B.T. 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, and two out of the first three are also nines, it is safe to say that this reading concerns wisdom and higher understanding of values and priorities.
The spotlight has been on the knight of pentacles who has paused at this point in his journey to ask, “Is that all there is?” or “Is this as good as it gets?” B.T. has been following her/his chosen path allowing her/his integrity, priorities, and values to lead the way for some time now. (S)he has the reputation of being an uplifter, a team player, and a role model for others. The end of the journey seems to be approaching quickly, and (s)he is not sure if (s)he has accomplished what (s)he set out to do. This card appears to reassure B.T. that there are many adventures yet to come, and (s)he is very much in synch with the goals and values (s)he put on her/his life’s agenda.
The spotlight is now on the nine of pentacles, perhaps seen as a limitation of B.T.’s behavior that expresses her/his values. Although (s)he holds a hooded falcon on her/his left hand, the right hand is in touch with the group of six pentacles, alive and growing. These are the work of service and healing in which (s)he is involved. Because of that position, there are limits and constraints placed on her/his behavior in the names of acting with decency and expressing her/himself appropriately. In other words, B.T. is sometimes tempted to just get “down and dirty” and “let it all fly,” but (s)he cannot do that and remain true to who she really is.
The spotlight is moving toward the nine of pentacles, which urges B.T. to stop leaning so heavily on the one set of skills and talents (s)he has been using to the exclusion of some of the others (s)he has at her/his disposal. (S)he is a bit battle-weary at this point, and wisdom is dictating selecting at least one other way of dealing with the challenges of life without giving up on what has always worked and even become her/his default behavior. The advice , “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” has been associated with this card.
The summary card is the ten of pentacles, a card suggesting discernment and depicting several alternative ways of viewing the situation that prompted this reading. B.T. must choose carefully what works best for her/him and what is most consistent with who (s)he really is. There are four levels of awareness shown in this card from the child to the old man. Looking at the reading as a whole, it seems the message is to “remember who you really are and act accordingly.” Good luck, B.T.
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