W. B. has submitted the above cards for interpretation. This is the result of my offering a “free” card reading to my readers. Each week, I select one email to answer in the form of a mini-reading. Although a full reading is, by definition, longer, more involved, and usually contains eleven cards, these mini-readings are valid. I only ask for initials and do not know if the reading is requested by a male or female. I also ask that the seeker NOT tell me what (s)he is asking about. All readings are for “now,” and even if several days have passed since the seeker has sent me the information, I let her/him know what I see in the order and content of the reported cards to give insight into an ongoing situation.
I ask only that the seeker use the Rider Tarot Deck, concentrate on some area of her/his life where insight would be helpful, shuffle and cut the deck, and select four cards, letting me know their names and the order in which they have appeared. The cards that are shown at the beginning of each reading are those a seeker has chosen. I am giving this information again because there have been several comments in the past week that indicate some folks are reading this blog and don’t understand what it is about. I hope this clarifies my intent.
In this reading, two out of the first three cards bear the number four (Death=13=1+3=4), so it is safe to say this reading is focused on foundation, safety, stability, and form. The fours in the tarot deck tell us what we can depend on, what we can build upon, and what the basis is of our feelings of safety.
The spotlight has been on the ten of cups, a card urging that W.B. use some discernment in choosing whom to include and treat as “family.” This situation usually addresses using some wisdom before sharing intimate details of one’s thoughts, feelings, possessions, contacts, and goals with other people. Whom do you trust? W.B. is being asked to consider this.
The spotlight is now on Death, which is NOT a card of physical death. It advises allowing the old FORM to die so that a new one can take its place. It is a card of letting go. Because of its position right after the ten of cups, I suspect that W.B. is being asked to apply new and different criteria from the old standards (s)he used to use to decide who is or is not a trusted friend.
The spotlight is moving toward the four of swords, a tendency to withdraw from the perceived judgment of others who may see W. B. as a “giver” or a “taker.” The truth of the matter is that nobody can give unless there is someone or something to receive it; both parties are required for there to be a transaction, and one is not “better” than the other. All of us are both at one time or another, and letting someone else’s perception of who you are determine your reality, W.B., is indeed the foundation of conflict. One of my wise teachers used to say, “What somebody else thinks of me is none of my business.”
The summary card is the five of wands, which indicates W.B. is in a situation where (s)he feels picked on. Even though these folks are playing, W.B. feels (s)he is getting the worst of it and wonders if this was such a great idea to mix it up with these ruffians. W.B. stands out because (s)he is wearing a hat, and, again, wonders if this factor has invited an extra dose of abuse. The good news is that several of the participants are impressed with W.B.’s performance, and all (s)he has to do is hold on a bit longer to win over the group. The advice to “hang in there” is appropriate. W.B. can prove (s)he can take it as well as dish it out.
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful. For more information on using tarot cards for insight, please see http://www.tarotforalltime.com Thank you.