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In 2020 the world was hit with a devastating pandemic, which temporarily closed millions of small businesses around the world, including Granny's Attic. 


After almost a year of paying rent of a studio we could not work in, we were on the brink of permanent closure, and as a last ditch attempt to save our little studio, Esme started a Tarot project, the idea was to take enough pre-orders for a new 78 card tarot deck, to keep our shop open. Defying all of our expectations, the tattoo lovers out there dug deep and gave incredibly generously, allowing us to not only save the shop, but exceed our target, and in turn, ensuring the long-term survival of Granny's Attic Tattoo Parlour. And if you out there reading this are one of the many people who pledged, from the bottom of our Granny hearts - thank you, thank you,THANK YOU!

This page is information all about this deck - if you are interested in buying a copy you will be able to do so from October 2021 from Esme's Etsy Page, either on next the tab along from this website, or visit: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EsmeBakerTattoo

If you already purchased a deck and are here to learn more about the meanings of each card in the deck, and more about how to read the cards, please continue to read below...

 

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Thank you for bearing with us whilst we continue to update this page - we will keep adding more detailed info on Tarot readings and each individual card as soon as we have finished fulfilling the Kickstarter Rewards. Thanks you so much for supporting the studio <3

Types of Readings:

YES or NO readings:

 

A simple reading technique is to ask a simple and clear YES or NO question to the deck and select one card. Each card has an answer key in this leaflet, and the answer is the opposite if the card is pulled in reverse.

 

Please note that although there is a general consensus in the Tarot world on which cards usually indicate yes and which no, there is debate on the answers for a lot of the cards, so I have used the answers that I personally believe are most connected with the cards in this particular deck. i.e. just because I have listed them here as YES, it doesnt mean that card is universally a YES with every other deck and vice versa. 

 

Some people simplify a YES/NO reading by simply saying if any card is upright, it is a YES, and if it is REVERSE it is automatically a NO. If you’d like to read in that way, this is perfectly acceptable. However, if you would like to become more connected with the cards and each of their individual meanings, then they each have a specific answer listed in the following pages

The 3 Card Spread:

The first card pulled represents the past, the second represents the present and the third represents the future.

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The Week Ahead:

This is a seven card spread where you decide which day you start at, and the rest of the cards represent the subsequent days. 

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Shuffling the deck:

 

For more accurate guidance, make sure you hold the deck before shuffling, and spend some time focussing on the issues or questions that you would like guidance regarding.

 

Method 1:

Cut the deck into multiple piles (all face down) and pile those piles back into one deck again, some reverse, some upright, but all remaining face down

 

Method 2: 

Cut the deck in two, and fan those piles together, with one pile upright and one reverse, but all remaining face down

Method 3 (my personal favourite!)

Lay all the cards face down on the table, and use your hands to spread them out in one big messy pile, and then tidy the cards all back into one pile ensuring all cards remain face down. Ruminate on the issues you would like guidance on while doing this for a more accurate reading.

TAROT CARD MEANINGS: 

 

 

There are 3 pieces of information listed with each card. You must shuffle the deck with all the cards face down, and keep them all facing down, but split the deck and rotate half before you so you have some cards upright, and some reversed when you eventually come to picking them (see diagram below). 

 

The meaning of a card changes significantly depending on whether the card has been selected upright or reversed.

 

THE MAJOR ARCANA 

The major arcana are a selection of 22 cards that are considered to be the core foundation of the deck. Together, they tell stories of spirit travels, starting with the innocent naivety of 0 - THE FOOL, a child-like character, excited for their upcoming adventure, and arching through tales of humanity’s spiritual evolution all the way to the fulfilment, harmony and completion of 21 - THE WORLD. 

