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The question in my mind as I shuffled was "how do I create the kind of life I want?"  I hesitated as I handed the cards to her, not sure which way to orient them....
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''Centre (inner person or 'being')'': '''Judgement, reversed''': Whatever else is going on around you, there is a push, a call from within to make some important change.  The change can refer to something mundane and immediate,  or to an entire shift in the way a person looks at life -- depending on the other cards, and the subject of the reading.  The important thing is the call.  In effect, the person has already changed; the old situations, the old self, have already died.  It is simply a matter of recognizing it.  Judgement reversed can indicate that the person wishes to answer the call but does not know what to do. More often it shows somebody trying to deny the call. There may be all kinds of reasons for not answering the call; Judgment (right side up or reversed) shows that the objections are excuses, and Judgment reversed shows the excuses become dominant. The reality of life has changed.  The only choice is to follow.
  
{{:Summer solstice, 2013: Tarot reading}}
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Crossing (how person acts or 'doing'): '''Seven of cups''': Emotion and imagination can produce wonderful visions, but without a grounding in both action and the outer realities of life, the fantastic images remain daydreams.
  
Internally I hear the call, but am having a hard time responding to it; externally I have wonderful visions, but risk not grounding them in reality,  There are some good reasons for this, plenty of "complexities and oppositions" (such as the Queen of Swords Reversed in my near future and the King of Cups Reversed in my environment)But if I let them block me the outcome leaves me at risk of continued confusion, indecision, and lack of confidence.
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Basis: '''Three of cups''': joy, celebration, and above all sharing the wonder of life.  The card flows with happiness and celebrationEither a crisis has finished, or work has produced good results.  We see the three women ''(or two women and a transvestite!)'' so intertwined we can hardly tell whose arm is whose -- a sharing of experience.
  
On the other hand there's a much more promising alternative: being the Magician, aware of the power in my life, "embodying consciousness, action, creation, and manifestation", channeling energy, inspired to begin some new project or phase of life -- and the excitement and will that sustains me through the hard work to reach the goalThat sounds a lot more promising!  And it's something I've been working on for quite a whileFrom [[Rationality's not looking too good these days | my journal]] in August 2004:
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Influence passing away: '''Ace of cups''': love underpinning life, a time of happiness and love, a gift of joyJust as fire makes the world, so love gives it valueLove, and ultimately life, cannot be seized, but only accepted.
  
    Am I trying to be both the Fool and the Magician? In fact, I’ve spent the last 10 years
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Possible Outcome: '''Magician''': consciousness, action, creation, manifestation.  An awareness of power in your life; beginnings; the inspiration to begin some new project or phase of life, and and the excitement that sustains you through the hard work to reach the goal. Will-power, the will unified and directed towards goals, channeling energy in a specific direction.  Raising a magic wand to bring into reality the spirit force, the energy of life in its most creative terms. He holds the wand carefully, aware of the psychic power the Fool carried so lightly on his shoulder. 
    learning to approximate the Magician in [[A message | an over-analytic]] kind of way …
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Of course back in August 2004 I also wrote
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Near Future: '''Queen of Swords reversed''': an overemphasis on sorrow, someone who makes life seem much worse than it is by ignoring good things around her.  A strong mind turned nasty, especially as a reaction to pain or pressure form unpleasant situations or people.
   
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    The analytical approaches I've taken in the past just aren't sufficient for me to understand
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    what's going on.  
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but fortunately since then I have added a lot of less-analytical techniques.  Several of show up in the reading as the Three of Cups, Ace of Cups, and Queen of Cups.  More below about them below, as well as the happiness and joy that's "unorthodox, at least in terms of other people's attitudes and expectations" of the Four of Wands Reversed in my hopes and fearsFor now let's assume for the sake of the argument that with the help of all these Cups I can manifest as the Magician.  
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Self (what the person is contributing to the situation): '''Queen of Cups''': Joining consciousness to feeling she knows what she wants and will take the steps necessary to get it.  Yet she acts always with an awareness of loveOnly love can give meaning to her actions and realize her goals - making something whole and alive out of the opportunities given by life.  A vision of life as joyful can only come as a gift, but love can open us to receiving such a gift, to recognizing that it exists.  Willpower alone will not unite imagination and action.  With intelligence joined to love we return the gift by taking that vision and making something real and lasting from it.
  
