S.S. has submitted the above cards for interpretation. 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-or-more-of-a-kind in either suit or number, there is no distinct “theme” here, but the fourth card’s being a member of the Major Arcana does indicate a connection to S.S.’s soul’s purpose for this lifetime.
The spotlight has been on the seven of swords, the need to de-escalate the level of perceived conflict. By removing some of the enemy’s weapons, the level of intensity is lowered. This is done by figuring out what needs to be taken care of immediately, what can wait until later, and what, even if by definition is part of the problem, can be ignored because it cannot hurt you. It is important, S.S., to know that you are perfectly capable of doing this, and deciding what is and what is not part of the conflict is critical to the appropriate and efficient use of your resources.
The spotlight is now on the king of pentacles, master of the earthly realm. You are the embodiment of integrity allowing you to be “in the world but not of it.” You are known for your fair and just treatment of all matters brought before you and are much admired for “walking your talk.”
The spotlight is moving toward the two of wands, a choice between two future directions. How wonderful that this card follows the king in this reading. You are being encouraged, S.S., to invest your energies in the skills and talents you have developed rather than stick to the safe, sure, and practical position you have already mastered. Activate some of these wand-like abilities you have been keeping in reserve and risk/dare to expand your boundaries.
The summary card is the Star, a statement of your abilities to see the larger picture and aid the flow of energies. As an eight (17=1+7=8), this card speaks to the ability to align and attune to the expansion of the universe. By allowing yourself to balance in both the earth and water, you return source to source and turn source to resource. Aligning your inner consciousness and your outer expression makes you a star, rising above the status quo, a gentle merging of self-love, self-respect, and self-confidence. Well done, S.S.!
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful. For more information on using tarot cards for insight and guidance and a fuller explanation of each of the 78 cards in the Rider-Waite deck, please see http://www.tarotforalltime.com