Riksdagsvalet – A totally unscientific election forecast (the greenwood tarot)


I was a bit bored, so I played around a bit with a Tarot-deck (The Greenwood Tarot).

There is an upcoming political election here in Sweden, September 19. (which is actually on the same day as the International Talk Like a Pirate Day) So I thought that I could ask the cards, if they can give any hint about the parties and the election.

These are the results of my totally unscientific political election forecast. Enjoy! 😉

The questions I ask the cards are:

  • What will the general “theme” be for the political parties for the near future?
  • Can the cards tell me anything about the current state or the outcome of the election?


I shuffle the deck and place the cards next to the political symbols.


I randomly pick 1 card for each party.


Its time to turn the cards around.

Party/Card overview:

  1. Vänsterpartiet: Reindeer
  2. Socialdemokraterna: Struggle
  3. Miljöpartiet: Lynx
  4. Feministiskt Initiativ: Greenman
  5. Piratpartiet: Hearthfire
  6. Sverigedemokraterna: Spark of Life
  7. Centerpartiet: Wolf
  8. Kristdemokraterna: Rest
  9. Folkpartiet: Decision
  10. Moderaterna: Insecurity

Some interesting cards there 🙂 But what does it mean? What do the cards tell me?

 

 

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Party: Vänsterpartiet
Card: Reindeer (King of Cups)

Symbolism: The picture shows male an female reindeer as both sexes have antlers. Male reindeer rut in the autumn for dominance of the herd and the antlers are a potent symbol of sexual power. Fly agaric is also found at this time and the reindeer appear to eat this highly toxic red fungi and seem drunk. Some shaman drank the purified urine of the reindeer for its hallucinatory properties once the toxins had been removed.

King: A mature man

Element: Water

Time: Lammas moving through the Autumn Equinox to Samhain.

 

 

 

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Party: Socialdemokraterna
Card: Struggle (Eight of Arrows)

Symbolism: In the darkness of failure the burning torch of hope remains lit in the human soul and encourages struggle. Courage is needed to survive the storm.

Arrows: Conceptual / Communicative / Ambitions / Cunning / Intellect / Being of the Mind

Archetypes: Hermit/Judgement

Time:
Midwinter Solstice


 

 

 

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Party: Miljöpartiet
Card:
Lynx (King of Arrows)

Symbolism: Still found in mountain woodlands in part of Europe, the lynx is one of the creatures at the top of the food chain. With its speed and cunning, combined with its ability to climb trees, it is a formidable hunter as well as a fierce protector of its young.

King: A mature man

Element: Air

Time: Beltane moving through the Midsummer Solstice to Lammas.

 

 

 

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Party: Feministiskt Initiativ
Card: The Greenman (The Emperor)

Symbolism: The throne of kingship and stability is vacant, as the figure of the wild man stands sentinel over it with the spear of power and the horn of plenty, ready for the king to take his place and stand as defender of the land. The Greenman is a symbol of the flourishing hearth of the male polaric aspect of nature, constantly returning in thinly disguised cyphers such as the Green Knight, Jack in the Green and Robin Hood himself.

Reading: Now is the time to experience being at the apex of the cycle of life. Enjoy it!

Aspects and Facets: The Great Father. The hearth of the Pendragon. The Dagda.

Time: June. Air. Midsummer Solstice next to The Greenwoman.

 

 

 

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Party: Piratpartiet
Card: Hearthfire (Eight of Wands)

Symbolism: Hope leading to the attainment of innermost dreams and desires. Fuelling your soul with the belief in yourself and natural justice.

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will

Archetypes: Hermit/Judgement

Time: Midwinter Solstice.


 

 

 

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Party: Sverigedemokraterna
Card: Spark of Life (Ace of Wands)

Symbolism: The turning of the cosmic axis that generates the spark of life. The drill symbolizes the skills that exert control over the environment, directed by the human intellect.

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will.

Archetypes: Ancestor/Star

Time: Imbolc


 

 

 

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Party: Centerpartiet
Card: Wolf (Knight of Stones)

Symbolism: Revered as a ruthless tracker and a hunter, the wolf has had a special symbolism for thousands of years and was the subject of ancient Pictish stone carvings. Comfortable in the dark and cold winter, it was seen as a guardian of the dead on their journey through the night to the Otherworld.

Knight: A young male or female.

Element: Earth

Time: Samhain moving through the Winter Solstice to Imbolc.


 

 

 

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Party: Kristdemokraterna
Card: Rest (Four of Arrows)

Symbolism: Recharging after a period of stressful activity, work or emotional trauma. Allow time for the imagination to fly into the Otherworld  to renew an rejuvenate vitality.

Arrows: Conceptual / Communicative / Ambitions / Cunning / Intellect / Being of the Mind.

