P.P. 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. It is not until we draw the fourth card that we have two-or-more of a suit, number, or major arcana, so this reading does tie in with P.P.’s soul’s agenda for this lifetime.
The spotlight has been on the two of pentacles, the “yes, but” card. P.P. has defined what (s)he wants and has focused on two things. The challenge here is that the two are currently perceived as being mutually exclusive. P.P. uses the word “but” when verbalizing what (s)he perceives as a dilemma. “I want this (holds up one pentacle), BUT I also want this (lowers the first pentacle and raises the second one).” This apparent conflict has had P.P. dancing around this issue for some time. The advice of the card is to stop dancing, lower both hands to rest comfortably at waist level, and announce, “I want this, AND I also want this.” Create a reality where both can exist simultaneously by replacing the “but” with an “and” and the conflict disappears.
The spotlight is now on the ten of swords, a card urging P.P. to use discernment. The key to this card lies in the central figure’s right hand. (S)he entered a situation in order to bring it a blessing without checking first to make sure the situation needed and wanted that particular offering, got stabbed in the back (psychological swords), and temporarily disabled. A new day is dawning. P.P. can save her/himself a whole mess of grief if (s)he will pause briefly before (s)he gives of her/his time, money, energy, advice, opinion, and/or gifts and make sure the offering will be received in the spirit with which it is given. If it does NOT look like this is the case, P.P. would be well-advised to keep hold of that “blessing” and save it for a more appropriate time/place/audience.
The spotlight is moving toward Death, the need to let go of that which no longer serves. This is not a card of physical death; it speaks of allowing the old FORM to die so that the function can take on a new form, a new embodiment, a new foundation. Once again, the background is the beginning of a new day. A wise friend once said, “Letting go is easy; it’s trying to hold on that hurts so much.”
The summary card is the Tower, a sudden event that erases all that has been built so that building can begin again in a new direction. This can manifest on many different levels but is usually experienced as a dramatic moment of clarity that causes one to abandon earlier efforts toward a particular goal. The fact that the lightning knocks the crown off the tower may be seen as removing the ego-based desire to rule and/or control forces of nature.
It would seem, P.P., that you are being asked to expand your reality and find an environment where your gifts can be appreciated by those who can benefit from them. Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful. For more information on using tarot cards for insight and guidance, please see http://www.tarotforalltime.com Thank you.