it was the Fool.
In a spread, the Fool can mean either new beginnings or it can indicate someone is being foolish about a situation. My gut feeling when I pulled this card for Warren is that some of her stories change over time, and each time she changes a detail or refuses to offer a detail, she looks foolish. However, I think her base believes her to be a wonderful new opportunity for a different kind of president. Can she beat Biden and Sanders to be the Democratic nominee? Only time will tell. But, for now, she’s in a good spot. She should probably be more consistent moving forward, though.
Finally, to that bastard who I believe helped put Trump into office: Bernie Sanders. I was moved to pull a card on Sanders before the debate even started and I pulled Temperance.
This makes sense given his age and current health issues. The Universe is saying that he needs to take it easier than he’s been doing. Later on, while Sanders was talking, I pulled a second card: the Three of Swords.
This indicates heartbreak and also heart problems. I took these two cards together to infer that Sanders is likely unable to make it through the primary and, if he does, his health issues will likely keep him from being the Democratic nominee.
At the end of the debate, all I could think was, “Why can’t Hillary Clinton just be our president?” I know Russia is going to throw its support behind Trump again in 2020 and the Republicans will do all they can to further suppress the vote, especially amongst marginalized voting populations. Knowing this, I decided to pull three cards to see if any of these Democrats can beat Trump/Russia. I pulled Judgement, the Five of Wands, and the Page of Cups.
Every word, every movement, every moment of every person still in the race will be under the harshest scrutiny ever with the possible exception of what Hillary went through in 2016. Every mistake will be emphasized, and no one will escape criticism. The Five of Wands indicates it will be a non-stop struggle for all Democratic candidates and it will difficult for them to get good news out to a broader audience. Again, I ask, “Why can’t Hillary be our president?”
At this point, we’re still too far away from next year’s election to know who the Democratic nominee will be or how they will fare. I sincerely hope all the Democratic nominees are looking after themselves health-wise because it’s going to be a long and winding road to November 2020. What are your thoughts about the Democratic nominees? I’d love to hear them. I’ll do more political blogs between now and November 2020.