“It’s an honest card to tug .”
The Four of Wands.
In front of me – my life – there’s good times, happiness, luck .
Reading from a web tarot symbology site, my friend and tonight my forecaster says, “If you've got been performing on a project, this card indicates you'll reach a crucial milestone and can have cause to celebrate. you've got completed a big phase of the project and may feel very pleased with what you've got accomplished thus far .”
“A vision starting to be realized.”
Who knew my time living around a bunch of “witches” in Colorado would parlay so well into my time in cryptocurrency today?
When asked about the hand:shake pre-ICO launch party – where delights included face painting, a palm reader and a few mysterious “restoration” practice called Jaguar Awakening – someone at the event said, “It was offensively lavish and not very smart.”
Harsh. Not unbelievable.
There were nerds and anarchists and conspiracy theorists in cryptocurrency not but a year ago. They’re still here, of course. But they’ve been drowned out recently by the hippies and spirituals and soothsayers.
And they’re quite just like the psychics I saw in Colorado, living in small cluttered apartments with many little vials of oils – pine needles and rose buds and seeds soaking within the mixture – filling the cupboards , whose doors are kept open.
Everything is purchasable , but not because they need to sell it, but because if you’re affected by anxiety, depression, a broken heart even, the oils can soothe whatever ails you.
There’s no harm during a $40 bottle of vegetable oil mixed with cinnamon and eucalyptus, a bit like there’s no harm within the 10 cent private key these new age prophets are slinging.
Slinging by the millions.
So what? What a deal. The industry says they’ll be worth quite that bottle of oil at some point, and not only worth more by price but have a utility you’ll want in your future digital life.
Maybe i will be able to . Maybe you'll . Maybe A16z will.
There is a drag , though.
Another friend of mine, a tarot reader told her she would marry by 23. Six months before that birthday, she had no boyfriend, no prospects even and was freaking out. Those words ate at her.
“What if I missed it?”
She had to ascertain another reader.
Drunkenly subsequent night, we stumbled into a basement shop, alittle neon light within the window, blinking the words.
It wasn’t tarot, but palmistry.
But her palms, that they had no such ideas of marriage at such a ripe young age. Instead, they spelled out adventure and travel and large changes.
All was well.
She didn’t miss it. it had been never there.
It’s not hard to urge bound up within the cards, or the lines, or the aura. It’s actually surprisingly easy. Because we’re all trying to find answers to questions we cannot answer once we want the answers.
You can be comfortable with not knowing. That’s the sole way I’ve found even a small little bit of solace in my life.
But it’s a struggle.
It’s an equivalent struggle the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry deals with a day .
“What is that this all for?”
And without the answers laid neatly before them within the world , they’ve turned to all or any sorts of pseudoscience and an entire assortment of charlatans.
For god’s sake, Deepak Chopra, the favored Jesus figure of the New Age and medicine movements, whose ideas have negatively affected people’s understanding of science, is leading a meditation at ConsenSys’ Ethereal Summit this year.
And it’s not offensive to me that some human would lead meditation, it’s offensive that some company would pay this human (who has turned a fun, soothing activity into a fear-based cash cow) tens of thousands of dollars that they’ve made because people believe the company’s idea to steer a meditation at a conference that’s theoretically alleged to be about understanding what the bugger all this crypto shit is for.
But we’ve said it for a few time now, “Blockchain may be a product trying to find an answer .”
It’s trying to find a solution .
The industry is trying to find a solution … to why people have quit their kush jobs in banking to hitch the ranks of startups, to why people have invested billions of dollars – even dollars they can’t actually afford to lose – in projects that are only a thought in some nerdy millennial’s mind, to why people like me seem to worry such a lot about seeing the technology prosper … and today, they’ll use any mechanism, regardless of how fraudulent, to prove it.
My friend, all the sudden realizes (we’ve had a couple of glasses of wine), facing towards me The Four of Wands is in reverse – the wrong way up .
“This changes things.”
See in tarot, a card in reverse speaks a special truth, the other truth.
“The Four of Wands reversed suggests uncertainty about what you'll and can't depend upon . you'll be placed during a situation which appeases your immediate concerns but doesn't solve the longer-term issues.”
Millions made. But scaling. Governance. Generally cryptocurrency and blockchain’s existential crisis.
“Is there a situation, a relationship even, that you simply feel insecure about,” my friend asks rhetorically.
She knows what’s happening – (at the time) I’m close to move to ny for employment i do know are going to be a slog, especially given my current life spending my mornings hiking around Pike’s Peak and my evenings, drinking wine and waxing philosophical with good friends and a boyfriend.
I give her a knowing look.
The same look I give now to the token issuers who tell me how great it’s getting to be to place diamonds or marriage licenses or music on “the blockchain.”
But they don’t seem to acknowledge it. Not like she does.
She knows she will speak to my very essence.
They are still trying to talk to my fingers moving across a keyboard because they need those fingers to talk to someone’s wallet, because they only need a little longer to work out why they’ve come to place all their effort into something so ephemeral.
You can ridicule at it. It’s easy enough to.
But if you roll your eyes too hard, you would possibly miss the purpose .
Or you may additionally save yourself tons of stress, heartache and turmoil.
For now crypto community, “The cards are in your favor.”