C.Y. 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 the fourth card appears that we have two-or-more of the same suit (wands), number, or Major Arcana, so it appears that this reading addresses C.Y.’s everyday life and has some connection to her/his skills and talents.
The spotlight has been on the Hermit, a card of wisdom and higher understanding. C.Y., you have spent a fair amount of time and effort in the pursuit of these qualities, and you have reached the top of the mountain. Best of all, you have done it carrying the light, so that if others wish to follow in your footsteps, you have shown them the way. The only drawback to this position is that it is sometimes lonely at the top because you march to a different drummer than the rest.
The spotlight now is on the three of wands, your having recently finished a project and/or launched an endeavor. You have hopes and wishes for her/his/its success but no longer have direct control over it. The message of the card is NOT to automatically reach for the same old thing(s) that you used to connect with but to realize that you have gained new skills and talents in the process of completing what has now sailed off on its own. Wisdom dictates that you employ one or more of those new skills now and engage with it/them on the next logical step of the journey.
The spotlight is moving toward the page of swords, the testing card. Like the young man pictured, you have set yourself a goal by deciding who you want to become, and whatever happens next to challenge that choice and test the strength of your resolve is just something you need to experience. There is no way around, over, or under it; you just need to go through it.
The summary card is the six of wands, the lesson of the good leader. This card appears when the achievements, glories, accolades, and winnings are the result of a group effort. It is essential to acknowledge and share the laurels, to give credit where credit is due, and to enable all the participants to feel valued and appreciated.
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