 

0 - Fool 

 

Upright - 

Meaning: New beginnings, independence, innocence, spontaneity, freedom, adventure

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - 

Meaning: Recklessness, risks, impulsiveness, naivety, distracted, gullible 

Answer: NO

 

1 - The Magician 

 

Upright - desire, willpower, ability, concentration, manifestation, resourcefulness

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - untapped or wasted talent, lack of foresight/planning, manipulation, deception, trickery

Answer: NO

 

2 - The High Priestess

 

Upright - intuition, subconscious mind, spirituality, mystery

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - repressing intuition, cognative dissonance, confusion, secrets, withdrawal

Answer: NO

 

3 - The Empress

 

Upright - fertility, abundance, creativity, femininity, nature, beauty, nurture, motherly

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - lack of growth/progress, creative void, smothering, dependence, emptiness 

Answer: NO

 

4 - The Emperor 

 

Upright - control, authority, structure, fatherly

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - excessive dominance, obstinance, tyranny, domineering

Answer: NO

 

5 - The Hierophant 

 

Upright - tradition/institution, morality, ethics, spiritual wisdom

Answer: Neutral - seek guidance from a mentor

 

Reverse - inner wisdom, personal belief, freedom from conformity, rebellion

Answer: Neutral - seek guidance from a mentor

 

6 - The Lovers

 

Upright - partnership, interpersonal connection, duality, union, love, mutually exclusive choices

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - self-love, lack of balance, disharmony, conflict, detachment, indecision, bad choices

Answer: NO

 

7 - The Chariot

 

Upright - control, direction, willpower, determination, success

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - lack/loss of direction, aggression, lack of control, powerless

Answer: NO

 

8 - Strength 

 

Upright - bravery, compassion, inner-strength, stamina, determination, courage

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - self-doubt, lack of energy, weakness, inadequacy, cowardice 

Answer: NO

 

9 - The Hermit

 

Upright - introspection, choosing to be alone, soul-searching, contemplation, solitude, reflection

Answer: YES - but requires time

 

Reverse - lonlieness, isolation, rejection, withdrawal 

Answer: NO

 

10 - The Wheel of Fortune

 

Upright - karma, destiny, pivotal moment/a turning point, changes, cycles, inevitability

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - bad luck, resisting change, lack of control

Answer: NO

 

11 - Justice 

 

Upright - truth, clarity, fairness, law, honesty

Answer: Neutral (justice is about balance, meditate on both YES and NO answers to your question)

Reverse - unfair, dishonesty, unaccountable, decietful

Answer: Neutral (justice is about balance, meditate on both YES and NO answers to your question)

 

12 - The Hanged Man

 

Upright - important/worthy sacrifice, suspension, change, pause, gain new perspective, insight, enlightenment, martyrdom, contemplation

Answer: Maybe (have patience)

 

Reverse - resistance, indecision, needless sacrifice, stagnation, apathy, disinterest

Answer: NO

 

13 - Death 

 

Upright - new beginnings, change, endings, transition, transformation, release, letting go

Answer: YES when your answer requires a change, NO if your question doesn’t require a change

 

Reverse - rejecting/resisting change, purge, decay, stagnation, fear of letting go

Answer: NO

 

14 - Temperance 

 

Upright - tranquility, calm, peace, moderation, patience, balance, purpose

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - imbalance, dissonance, recklessness, extremes, excess

Answer: NO

 

15 - The Devil 

 

Upright - restriction, powerlessness, dependency, addiction, sexuality, excess, attachment, materialism, oppression

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - freedom, release, regaining power and independence

Answer: YES

16 - The Tower

 

Upright - chaos, disaster, disturbance, catastrophe, trauma, sudden change, awakening, revelation

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - avoiding disaster, resisting change, postponing the inevitable, transformation

Answer: YES

 

17 - The Star

 

Upright - renewed hope, spirituality, faith, inspiration, positivity, rejuvenation, healing

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - hopelessness, despair, despondence, negativity 

Answer: NO

 

18 - The Moon

 

Upright - intuition, subconscious, anxiety, illusion, secrets, projecting fear, nothing is as it seems. 

