S.P. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me insight into __________.” S.P. 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 ALL the cards in this reading are swords (an extremely rare occurrence), there is no doubt that this reading is entirely focused on resolving conflict. There are also two fours in the first group of three cards (queen=13=1+3=4), which means there is an emphasis on the foundation, basis, or underpinnings of the conflict(s) and on whatever S.P. needs in order to feel safe and secure. Because there are no members of the Major Arcana in the reading, the question at hand or the issue that prompted the request for the reading is part of S.P.’s everyday life and is somewhat present-time-limited.
The spotlight has been on the four of swords, S.P.’s tendency to withdraw from conflict. Although avoiding conflict is a positive goal, this card indicates that the reason for doing so in this instance lies in a mis-perception that people are either givers or takers, and there is a limited supply of whatever is being given, so everyone must compete for its acquisition. The fear of being labeled a loser has kept S.P. from participating in the flow and forward progress of life. A wise teacher of mine once said, “What somebody else thinks of me is none of my business.” Safety, in this case, is purchased at the price of staying stuck in non-participation. Both giving and receiving are necessary for the flow of energy to continue, S.P.; rise above the level of duality/competition.
The spotlight is now on the two of swords, fear of being hurt again. This is an explanation for the behavior pictured in the first card. Something that happened a long time ago that caused hurt is being kept active and alive through this level of defensiveness, which, again, leaves you stuck, S.P.. It is time to put down at least one of the swords, remove the blindfold, and see the situation for what it really is instead of what you fear it might be. Although you have turned your back on your emotions, the waters are calm, so you can take your next steps from a place of peace.
The spotlight is moving toward the queen of swords, sometimes called the butterfly queen. Even if the first two cards have reassured you that you don’t need to stay stuck, you are in the middle of a huge metamorphosis that has you no longer knowing who you are, where you are, what is happening, and why. You have been here before, S.P., and the first two cards in the reading say you have resisted being here again. You have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the next stage of your own growth and development. It is more than half-way finished. The sun will come out, the cocoon will open, and you will emerge a butterfly.
The summary card, the page of swords, the testing card says it all. In order to be who you say you want to be and do what you say you want to do, what you’re going through right now is just something you have to experience and tolerate. As the saying goes, “If you’re going through hell, just keep going.” You can get there, S.P.. Good luck.
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