H.C. has submitted the cards above for interpretation. The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit; the fourth card is then drawn and read as a summary or a clarifier. Since two out of the first three are swords, this reading has to do with overcoming conflict. This is probably the most popular use for a tarot reading, to gain insight into the nature of the conflict one encounters and the best strategies for overcoming it.
The spotlight has been on the six of swords, H.C.’s trying to be of service and healing in a conflict situation. (S)he has undertaken the task of moving the situation from the rough waters into the smooth. The message of the card is to maintain the steady forward progress by focusing on the task at hand, keeping away from even discussing the “problem” or energizing it. H.C. is in the position of setting the tone to a positive note and maintaining it. Any self-indulgent behavior must be postponed, and a strict adherence to concentrating on the solution rather than on the problem is encouraged.
The spotlight is now on the seven of swords, suggesting that the most successful strategy to minimize and/or eliminate the conflict is to disarm the enemy by handling one part of the conflict at a time. It is important for H.C. to figure out what must be done immediately (this seems to have been addressed in the first card, getting away or distancing oneself from the conflict), figuring out what part of the situation should be handled next, and seeing what, if any, part of the apparent conflict can be temporarily ignored because it constitutes the lowest amount of threat.
The spotlight is moving toward the World, the graduation card. This card assures H.C. that the conflict(s) is/are settled, and the goal has been achieved. (S)he’s got what it takes and now must only decide where (s)he is going to take it. The symbols in each of the four corners of the card represent the fixed signs of the zodiac and underscore the management component of the situation at hand.
The summary card is the eight of swords, the depths of despair. Even though H.C. feels somewhat hopeless and without choices, this is a false perception because what seems to be holding her/him prisoner is not very strong. The bonds can be shrugged off if H.C. will understand that this is not a life and death situation, can remove the blindfold and see what is really going on, can climb to higher ground, and leave the swamp of despair behind.
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful. Read more about using tarot cards for helpful, positive insights and information at tarotforalltime.com