What wound I do?
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Environment (influence of others): '''King of Cups Reversed''': When right side up, he uses his creativity for his work; reversed, he turns his talents into vice or corruption.
  
Well, one [[Possibilities | possible]] approach would be to unreverse Judgment and answer the call unreservedly -- in which case the Page of Wands would also unreverse itself with the "announcement, to the world and to ourselves, that we are willing to begin a new project of phase of life"That sounds eminently doable! Sounds like time for a blog post!
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Hopes and Fears: '''Four of Wands Reversed''': if unreversed, a domestic environment filled with optimism, eagerness, and celebrationWaite calls this card unchanged upside down: the joy is so powerful it cannot be blocked. We can add, however, that the reversed four might indicate (like the Sun) that the happiness in the environment is not so easily visible; or that the happiness is unorthodox, at least in terms of other people's attitudes and expectations.
  
Next I would unreversing the Queeen of Swords and King of Cups, by which I mean two things: help the Queen of Swords Reversed and King of Cups Reversed unreverse themselves -- and spend time with their unreversed peers, the many Queens of Swords and Kings of Cups I know, as wellOnce again, I can do that ... and in fact I have been!  It doesn't even require any magic powersStillCan't hurt to reinforce it.
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Outcome: '''Page of Wands Reversed''': The page is not thrown wildly by problems, but instead becomes confused and indecisive.  His eagerness to start is disrupted by complexities and opposition, leaving him afraid or unable to declare himselfWhen indecisive he can become unstable and weakEither get away from complexity or develop the maturity to deal with itContinued indecision can only lead to the resolve and self-confidence degenerating further.
  
So one by one I picked up Judgment, the Queen of Swords, the King of Cups, and the Page of Wands and unreversed them, and put them back down.
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"You get the cards you get for a reason," D said after we discussed it.
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'''Unreversed interpreations'''
  
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''Centre (inner person or 'being')'': '''Judgement''':  We have all forgotten our true identities and become separated from our 'parents'.  And when we find or create our true selves, we will find ourselves at the centre of the universe.  For the centre is everywhere.
  
Now back to those less-analytical techniques, showing up throughout the readingThe Four of Wands Reversed in my hopes and fears made me think of my (and my friends') acceptance and pride of that my happiness is "unorthodox, at least in terms of other people's attitudes and expectations".  
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Near Future: '''Queen of Swords''': Experiences of both sorrow and wisdom, and especially the connection between themHaving experienced pain, and aving faced it with courage, acceptance, and honesty, she has found wisdom.
  
{{:Many truths many paths }}
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Environment (influence of others): '''King of Cups''': Cups symbolize the creative imagination, and ot achieve success he has had to discipline and even suppress his dreams.  Some commentators see the King as a person of troubled emotions, even anger and violence, who habitually suppresses these feelings even from himself, always maintaining a calm exterior.  In some contexts, especially the arti, the King takes on a very different meaning.  Because he is leader of his suit, he can symbolize success, achievement, mastery, and maturity in artistic work.
  
And then the Cups:
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Hopes and Fears: '''Four of Wands''': The card represents a domestic environment filled with Fire optimism, eagerness, and celebration.  The irrepressible Wands energy ... will not be contained, and so we see people marching out ecstatically to the simplest of structures, trusting to the sun to burn off any clouds of trouble.  Their spirit and courage carry them from a defensive situation to an open one.  Optimisim and love of freedom carry the people, together, out of their walled city before it becomes a Tower-like prison.
  
: ''If Fire symbolizes the spirit fource giving live to theunivers, then Water signifies the love that allows the sould to receive that force....  The suit of Cups shows an inner experience that flows rather than defines, that opens rather than retracts.  Cups represent love and imagination, joy and peace, a sense of harmony and wonderThey show us love as the Way to Spirit, both the love we give to others and the love we receive fro people and frome life itself in its happier moments.
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Outcome: '''Page of Wands''': A moment when a person experiences some aspect of life just for itself, free of external pressures.  The start of projects, and in particular an announcement to the world, and to ourselves, that we are ready to begin either a 'project' or a new phase of lifeOn a simpler level the Page can represent a messenger, [[A message | message]], or information.  In emotional situations the Page's implies a faithful friend or lover.
  
Yay!  More specifically?
 