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - confusion, fear, repression, misunderstanding, burying emotions

Answer: NO

 

19 - The Sun

 

Upright - Joy, Success, positivity, vitality, celebration, optimism, truth, warmth

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - pessimism, conceitedness, misery, negativity, sorrow, misplaced/excessive and unrealistic optimism

Answer: NO

 

20 - The Last Judgement 

 

Upright - rebirth, reckoning, awakening, reflection, decisions, purpose, renewal

Answer: Maybe - leaning towards YES

 

Reverse - self-doubt, missed/ignored opportunity, low self-awareness, self-hate, failure to learn

Answer: Maybe - leaning towards NO

 

21 - The World 

 

Upright - fulfilment, completion, belonging, harmony, wholeness, achievement

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - lack of closure, incomplete, emptiness, short-cuts

Answer: NO

 

 

THE MINOR ARCANA

 

THE WANDS:

This suit represents primal energy, passion, inspiration, determination and ambition.

 

Associated with the element fire. Consider this when pulling wands cards - fire is like human willpower, it can be volatile, powerful, destructive and has limitless potential that can be used for ultimate good or ultimate evil. 

 

Ace of Wands 

Upright - willpower, creation, potential, inspiration, growth

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - creative block, lacking passion/energy/direction, delays, distractions

Answer: NO

Two of Wands 

Upright - future plans, progress, taking risks, first steps, plans

Answer: MAYBE

 

Reverse - failure to plan or bad planning, avoiding risks, fear of the unknown

Answer: MAYBE

 

Three of Wands 

 

Upright - progress, foresight, opportunities, travel, growth and expansion

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - obstacles, delays, difficulties, disappointment, poor foresight

Answer: NO

Four of Wands 

 

Upright - home, reunion, community, celebration, joy, rest

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - conflict with others, transition/transience, harmony only within oneself, lack of support

Answer: NO

 

Five of Wands 

 

Upright - rivals, conflict, competition/competitiveness, arguments, not listening to others

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - resolving disputes + accepting differences with others, conflict within oneself

Answer: YES

 

Six of Wands 

 

Upright - success, being celebrated, public recognition, achievements, victory

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - failure, lack of support, delays to success or goal, fall from grace, egotism

Answer: NO

 

Seven of Wands 

 

Upright - Defence, protection, standing up for self or beliefs, challenge, competition, perseverance

Answer: YES (as long as you stand firm)

 

Reverse - Defeat, giving up, exhaustion, overwhelmed, 

Answer: NO (unless you are willing to fight with everything you have for the answer to be yes)

Eight of Wands 

 

Upright - alignment, movement, travel, quick decisions, sudden changes, speed, progress, journey

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - delays, losing momentum, waiting, lack of preparation, mistakes due to hastiness 

Answer: NO

 

Nine of Wands 

 

Upright - resilience, courage, grit, a last stand, fatigue, persistance, injury, learning from past failure, resolve

Answer: No - not yet

  

Reverse - stubborn, falling at final hurdle, chip on shoulder, giving up

Answer: Yes - for now

Ten of Wands 

 

Upright - Burden, responsibilities, heavy load, extremely hard work, obligations, stress, completion and endings

Answer: No

 

Reverse - failure to delegate, collapse, breakdown, release

Answer: No

 

Page of Wands 

 

Upright - inspiration, exploration, energy, vitality, adventure, cheer, free spirit, boundless potential 

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - haste, tantrum, boredom, unreliable, lack of inspiration, impatience

Answer: NO

Knight of Wands 

 

Upright - passion, bravery, inspiration, taking action, energy, impulsive, heroic, free spirit, rebellious

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - haste, no self-control, scattered thinking, delays, recklessness, frustration, volatile, arrogance

Answer: NO

Queen of Wands 

 

Upright - Courage, charisma, vivacious, confidence, optimistic, independent, passion, social, stability

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - greed, vengeance, lack of confidence, jealousy, selfish, cruelty

Answer: NO

 

King of Wands 

 

Upright - natural leader, visionary, bold, optimistic, daring, seizing control, creativity and passion

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - forceful, domineering, vicious, tranny, weak leadership, haste, impulsive, ruthless

Answer: NO

 

 

The Suit of Cups

 

This suit represents the unconscious, intuition, emotions as well as how we express our emotions, and how they influence others, and our creativity. 

