S.B. 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 a clarifier. Since two out of the first three cards are swords, it is safe to say this reading is about resolving conflict.
The spotlight has been on the Knight of Cups, proceeding very cautiously because of the fear of making a mistake. Not only does this behavior slow him down, but it is also based on fear, which is an energy-drain in and of itself. There is a truism that says the people who have been most successful are also those who have made the most mistakes. The “object of the game” is to learn from the mistakes. The purpose of contrast in our lives is to help us clarify what we want by figuring out what we don’t want. S.B. needs to be reminded that resource is always at hand, and that this card represents an over-investment in caution. (S)he needs to loosen up, relax a bit more, trust that (s)he has made it to this point, and move ahead with a more positive attitude at a faster pace.
The spotlight is now on the six of swords, being of service in a conflict situation. Here, the theme of “lighten up” continues as the card suggests that moving the situation from the rough waters to the smooth ones requires a steady hand but a light touch. Any bearing down on the points of conflict will sink the boat, so the focus is better placed on the goal rather than the impediments. Again, the advice to keep moving is repeated in this second card.
The spotlight is moving toward the nine of swords, the nightmare card. S.B. is attempting to cope with the idea of a worst-case scenario and is losing sleep worrying about what might happen. When this card appears, it means the timing for handling the conflict is NOT NOW. Rest, at the end of the day or even a short nap in the middle of the day is a chance to stop the momentum of worry and reset one’s perspective on the situation. Going into “overwhelm” helps no one. Taking some time to rest and renew oneself is a good choice here.
The summary card is another six, the six of pentacles, which emphasizes that taking care of oneself FIRST is the highest priority. If your own needs are not met and you try to give, there is an unconscious resentment that accompanies the giving. If you give to yourself first, then you can help others with grace and ease because the giving is more or less the overflow. The scale in the picture represents S.B.’s desire to be fair and just. This is a good summary to the message of the reading, “Charity begins at home.” Reviewing all the cards in this reading leads to believing that S.B’s actions are because (s)he thinks (s)he SHOULD. This is a possible result of fearing to act as well. Take a break, S.B., and do something nice for yourself. When you next look at the situation, your perspective and choices will have changed; everything is going to work out.