King of Wands

Interpretation

After much hard work, your dreams are being realized, and you feel spiritually fulfilled. At the same time, you feel a bit defensive of your newfound glory. You are alert to theats and challenges and want to protect what you have built. Be mindful of your associations or those who want to use you only for your success. Recognize and reward your true friends.

Your Card is reversed:

  • A king carries many burdens in his role as a leader. Are you struggling at the moment to achieve the high expectations you have set for yourself?
  • Is there someone in your life who may be manipulating you to serve his or her own purposes?
  • Do you feel as though your dreams and goals are just out of reach because someone could be holding you back?

Symbols

  • The King : A symbol of power and prestige.
  • Blossoming Wand : This represents creativity and life.
  • Lion : Symbolizing fire, strength and courage.
  • Salamander : This is also a symbol of fire and strength. The ouroboros, the salamander eating its own tail, represents infinity and pressing forward against any obstacle or recreating oneself.
  • Bright Orange Robe : A symbol of fire.
  • Crown : Symbolic of power and prestige, the crown in this card also looks like flames, representing fire.

The Tower

Interpretation

Recent successes had you feeling on top of the world, but all of a sudden, there was a dramatic change. Now you feel like you have to start all over again. You may feel like something you took a long time to build was destroyed. You may feel bewildered, but this is not a failure. This experience is a gift that puts you back in touch with your authentic self.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Are you too scared to take risks because of the threat of failure?
  • Do you cling to earth, overwhelmed by the responsibility of building something lofty?
  • It is true that eventually all towers crumble back to earth, but it is through this process that you can get in touch with your humanity. Do not let the natural cycle of things deter you from making progress; build a tower and when it crumbles, use what you learned to build yet another.

Symbols

  • Burning Tower: Hegemonic power, great success, or an understanding of the world that no longer suffices.
  • Explosion: A frightening change is coming, but it is also a liberating force.
  • Lightning: This coming change was brought on by a higher power or cosmic forces.
  • Crown: Being humbled; reverting to a more vulnerable state.

The Chariot

Interpretation

You are ready for a new adventure, and everything lines up to make this possible for you. There is a sweet innoncence about you, but you are ready to mature into your full potential even if it means giving up luxury. You must remain vigilant on your journey or else things could speed out of control. To avoid calamity, be trusting but listen to your gut.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Sometimes, running away from home, you might realize you are trying to run away from some aspect of yourself or a reality you need to face.
  • Getting carried away with the power of your vehicle, you might wreak havoc on others or on the natural environment. Consider what powers you have and take care to not be selfish with them.
  • Know when it is time to descend from your chariot and feed the horses that draw you forward; know when it is time to take off your crown and join in for some local revelry.

Symbols

  • Sphinxes: A riddle or question guiding your journey through life at a certain time.
  • Chariot: What protects you on your journey; mobility and armor in one.
  • Stars: A youthful awe of time and space, of stars and planetary motion. The mystery of the cosmos guides you.
  • Rod: The ability to manifest needs magically; resourcefulness.

The Last Judgement

Interpretation

You have been given a second chance even if you feel you do not deserve it. This time around, eschew thoughts of revenge, and instead be grateful for the compassion of others. You may feel stiff and awkward, but there is no need to be self-conscious. This is a rebirth of sorts, and it has been ordered by the great spirit. Your call to life is no accident.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Do you act alive but underneath you feel bitter and wasted?
  • Do you try to hide your humanity through shows of invulnerability and callousness?
  • Name your disappointments. Lay out your judgements thoroughly. Once you have done this, give yourself space to mourn and hibernate.

Symbols

  • Trumpet: A wake-up call.
  • Cross: Aid is on the way; you will be taken care of.
  • Angel: The spirit that wakes in you and watches over you.
  • People: Remembering the value of community; unifying the three aspects of existence – youth, adulthood, and old age.
  • Coffins: Coming out of the darkness and into light, having a second chance, facing old ghosts.

