3-Card Reading for O.L.

                

O.L. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  O.L. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are two swords in the first group of three as well as a third one as the summary, this is clearly a reading about resolving conflict; furthermore, since there is an absence of any member of the Major Arcana, this mini-reading focuses on O.L.’s everyday life.

The spotlight has been on the seven of swords, de-escalating the level of conflict.  There has been some effort on O.L.’s part to handle a current conflict by minimizing the potential harm it could cause by disarming the enemy, taking away some of the  weapons so that they cannot be used in battle.  This may even manifest as redefining the situation so that all the participants can see that there is nothing to fight over, turning the situation into a discussion rather than an argument.  This is accomplished by setting priorities, figuring out what must be taken care of right away, what can be addressed later, and what (even though it is, by definition, part of the problem) can be temporarily ignored.

The spotlight is moving toward the four of swords, exposing the foundation or basis of conflict.  This particular conflict arises out of the judgment of self and others when viewed through the lens of the polarities of right/wrong, good/bad, winner/loser, etc.  In this dynamic, illustrated in the stained-glass window, one figure is seen as above (better than) the other.  In O.L.’s situation, there is the fear of being in the less-desirable category.  (S)he is avoiding being judged on how (s)he expresses her/himself.  It is time to remove the belief that everyone falls into one of those categories, which is keeping O.L. inactive and, therefore, ineffective.  A wise teacher of mine once said, “What somebody else thinks of me is none of my business.”  It’s just as bad when you fear your own self-judgment.  The conflict is resolved here when O.L. can rise above the level of the polarities and appreciate all the components that contribute to the flow of life.

The spotlight is moving toward the three of cups, the celebration card.  This card almost always shows up for someone who pushes her/himself hard to get things done.  It emphasizes the need to slow down, “smell the roses,” be “in the moment,” and get a perspective on what has been accomplished before launching full-tilt  into the next thing on the “to do” list.  Sometimes, this requires looking back over several months or a year to fully appreciate how far you’ve come.  It is important to include others in your celebration so that they feel free to include you in their own celebrations instead of seeing you as as an intolerant perfectionist who stresses because there is always something more to be done.

The summary card is the ten of swords, a card that urges discernment.  the secret of this card lies in the right hand of the figure pictured.  The red color, by the way, is NOT blood; it is her/his cape.  (S)he walked into a situation to bring it a blessing but forgot to pause on the threshold before entering to make sure the situation needed and wanted what (s)he was bringing.  This card is sometimes called the “Don’t cast pearls before swine” card.  The bottom line here is that swine can’t use pearls.  O.L. needs to be reminded that before (s)he gives (of time, opinion, money, effort, etc.) (s)he makes sure that the offering will be received in the spirit with which it is given.  If this does not appear to be the case, O.L. is advised to pick up her/his toys and go play somewhere else.  The price-tag for ignoring this caution is to be wounded in the back with psychological swords that may engender other psychological fears and negative consequences as well as removing the well-intentioned giver from the picture entirely.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                              and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you

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3-Card Reading for L.M.

                           

L.M. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  L.M. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are two members of the Major Arcana in the first group of three, and the summary card is also a major, this is most certainly a mini-reading about L.M.’s soul’s agenda for this lifetime.  Also, if we again include the summary card, there are two ones (10=1+0=1) as well, so the “flavor” of this reading is to provide insight into how L.M. leads, controls, and directs her/his life.

The spotlight has been on the Empress, the gift of unlimited creativity.  L.M. takes delight in putting things together in new and unusual ways and has probably taken this talent for granted her/his entire life.  (S)he doesn’t always wait around to nurture her/his ideas, but (s)he has a talent for giving birth to so many.  This card usually shows up for someone with a great sense of humor and indicates a warm and loving outlook on life.  A dear friend of mine said he used to view the items on his “to do” list and plan on how much time he needed to get each one done; now, he wonders instead how much fun he can have doing each one. Way to go, L.M.!

The spotlight is now on the ten of wands, the need to use discernment in the way the seeker presents her/his skills and talents.  When this card is coupled with the first one, there is a strong possibility that both the seeker and those with whom (s)he interacts will be overwhelmed by the potentials available.  Here is where narrowing the focus and choosing the lens through which the situation will be approached can be most helpful.  Taking in hand one of the many skills and talents you possess, L.M., and bundling the rest, tucking them under your arm, will ease your journey immensely.

The spotlight is moving toward Strength, a card of alignment, attunement, harmony, and manifestation.  This card usually appears when the seeker is attempting to move too quickly before all the parts are in place.  In order for energy to flow and manifestation to occur, there needs to be a vibrational match between the source and its receiver.  This is consistent with what we have discovered in the first part of this reading.  Don’t rush things.  Take the time to make sure you are coming from your best and highest perspective before you push ahead.

The summary card is the Magician, the ability to channel energies from the higher realms and turn them into manifestations in the here and now.  This is another strong reassurance that you’ve got what it takes to get the job done, and it is imperative that you choose the right tool to make it happen.  On the table in front of the magician are the symbols of each of the four suits in the tarot deck.  Which one will you choose?  Which one works best?  Which one is most appropriate?  Which one will provide the most fun?  Good luck, L.M..

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                 and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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3-Card Reading for E.L.

                            

E.L. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  E.L. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are no two-of-a-kind suits, numbers, or members of the Major Arcana in the first group of three, it is safe to say that this mini-reading focuses on E.L.’s everyday life rather than on her/his soul’s agenda. The presence of the Moon does suggest a connection to that agenda, but it is only when we get to the summary card that there are two ones (10=1+0=1).  This suggests that there is a theme of leading, controlling, and directing.

The spotlight has been on the Ace of Swords, a triumph and victory over conflict.  This card indicates that you have decided what you want to do and are going for it, temporarily ignoring everything and everyone else.  Once you have arrived at your destination, you can work to repair any hurt feelings or perceived slights you may have encountered on your way to getting there.  This card speaks to single-pointed determination that slices through all confusion and resistance.  An ace is a trump, and a trump is a triumph.

The focus is now on the Moon, a card of wisdom and higher understanding.  This card speaks to the revolution and evolution of time that affects all life on the planet.  It may mean that the environment you are now in is more accepting of the totality of who you are and is more conducive to your finding answers to patterns of challenges and/or behaviors that have been in your life for a while.  This card appears to reassure you that you have grown, evolved, and matured are are far more able to handle things that stood in your path and slowed you down in the past.

The spotlight is moving toward the Knight of Pentacles, the outward manifestation of following your dreams.  This knight has come to a place in the journey where (s)he wonders, “Is that all there is?”  Having enjoyed recent breakthroughs and insights, “Is this as good as it gets?”  The answer is a gentle head-shake that affirms there is much more to come.  This is only a brief stop along the way to true mastery.

The summary card is the ten of wands, which you may recall from last week’s reading.  It urges discernment in how you present your skills and talents as well as yourself.  In order to stand tall in your presence and move with ease and grace, you must choose one or two of your many skills and talents to lead with while you bundle the rest and carry them under your arm.  Failure to do so will slow you down and obscure both your own vision and the perception others will have of you.  Taken as a whole, this reading seems to address the temporary resting place you have reached after overcoming conflict and gives good advice as to how to proceed from here.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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3-Card Reading for S.E.

                   

S.E. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  S.E. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are two members of the Major Arcana in the first group of three, and the summary card is also a Major, this is most certainly a mini-reading about S.E.’s soul’s agenda for this lifetime.

The spotlight has been on the High Priestess, the Gift of Knowledge.  If you have been full of questions recently relative to the meaning of your own life or life in general, this card appears to tell you that you already have the answers within you; however, you must get yourself to a quiet, calm, balanced place in order to access this knowledge.  This is a challenge for people who have been trained to value “doing” over “being.”  Meditation is a valuable and recommended practice that can be of great help here.

The spotlight is now on the ten of wands, the need to use discernment in the way you present your skills and talents.  You are clearly a multi-talented individual, and being able to do so many things well feels more like a burden than a gift right now.  Your forward progress is impeded, and again, there is some discomfort in hiding behind what you can DO, rather than letting anyone see who you ARE.  The advice of the card is to select one or two, at the most, of your skills and talents to present in front of you, bundle the rest, and carry them under your arm, so they can be available when and if you need them.

The spotlight is moving toward the Tower, the sudden destruction of what you have built.  The lightning strike that knocks the crown off the top of the building can be seen as a moment of extreme clarity and/or undeniable truth and insight, an OMG moment.  The falling individuals pictured in the card will land safely and can begin to build in another direction.

The summary card is the Moon, a card of wisdom and higher understanding.  When this card appears, the seeker is usually not happy that some problem situation that (s)he thought had been handled is suddenly tapping her/him on the shoulder and announcing, “Hi, I’m back.”  Yes, this may sound like an issue that has been addressed many times before because it is.  The good news is that NOW may be the time to finally put it to rest.  You are not the same person who encountered this problem before; you are far more capable of handling it now.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                 and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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3-Card Reading for L.E.

                               

L.E. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  L.E. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are two pentacles in the first group of three, it is safe to say this mini-reading focuses on values, priorities, resources, and work.  If we include the summary card, there are also two fours, so there is an additional focus on foundation, building, stability, and what L.E. needs in order to feel safe.

The spotlight has been on the King of Pentacles, mastery of being in the world but not of it.  This king, who is you, L.E., totally embodies the values and priorities (s)he espouses.  This is a leader who walks her/his talk and brings a high level of integrity to everything (s)he touches.

The spotlight is now on the three of pentacles, being part of a larger effort.  Even though your gifts are unique, L.E., it is time for you to work with others toward a greater goal, a bigger plan, rather than let your work stand alone.  There is an appropriate setting available for you to participate and contribute alongside other people instead of working in solitude.

The spotlight is moving toward the Page of Wands, dedicating your skills and talents to support you on your journey toward the level of mastery in that arena.  It’s almost as if you are being told that you have a solid base of integrity and motivation (the first two cards) and now are focused on honing your skills and talents to a higher level.  You are on your way to getting there.

