I rarely if ever do readings specifically for predicting the outcome of anything.
Most often my intent in reading is to achieve the best possible outcome given the influences and options that I or my clients are presented with on any given day. Unless doing a full reading for a client, I only do one card draws on a daily basis that I share with my IG followers as a thought or focus for the day.
Today I was just a little bit tempted to pull a few cards to help me in deciding on how to place my gentleman's bet with my husband. (Although he decided he'd also wait to see what I drew before placing his bet. )
Neither of us know the first thing about horses or racing, but we always tune in to watch the results of the Kentucky Derby race and always place little bets with each other.
I used my Buckland Romani Gypsy Tarot deck because heck, what other deck would I choose to this end?
I'm not one to predict in my readings because I really do believe that most often our outcomes are based on things we do or do not do, but the winner of the Kentucky Derby Race will not be influenced by anything I may or may not do today.
Why I chose three cards for this task I am not sure, but I felt it would give me a well rounded picture of the winner.
Four of Staves totally looks like a celebratory event, so I figure I'm on the right track.
The Empress and Emperor are a strong presence.
I figured I could go one of two ways, look up the numbers of the horses, or do it by their names.
Four plus three plus four equals eleven. I looked up the horse assigned to both gates eleven and two.
I referred to the NY Times Friday May 1st edition for information on the horses. I know nothing about the horses.
Number 11, Stanford, was scratched, leaving number 2, Carpe Diem as a numeric possibility.
None of the horses have 11:2 odds, so that angle is off the table.
I also try to find a connection to the Horse's name with a number tie-in if possible. I look for a hint of royalty and see 'American Pharoah' starting from gate 18, bumped up from gate 17 as a result of horse #11 being scratched. OK, a loose connection to number eleven but I'll take it! Gate 18 does not connect to the number on the cards I pulled, so in the case of American Pharoah the magic does not appear to be in his number but in his name.
I explained both of these results to my husband and he latched onto #2, Carpe Diem, because that was his motto for the men and women who served under his command (he's a retired military man).
And I'm choosing American Pharoah based on my interpretation of the imagery on the cards and also because it has a connection to the number eleven.
It's all in fun and if my husband wins I can't yell at him for 24 hours, lol. And if my horse wins he can't involve me in any of his schemes or projects for 24 hours. (Which is why I yell at him.)
Race time is approximately 4 and a half hours away and we'll be watching! Will you?
**Update** About an hour before the races and we're watching the pre-show. The announcers said there was a horse that has won 11 straight races, but neither of us caught its name. So that horse is interesring. But my wager is still on American Pharoah because Pharoah has a stronger connection to the cards I pulled. :)
Post Post Script. : My horse, American Pharoah, did indeed win. I only wish I had money on it. :)
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