W.B. 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 eights, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on strength, harmony, alignment and manifestation.
The spotlight has been on the eight of cups, being dissatisfied with what is being offered and going off to search for something else to add to the picture and bring it into balance. The central figure has turned her/his back on the eight cups that are arranged in two tiers and appears to be heading for higher ground. This card frequently shows up for people who tend to take everything personally, and if they judge a situation as “wanting” or incomplete, they feel frustrated and inadequate and drive themselves to find the missing piece(s). By focusing on what is perceived as “missing,” they activate major resistance to feeling good about “what is,” and disrupt the momentum of manifestation itself. The message of the card is for W.B. to make peace with “what is” and experience the joy and gratitude of the eight cups that are present.
The spotlight is now on the eight of pentacles, a sole practitioner, doing her/his “own thing” and doing it well. This card appears when the seeker is ready to let her/his work speak for itself. Once again, W.B. is being asked to focus on what (s)he has produced, which is of the highest quality, the result of her/his individual efforts. If, indeed, there is any part of this work that (s)he has any questions about, (s)he is being told not to deny and/or hide it, but just not to feature or emphasize it.
The spotlight is moving toward the Fool, a leap of faith. This card carries the command, “Follow your dream; you will be sustained.” It is only when the Fool steps off the edge of the cliff that the sleeves of her/his garment turn onto wings and (s)he flies. This is the next logical step in the journey W.B. has been on, and it’s time to take it. The universe has lined up all the contributing elements for success, and all that is needed now is the conscious commitment from W.B..
The summary card is the three of cups, the picture of celebration. This is consistent with the rest of the reading as it suggests W.B. stop beating up on her/himself to do more and do it right now. “Look how far you have come,” is the reason to stop, smell the roses, and celebrate. Including others in the celebration is a wise idea because it sends the message that W.B. is also available to join in acknowledging the accomplishments of others, whether or not they meet some external judgment/standard of “perfect.”
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