The Tarot of Shop

shift in context, new role

Musically, a pivot is a device that can be used to smoothly change tonal centers. A pivot is accomplished by introducing a new tonal center -- via harmony -- under a melodic tone that’s still in the original key. If, for example, we sing do,re,mi, then hold the note mi but sing it and treat it as so, our original do becomes no longer central: our new key, our new do, has magically dropped a third.

In a casting, the Pivot Card indicates a shift in context: a change in external circumstances is thrusting us or what's at hand into a new role. We may find ourselves, for example, occupying a new position at work, or a different significance in a relationship, but not by our own volition: somebody else quit, the baby was born, etc. Conversely, the Pivot Card can indicate a shift that we iniatiate, like keeping the same career but moving to a town with better clientele.

Pivots need not only apply to individuals; there are pivots in perception, as when changes in external circumstances cause us to see something or someone in a new light. There are mundane pivots, like changing your shirt to match your tie. In any case, pivots are transformations uniquely marked by one thing shifting and thus redefining something else.

To divine the meaning of this card in a casting, consider the Solfege Die it was drawn above or under.

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