  
* at the heart of the matter, the three of Cups: three women -- or perhaps two women and a transvestite? -- flowing with happiness and celebration and [[Melting together | sharing experiences]]
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{{:Melting together}}
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"Sometimes we may do further readings to get information about a specific card in the first reading.  In this situation some readers will use the card in question as the Significator for the new reading.  Just as the original Significator helped the person to concentrate on him or herself, so the new card helps the person focus on the particular question"
  
* nine years of the Ace of Cups: love underpinning life, a time of happiness and love, a gift of joy.  "Just as fire makes the world, so love gives it value.  Love, and ultimately life, cannot be seized, but only accepted."
 
  
{{:Many paths many truths }}
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'''Second reading'''
  
* my contributions to the situation: the Queen of Cups.  My emotional reaction to this is that she symbolizes all the amazing women I have gotten to know, the amazing friendships and connections I have with so many [[Elements | goddesses]] who are my companions on [[the journey]] I've been taking, and the contributions I've been making by helping them.  Again this was something I wrote about back in August 2004 in ''A wonderful virtuous cycle'':
 
  
: Maybe one of the most important things going on here relates to increasing the number and power of strong, independent, passionate women in the world -- the world in general, and also D's and my world.  Perhaps my main role is to assist in this in various ways (most obviously helping and enabling), both directly and indirectly by supporting D.  This is a pretty wonderful virtuous cycle, at least from my perspective.
 
  
{{:Fountains of light}}
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Centre (inner person or 'being'): Justice: Events have worked out in the way they were 'meant' to work out: what is happening comes from situations and decisions in the past.  Absolute honesty in seeing the truth of the situation.  At the same time it shows the possibility that your actions in the future can be changed by a lesson learned in the present situation.
  
It's certainly a big contribution and one I hope I continue to makeAnd perhaps the Queen of Cups also contains a suggestion about specific ways for me to contribute:
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Crossing (how person acts or 'doing'): Knight of Swords: The Knight rides directly into the storm, waving a sword in eagerness to overcome all difficultiesBrave, skillful, strong, the Knight recognizes no limits, expecting  enemies and life's problems to full under his charge and cannot so easily handle a situation that requires long, steady, plodding.  Bravery, skill, readiness to charge all problems, can sometimes contain a fear of losing innocence, that strong belief in oneself -- when one knows inside that he or she has yet to face and overcome life's greatest difficulties.
  
: Joining consciousness to feeling, know what you wants and take the steps necessary to get it. Act always with an awareness of love.  Only love can give meaning to your actions and realize your goals - making something whole and alive out of the opportunities given by life. A vision of life as joyful can only come as a gift, but love can open us to receiving such a gift, to recognizing that it exists. Willpower alone will not unite imagination and action. With intelligence joined to love we return the gift by taking that vision and making something real and lasting from it.  
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Basis: Ace of Swords Reversed: the grip fails, bringing illusion, confused ideas and feelings, overpowering emotions. Without a clear sense of reality, the mind can fall prey to mistakes created by emotion. Problems become exaggerated, everything (including attractions) appears to be more important than it actually is.  In such situations, the Ace of Swords reversed tells us to take hold of ourselves and try to find a balanced sense of reality.
  
{{:You shouldn't exist}}
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Influence passing away: Ten of Pentacles Reversed.  If the sense of boredom with life increases it can lead to taking risks.  Sometimes, depending on the context or the projected results, the risks are justified.  At other times the risks come less from need than from the impatience with what we already have. 
  
So yes, it certainly seems like a good time to manifest relatively more as the Magician and start working with the [[elements]] to transform realityStill keeping my flouncy and Foolish sides, of course, but less of the scattered fores of the Seven of Cups and more of the Magician's focus, awareness of power in my life; beginnings; the inspiration to begin some new project or phase of life, and and the excitement that sustains you through the hard work to reach the goal. Sounds good to me!
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Possible Outcome: Four of Swords: Fours relate to stabilization, not death but withdrawal.  People sometimes respond to difficulties by isolating themselves and flattening themselves emotionallyWithdrawal, however, can also lead to healing if the purpose is not to hide but to gain strength.
  
{{:Elements}}
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Near Future: Five of Cups: Emotional reaction to loss: sorrow but also acceptance.  Accept that some happiness has suddenly vanished, been noticed over; realize that something remains by first understanding and accepting the loss.  Has she herself knocked over the ups, either through recklessness or taking them for granted?  In the sense of awareness, this card relates to Justice, emblem of truth and acceptance of responsibility.  The river represents the flow of sorrow but the bridge symbolizes consciousness and determination.  When she has accepted their loss, she can then turn, pick up the two remaining cups, and cross the bridge to the house, symbol of stability and continuity.
  
