A.S. 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-or-more-of-a-kind in the first three, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on A.S.’s everyday life rather than her/his soul’s agenda. It isn’t until we get to the summary card that we find another pentacle, which says the whole reading is really about values and priorities.
The spotlight has been on the five of pentacles, a card of choosing. A.S. has been feeling sorry for her/himself while feeling miserable. The message of the card is to recognize that resource is at hand, stop going “without,” and go within. Stop remaining passively accepting of what external circumstances seem to have created and lift your eyes to see something higher and helpful, your own inner resources and gifts.
The spotlight is now on the four of cups, another example of a figure with downcast eyes who also has a guarded heart. If you link the meaning of this card to the first one, you can see, A.S., that you are reluctant to open your heart and accept the opportunity that is being offered. Being closed down in this way often feels “safe,” but not seeing and/or embracing what is being offered here has you stuck. Remember, you always have the right to change your mind, so it’s worth taking a chance.
The spotlight is moving toward the Sun, a glorious card of a new beginning. This card appears when the seeker has gathered enough insight and experience to meet what life has to offer with greater understanding and skills for handling it. It looks like you took the advice of the second card, A.S., and opened your heart. Good for you! You have left behind the doom and gloom and have emerged into the bright light of the sun.
The summary card is the nine of pentacles, a card of wisdom and higher understanding. As a direct result of the three prior cards, you are now in a position of responsibility where your responses to any and all challenges must be tempered by the position you hold. In the words of Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high.” Even though you may be tempted to take the hood off the falcon and let it fly, the quality of your character demands that you behave with intelligence, grace, compassion, and reserve. Be a shining example of the best and highest, A.S..
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