L.W. 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 is focused on resolving conflict. It isn’t until we get to the summary card that we have two 9’s, but that influence deserves to be considered, especially when the main group of three looks so grim.
The spotlight has been on the nine of swords, sometimes called “the nightmare card.” L.W. has been losing sleep worrying about the potential danger/harm/contention in a current situation. Even though (s)he knows for a fact that worrying about something has never changed the outcome, it does not keep her/him from doing it. The message of the card, however, is that the timing is not right for handling it at this moment. L.W. is well-advised to lie back down and get some sleep, so (s)he will be better able to cope with any and everything in the clear light of day.
The spotlight is now on the five of pentacles. L.W. has been feeding her/his lowest possible self-image and focusing on what (s)he has NOT. Seeing her/himself as a wretched and needy person, L.W. is dangerously close to missing the message that resource is always at hand. This card really has a double meaning, for it tells the seeker,”Don’t go without; go within.” Not only is there a nearby building with stained-glass windows, but the seeker is advised to look within her/himself for the help which is needed.
The spotlight is moving toward the eight of swords, the “helpless and hopeless” card. L.W. has really done a number on her/his consciousness by taking things too seriously. Indeed, this is not the end of the world, and in the wisdom of the cartoon Aunty Acid, “If I’m really gonna burn in hell, I’d better stock up on marshmallows.” Those bonds that restrict the central figure can be loosened with a shrug, the blindfold removed, and the seeker can move to higher ground.
The summary card is the nine of pentacles, which explains how this particular mess formed and got activated. L.W. holds a respectable position that demands a certain degree of restraint and diplomacy. Even though (s)he might wish to take the hood off the falcon and let it fly, the demands of her/his job/role/position dictate more conservative and appropriate behavior. (S)he is a role-model for others. It is, therefore, in her/his highest and best interests that (s)he find an environment where (s)he can “let it all hang out” and where there is nobody to speak ill of that expression. “All work and no play” could easily lead to depression.
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