Queen of Pentacles

Interpretation

You may be suffering from an imbalance of the professional and emotional realms. It could be you have neglected your emotional self and are now seeking nurturance. There may be a person who can provide you this warmth and safety. Look for ways to create a safe environment that balances your material successes.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Are you so consumed with work that you leave little time for your family, friends and yourself? Find ways to rebalance your life, especially through interacting with nature.
  • When the queen is reversed, this might signify that you also have an imbalance in your social life. Have you become too isolated, spending too much time alone?
  • People love your nurturing nature, but is it becoming too smothering to those you love? Find ways to help others find their independence to take care of themselves.

Symbols

  • The Queen : The queen can represent an actual person in your life, especially one who is the archetype of feminine energy.
  • Pentacle : Items on the material plane, such as money or objects. It is held lovingly in the Queen's hand, representing the balance of work and life.
  • Tree branches : The tree branches surrounding the Queen represent abundance as well as the place for a calm decision-making.
  • Throne : Features symbols of sensual pleasure and material success. It also typically has an image of an angel, which further symbolizes the spiritual and nurturing nature of the queen.
  • Animals : Many animals surround the queen that represent fertility, such as rabbits.

Eight of Pentacles

Interpretation

You are patient and persevere in work with long-term goals in mind. At times, you may feel stagnated, wishing for a more immediate success. Persistence will bring you great joy in the end, so lean into your trade and take your time. What other details can you learn to master? Perhpas there is someone you can ask to be your guide.

Your Card is upright:

  • The apprentice shown on this card has his head bowed in deep concentration, absorbed in the detail of his task. Are there any areas of your life that you should approach with more care or dedication?
  • Are you bored with your job? The Eight of Pentacles is a sign of understanding and knowledge, so this might be the perfect time to master a new set of skills.
  • Do you have a tendency to isolate yourself when you are working or studying too hard? It is good to remain focused on your goals, but remember to take a break once in a while to appreciate the world around you.

Symbols

  • The Apprentice : A desire to learn, someone who is willing to go above and beyond normal standards.
  • Pentacle Coins : Materialism and earthly treasures, a symbol of quality and value
  • Tree Trunk : A representation of the mind, a visual indication of growth and development..
  • The Castle : Venturing away from the familiar, setting aside past pursuits in the interest of future fulfillment.
  • Hammer and Chisel : Diligence and self-control, a reminder to be patient yet precise in all that you do.

Four of Swords

Interpretation

If you are at a point in your life where you’ve been running yourself ragged, this may be a sign that you need to slow down and rest. You may be feeling trapped or stagnant in a relationship. To avoid illness, take a sabbatical and get some rest. A simple trip by yourself will help you get back in touch with yourself and revify you.

Your Card is reversed:

  • On the other side of the spectrum with this card is the feeling of restlessness. Are you feeling like life is going too slow, and you need something to start happening?
  • Maybe you’re feeling like your life is going nowhere. Do you look around you and see others like you going into some sort of positive direction while you’re standing still?
  • For a long-term relationship, this card in reverse could signify that something needs to change. Are you frustrated by the stagnant state of your relationship?

Symbols

  • Tomb : The person resting in the tomb is a symbol for taking a break from something.
  • Stained Glass Window : The window in the corner of the card represents realization and illumination and coherence of previously fragmented memories and events.
  • Swords : The swords hanging up on the wall could indicate some sort of pain, either physical or mental.
  • The Color Gold : The tomb that is lit up in a golden color could represent a time of healing. Other interpretations site this color as yellow and could imply feverishness or realization that comes on the heels of insanity.
  • PAX : Peace in Latin; forced tranquility; tranquilization; temporary contentment.

Four of Wands

Interpretation

It is time to celebrate! Enjoy yourself, take a break, and spend time with your intimate friends and family. These interludes let you mentally digest past experiences and prepare for upcoming challenges. At the same time, do not use these celebrations as a way to permanently distract from your resonsibilties. Revel in the moment, but do not sour within.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Is this celebration appropriately motivated? Is someone’s pain being mocked or not taken seriously?
  • Who has been invited to the important celebrations in your life? Has someone been left out?
  • Have you ever failed to celebrate someone’s success in a generous manner? How do you feel about that incident?