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Self (what the person is contributing to the situation): Six of Wands: A turning point.  Assume victory; optimism produces the very success it desires and expects.  Often it requires only a true belief in ourselves to find the energy to accomplish what w want.  Such belief will inspire others to folllow us.
  
: ''"Sometimes we may do further readings to get information about a specific card in the first reading.  In this situation some readers will use the card in question as the Significator for the new readingJust as the original Significator helped the person to concentrate on him or herself, so the new card helps the person focus on the particular question"''
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Environment (influence of others): Six of Swords Reversed: A stormy journey, either physically or spiritually.  When we try to attack some longstanding problem, especially one accepted by everyone else, we agitate the situation.  In another way, the Six reversed can show communicationIf the swords symbolize unhappy memories and the silence is a defense, then communication can be painful.  It can also begin healing.
  
: ''-- 78 Keys of Wisdom''
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Hopes and Fears: Hanged Man.  Peace and acceptance.  Independence; being who you are, even if others think you have everything backwards.  The feeling of being deeply connected to life, and can mean a peace that comes after some difficult trial.  After the crisis of seeing what you have made of your life comes the peace of acceptance; after Justice, the Hanged Man.  This card represents the Magician in the sense that the power drawn down by the want has now entered the Hanged Man - the experience of really feeling the sporty force within life is one of great power and excitement in the midst of complete calm.
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Outcome: Ace of Wands Reversed: Clouded joy: wonder and happiness exist even when we cannot - or will not -- see them in front of us.  Alternatively, chaos, things falling apart, either because it just happened that way or because we have ruined them through too much undirected energy.  This can happen on a practical level through too much activity, too many new starts without considering past gains; or emotionally through being overconfident of friendship or overbearing. 
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I had independently (I think) suggested the same thing when D did the reading now after the solstice: additional exploration of me as the Magician.  I didn't really hold a specific question in my mind, but my overall state of mind as I reshuffled the cards was something of a mix of "how can I be more Magician-esque?" and "[[What would it be like? | what would it be like]] to be that way?"  As usual there are some pretty strong themes:
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'''Unreversed interpretations'''
  
* Justice at the Center saying reminding me that this is a chance to look honestly at past and present and choose the future I want
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Basis: Ace of Swords. Pointing straight up for true perception, the sword pierces the crown of the material world.  Wisdom leads us beyond illusions and limitations to the spiritual truth contained within life.  However, intellect alone, divorced from intuition, will only lead to more illusionWe need love to find the truth; intellect can take us beyond immediate experience.  Notice the tight grip. The emotions, too, are a gift, enabling us to experience life intensely, but they always remain hard to hold, and harder still to direct.
* the Ace of Swords Reversed at the basis telling me to "take hold of myself and try to find a balanced sense of reality"
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* sorrow plus acceptance in the Near Future with of the Five of Cups
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* the Hanged Man in my Hopes and Fears, peace and acceptance once again and also independence; being who I am ("even if others think I have everything backwards), the feeling of being deeply connected to life, a peace that comes after some difficult trial"After the crisis of seeing what you have made of your life comes the peace of acceptance; after Justice, the Hanged Man."
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* there's again a noticeable contrast between the 'default outcome' of the Ace of Wands Reversed ("clouded joy" and things falling apart) ad the Possible Outcome of the Four of Swords: "withdrawal can lead to healing if the purpose is not to hide but to gain strength".  My attitude and intent can have a big influence over which path I take.
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{{:Clouded hopes?}}
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Influence passing away: Ten of Pentacles.  The Gate, opening to hidden experience in ordinary things.  On the surface, the card represents the established home, the good life, a secure and comfortable position in the world.  Though the card expresses mundaneness, magic signs cover it.  The ten pentacles form the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.  A magic wand rests aganst the arch.  The balanced scales on the arch stand for Justice, and further for subtle forces that keep the world from breaking into chaos. The everyday world contains a magic greater than any of us can actually see.  The magic is all around us, in nature, in the very fact that life exists and that this vast universe does not fly apart.  By merging with this card we can find ourselves beyond the Gate, looking in at the dramas of our own little lives.  By going further with it we can experience the wild vibrant universe existing in the very centre of the ordinary.
  
