A.R. 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 a clarifier. Since two out of the first three are wands, it is safe to say that this reading focuses on A.R.’s skills and talents. It is only when we draw the fourth card that we have two 5’s, so there is also a connection to the qualities of the 5, freedom and choosing.
The spotlight has been on the ace of wands, the triumph of taking hold of the power to lead your own life. A.R., it feels as if you have been working on accomplishing this for some time. Congratulations, you’ve done it. This means moving beyond the limits, expectations, and demands of others as well as no longer attempting to please everyone else. You have become proactive rather than reactive. You have given yourself permission to use your skills and talents to their fullest. Congratulations.
The spotlight is now on the five of wands, maintaining your uniqueness. You are surrounded by a group of playmates, colleagues, associates, and/or peers. and it looks like you are being “picked on” because you’re different. You are the figure in red wearing the hat. Even though you may be questioning your decision to join this group, please understand you have something valuable to offer, and there are those in the group who are inspired and admire you even though they may not yet show it. The message of the card is, “Hang in there.” You need merely to continue to participate to have a positive influence on those around you.
The spotlight is moving toward the four of cups, a tendency to pass up an opportunity that is being offered. Please notice the central figure has her/his heart protected with crossed arms. You need and want to feel safe and not get hurt, but ignoring or turning down this chance to expand your feelings, emotions, relationships, and psychic abilities is not in your best and highest interests at this time. Remember that you always have the right to change your opinion and/or your mind. This is not the time to bow out of the growth and development to which you are committed. Take a chance, try it, test it out, and you will be glad you did.
The summary card is Temperance, the promise that the worst is behind you. This is a card that talks about tempering, the process by which steel is made. The strength of iron and the flexibility of tin are merged by melting them together in very high heat so that the positive qualities of both are joined. Your higher self (the angel) has put you through some very hot fires so that you can emerge both strong and flexible, and you’ve made it. The irises in the picture hold the promise that it will never be “that bad” again. What wonderful motivation to listen to the advice of the first three cards and “go for it.”
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