E.W. has submitted the cards above 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 a clarifier. Since two out of the first three cards are swords, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on overcoming conflict.
The spotlight has been on the eight of swords, the helpless and hopeless card. When this card surfaces, it means the seeker feels that (s)he is without choices. Her/his eyes are blindfolded, her/his limbs are bound, and (s)he is on unstable ground where one false step may prove disastrous. The castle on the cliff in the background seems to merely point out how far (s)he has fallen, and the eight swords around her/him speak to the intensity of the conflict(s) afoot. The truth of the matter is that the bonds are not tightly tied, nor are the seeker’s feet bound at all. If, instead of giving up, (s)he will simply shrug her/his shoulders, the restraints will fall off and (s)he can remove the blindfold and see what is really there. The shrug represents the knowing that “this is not the end of the world.” This is an overreaction to a challenging situation. By not abandoning all hope and action, the seeker can free her/himself, see the situation in its true perspective, and climb to higher ground.
The spotlight is now on the very real heartache that is present. These are old wounds as evidenced by the blunted ends of the swords, but here again, the seeker is being urged to be pro-active instead of buying into the victim mentality. (S)he is to first acknowledge the hurts, name them, and then, one by one withdraw them from the heart so they may no longer fester and impede forward progress. (S)he is to take back power and control of the situation by forgiving the people and/or circumstances that gave rise to them. This is not the same thing as saying that what was said and/or done is all right; it is choosing to no longer feed the anger, hurt, and resentment by holding onto the negativity and giving it control. A friend of mine said that to NOT forgive is like taking poison and expecting someone else to suffer and/or die.
The spotlight is moving toward the seven of wands, the defensiveness card. This is another example of allowing the situation to control the reaction. E.W. is once more being given an opportunity to choose her/his behavior rather than reacting to a perceived attack. (S)he is being reminded that (s)he has the advantage of the higher ground and need not act in haste with a knee-jerk reaction to arm her/himself. Allowing other people to lead their own lives and utilize their skills and talents does not usually constitute an attack and/or an implied negative judgment against the seeker. E.W. needs to lighten up.
The summary card is the Queen of Cups, which indicates that repressed emotions are at the root of this conflict. E.W. needs to find a safe and easy way to deal with both the real and imagined hurts and slights that have created these conflicts that are in her/his life at this time. It is time to take back power and end the victim consciousness. Whether it is Bradley Nelson’s Emotion Code or just setting a timer and having an all-out temper tantrum release, it’s time for E.W. to rip the rug out from under anyone else’s behavior and keep it from determining what (s)he chooses for her/his life. Good luck, E.W.
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