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Winter weather has arrived where I live. It’s the time of year when the roads get coated with snow and ice, and people seemingly forget everything they know about driving.

So with a recent albeit mild snowfall, I thought I’d do a draw about what to expect on my drive into work this past Monday morning.

Mice + Mountain + Fox

My thought was anxiety or stress, and delays, on the way to work.

Surprisingly, it turned out to be the most timely drive I’d had in months. I believe a lot of people are on vacation due to Christmas this week.

The only unexpected delay was after the freeway, when the transit bus in front of me suddenly stopped to allow a paramedic to pass by. It was sudden and stressful, but is it what these cards warned of? I wouldn’t think so.

The drive home, on the other hand, was rather slow that day. Perhaps that’s what the cards chose to hone in on.

The above example, delays in getting to work, is one way to interpret this. Another style of interpretation is to treat the Mouse as “eating away” their adjacent cards, which in effect cancels out the Mountain and means no delays on the way to work. This property of the Mouse canceling neighboring cards is used in some of the German tradition.

The reason I posted about this is because it gives me a chance to reiterate the importance of consistency in reading cards. Depending on how one interprets the Mice card above, two entirely different interpretations are possible: either getting to work will be stressful and slow, or it will have no delays at all. Opposites! A reader who doesn’t have a consistent and standard way of reading the Mice card will have to choose which meaning to use in every reading, and I personally believe this can lead to confused readings.

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