F.D. 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 there are no two-of-a-kind numbers or suits in the first three cards, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on some situation that is in F.D.’s everyday life rather than on her/his soul’s agenda for this lifetime. Each of the first three does deal with the relationship F.D has with her/himself and her/his relationship with others.
The spotlight has been on the six of pentacles, a card of service and healing. Although F.D. puts extra effort in deciding how much to give to others, it is (s)he, the central figure in this card, who must receive the first consideration. The message of the card is, ” Take care of yourself first!” Even though this goes against the advice many of us were given by our parents and teachers, if you don’t follow the advice of the card, you may not have anything at all to give others. Furthermore, when you persist in giving when you yourself are needy, the little child who exists as part of your consciousness is resentful. “When is it going to be our turn? Why are we always the ones always expected to give?” Conversely, if all your needs are met, then you can give with joy and love and allow others to share in the overflow. The next logical step for F.D. is to discover where (s)he perceives a lack within her/is existence and to put a plan in place to fill it.
The spotlight is now on the seven of wands, the defensiveness card. F.D. is clearly caught up in the knee-jerk reaction of trying to justify her/his “selfishness” either in not giving to others as expected or in putting her/himself first. There may be some of both present as well. In any case, this behavior is an overreaction to what is, and it is interfering with F.D.’s smooth leading of her/is life. This card implies that F.D. is actually on higher ground than the rest of the others involved in the situation, and, if (s)he can use the wand in hand as a resource for action other than defense, (s)he can see further than those on the ground below and may be able to provide useful leadership and guidance to them at this time. In truth, F.D. is not being attacked; the defensiveness is unwarranted.
The spotlight is moving toward the ten of cups, a card of discernment. F.D. is being asked to use some caution and consideration in deciding whom to trust and treat “like family,” The cups in the rainbow in this card are like the pentacles in the first card in that they assure F.D. that (s)he has much to offer and many reasons to feel happy and blessed. Whom to include in this inner circle is the decision highlighted here. In reality, the group may be composed of friends who are not blood-relatives; it is the trust and intimacy level that is emphasized in the choice.
The summary card is the ace of pentacles, a triumph of integrity. This lets F.D. know that the first three cards are there to help her/him maintain and further her/his commitment to be the full embodiment of her/his values in all aspects of her/his existence. It is helpful to note that unlike the other aces in the deck, this one does not bear the automatic droplets of blessings that fall all around the others. Whether others choose to see and follow F.D.’s example is totally up to them.
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