Chess Hustler: 5 of Blades

A chess hustler plays chess in parks for small amounts of money.  Beware if you sit down with one!  This is a very good player, highly skilled in chess, who may verbally intimidate and manipulate you, and might even cheat you.

The image in this card depicts a chess hustler in Harvard Square playing an opponent while another person watches.

The card indicates a conflict in which there is a clear winner and a clear loser. Which one is you?

If you are on the losing side, then there are some points to consider. Someone might be deceiving you.  You might be the victim of a scam. Or you might be up against an opponent with greater skills and abilities. Depending on the position of the card in a reading, you may want to consider taking precautions against being cheated or you may want to resign yourself to losing gracefully.

On the other hand, you may be the winner.  In this case, you may want to consider your goals, strategy, and motivation.  Is winning your only goal?  Do the ends justify the means?  If you think so, then consider that winning at any cost may alienate your friends and allies.  When you need their help in future, they’ll remember your previous actions against them and refuse to help you. This card may be a warning that you should clean up your act and behave in a more ethical manner.

The card is from the Proletariat Tarot, a contemporary interpretation of the tarot that honors the everyday experiences of regular people.

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