A.R. has submitted the above cards 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 clarifier. Since two out of the first three are pentacles, it is is safe to say that this reading is focused on values and priorities that influence how we spend our time and what activities we engage in.
The spotlight has been on the seven of pentacles, the nostalgic gardener. A.R. has been focused on the past, where life seemed simpler and less complicated. (S)he is gazing at the results of work done in the past, a blooming and thriving plant, when (s)he needs to turn her/his focus to the small plant at her/his feet. The message of the card is that whatever it took to make that other plant grow so beautifully is still available to the gardener. It is important to Be Here Now and be fully present in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating the work of the past and enjoying the fruits of one’s labors as long as one doesn’t get stuck there.
The spotlight is now on the four of cups. This is continuing the message of the first card by cautioning A.R. not to ignore and/or refuse an opportunity that is being offered in the present for something on the emotional plane, perhaps a relationship or new outlet for A.R.’s feelings and/or psychic abilities. The figure in the card is guarding or protecting her/his heart, not wanting to get hurt (again). This is a good example of “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Because it’s a four, this card is also saying that accepting what is being offered will expand and strengthen A.R.’s foundation and leave her/him in a more solid, balanced state.
The spotlight is moving toward the ten of pentacles, a card of discernment and perspective. A.R. is being asked to choose a viewpoint from which to address the issue at hand. (S)he gets to decide exactly how much time, energy, importance, and attention to detail (s)he wishes to include. There’s no question that movement is faster and easier if the focus is kept general rather than specific, but the choice is A.R.’s to make.
The ten of swords is the summary card, again stressing the importance of discernment. It supports the other cards by focusing on making wise choices. It affirms A.R.’s desire and commitment to bringing a blessing into the situation, and it urges an examination of whether the situation needs and wants the blessing A.R. brings. It reminds A.R. that the most beautiful rose in the world in the middle of a cornfield is still considered a weed. This reading certainly shows that A.R. is being asked to evaluate the climate, environment, and needs of a situation before investing in it. Good luck, A.R.
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