In the events building up in Pyongyang and Seoul, rhetorical and tactical, I am
reminded of my two year tenure in South Korea from 2007 to 2010 as an English teacher. I will not explore this period in life too much here, because I would have a lot of overlap of material with what I am drafting in other manuscripts, however, that time period very much colored my perspective on these events. Personally, I believe that the elites of South Korea, who first would have
collaborated with the Japanese and later assumed Protestant Christianity, which and whom now dominate(s) wealthy south Seoul with megachurches. I have been convinced that ultimately North Korea will be merged with South Korea because those who own infrastructure in Korea will be very happy to acquire land and assets at firesale prices and have 24 million low-wage workers or peasant labor to do jobs at wages South Koreans would not accept. The chaebol, or conglomerates, would have put all of this into motion much longer ago, if it could be achieved without too much bloodshed or collapsing the confidence in their markets, and will gladly do it with American and South Korean taxpayer money. South Korea has reached a point where its market cannot expand that much further (though already impressive with a GDP similar to that of Mexico, with half as many people, and per capita similar to Spain, World Economic Outlook Database-October 2012, International Monetary Fund), as many industries have matured and there is always cheaper labor upriver in countries such as China and Vietnam. Also, North Korea is led by fanatics with nothing to lose, but there may be some logic to their beliefs given that their marketplace exists outside of the financial system that seems to exist everywhere else. In a sense, they are protecting their people from something, though this is done through totalitarianism and many hundreds of thousands or more have died of starvation in years past.
At any rate, I have been getting quite a bit of e-mail from expatriate teachers and workers in South Korea, a bit from Europe, and many people in the US and Canada who ask me what I think will happen, having lived there and also with the tarot tool at my disposal for analysis. Again, I am highly biased, but I can say that at least once a year while in Korea there would be an international flare-up. The worst of which happened after I left the country, in late 2010, when Yeongpyeong Island was bombed. Bear in mind that typically these events happen after military exercises by South Korea and the US. Many people would be surprised to find out that South Korea’s citizens are remarkably blasé about the tensions and will go back to online shoe shopping after reading a brief headline. Every lunch period the second year I was in Korea, I would have to listen to the national news with the school director, two co-teachers, and the school bus drivers, and it was reminiscent of the propaganda one might see and hear from the early Iraq War period in 2003-4 in the United States (words that are not associated with professional journalism, such as “evil,” “enemy,” and so on). So basically, my personal belief is colored by events coming very close to explosive results, but historical precedents lean toward an impasse of the industrialists being able to achieve their ends without also totally destroying stable markets. Our respective diplomatic classes, defense companies, and militaries may need these close-calls in order to preserve the existence of their hierarchies, for all we know.
However, I am asking the tarot cards today, April 13th, in brief, what the outcome of this round will be.
Dear God, please bless us with useful, accurate information that is delivered through benevolent agents working toward your positive ends. We would like to know what will become of this present conflict between North Korea and South Korea? Will we see an actual war from this conflict in 2013?
Past, Present: Two of Rods, reversed; Eight of Cups. Obvious imbalance coupled with a desire to unite. A broken vision or utopia. I think disillusionment in North Korea may be much more widespread than has been reported. People are not really looking at the risks on either side and are ready for some major turnaround. Again the 2013 theme I have described of “deconstruction” resurfaces.
A revelation is also made to me here that I was not expecting – this conflict, according to these cards, is not organized. I think that South Koreans in particular, leadership and downward, are inspired by very vague passions and fears. The North has always operated this way. Therefore, there is no particular desired outcome from most parties involved, except of course from the usual suspects to be found the world over who manage to profit from these situations, and this is a relatively small number of people.
Outcome: Ten of Swords, reversed; King of Rods, reversed. The cards indicate a not positive ending to this situation. Poor choices may prevail. A major loss of face for both sides, but perhaps the South more than the North. This is pure ego situations at work. Park Geun-Hye may be a classic case of seeking revenge for her family, and invariably the same could be said of Kim Jung-Un. Total aggression and out-of-touch values from both parties and their core bases (in South Korea this would be the industrial, conglomerate elites and in North Korea this would be the upper military ranks). Rods, or wands, are the suit of magic, the human spirit, playfulness, creativity, and so forth. When the King is reversed, in this case I interpret it to mean that there is a total lack of faith in leadership, disdain or indignant feelings toward the authorities. I take this to mean that the drive for a conflict in both the North and the South will unravel because the public is not interested or motivated in a call-to-arms. This could be referring to the tide turning against North Korea, too, in that China is expressing tacit support for containing North Korea (if China supported North Korea in an overt way, the situation would erupt very quickly, it would seem). I believe that Park Geun-Hye must tread very carefully not seem too enthused about conflict with North Korea because if she does, she could face a lame-duck presidency such as Lee Myung-Bak (president from 2008-2013), who was quickly maligned for his pork projects employing the firms of allies.
