W.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. It isn’t until we get to the fourth card that we find two-or-more-of-a-kind in both suit and number. It is the summary card that gives us a total of two sevens and also two swords, so this reading is definitely focused on reducing conflict in the future.
The spotlight has been on the ten of cups, using discernment to decide whom you wish to treat like “family” and include in the benefits that you have earned. Most of us have friends whom we view as “family,” privy to intimate details of our lives and given access to the resources and benefits we have accrued. This card appears when wisdom dictates that we examine the status of others in our lives. It also emphasizes the difference between judgment and discernment. Judgment is a level of name-calling and labeling whereas discernment is clarifying what’s best for you in the given circumstances.
The spotlight is now on the three of hearts, heartaches from the past. This card represents hurts that you have suffered a long time ago. It appears when it is time to release them and move on. It is important to acknowledge each of them, ask to keep only the wisdom gained by experiencing it/them, remove them one at a time, and allow the heart to heal. This card comes up when the timing is right to do this. To ignore its message is to remain stuck.
The spotlight is moving toward the seven of pentacles, the nostalgia card. Please know, W.I., that whatever you did in the past to make the plant on your right grow so beautifully and thrive, you are more than capable of doing with the new growth at your feet. This card urges you to be here now and not get lost in the fond memories and/or regrets of the past when life seemed simpler and easier.
The summary card is the seven of swords, disarming the enemy and moving whatever conflict is left to a lower and less threatening level. You must decide, W.I., what needs to be done immediately, what can wait until later, and what can basically be ignored because it cannot hurt you. Taken as a whole, this reading seems to be telling you to re-evaluate a current relationship that caused heartache in the past and focus, instead, on the present reality, so you can develop healthy boundaries and priorities. 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 and consider purchasing the book Tarot for All Time, available in paperback, e-book, and downloadable PDF format. Thank you.