J.F. 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 cards are pentacles, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on values and priorities.
The spotlight has been on the four of pentacles, the basis or foundation of values. It is clear that J.F. has spent some time gathering and deciding what (s)he thinks, how (s)he feels, and where (s)he stands. (S)he is investing all available energy in protecting those values, and the effort required to do this seems to have put her/him in a precarious position. The message of the card is that all the values that are pictured lie outside the one holding them. This is a precarious position. Until J.F. understands that (S)HE is valuable and a first priority, that the stability must come from within, the safety and solidity of this position is tenuous at best.
The spotlight is right now on the five of swords, the way to win is not to play. In this situation, wisdom dictates that even though there seems to be a challenge and/or invitation to engage in the conflict, it is better to walk away than end up getting hurt.
The spotlight is moving toward the three of pentacles that represents being part of a group effort rather than trying to operate on one’s own. J.F. has a unique and valuable contribution to make and will be best served if (s)he realizes that working with others is the path to success in this instance.
The summary card is the six of pentacles, guidelines for giving. Even though J.F. sees her/himself as being of service and healing in a fair and ethical way, it will only work if (s)he takes care of her/himself first. If (s)he doesn’t do this, there is nothing for her/him to give. This is a perfect summation of the messages the first three cards are sending. If J.F.’s needs are not met, then (s)he is giving from a place of deficit, and there is an underlying resentment toward giving, which the recipients can feel. It is only when J.F. is not needy that the giving can come from a place of abundance and joy. Only by valuing her/himself can J.F. avoid conflict and make a meaningful contribution toward a greater effort. You are valuable and deserving, J.F., and this reading supports that.
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