In short, I this the situation will be diffused, but not with a soft landing. A war is not impossible, but it seems unlikely because of a social climate with no appetite for such conflicts. I think there may be a skirmish or battle at the border where lives are lost. I think that South Korea will have the support of the international community but not in its own country.
With a repetition of the blessing of God in this question, will the two countries of North Korea and South Korea reunite and will it be in a short turnaround, such as in the next ten years?
Outcome: Nine of Cups; Five of Rods, reversed. It is the inevitable situation that the two countries will be reunited, but not for the sake of a victory of democracy or some miracle color revolution. As I believed prior to the reading, the favorable conditions for industry are the primary motivation, and with a long-term view, this may not be an incorrect motive. There will be positive results from it and it will have huge, emotional, theatrical factors. This will not be a complete reunification in the way people often compare the split culture to Germany.
It is very difficult to articulate the meaning of the pairing of these two cards. In essence, the countries will open to each other and the North will not be in complete isolation, but there will be something of an ideological war. Whereas before the North has been considered the bad place and the South “the good guys,” it seems like there is some possibility of a true battle over values.
Five of Rods is associated with competition and striving. This could also refer to North Korea being carved up and it not being clear how it will be administered. How much of a say will China have? Will the US be permitted to have bases there? Where will the leadership of North Korea come from – can they be “grassroots” (if such a thing exists in Asia; my experience says no, generally) or less zealous, former old guard from the leadership of the last sixty years or so? A complete takeover of the country is impossible without mass killings, and any sort of large-scale weapon would impact South Korea, which would enrage the international community. Therefore, appeasement and persuasive infiltration by South Korea, Japan, China, and the US seems to be the only way, even if it seems like an unforgiveable compromise by many.
I see something along the lines of a bad skirmish followed by loosened borders and deregulation to some extent with a long-range plan for reunification.
Will the border with North Korea open?
Outcome: Two of Swords; The Fool, reversed. These are very rational, pragmatic, well-researched cards, or at least advocate that. Several missteps are underway, but I believe that economic relations will be the first thing to take place and an effort will be made to help North Korea produce more economically. Somehow the leadership in North Korea will be convinced that it would not be weakness to accept commerce from the outside. North Korea’s leadership more clearly expressing their desires and mission will produce monumental results.
Long Range Vision, Conclusion:
Ten of Pentacles. Prosperity, productivity, legacy, enduring value. Flashing forward 50 years or so, I see two countries with semi-open borders but administered separately. The same currency will be in use. A full union will happen at some point, but I think it will be a process that may take up to a century. The decadence and height of consumerism as is lived in South Korea (far exceeding what exists in the US, in spite of Americans being perceived as the most commercial culture) is the biggest barrier in winning the trust of North Koreans, whose mainstream values are and will continue to be fortified by eschewing indulgence (of course, the upper echelon of every society directs the values and limits of what is permissible by a society while personally enjoying no restrictions on bacchanalian and economic pursuits).
In short, I believe that North Korea is losing control of the thought processes of its people and is also on some level trying to preserve its isolation. Above delusional propaganda, the greater force may be that they see themselves as mavericks in a New World Order of globalization. South Koreans have virtually universal belief in the righteousness of their economic and political system (and most watchers would be inclined to agree), but combined with the leadership Park Geun-Hye, this “machismo” may be taken to heights that cannot maintained in a credible way. Once again, a moderate, conciliatory approach seems the most prudent and sustainable. I think both sides will misstep and lose support of their people, and some lives will be lost (not necessarily because of the leadership of either side but blame will be squared on them nonetheless), but full-scale war seems unlikely.
As many observers have said on YouTube and in spiritual circles, “put North Korea in the light.” Particularly when the US election season was heated in the weeks leading up to the November 2012 Election Day, I continually envisioned the collective whole of the American population holding hands and walking forward into the future, together. All views, colors, social classes, realizing a universal desire for prosperity should always be the priority rather than wishing a failure upon a country or political movement. This sort of outlook in prayer and communications (a seemingly strange pairing) is growing among all faiths and types of people and this has prevented larger conflicts from happening in the last few years. We must not be passive to the point of being dumb or unrealistic, but assert that amicable and amiable relations create more prosperity than the war and scarcity model that we have historically used to gain market share.
Resource for perusal: “Americans in South Korea dismiss North’s threats”