 

Associated with the element - water. Water can be representative of human emotions. It can take the shape of the space it fits into, it can transform completely into ice or steam in extreme conditions, it is beautiful and life-giving, but when trapped for too long can become stagnant and unhealthy, 

 

Ace of Cups

 

Upright - intuition, emotional awakening, creativity, spirituality, love, compassion, new relationships 

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - creative block, lack of love or lack of feeling loved, emotional loss, emptiness, repressed emotions

Answer: NO

Two of Cups

 

Upright - partnership, love, unity, connection, mutual respect, attraction, intimacy, 

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - tension, communication issues, lack of balance in relationships, separation, rejection, social withdrawal, disharmony

Answer: NO

 

Three of Cups

 

Upright - celebration, friendship, creativity, collaboration, support, community

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - independence, social excess, scandal, loneliness, solitude, gossip

Answer: NO

Four of Cups

 

Upright - melancholy, disconnection, boredom, apathy, contemplation, meditation, missed opportunities, regret, introspection

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - reconnection, reaching out for opportunities, moving on from regret, proactive, motivation

Answer: YES

 

Five of Cups

 

Upright - loss, grief, mourning, lack of foresight or lack of seeing the bigger picture, disappointment, self-pity, misery, failure, pessimism

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - acceptance, moving on, finding peace, positivity, forgiveness - especially self-forgiveness. 

Answer: YES

Six of Cups

 

Upright - nostalgia, comfort, sentimentality, innocence, joy, childhood memories, healing, home town, reunion, simple pleasures

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - wallowing in the past, holding onto (or being inhibited by) the past, leaving home, independence, painful memories

Answer: NO

Seven of Cups

 

Upright - searching for meaning or purpose, abundant opportunities, illusion, fantasy, daydreaming, wishful thinking, good decisions 

Answer: NEUTRAL - this card warns us to think hard about our choices - the most tempting answer might be the most deceptive

Reverse - disarray, confusion, distractions, lack of clear purpose, chaos, bad choices, deception

Answer: NEUTRAL - this card warns us to think hard about our choices - the most tempting answer might be the most deceptive

 

Eight of Cups

 

Upright - abandonment, letting go, searching for truth or meaning, escape, disappointment, withdrawal

Answer:  NO

 

Reverse - drifting, stagnation, monotony, fear of change, staying in an undesirable situation, accepting an unacceptable situation

Answer:  YES

Nine of Cups

 

Upright - contentment, achievements, success, recognition, pleasure, wishes fulfilled, gratitude, luxury, stability

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - underachieving, arrogance, pomposity, emotional emptiness

Answer: NO

 

Ten of Cups

 

Upright - Happiness, domestic harmony, stability, security, fulfilment, happiness, familial love

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - domestic disharmony, isolation, loneliness, unstable or volatile relationships, lack of support

Answer: NO

 

Page of Cups

 

Upright - innocence, daydreamer, naivety, inner child, curiosity, abundant possibilities, creative opportunities, intuition, inspiration

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - creative block, immaturity, emotional vulnerability, lack of self-care and lack of belief in own capabilities, insecurity, escapism, secrecy, embarresment or shame about creative desires

Answer: NO

Knight of Cups

 

Upright - creativity, charm, imagination, beauty, romance, grace, diplomacy, idealist

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - unrealistic ambitions or hopes, tantrums, erratic moods, jealous, vain

Answer: NO

 

Queen of Cups

 

Upright - intuitive, emotional stability, compassionate, loving, warm, healing, supportive, calm

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - insecurity, emotionally fragile, dependant, martyr

Answer: NO

King of Cups

 

Upright - wise, emotional stability, balance, compassion, diplomacy, devoted

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - emotional manipulation, selfish, repression, erratic moods, lack of emotional balance and control, vindictive

Answer: NO

 

 

 

The Suit of Swords

 

This suit represents the human capacity for logic, thought, intelligence and communication. This suit will usually indicate power and intellect, but also has many associations with sorrow. 