Symbols

There are several interesting symbols in this card, some of which have not been seen before in our exploration of the tarot deck.

  • Four : The number four is associated with stability, order, regularity, and predictability. This number is also closely associated with the material world and its four primary elements (fire, earth, water, and air).
  • Yellow sky : This color suggests newness and light; it might lead us to think that this celebration is taking place at dawn or sunset.
  • Two figures : Friendship, relationship, convivial company, perhaps a new acquaintance of love interest; an ally and support; trust and hospitality..
  • Flower bouquets : Beauty for beauty’s sake, pleasure for pleasure’s sake; abundant good things, material well-being and good fortune.
  • Flower garlands : Celebration, renewal; change of seasons.
  • Castle : Security, success, material prosperity, wealth, personal legacy; social success and improved status is also implied.

Queen of Wands

Interpretation

This card is a sign of happiness and positivity, but be wary of jealousy and resentment. You are happiest when you are able to nurture your passions, and have been doing so successfully, Being too clingy to your successes could bring a fall from grace. Additionally, someone in your life may represent the Queen of Wands for you by helping you realize spiritual fulfillment.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Has your self-confidence recently faltered and you’re struggling to find faith in yourself again? This could be a good time to draw on your own positive energy from deep inside yourself.
  • Are you finding yourself at the center of attacks by another person? This could be an indication of jealousy and misleading information.
  • Have you suffered a blow to your reputation? You might benefit from knowing that you have the power to guide things in a positive direction, if you’re willing to put your mind to it.

Symbols

  • The Queen : She represents femininity, power and independence.
  • Sunflower : This symbolizes happiness, satisfaction, fertility and life.
  • Lion : A symbol of fire, strength and courage.
  • Blossoming Wand : This represents life and creation.
  • Blossoming Crown : Another symbol of life, creation and fertility.
  • Black Cat : A black cat may symbolize many different things depending on the interpreter. Many associate it with an interest in magic and the occult

Nine of Swords

Interpretation

You are distraught by a bad experience and preoccupied with negative, anxious thoughts which may or may not be rooted in reality. Because of luck, you have narrowly avoided wose consequences, and your sorrow will soon be coming to an end. Through your brush with the dark side, you gain confidence and are imbued with a new sense of bravery and purpose.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Do you have any suspicion in your life? When reversed, this card may imply that the truth you think you know about something is not real. What underlying insecurity of yours is causing this mild paranoia?
  • The fear depicted on the card can be interpreted as completely unfounded when reversed. Do you consider any of your fears to be silly or unfounded?
  • Beware of isolation or imprisonment. Does this card symbolize that it is time to reconnect with someone you have been isolated from?

Symbols

  • The Hanging Swords : Illuminating realizations; insight that fundamentally changes how you think about yourself and the world.
  • The Distressed Women : Emotional readiness to come to terms with a difficult truth you have been avoiding; dispelling negative forces to release creative energy.
  • Hands : Profound insights which make one woozy and take time to accept and integrate into daily life.
  • Darkness : The great unknown; bravery; limitless energy that will lead to strange new discoveries about the self.
  • Quilt : The woman throws off her blanket, which represents comfort and safety. Realiizing oneself in terms of the cosmic order rather than a narrower earth-centered view.

The Fool

Interpretation

Now is a good time to let down your gaurd. Don’t worry about how others see you, and instead focus on letting yourself be free and open. Try not to prejudge new acquaintances or opportunities. Throw yourself into each experience without worrying about the consequences. You will soon realize a new kind of wisdom, one not based in objectivity or scientific thinking.

Your Card is reversed:

  • Has your incessant risk-taking made it difficult for you to create a solid foundation in your life?
  • Do you pretend to be free but really you are frightened of commitment?
  • Try slowing your movements and take refuge in routine instead of adventure.

