D.I. 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 are 4’s (queen=13=1+3=4), it is safe to say that this reading focuses on the foundation that D.I. has built and from which (s)he can build. The 4’s also address what we need to feel safe and what we know we can count on.
The spotlight has been on the queen of cups, an indicator of blocked and/or repressed emotions. D.I. has done a lot of work taking responsibility for her/his feelings, emotions, and psychic abilities. However, (s)he has a group of “negative” emotions that (s)he has not processed and released; those are the ones inside the covered cup. They make the cup so heavy that the central figure must use both hands to hold the cup and keep it steady. There are fears of uncovering this cup and labeling, much less expressing what lies within, and the price-tag for keeping the cup covered is remaining stuck and feeling burdened. There are dozens of therapies and ways of safely acknowledging and allowing feelings to flow; one of my favorites is Bradley Nelson’s Emotion Code. Remember, D.I., you can only heal what you are willing to feel.
The spotlight is now on the Emperor, the card of wisdom, a combination of intelligence and compassion. This ruler stays in power by asking the right questions and making sure that all parties who come before him for judgment are heard. He is likened to King Solomon, who when faced with two women each claiming to be the mother of the same baby, suggested, “Cut the child in half.” The ensuing reaction by both women made the truth apparent. This implies that you may have to step “outside the box” at times to make sure your rulings are firmly established in fairness and truth.
The spotlight is moving toward the six of pentacles, a card of service and healing that cautions you to “Take care of yourself first.” If you are needy and still make yourself give to others, there is bound to be an undercurrent of resentment that accompanies the giving. Only when your own needs are met can you give with joy and with “no strings attached.”
The summary card is the Hermit. You have reached the heights of wisdom and higher understanding, D.I., and have proved that it is possible. Also, you have done this while carrying the light, so others can see the path you have illuminated. The only drawback to this position is that you may feel a bit isolated; it can get lonely at the top. Your dedication to the best and highest has led you here.
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