E.J. 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 a clarifier. Since two out of the first three cards are wands, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on E.J.’s skills and talents.
The spotlight has been on the eight of wands, one of the timing cards in the tarot deck. Its message is that the skills and talents that were launched a while ago in an effort to aim higher are getting ready to land, and E.J. needs to be alert and prepared for that event. Soon a new area and/or level will be available for E.J. to inhabit and explore. It is important for E.J. to be aware of its arrival and be open to what it brings.
The spotlight is now on the seven of wands, the defensiveness card. This is a major stumbling block to the process of the first card because it represents a knee-jerk reaction that halts any forward progress. E.J. has a tendency to react negatively and withdraw her/his support from efforts that represent changes and innovations; in other words, (s)he tends to be somewhat reactionary. Of course, there is nothing wrong with asking good questions and making sure that (s)he understands what will be required of her/him in the new situation, but arming oneself and preparing for battle is not warranted when nobody is being attacked. A wise friend of mine has frequently responded to pressure from her children by saying, “If you need an answer right this minute, my answer is ‘no,’ but if you give me some time to think about it, I might have a different answer for you.” Also, it might be a good exercise for E.J. to stand in front of the mirror and practice saying, “Interesting idea; let me think about that.”
The spotlight is moving toward the Page of Cups, the beginning of a new relationship. This could be a relationship with another individual or group of people or even with other aspects of E.J.’s environment or consciousness. In any event, the figure pictured is on solid ground and is well-balanced, ready to deal with the contents of the cup before her/him. The emotional background is calm and steady with gentle waves. All Pages represent the beginnings of journeys toward the ideal(s) associated with their suits.
The summary card is Justice, a powerful statement that there is more going on here than E.J. can possibly know at this time. There are forces at work, the wheels of justice, that are moving, and E.J. must wait a while before it all becomes clear. Fairness will prevail; justice will be done.
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