Symbols

  • The Cliff:Living on the edge, impending doom, or taking a risk.
  • Red Feather:Inner strength and royalty; vivacity.
  • White Dog:Loyalty, playfulness, and innocence. Dogged spirit and intensity.
  • Distant Mountains:Not obsessing over alternative paths; making peace with current platforms.
  • Yellow Sky:Warmth and wakefulness or blissful ignorance.
  • White:Purity or ignorance. Freedom or opaqueness of mind.

Death

Interpretation

Something in your life has recently come to an abrupt end, even if you wanted it to continue. You grieve this loss and in doing so, are endowed with vital energy which connects you to people you wouldn’t normally associate with. These new connections are meaningful and you feel blessed despite your great loss.

Your Card is reversed:

  • How can you use the power of the negative to fuel your activities in life? Who can you connect with in this endeavor, especially those who are somehow different from our normal peers?
  • When people look at you, do you look right through them?
  • Consider softening and practicing empathy. Death exists naturally and does not need to be quickened through acts of human violence.

Symbols

  • Figure: Our essential, ruthless human qualities which cannot be reasoned with.
  • Horse: Tension of dark and light forces which propel history forward.
  • Fallen King: The end of an era, crushed ego, defeat or submitting to life’s whims.
  • Bishop: Being uplifted by the interplay of dark and light forces that cannot be controlled; submitting to absurdity of existence.
  • Girl and Woman: Fear of death (turning away from it) and courage (facing death).
  • Ship: Souls being carried from life to death or reincarnation representing transformation of self or soul.
  • Gate: Nirvana or paradise reached by moving through a state of selflessness or metaphorical death; letting go and making space for a new existence.

The World

Interpretation

You are floating and transcend daily concerns. You have found your rhythm and move freely between the contrasting forces in your life such as work, relationships, and self-realization. Having found your rhythm, you have more time on your hands which could manifest as loneliness. Your independence is your strength; know that you are whole.

Your Card is upright:

  • What are the world’s rhythms? Maybe it is just one rhythm, or maybe there are many. Try listening for a stretch of time - what do you hear? Listen to your thoughts as well - what kind of rhythm do your thoughts manifest?
  • Make a list of your most prominent traits, both personal and physical. Now, try to get in touch with the part of yourself that exceeds any of those labels. Where does it live? What does it feel like?
  • The figure in the card dances despite having no ground to stand on. What is stopping you from moving freely, from conducting rather than taking orders?

Symbols

  • Wands: Spiritual fluidity or self and other.
  • Wreath: A laurel crown on your existence – achieving holiness within your frame.
  • Shawl: Tokens of material existence do not burden you.
  • Elements: The elements, each represented by an animal, represent the interplay of earth’s forces to achieve transcendence.

Ace of Pentacles

Interpretation

Good fortune in money comes your way. Focusing on positive energy helps you accomplish goals which bring financial abundance. There is a possibility of corruption or greed around you; is someone using you for your good fortune? Beware of an unhealthy obsession with earning more to the detriment of other areas of your life. 

Your Card is upright:

  • Has a new opportunity or change suddenly appeared in your life? You may see some sort of unexpected blessing come your way.
  • Are you working toward a goal? You may see this goal come to fruition, or find your frame of mind shifting to a positive place.
  • Does your life feel mundane at the moment? You might benefit by brining something new or out of the box into the equation.

Symbols

  • Hand From The Clouds: This represents the hand of heaven, or something such as an opportunity coming from above.
  • Pentagram: This start symbolizes natural order.
  • Budding Landscape: The new flowers and greenery are symbols of change, growth, creation and opportunity.
  • The Lake: The water at the bottom of the card is depicted as a calm surface with water-lilies growing on it, suggestive of calm and peace.

The Hanged Man

Interpretation

Recently, you may have been wrongly accused. Despite being in a precarious situation, you feel at ease and unapologetic. Avoid trying too hard to convince anyone of your innocence, and instead see what you can learn from this surprising turn of events. You have nothing to lose and, if you act with integrity, hidden insights will come to you. You are full of life.

Your Card is upright:

  • By any account, are you in a precarious situation of sorts?
  • Have you been condemned or shamed by a group of people?
  • How can you make the most of this situation by focusing on the positives rather than the negatives? Additionally, how does your unique position offer you a new perspective on life and bring to your attention things that before were hidden?

