In this chapter, High Priestess Sarai has just given her younger brother Jules a reading from the Deck of Aradia — the Aradian Order’s main divination tool. She is discussing the results of the reading, which trouble her deeply, with her spouse Kara.
The cards were hardly ever wrong. But my interpretation could be, her mental voice reminded her. Somehow, her heart doubted it.
“The cards speak true — darkness has taken the Sceptre — but more so that Jules is central to Kore banishing Her dark twin again.
“And though it sounds as if I am giving myself airs, I believe strongly that Zameera herself is speaking through these cards.” At Kara’s sharp intake of breath, Sarai stopped.
“Underworld’s Queen in the fifth card position means only one thing, Sarai. That’s not giving yourself airs.” Kara’s face was earnest — as a Fire Priestess, her specialty was prophecy. Sarai could always count on her husband to give an honest critique of her readings.
Small note: in Athering, male spouses are called wives, and female spouses are called husbands. So Sarai and Kara are both husbands. And Zameera is the dead Queen, mother to both Yarrow and Zardria.
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