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The tetraktys (from the Greek tetras or four) was an emblem sacred to Pythagorus. Based upon 1 + 2 +3 + 4 = 10, it expresses the whole universe in one symbol. Here Madame Hypatia Tetraktys uses the Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom From the Gods of the Machine to look at the turn of the aeon and what the world may be dealing with until early Spring 2013.

1 123 is the destiny – what needs to fulfilled & manifested 2 Airships 2 3 456 is fate - what cannot be changed VIII Engineer + 8 Submersibles 4 10 7 789 is free will - what is changeable Lady Leviathans + 8 Engines +O Apprentice 5 6 8 9 10 is the Significator – the theme or central topic Lady Submersibles + 7 Engines +XV Cyborg + XIV Spirit Level 10+6+ 8 – the hidden triad of possibility. 1+5+9 - the wider view

The triad of Fate reveals the two Ladies of Submersibles & Leviathans (Cups & Coins) and 7 Engines (Wands): here is a potential community dreaming that begins to speak up for others or to utter what is not being said. The ladies are explorers who set out to discover the state of things, while 7 Engines has a similar ability to stand up for those with no voice. This powerful combination is already at work in our world. The triad of Free Will is entirely made up of Major cards, revealing that the most profound help is available: a combination of Apprentice, Cyborg and Spirit Level (Fool, Devil and Temperance) suggests that a new demography is struggling to emerge: in an information age, we can no longer be blinded by facts or enslaved by ideology, but we seek to steer events with an enquiring mind, open imagination and a desire to bring balance. The triad of Destiny  with 2 Airships (Swords), 8 Submersibles and Brazen Head (Justice) reveals that what the world is seeking to manifest is to call a truce, to end hostilities that involve continual attrition and to begin to listen to the voice of justice. This involves reassessing our options, considering new values and solutions, finding alternatives to the old methods.

The hidden triad, with 8 and 7 Engines & Cyborg (Devil) shows a revolutionary mobilization of resources to break through the stalemate of fear or the slavery of scapegoating. What we are putting up with is coming to a head. The possibilities can go two ways: into revolution and protest or into a dialogue where we draw upon cards 1,5 & 9 wherein the peacemakers make a bridge. If we just behave as if we are individuals, then the negative potentials of the hidden triad obtain: if we look through the systemic and community viewpoint of the peacemakers, we won’t get bogged down with resentment but be inspired by group vision.

The centre card, 8 Engines (Wands) can gear suddenly into acceleration. Timeliness, whirlwind synchronicities and looking at the short-termism that afflicts the world is at the heart of things here: this card indicates a gap of opportunity in which change can be brought to the world. Essential communication is needed to optimize the most useful scenarios for change.

Madame Hypatia Tetraktys is a metaphysician, soul-finder and diviner in ordinary to the Court of Legates, and an ambassador of the Steampunk Imperium. With Major Jack Squares, she presides over the Ring of Nine, a quarterly meeting of fellow antiquaries, metaphysicians and diviners who muse within the precincts of the ancient city of Oxford. Her forecast examines the trends of unfolding season with the help of the Gods of the Machine and in conference with the artificers of the Four Leagues. You can folllow Madame Hypatia’s Tarot Doors at or enquire for a personal reading.

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