The New York Post reported yesterday that Davinia, a British psychic, read Bernie Madoff's tarot cards a few years ago. The New York Post recruited her for a follow up tarot card reading to see what might be going on in Madoff's mind and in his future. Here is what she said, according to the article:
An eternity of isolation and "really bad nightmares" are in the cards for a cowering Bernie Madoff. Davinia, a British psychic who read the Ponzi schemer's palm six years ago, predicted the dire future for the "really afraid" fraudster as she read his tarot cards at The Post's request.
"He's really afraid of what's going to happen," said Davinia, who perused the fraudster's palm at the 2003 Christmas party for his London office. "He's used to being very buoyed up by other people's idea of him, and that's just cut away," added the psychic, who read the cards on a table at her Bristol, England, home.
The first card, the Five of Swords, suggests that "people hate him. The second, the Judgment Card, shows that "what you give will come back to you in the end," Davinia said. "And I've got the Emperor Card, which is somebody that's very arrogant and self-centered and very sure of himself."
Now maybe it's just me but I read the Five of Swords, Judgment and Emperor cards differently. If I saw those three cards I would say that a legal issue will get him out of his troubles so he can set new foundations. So I decided to mix my own deck of cards and ask the question - what is going on around Bernie Madoff now that he has been sentenced. Here are the tarot cards I got along with a quick reading:
8 of Wands - be political and diplomatic, roll with the punches
Ace of Pentacles - a lump sum of money
Emperor - laying down the foundations for the future, a strong and aggressive force
6 of Cups - good feelings
10 of Wands- New ideas, new people
So I say that Bernie thinks he has an out - maybe on appeal, maybe in a few years - and is stashing some money in a place where he thinks no one will find it. He is biding his time, waiting things out, being diplomatic and saying that he is sorry but I think that is just part of the game. I expect to hear more in the next few months about new strategies, money in hiding and ways that he, his family and associates are consolidating things to protect and profit themselves for the future.