N.B. has submitted the cards above for interpretation. The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading , and the fourth card is then drawn and read as a summary or clarifier. Since the first two cards drawn are members of the Major Arcana, it is safe to say that this reading is about N.B.’s soul’s agenda for this lifetime, item(s) that were put on the “to do” list for this incarnation and left with the higher self.
The spotlight has recently been shining on the Hermit, a card of wisdom and higher understanding. N.B. has ascended the mountain and has done it carrying the light to new heights. The light is there for others to see and is meant to guide and inspire them. Clearly N.B. has accumulated much wisdom along the path so far. The only drawback to this position is that it is often lonely at the top. This explains any feelings of isolation N.B. may have been having.
The spotlight is now on Temperance, a card which also speaks of progress and achievement. This is not a card of caution or abstaining from alcohol, but a card that refers to the process by which steel is made, where iron for strength, tin for flexibility, and carbon for resiliency have all been put through some very high temperatures until they are fused or tempered into steel, which is both strong and flexible. N.B. has been put through some very hot fires so far in her/his life and has emerged as a well-tempered instrument. The most significant message of this card is that the worst is behind her/him, and it will never be “that bad” again.
The spotlight is moving onto the Knight of Swords, which says that N.B. is like the knigt who heard there was a dragon outside the castle, grabbed his sword, threw on his armor, ran out of the castle, jumped on his horse, and rode off in seventeen different directions at the same time. In other words, N.B. is scattering her/his energies and will exhaust her/himself before accomplishing anything significant. It is wiser to slow down, plan a strategy, and attack only when the enemy is in range. The job of defending the castle does not fall to this knight alone, so good planning may include involving others. In any case, a more narrow focus needs to be achieved, and a conservation of energy is suggested.
The Page of Swords is the summary card, which perhaps explains what prompted N.B. to ask for a reading. The page pictured here is being tested, and in order to pass the test, he must honor the commitment to complete the test and ignore any temptation to be side-tracked or give it less than his best effort. N.B. is being told that in order to be who he has decided to be and do what he has decided to do, what’s going on now is just something (s)he has to go through in order to get there. The presence of this card frequently speaks of a level of frustration that the seeker is experiencing, but the reassurance is there that the goal is in sight, and it is attainable.
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful. Hang in there, N.B..