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A Tarot Tuesday with Dior

By Guan Tan

Dior Spring Summer 2017 Evening Clutches
 
Felicia Yap & Pham Quang Tung
Dior Spring Summer 2017 Evening Clutches

There are 4 cards facing down. Which one are you drawn to? Keep that in your heart as we unveil the cards one by one, from left to right.

 

Divination

Christian Dior was known to be highly superstitious. He favoured the number 8 (his maison was founded in the 8th district of Paris), and believed in destiny and chance.

Chance” he wrote in his memoir Dior by Dior, “always comes to the aid of those who really want something.” He took after his maternal grandmother, who lived a life steeped in divination. And there was one encounter with a fortuneteller that summed up his life. He recounted, palms up as the teller told him, “You will be penniless, but women will be good to you and it is thanks to them that you will succeed. You will make large profits and be obliged to make numerous crossings.”

Monsieur Dior would carry items of luck in his pockets – gold coins, a four-leaf clover, and lucky talismans. With that, Maria Grazia Chiuri, newly-appointed artistic director of Christian Dior reached into the roots of the maison, and came up with a series of snakeskin clutches embroidered with tarot cards – lucky cards that one could carry around. We checked in with a tarot card reader to shed some light on the future and promises of our careers, like Monsieur Dior constantly did with major work-related decisions.

Last month we met up with Tarot reader Canti Widyadhari to read from a deck called The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot. “I chose this card because it exudes the similar feminine, playful, yet classy vibe to Dior." There are numerous Tarot decks on the market, some by proper publishers, and others by independent artists. To each is a personality – one may be a soothing deck, or a beautiful and fantastical deck. “Different cards have different personalities, but The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot knows how to turn a difficult problem into an easy, solvable hiccup with a lighthearted tone. And it’s really good with clients with better clarity, especially clients who really need help decoding [life problems]… These cards are really good problem solvers.”

The 26 year-old founded Foxglove Tarot Bali, Indonesia. Beyond customers who stream in to her studio, she primarily does Tarot reading sessions over Skype or Google Hangouts.

“Most of my clients are either overseas or in other cities of Indonesia. I was trying to move away from the usual tarot reading style. Sometimes I go from market to another market – bazaars, and I open a stand. But I find it tiring; I’ll be absorbing energy from [my neighbours]. You’re reading one person, and the others around are noisy, and you attract their energy.” She quickly found online sessions to be especially intimate, focused, and much more productive.

I left Canti alone, for my presence would contaminate the quiet voices of her chosen cards. She listened to what her cards had to say.

 

Where will your career lead you in 2017?

Felicia Yap & Pham Quang TungDior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Lovers”.
Dior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Lovers”.

The Lovers

Unlike everyone in your workplace, you are probably the happiest and the most content coworker around. You enjoy a slow morning, with a cup of coffee in your hands, and a morning greeting to everyone in the hallway. Everyone loves being around you because you patch up those having a bad day, and you're always ready to help anyone anytime. Your office or your team is lucky to have a team player like you.

But in 2017, you need to be able to speak out your mind more than you did last year. Sometimes when you have a brilliant idea for a new project, you tend to be tight-lipped about it until someone asks you to share it with the team. You keep quiet because your other teammates might have a stronger opinion, and you're not sure if your idea can contribute as much as theirs.

This year you're going to have another chance to promote yourself, and I suggest that you don't miss it this time around. Your ideas need to see the light of day for a change. Breathe in, breathe out, and trust yourself.

Felicia Yap & Pham Quang TungDior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The World”.
Dior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The World”.

The World

If you picked The World, you might be in charge of a team, business, or a project. You could also be the type of person who has no time to waste because everything around you is moving too fast, and you’re almost drowned in paperwork. Sometimes you think about life outside work, but that doesn't seem like an appropriate reality for you.

For you, 2017 is not a good year, but neither a terrible year. One thing for sure, 2017 will be a year of choices for you – whether you are going to be presented with an option to move to another company, or hiring new staff, for instance a new graphic designer. You must make some difficult decisions in your career this year. And the decisions will be so consequential that it may affect others around you. It's not going to be easy to pick your path unless you know what lies ahead. And being the meticulous person you are, you are prepared to calculate all the risks.

In the end, you not only have to follow your logical self, but also need to listen to your gut feeling. The potential salary offer might be tempting, but if it doesn't give you adequate flexibility to work on your projects, will it be worth it?

Felicia Yap & Pham Quang TungDior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Sun”.
Dior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Sun”.

The Sun

Just like the Sun, you have a bright, positive attitude about everyone and everything. You believe that everything happens for a reason but too, believe that without hard work, you won't be in your Manolo Blahnik heels right now. With a go-getter attitude and effervescent enthusiasm, you are always ready to hustle your way to success.

In 2017, you have set your mind on a goal that you can't resist: a promotion or a raise. Your ambitious streak will help you to tackle challenges, and your knack for winning everyone's heart can easily advance your progress.

But wipe that smug off your face first until you sign your new contract. Whenever you're 90% close to your goal, you have a tendency to lose focus or loosen up, thinking that you already seized the deal. When in reality, you might lose the biggest opportunity in your life because you just happen to miss the minutest details in your work.

Being optimistic and determined is great! But don't forget to make use of the abundant energy of yours to stay focused in your pursuit.

Felicia Yap & Pham Quang TungDior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Magician”.
Dior Spring Summer 2017 evening clutch in lambskin embroidered with the tarot card, “The Magician”.

The Magician

As The Magician, you are one of the most reliable employees in the office. You have a lot of valuable interest and skill, and you use this strength to juggle different responsibilities at once. Everyone at your workplace looks up to you as his or her go-to coworker – someone who knows everything about everything. Since your opinion is often heard and goes unchallenged by your peers, your confidence level is always off the roof. And this means you are not afraid to speak your mind.

However, your intuition has been telling you to slow down in 2017 because last year you were faced with a bitter side of your ambition, causing you to hold your horses. It also warned you to approach success with caution, to only act when a window of opportunity arises. You may have been dreaming to be the best in your field. But if no one supports you, it will be difficult to climb.

This year, try to play nicer than last year. Office politic is not your forte, I know. But in the end, to get the position you want, everyone needs to know that you're a collaborative team player, and not merely the usual smart kid in class. 

 

Canti is available at Foxglove Tarot, and her weekly Tarot Tuesdays are available here.