The summary card is the Queen of Swords, the Butterfly Queen.  You are in the middle of a huge metamorphosis, moving from caterpillar to butterfly, and now the pieces of the reading fall into place.  This process can be crazy-making because life, as you knew it, is over, and you are in the cocoon, wondering who you are, what’s happening, and why.  This reading comes to reassure you that you have the highest integrity and leadership abilities, you have something valuable to contribute, and your skills and talents will carry you to the next level, where the world needs your “butterfly” participation.  You are more than half-way through the transition; the sun will shine, the cocoon will open, and you will emerge a butterfly.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                 and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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3-Card Reading for T.S.

                                   

T.S.  has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  T.S. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are two swords in the first  group of three, this mini-reading focuses on resolving conflict.  There is only one member of the Major Arcana in this reading, but it is the summary card, so there is also some connection to T.S.’s soul’s agenda for this lifetime.

The spotlight has been on the nine of cups, having accumulated a veritable treasure-house full of feelings, emotions, relationships, and psychic abilities, T.S. appears to have put them “on the shelf” while (s)he sits in front of them keeping them safe, on display, but inactive.  It is possible that T.S. is not in touch with the content of those cups; they belong to her/him, but (s)he is not using/interacting with them.  This card appears to tell  T.S. it is time to take them off the shelf and share them with the world.  The potential is there, and it is powerful.   As a nine, this card implies that the accumulation stage is complete; it’s time to stop “sitting  around” and share these with others.

The spotlight is now on the Page of Swords, sometimes referred to as the Testing Card.  This card appears when there is a temptation to bend the rules and/or quit, and its message is a challenge to any kind of commitment and/or promise T.S. has made to her/himself as well as to the world.  In order to be who you said you wanted to be and do what you want to do, you have to go beyond the doubt and fear and just get through this.

The spotlight is moving toward the four of swords, exposing the foundation or basis of conflict.  This particular conflict arises out of the judgment of self and others when viewed through the lens of the polarities of right/wrong, good/bad, winner/loser, etc.  In this dynamic, one figure is seen as above (better than) the other.  In T.S.’s situation, there is the fear of being in the less-desirable category.  (S)he is avoiding being judged on how (s)he expresses her/himself.  It is time to remove the belief that everyone falls into one of those categories, which is keeping T.S. inactive and, therefore, ineffective.  A wise teacher of mine once said, “What somebody else thinks of me is none of my business.”  It’s just as bad when you fear your own self-judgment.  The conflict is resolved here when T.S. can rise above the level of the polarities and appreciate all the components that contribute to the flow of life.

The summary card is the Sun, a whole new beginning, a chance to start over.  Yes, T.S., that’s you in this picture.  You’ve been around long enough to learn most of what you will encounter on the next round of your life, and you’re giving yourself permission to be open and vulnerable as you ride into the future bringing all your wisdom and other gifts with you. Blessed Be.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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3-Card Reading for P.G.

                                 

P.G. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.”  P.G. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space.  The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit.  Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier.  Since there are both two cups and two tens in the first group of three, this mini-reading focuses on feelings, emotions, relationships, and psychic abilities as well as the need for discernment in P.G.’s life.  If we include the summary card, we also have two wands, so this reading is also about P,G.’s skills and talents.

The spotlight has been on the ten of cups, using discernment in choosing with whom P.G. shares the intimate details of her/his life.  There are only a limited number of people who know “all about” P.G., and this is appropriate.  This card speaks to her/his having chosen carefully the relationships and level of sharing that exists between P.G. and a select group of friends and family.

The spotlight is now on the two of cups, a further comment on the kind of sharing in which P.G. participates.  This card is often called the Friendship card, and it says that the seeker is one of those people who never do anything halfway.  P.G.’s friendships are not 50/50; they are 100/100.  This card shows up to reassure P.G. that her/his input into “best friends” is met with the same level of reciprocity by the other party.  This level of interaction is deeply healing for both.

The spotlight is moving toward the ten of wands, another card urging discernment, this time in the area of P.G.’s skills and talents.  Being multi-talented is more of a burden than a gift in this situation.  Trying to present all the things you CAN do does not serve you here.  The advice of the card is to appreciate all of what you can do, P.G., and choose one or two of your skills and talents to lead and support you while you bundle the rest, tuck them under your arm, and find a way to integrate them into your life once you reach the next stopping-off place on your journey.  This is the only way you will be able to see where you are going and make decent progress.

The summary card is the King of Wands, mastery of the skills and talents.  Just as the two of cups speaks to the quality you bring to your interactions with others, so this card speaks to the quality of the service(s) you offer.  You are really good at what you do, and you are able to act without ego involvement; the king shares his throne area with the king of the salamanders.  Taken as a whole, this reading is a beautiful statement of the quality of your gifts and talents.  Good luck.

Does this make sense?  I hope it was helpful.  For more information about using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see                 http://www.tarotforalltime.com                                                                              and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format.  Thank you.

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