N.W. has submitted the above cards 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 clarifier. Since two out of the first three are swords, it is safe to say that the focus of the reading is overcoming conflict.
The spotlight has been on the four of swords. N.W. appears to have withdrawn from the perceived conflict where three of the swords are active, and one, the underlying one (pun intended), is inactive at this time. The true nature of the conflict is found in the stained glass picture in the upper left of the card. N.W. tends to define her/himself as a “giver,” and feels a sense of “judged and found wanting” when (s)he is needy and/or desiring help from others. (S)he has withdrawn rather than face the truth that there must be both elements in the process in order for energy to flow. (S)he has resolved this issue by allowing her/himself to participate fully in life and setting aside any worry as to what others may or may not think of her/him.
The spotlight is now on the three of cups, which says, “Celebrate!” This card appears to let N.W. know that resolving the issue presented in the first card is a cause for celebration, a reason to acknowledge the broader self-definition that allows for both giving and receiving. It is important that (s)he not just sweep this accomplishment away and drive on to the next challenge. It is also important to include others in the celebration as well, so they will know that N.W. can comfortably be included in their own celebrations when they happen.
The spotlight is moving toward the realization that these “conflicts” are really just a part of the growth process in moving toward the goal of mastery. (See the full interpretation of the Page of Swords in Tarot for All Time, available in paperback or downloaded PDF format at http://www.tarotforalltime.com ). In order to continue being who (s)he thinks (s)he is and doing what (s)he wants to do, this experience is just something (s)he must go through.
The summary card is the five of pentacles that emphasizes abandoning the negative self-image and “going within” to find and accept help. This is sometimes called the “misery loves company” card, and it effectively sums up this reading. There is no need to perpetuate feeling miserable, lonely, and beyond help and hope. Resource is always at hand.
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful.