S.U. 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 swords, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on resolving/overcoming conflict.
The spotlight has been on the ace of pentacles, a triumph of integrity. S.U. inspires others by walking her/his talk and remaining totally committed to her/his values. (S)he is a shining example of living one’s truth. This card is the only ace where blessings do not automatically fall from the glowing hand holding the symbol. S.U.’s integrity will only affect those who choose to look up to it. (S)he is a winner because (s)he is true to a set of values and principles, regardless of what others may say and/or do.
The spotlight is now on the page of swords, a series of challenges or tests to that committment. This card represents a moment of choice where S.U. must decide if (s)he is fully prepared to stick to the chosen path or be tempted to postpone and/or abandon it to indulge some easier promise of satisfaction. The message of the card is that to truly be who you say you are and to do what you say you’ve set out to do, you have to just get through this temporary distraction and maintain your focus.
That said, the spotlight is moving toward the eight of swords, the helpless and hopeless card. This card is in this position to tell S.U. that even if (s)he feels that there are no choices, this is a self-perpetuating position and a misperception. As soon as S.U. is able to shrug, to take it all less seriously, the bonds will fall off, (s)he can remove the blindfold and climb to higher ground. Breaking out of a downward spiral of momentum requires putting on the brakes, taking a break, shifting gears, and not buying into what ISN’T there but affirming what IS. Aligning with and reaffirming one’s highest and best can resolve this issue.
The summary card is the queen of pentacles, the moment of hesitation and/or self-doubt before the full-blown expression of mastery. This card restates that what S.U. has to offer the world is indeed valuable. The time for sitting with it is over and done, and moving beyond hesitation is what this reading is all about. It’s time to get out there and do it, S.U.! Good luck.
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