Ideas: Insincerity, low self-esteem, undeservedness
Traits: False, frivolous, hesitant, indecisive, paranoid, shallow, superficial, suspicious
Emotions: Disappointment, embarrassment, guilt, humiliation, insecurity, shame, uneasiness
Ideas: Appeal, attention, collaboration, unification
Traits: Attractive, confident, genuine, honorable, idiosyncratic, lovable, loyal, maternal, mature, proud
Emotions: Caring, cheerfulness, contentment, optimism, relief, satisfaction
Ideas: Attention seeker, blind faith, reverse psychology
Traits: Conceited, distractible, egocentric, flamboyant, pompous, pretentious, selfish
Emotions: Annoyance, envy, frustration, irritation, jealousy, pride
When you give someone your full and undivided attention, you give a rare and amazing gift. If you cultivate an ability to truly listen and respond, others will identify you as an intelligent, sensitive person they can trust with matters of real importance.
Pull together a group of friends and organize a group date. If in an argument, make a special effort to see all sides. Refrain from thinking the issue at hand is “all about you.” Understand the motives of everyone involved, then go for common ground.
Progress is complicated by a lack of attention to details. Start from square one. Ask everyone involved to give a stamp of approval to the parts of a project they control. Get more people involved, and more people will be invested in the success of your project.
A quiet mind is a sign of a focused spirit. When you’re feeling distracted, your spirit is pulled in every direction; when you’re focused, your energies flow naturally towards success. Take a deep breath, close your door, and invest a few minutes in calming yourself and your soul.
The Black Cat
The black cat on Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired versions of this card is a familiar, an animal helper sent to guard, assist, and protect. Having a “familiar”—an aide or openly or covertly embraces your ideology—in a group can help you steer participants towards agreement.
Sunflowers twist on their stems, following the course of the Sun through the sky. Are they devoting exclusive attention to the Sun, or does its light and warmth merely distract them from the world around them?
Biases and Agendas
When pushed to cast your vote, be sure to know the biases and agendas of those who guide your collaborative efforts.
The Marseilles Image
The Marseilles Queen of Wands looks sharply away, slouching in her throne—the picture of pure distraction. Still, her Wand is held at the ready. Should our attention wander from her, she’s liable to offer a gentle tap of correction.