Again–The idea of 1 (or 2) spreads for each major arcana card is taken (as are the spreads) from Rachel Pollack’s excellent book Tarot Wisdom. As often as possible I am using the textual definitions from Ms Pollack’s book as otherwise there exists a possibility of skewing the meanings to serve my own ends rather than get any insight into what the cards are showing me. Recently I have also been taking (for the minor arcana) cards some of the textual definitions from Eileen Connolly’s Tarot: The First Handbook for the Master. Way back when I started working with the cards Ms. Connolly’s Tarot for the Apprentice was one of the first books I used.
Lately tho, I have had a new insight. That if the goal of these readings is a greater internal knowledge and understanding these forces then subjectivity may just be the way to go. Still I will give Ms Pollack’s and Ms. Connolly’s definitions because I feel it may be useful for anyone reading this to follow along.
Note: This reading is especially good when a difficult choice is in the offering.
|1) Current Situation
||IV of Cups
||V of Wands (Rev)
|3) Possible Middle Way
||II of Swords (Rev)
|4) Needed Approach
||Knight of Cups (Rev)
|5) How to let energy flow
||IX of Pentacles (Rev)
|6) What commitment is needed?
||The Magician (Rev)
Current Situation-IV of Cups
“Do not reinforce your feelings by separating your self from what you can be. To break this pattern Enjoy your potential”
“Think about tomorrow. Let the past go. It’s time to light up! The past won’t change. You can”
“Consider offers/propositions during the next 10 days. Move into secure position. Must be solid, no risk taking. Changing cycles should change your opinion toward success”
“Someone is truing to reach you has much to offer. Get in touch with yourself now”
Hmmm interesting. I have been kind of holding myself apart from this camping trip and perhaps denying myself the opportunity of enjoying it a bit. The getting in touch with myself also seems pretty relevant as far as one of my goals during the next 10 days. In other interpretations of this card, there is a certain feeling of need for introspection but also having fun and using what the cups have to offer….”
Alternative – V of Wands (Rev)
“Conditions are now settling. Take a breath and absorb the changing conditions. Act upon news you will receive soon.”
“Be confident. Don’t worry. Things can be too good not to be true. Take time to listen. someone needs you”
“Think twice before rejecting. Sounds too good to be true? Think it out well”
“Good time to change diet”
“Steady fire that burns slowly without going out. a narrowing of beliefs in life.”
Hmmm so that’s the alternative to not taking things too seriously, looking within and letting loose? Again the idea of something being offered or something or someone coming into my life. I sense a theme and that is almost always significant in a reading. Still two cards does not a trend make. Tho the fat that this card is also saying Absorb and take a breath is interesting….
Possible Middle Way – Two of Swords (Rev)
“You are now on the brink of achievement. Not advisable to share any confidences at this time. Plans maturing”
“If you are undecided keep it to yourself. Be receptive to your own needs at this time.”
“If a decision is needed take great care. Be sure it is what you really want. Question anyone at this time if you feel a surge of doubt. Next 6 days expect unusual activity. Very interesting. ”
“Insight, sensitivity when negotiating,”
“Keep space for yourself”
“Breakdown in communication-a mental balance upset, becoming involved with others, dropping defenses.”
Hmmm, well I did do this reading when I don’t have any major decisions going on. Could be why these three cards all say similar things. A lot of stuff about having some internal time to myself on the trip, Important things happening over the next several days. Offers and negotiations on the table. Hmmm sounds like this may be quite the complicated camping trip.. One thing at a time…..”
Some of this other stuff about dropping defenses around others. and the importance of keeping my balance. This is coming out to be an interesting story at any rate.
Needed Approach : Knight of Cups (Rev)
“Something may stir him to action, or else that inner conflict may become stronger. He may be called on to speak up in some difficult situation or make an ethical choice”
Anyone else wonder what may be up with this camping trip or right afterwards? Well at least there’s only one major card in the mix so probably won’t be maximum drama. Tho all these reversed cards would indicate some energies all kind of coming out in altered or blocked ways. Still, another indication that I might not be able to keep myself apart from the decision making process as much as I might like to. Still as the Needed approach goes I guess I’m going to have to be honest and upfront and speak from my heart,
How to let energy flow – IX of Pentacles (Rev)
“Some regret some reason-Not sure what to do next. Do not complicate situation further. Need some advice”
“Feeling extremely alone. Would like to venture and try to communicate”
“People do care, They may have the wrong impression You are missing someone terribly. They feel the same. make contact. Business negotiation could make profitable return, Do some research”
“Choosing spontaneity over long-range goals”
So that is how i let energy flow. Reach out to people from my past (or people resembling them perhaps?) Again with the business negotiations–could be interesting if that means I get a certain job offer…. The people whom I would most likely miss the most I will have with me. other than that my family I’ve talked to this week. The most important part of this, from what I can gather is that the more I let myself be spontaneous (difficult considering that at least 2 of the 3 adults I am with are planning fiends.) I guess that is where my speaking up comes from
What commitment is needed ? The Magician (Rev)
“Something is blocking the flow of energy. It may beself-doubt or an outside force”
“…can indicate fear or emotional pain that makes it difficult for the person to use creative energy or take action”
“So a lot of stuff about repressed energy. Combining this with everything about speaking up, makes me think that I have to be careful to not let myself “be dragged along” on this trip. I have to make decisions about what I want and not be afraid to go off on my own and so something apart from everybody. Some long walks by myself probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. Also remembering a few things like “expression is key” Y’know some of the important things that I have learned over the course of the last couple of months..
Should be interesting.
If anybody reading this, has any insights, please feel free to comment,