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And now a 5-card Trylon and Perisphere reading for Amy.

Madame Destiny is wearing a tea-length, sky-blue chiffon dress with a white broad-brimmed hat with a matching blue ribbon tied around the crown. Her nails are golden with tiny forget-me-nots on them, and a crystal globe holding preserved forget-me-nots dangles on a delicate gold chain just above the generous cleavage revealed by the deep scoop neck of the dress. She is wreathed in smiles at the sight of you, and she immediately starts shuffling the cards. "I hear you'd like a Trylon and Perisphere reading, dear. Have a seat, and we'll get started."

She cuts the deck three times, and then shuffles one more time for good measure. "The first card is the Perisphere, the theme of the reading." Madame flips the card and sets it down to her left. The card depicts a handsome black-haired white man in the prime of life who is tall, broad-shouldered, and wearing a U.S. Army uniform with a red, white, and blue sash edged with gold slung across his chest from the left shoulder to right hip. He is in the back of a convertible automobile, sitting up on the edge of the body of the car rather than in the seat. He waves to crowds along the street, a blizzard of ticker tape falling around him, his chiselled features set in a broad grin. The card is reversed. "This is the Damned Yankee's V-E parade. There was quite a crowd since so much had been made of him in the newsreels, and of course all the Great War veterans knew and loved him as well. The card is the six of Wands, the card of victory, and reversed it means… well, the theme here is the opposite of victory. Which isn't necessarily defeat. It could be a persistence of conflict as well, and is more likely than just defeat, I think."

Madame peels the next card off and sets it to the right of the first card. "This is the base of the Trylon, and shows your recent past." The card depicts a group of five men swinging fuming quarterstaffs at each other in some sort of wild melee. All the men are wearing Army uniforms of the common British Tommy of World War II, but colored forest green and modified to be tighter-fitting about the legs and less confining around the arms. Their helmets are small and close-fitting, with red feathers painted along the sides. The card is reversed. "These are the Merry Men," she says, "a para group created by the British Army as a sort of all-boy counterpoint to the German Army's Walküren. The only problem was that the men weren't really so merry -- they started out not knowing each other, and soon found out that some of them were convicted criminals. The conflicts grew and multiplied, and their commander was unable to cope with them or actually command them. But it wasn't until one of them was killed and several were wounded in a skirmish that the Army was willing to disband the troop as a failed experiment." She examines it, glancing from the first card to this one several times. "I think my guess was correct — the five of wands is a card of conflict, and reversed, it means conflict suspended. Which, again, is not defeat, nor is it victory."

The next card is set above the five of wands. It shows Lady Justice in her iconic uniform — blue military-style cutaway jacket with red epaulets and red trim over white trousers and black boots — immobilized in an attitude of struggle, encased in a block of ice that appears to be built of a wall of ice swords, their hilts making a crown atop the mass of ice. This card, too, is reversed. "You may recall that Lady Justice spent a number of years frozen in ice in Antarctica, after being betrayed by a fellow American who let the water in around her and froze it solid. In this deck, this image represents the ten of swords. Upright or reversed, betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it, and in whatever orientation the card lands. This is the support of the Trylon, what is pushing you to get beyond your current difficulties. I think you have been betrayed in many ways, and you are reaching for a way to move on."

She pulls the next card, stares at it a moment, then sets it down above the tend of swords. "This is the Trylon's spire, the near future." The card depicts a three-masted tall ship sailing with just its stern touching the water, its bows rising into the air under the power of the glowing rockets along the sides and at the rear of the ship. It is pointed straight at a glorious sunset of reds and oranges and purples, and the water ahead of it is laced with German ships and the scopes of submarines, though it is clearly going to go straight over them all. Again, this card is reversed. "This is Der fliegende Holländer — The Flying Dutchman is supposed to be a ship of ill omen in folklore, but this ship, piloted by a mad scientist out of the Netherlands, was only ill-omened for the Germans. They sailed the Atlantic, defending Allied ships from Axis naval vessels and paras alike, and late in the war, served as a transport for some refugees to America. No one actually knows what became of the ship, though. She vanished with all hands near the very end of the war, after the victory in Europe, on her way to the Pacific theater. And, of course, people claim to see her from time to time." Madame winks. "This is a card of rest, recovery, and healing, and upright is one of the cards I would *hope* to see here after the ten of swords. But reversed, it is a powerful need and longing for that kind of rest and retreat, unfulfilled."

Madame flips the last card out above that one. It depicts a brown-skinned, dark-haired woman dressed in a sky-blue chiton with a shining helmet crowned with a spread of spikes that look like they're intended to be slender rays of light — that look, in fact, very much like the crown on the head of the Statue of Liberty. The woman's hands are shaped around a brilliant ball of light that she "holds" in front of her chest, which lights her face sharply. And this card, like all the others, is reversed. "The Light of Liberty was a Canadian Métis woman named Marguerite Bergeron who was able to harness the power of the sun — she was actually quite terrifyingly powerful, and could scorch a battlefield so thoroughly that nothing living remained. She wanted very badly to help the Allied forces, but the Allies deployed her extremely sparingly. Some journalists after the war likened their use of the Light of Liberty to the use of the Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki." Madame casts a look over the five reversed cards. "She represents the Sun in this deck, which, reversed, means darkness, loss of enlightenment, weakness, and regret."

Madame leans forward. "Now, normally, when an entire reading is reversed, I assume that I have somehow gotten the deck upside-down and flip it all upright." She quickly turns them all upright. "Let's see what differences we find this way."

"We start with a theme of victory," she says, touching the six of wands. "Move to conflict in your recent past with the five of wands, with the betrayal of the ten of swords as your motivator for moving beyond this conflict. The near future is rest and recovery, finding your inner strength and healing your wounds. And your outcome is the Sun: enlightenment, strength, brilliance, and energy."

Madame folds her hands and looks you in the eye. "I think both of these readings — which, as you see, aren't that different, except in terms of outcome — may feel true to you. I think they both may happen in different ways. Different parts of you may find rest and healing while other parts continue to feel deprived and caught in darkness. The thing you need to remember is that you can *always* flip the reading, for good or ill. You deserve healing, my dear, so seek out your own Flying Dutchman." She smiles again, and says, "I hope that helps, dear."
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