Archetypes: Greenman/Greenwoman

Time: Midsummer Solstice

 

 

 

 

 

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Party: Folkpartiet
Card: Decision (Two of Wands)

Symbolism: Awakening of the subconscious senses related to the desire to resolve decisions. The gateway stands open before the whole person prepared to take positive action.

Wands: Creative / Formative / Enterprising / Science / Philosophy / Ability / Being of the Will.

Archetypes: Archer/Justice

Time: Spring Equinox

 

 

 

 

 

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Party: Moderaterna
Card: Insecurity (Seven of Arrows)

Symbolism: Ungrounded fears and confusion lead to instability and panic, self-torture through guilt or illusion and the need to deal with fragmented or rejected aspects of personality.

Arrows: Conceptual / Communicative / Ambitions / Cunning / Intellect / Being of the Mind.

Archetypes: Guardian/Death

Time: Samhain

 

 

 

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Comments/Thoughts:

  1. Vänsterpartiet: Reindeer
  2. Fly agaric, hallucinatory properties & sexual powers? Hmm, drug/sex politics? I have no idea. The fungi is nice and red/white like the V-logo though. 😉 A mature man? -King/Shaman Lars Ohly? I have no clue what this will mean for the election result

  3. Socialdemokraterna: Struggle
  4. Now this actually makes sence. S seem to have big trouble with people not liking the leader Mona Sahlin. (At least the papers write so) The party is in opposition and are indeed “struggling”. One could also say that S is in the darkness of failure, after loosing the last election in 2006. I guess this indicates that it will be tough for S in the upcoming election.

  5. Miljöpartiet: Lynx
  6. Im not sure about “top of the food chain”, but i can kind of see the symbolics of “protector of its young” and that Lynx kind of fit into the image one might have of a green environmentalistik party. And i guess treeclimbers arent far from treehuggers. 🙂 “Still found in the mountain woodlands”… hmm. Would this indicate that the party will gain a lot of votes from the northern part of the country?

  7. Feministiskt Initiativ: Greenman
  8. Now this card is a bit funny. A feminist party and the Greenman card! The Great Father. A “pendragon” is a chief dragon, or a strong leader. King Arthur was a pendragon. This is very strange and im not sure what the outcome of the election will be for Fi. One thing is certain though. The Fi party strongly depends on its pendragon: Gudrun Schyman! Fi might be on its “apex” of existance right now.

  9. Piratpartiet: Hearthfire
  10. A fitting card for the upcoming pirate party. Hope, dreams, justice. I would say that this card is a positive indication for the outcome of the elections. Nothing is certain, but there is Hope. The archetype “judgement” also fits in an interesting way I would say, when you think about the fight for integrity/copyright reforms/surveillance. The image kind of looks like a node in a network. A hearthfire fed with information from eight directions.

  11. Sverigedemokraterna: Spark of Life
  12. I’ll admit that I dont like this card/party-combo. I would say its a positive card. Its a symbol of a new energy, a new force. A primal beginning. Fire generated by a prehistoric bow and drill. A symbol of ancestors. I would say the card indeed fit with the image of the SD party kind of. I do hope though, that the spark is only a spark, and not a bushfire when it comes to the elections.

  13. Centerpartiet: Wolf
  14. A ruthless tracker and hunter. Hmm. A sneaky card indeed. The card also indicates a defender of your boundaries, a safe place to withdraw from the world. My thoughts here go to the internet integrity/surveillance. C hasnt exactly been the best party for people wanting to preserve integrity and less surveillance. Does this indicate that the party will “sneak” through the elections and survive, or will it pass on to the “otherworld”? Is Maud Olofsson the “wolf”?

  15. Kristdemokraterna: Rest
  16. Now this is another funny card/party combination i would say. When u look at the picture, you could think of it like a bolt striking from the heavens 😉 The card kind of indicates that a trauma will appear, and that one would need to enter the otherworld to recharge. Does this indicate that the same thing will happen in the elections? Rest… in peace?

  17. Folkpartiet: Decision
  18. Now here’s a card that kind of has a clear meaning, but im not sure what it will mean when it comes to the party. The party need to make a decition in order to succeed? What do they need to make a decition about? Hmm. Interesting card indeed.

  19. Moderaterna: Insecurity
  20. Now this is a strange card/party combo i would say. Insecurity, fear, panic, guilt, illusion. Now those are strong negative words “Deal with fragmented aspects of personality”? Could that indicate that the party need to fight something from the past? Im a bit confused since most things indicate that the party will do well in the upcoming elections. But this card tell the opposite. I would say that this indicates that the election will not go well for the party. The card also has connections to the “death” card. But what will die? The Alliance? An intriguing card indeed 🙂

Now this ends my totally unscientific election forecast. 😉
If you’ve managed to read this far, please feel free to drop a comment or note 🙂

See you later.

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