 

The suit of swords are associated with the element - air, which is particularly representative of the forceful and powerful nature of the Swords cards. 

 

 

Ace of Swords

 

Upright - new idea or breakthrough, clarity, concentration, vision, force, focus, truth, success, mental agility

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - chaos, hostility, poor communication and confusion, incorrect assumptions

Answer: NO

 

 

Two of Swords

 

Upright - deadlock, burdensome decisions, confounded, confusion, missing information, impasse

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - indecision, hesitance, anxiety, stalemate, two choices with two bad outcomes

Answer: NO 

 

 

Three of Swords

 

Upright - Sorrow, misery, heartache, separation, trauma, loss, grief, betrayal

Answer: NO - NOT YET

 

Reverse - healing, forgivness, reconciliation, releasing pain, compromise, sharing emotion and gaining support

Answer: Maybe - leaning to YES

 

Four of Swords

 

Upright - rest, rejuvenation, calm, peace, sanctuary, relaxation, self-preservation, meditation

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - Burnout, exhaustion, collapse, debilitation, stagnation, restlessness, awakening, re-entering a world

Answer: NO, perhaps later

Five of Swords

 

Upright - defeat, surrender, aggression, deception, abuse, bullying, violence, conflict, getting ahead at whatever cost, intimidation, betrayal, destructive relationships, dog eat dog

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - remorse, regret, reconciliation, compromise,  resolving or ending conflict, ruminating on mistakes

Answer: NO

 

Six of Swords

 

Upright - Moving on, learning lessons, departing, creating distance, transition, change, releasing hurtful memories or situations, letting go, calm after storm

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - living in past, heading for trouble, being trapped, resisting change, unfinished business 

Answer: NO

 

Seven of Swords

 

Upright - deceit, lies, cheating, thieving, scheming, risky antics, sneaky, manipulative, cunning 

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - confessions, guilty conscious, regret, secrets or truths revealed 

Answer: MAYBE - as long as you are honest

Eight of Swords

 

Upright - restricted, helpless, controlled, silenced, trapped, imprisonment, persecution

Answer: NO 

 

Reverse - Escape, freedom, relief, solutions, regaining control, surviving, strength, bravery 

Answer:  YES

 

Nine of Swords

 

Upright - fear, anxiety, despair, nightmares, insomnia, sorrow, fearful omen, pestilence, death

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - guilt, regret, shame, recovery, coping, accepting help, letting go

Answer: NO

 

Ten of Swords

 

Upright - ruin, failure, endings, exhaustion, death, deep wounds, betrayal, pain, bitterness, collapse

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - survival, healing, improvement, lessons, recovery, regeneration, near death experience, luck

Answer: YES

 

Page of Swords

 

Upright - curiosity, communication, delays in/new methods of communication, patience, inspiration, mental agility, quick wit, truthful, excitement 

Answer: YES 

 

Reverse - careless, frivolity, haphazard action, gossip, insults, rude, poor planning, haste

Answer: NO

Knight of Swords

 

Upright - daring, ambitious, perfectionist, fast-thinking, driven, impulsive, action, change, heroic

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - missed opportunities, cowardice, aggression, ruthless, arrogant, forceful, tactless, impulsive 

Answer: NO

Queen of Swords

 

Upright - independent, unbiased, direct, fair, constructive, honest, perceptive 

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - pessimistic, malicious, deceitful, unforgiving, malicious, bitter, ruled by irrational and erratic emotions, cold-hearted

Answer: NO

King of Swords

 

Upright - strength, authority, intelligent, logical, disciplined, mental clarity, power, truth

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - callous, irrational, dictator, tyrant, brutality, oppression, lack of structure/routine, corrupt

Answer: NO

 

 

 

 

The Suit of Pentacles

 

The Pentacles are associated with material aspects of life, with a focus on work, career, finances, possessions and wealth. 