Symbols

  • Hanging Man: This is a spiritual position repeated in the myth of Odin and Merlin suggesting a shift in perspective. World turned upside down.
  • Crown: Enlightenment or holy endeavors.
  • Rope: Putting your life on the line for a holy cause.
  • The Lake: The water at the bottom of the card is depicted as a calm surface with water-lilies growing on it, suggestive of calm and peace.

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About the Reading - Past, Present, and Future - 3 Card Spread

Overview

The 3-card Past, Present, and Future spread is a straightforward reading that allows you to interpret your life from three important angles.

Uses

This spread is great for everyone looking to gain insight on their life, figure out what to do next, make sense of the past, and feel more calm and assured in the present.

How it Works

First, choose your three cards. The cards represent your past, present, and future. Touch the card to flip it over, revealing your fortune. The cards may appear rightside up or upside down, which is significant to your reading.

Past - The first card represents your past. Your past can mean your childhood or a past phase of life from just a few weeks to many years ago. In this card you will unearth your innate strengths and wisdom, which will carry you through life but also your weaknesses. Some tarot readers suggest that this card can also represent a past life.

Present - The next card, the middle card, represents your present state of being. This card helps you gain perspective on where you are right at this moment, what you are up against and what you have to work with. It may reveal things you are reluctant to acknowledge. For example, you may learn that your current efforts are in vain or that someone you trusted is shifty. On the other hand, you will also learn where your powers lay which you can nourish and grow into the future.

Future - Finally, there is the future card. The future is wrought with mystery and unknowns, and this card offers a magic view of what’s next in the journey. It can reveal where you are headed or could be headed if you do not make important changes. Looking into the future card, see what strengths you continue to develop, what you master, and what falls to the wayside as you pursue more meaningful endeavors. You might also be able to see where you will live, who you will fall in love with, or what kind of good fortune comes your way.

Charmaine’s Take

This 3-card Past, Present, and Future spread is the one I learned tarot on. To this day, I do this spread when I am in need of a quick, to the point reading about a significant event or emotion I am having. I also particularly use this spread if I am feeling uneasy and want some affirmation.

Often, I will do a Skype call with my best friend in the evening, when she is off work. She lays the cards out for me on her Turkish scarves then - ta-da! - the fortune-telling happens. Because she knows me so well, since we were pip-squeaks, it is helpful to have her insight on what each card forebodes. After the reading, I get to process it all with my pal then take it with me into my dreams.

7 Tips on How to Make the Best of Your Online Reading

1. Create a Space

Light some candles, put on some music. Do whatever you do to relax. Maybe you wear a robe. Or, maybe you’re at work. In that case, just imagine your ideal relaxation zone. Or, arrange some flowers or special tchotchkes in a way that makes you feel at home.

2. Focus

During the span of your reading, send all your focused energy into the cards. If you are distracted, you might miss deeper aspects of your fortune telling.

3. Question

Come up with a question about your life. This should be an open-ended question rather than a yes or no one. Some examples are, What can I expect in this next phase of my life?; What kind of lover is suited to me?; What should I do with my money, or how can I make more of it?

4. Openness

The cards work their magic by helping you make connections to your own life. Everything is game including your dreams, your childhood, your fears and achievements. Rather than fight the cards, get curious about what they reveal.

5. Creativity

Not only do you need to be open, but also creative. Scan your life for instances that connect to the cards. For example, is there a woman from your life who reminds you of The Empress card you drew? An old wise man who reminds you of The Hermit? Why are these connections significant to your life and the question(s) you asked in the reading?

6. Process

Readings are powerful. It is helpful to process your reading by writing down your reflections in a journal, using Voice Memo on your phone, or by talking to someone about it. You might also consider, what direct moves can you make as a result of this reading?

7. Repeat

If you start to engage in tarot readings regularly, it will change your worldview. You will become more receptive to the cards and will see intuitively their direct influence on your daily life. I invite you to take as many readings as you like! May your readings be fruitful and wise.

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