It’s time again for Tarot Tuesday! I’m going to jump right into the questions today, using my old stand-by deck, the Rider-Waite. Here is an image of the cards:
This is a classic Tarot deck, and many people, whether they’re readers or not, are familiar with its imagery. It’s the very first deck I ever bought, and I still use it a great deal when I do readings because the symbolism speaks volumes. I highly recommend this deck, especially to beginning Tarot students.
I am going to do a very simply 3-card spread for both of our readings today. This is a more intuitive spread that ties all of the cards together in a symbolic meaning and should forecast answers to the querents’ questions for a period of 3-6 months from now. I also read reversed cards when I read with the Rider-Waite deck, which means that some of the cards may appear upside down when dealt out. I’ll explain the meanings of the reversed cards as I do with any cards as we go along.
Our first question comes from Lisa:
”My question regards my career path. I am thinking of returning to school and I am very confused about which direction would best for me to take with it as I feel very pulled in many directions none of which are sticking out to me at the moment… Thank you! Lisa”
I shuffled the cards while keeping Lisa’s question foremost in my mind. I then knocked on the cards, cut the deck into 3 piles, and then piled the cards up in the way that felt best to me. From left to right, here are the cards that I dealt out for Lisa:
Card 1: Ten of Wands, reversed
Card 2: Queen of Swords
Card 3: Major Arcana The Hermit
The reversed 10 of Wands here indicates a lot of hard work, and possibly the feeling that nothing is being accomplished. Frustration usually accompanies this card, heightened by the fact that it’s reversed in this reading. Whatever Lisa is currently doing as a profession, she may feel that it’s going nowhere–which may account for her interest in changing direction and going back to school.
The Queen of Swords symbolizes Lisa herself in this reading and what she needs to concentrate on in order to succeed as she moves forward. This card is an indication that thought and decisive action are needed. In this reading, the Queen has turned her back on the struggle of the first card, implying that this situation will not be given her full attention as she looks into the distance toward the future. The Queen raises her hand as if to beckon understanding and clarity forward to visit her. Swords are symbolic of the element of Air, often indicating our thought processes and the way we make decisions. The best course of action for Lisa at this time is to set her intention to find the clarity of purpose and thought that she needs.
The last card, Major Arcana card The Hermit, reinforces the energy that The Queen of Swords implied. Through The Hermit, the Universe advises a time of solitary contemplation to make the right decision. The Universe won’t tell any of us which way is the “right” way, because this would negate our free will, the greatest gift we have. The Hermit reminds us, however, that we have a direct link to Creator and to our divine purpose within us. In order for clarity to come to us, we must sit quietly and open ourselves to the messages that will be conveyed. If we block this process by worrying or by trying to rush through it, it will only take longer. We will receive the information and the understanding that we need to make the right choice–but we will receive it in Divine Time. The cards are indicating that Lisa needs to ask for clarity and then spend quiet time in meditation, setting the singular intention that her path be revealed to her. The Universe reminds her to listen to her intuition, repetitive thoughts, signals from her body, and all of these subtle ways that information will be brought to her. When she is settled, calm, and focused, she’ll receive the answers that she needs.
Lisa, I hope this helps you in some way. Thank you for submitting a question, and best wishes as you continue on your journey!
Our second question today is from Candy, who asks:
“what direction is my life headed? I feel like im settling (which does not seem so bad, im doing great in school, am closer then ever with my family and i have an amazing boyfriend) but I dont want to give up on my dreams. I miss dancing and performing. Is it over? I just hope im on the right path”
Using the same method of shuffling, cutting, and dealing while concentrating on Candy’s question, here are the cards that appear for her:
Card 1: 2 of Cups
Card 2: 10 of Wands, reversed
Card 3: 4 of Cups
Candy’s question really seems to revolve around her feelings and emotions about her life. Although things mostly seem good, there is a feeling of unfulfillment and longing signified by the reversed 10 of Wands and the 4 of Cups. Cups are the suit of emotion as well as the suit of love, and Candy’s cards indicate energy in both of these areas of her life. The 2 of Cups, depicting lovers facing each other and exchanging goblets as well as meaningful glances, indicates that a great deal of Candy’s energy will be placed in her relationship over the next few months. This relationship is a loving one, and there are many good things about it. This card is a very positive indicator of where the energy of the relationship currently is and where it will continue going as the months progress. The 10 of Wands reversed, however, indicates the emotional emptiness Candy feels concerning her life path and missing her creative outlet. This card also seems to say that, although performing may have made her happy on an emotional level, the hard work of it wasn’t paying off and may have left Candy frustrated. The message here is in balancing those emotions with the ones that long for attention and the spotlight again. Can Candy be satisfied to have a fulfilling relationship, or is performing an outlet that she can’t live without? The 4 of Cups indicates that she may receive an opportunity to have another stab at a creative endeavor, but she needs to decide if she wants to take advantage of it or not. It’s important to weight its impact on all areas of her life, especially how it will affect the love relationship she’s currently in. My sense is that she can perform again, but a sacrifice somewhere may need to be made, and it may not turn out to be worthwhile. I don’t think Spirit is advising giving up on a dream, but instead weighing its worth in the grand scheme of Candy’s life.
Candy, I hope this will give you some insight into what to do as you move forward. Good luck, and thank you for allowing me to serve!
Thank you all for being a part of Tarot Tuesday! Please send in your questions for next week’s blog, and stay tuned later this week for thoughts on religion in America.
Blessings and love to all!