 

The Pentacles are associated with the element - Earth. Earth is tangible and stable - it is the foundation, the material, on which every earthly being grows, and it supports and nurtures the plants and creatures that live on it. 

 

Ace of Pentacles

 

Upright - work or financial opportunity, abundance, prosperity, stability and security, manifestation

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - missed opportunities, bad financial choices, excessive spending, investing poorly, scarcity deficiency

Answer: NO

 

 

Two of Pentacles

 

Upright - balance, adaptability, resourcefulness, flexibility, capable, accomplished, skilled, expert,

Answer:YES

 

Reverse - loss of balance, overwhelmed, chaos, disorganisation, mess, disorganisation, exhaustion

Answer: NO

 

 

Three of Pentacles

 

Upright - collaboration, apprenticeship, honing a skill, effort, learning, craft, recognition

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - unwilling to learn, bad work, repeating mistakes, apathy

Answer: NO

 

 

Four of Pentacles

 

Upright - hoarding, savings, reluctance to share, frugality, guardedness, control, conservatism, greed

Answer: No

 

Reverse - living outside means. financial insecurity, generosity, sharing, charitable giving,

Answer: No

 

Five of Pentacles

 

Upright - hardship, loss, abandonment, struggle, unemployment, isolation, poverty, sickness

Answer: NO

 

Reverse - positive changes, overcoming strife, recovery from hardship, forgiveness, luck, new employment

Answer: YES

 

Six of Pentacles

 

Upright - generosity, community, charity, sharing, giving and receiving, gratitude, equality

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - abuse of power, inequality, extortion, belittlement

Answer: NO

 

Seven of Pentacles

 

Upright - harvest, rewards, results, fruits of labour, progress, patience, planning, perseverance, successful investment, sustainability

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - poor management, lack of follow-through, laziness, delays, setbacks, waste, lack of growth + progress

Answer: NO

Eight of Pentacles

 

Upright - skills, mastery, craftsmanship, dedication, accomplishment talent, new job/promotion/qualification, achieving goals, pride in work

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - lack of passion, interest or inspiration at work, low standards + quality, bad reputation, mediocrity, stagnation, arrogance

Answer:  NO

 

Nine of Pentacles

Upright - deserved rewards, achievements, independence, leisure, self-sufficient, elegance, wisdom, freedom, property, flourishing, luxury

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - overburdened, strained, reckless spending, superficiality

Answer:  NO

Ten of Pentacles

 

Upright - wealth, financial security, family, community, contribution, old money, inheritance, tradition, ancestry, affluence, foundations, legacy

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - family disputes, fleeting success, bankruptcy, instability, conflict

Answer:  NO

Page of Pentacles

 

Upright - manifestation, diligent, consistance, studious, grounded, loyal, dependable, skill development, opportunities, clear progress

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - bad news, lack of progress, procrastination, immature, foolish, irresponsible, lazy, underachiever

Answer: NO

 

Knight of Pentacles

 

Upright - patient, practical, loyal, persistent, stable, logical, effective, committed, stoic, efficient, responsible

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - boredom, stuck feeling, apathetic, irresponsible, weak, impatient, not seeing tasks through to the end, gambling, lack of initiative

Answer:  No - not yet

Queen of Pentacles

 

Upright - Generosity, practical, provider, nurturing, caring, loving, compassion comforting, kind, energy, fertility, prosperity and stability

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - jealous, selfish, greedy, banausic, gold-digging, intolerant, self-absorbed, intolerant

Answer:  NO

King of Pentacles

 

Upright - abundance, prosperous, mature, successful, business-minded, leader, secure, disciplined, protecter and provider

Answer: YES

 

Reverse - greed, waste, chauvinist, gambler, exploitation, possessive, financially inept, stubborn

Answer:  NO