And what do I bring to the situation? The Six of Wands:
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Environment (influence of others): Six of Swords: A quiet passage through a difficult time.  Waite says, "The freight is light"; and Eden Gray writes 'The swords do not weigh down the boat'.  Though we carry our troubles with us we have adapted to them; they will not sing us or bear us down.  On a simple level it means functioning in some difficult situation without attacking to the problems.  It can refer to an immediate problem or a situation that has gone on for years. Looking deeper we see the image of a long sorrow which a person has felt for so long that it no longer gives pain, but has become a part of life.  The Six of Swords is a Gate.  Looking at it with sensitivity and then entering the picture will produce first a quieting effect on the mind and then later, slowly, a sense of movement within the self.
  
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Outcome: Ace of Wands: A gift of strength, of power, of great sexual energy, of the love of livingAt the beginning of some situation,m no card could signal a better start. It gives eagerness and strengthAt the same time, the card teaches humility, for it reminds us we have done nothing morally to deserve the optimism and greater energy that sometimes allows us to overwhelm other people.
  '''A turning point'''.   
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  Assume victory.
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  Optimism produces
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  The very success
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  It desires and expects.   
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  A true belief in ourselves
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  To accomplish what we want.  
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Indeed.
 
  
See also: [[Talk:Summer solstice, 2013: Tarot reading | initial interpretation]] based on Eden Gray's ''Complete Guide to the Tarot''; [[Reflections on the Summer Solstice, 2013, Tarot reading | crystal reflections]],  [[Together we fly]], [[Tarot readings]]
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See also: [[Talk:Summer solstice, 2013: Tarot reading | initial interpretation]] based on Eden Gray's ''Complete Guide to the Tarot''; [[Reflections on the Summer Solstice, 2013, Tarot reading | crystal reflections]],  [[Together we fly]], [[Summer solstice, 2013, Tarot Wisdom Interpretations]]
  
 
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Centre (inner person or 'being'): Judgement, reversed: Whatever else is going on around you, there is a push, a call from within to make some important change. The change can refer to something mundane and immediate, or to an entire shift in the way a person looks at life -- depending on the other cards, and the subject of the reading. The important thing is the call. In effect, the person has already changed; the old situations, the old self, have already died. It is simply a matter of recognizing it. Judgement reversed can indicate that the person wishes to answer the call but does not know what to do. More often it shows somebody trying to deny the call. There may be all kinds of reasons for not answering the call; Judgment (right side up or reversed) shows that the objections are excuses, and Judgment reversed shows the excuses become dominant. The reality of life has changed. The only choice is to follow.

Crossing (how person acts or 'doing'): Seven of cups: Emotion and imagination can produce wonderful visions, but without a grounding in both action and the outer realities of life, the fantastic images remain daydreams.

Basis: Three of cups: joy, celebration, and above all sharing the wonder of life. The card flows with happiness and celebration. Either a crisis has finished, or work has produced good results. We see the three women (or two women and a transvestite!) so intertwined we can hardly tell whose arm is whose -- a sharing of experience.

Influence passing away: Ace of cups: love underpinning life, a time of happiness and love, a gift of joy. Just as fire makes the world, so love gives it value. Love, and ultimately life, cannot be seized, but only accepted.

Possible Outcome: Magician: consciousness, action, creation, manifestation. An awareness of power in your life; beginnings; the inspiration to begin some new project or phase of life, and and the excitement that sustains you through the hard work to reach the goal. Will-power, the will unified and directed towards goals, channeling energy in a specific direction. Raising a magic wand to bring into reality the spirit force, the energy of life in its most creative terms. He holds the wand carefully, aware of the psychic power the Fool carried so lightly on his shoulder.

Near Future: Queen of Swords reversed: an overemphasis on sorrow, someone who makes life seem much worse than it is by ignoring good things around her. A strong mind turned nasty, especially as a reaction to pain or pressure form unpleasant situations or people.

Self (what the person is contributing to the situation): Queen of Cups: Joining consciousness to feeling she knows what she wants and will take the steps necessary to get it. Yet she acts always with an awareness of love. Only love can give meaning to her actions and realize her goals - making something whole and alive out of the opportunities given by life. A vision of life as joyful can only come as a gift, but love can open us to receiving such a gift, to recognizing that it exists. Willpower alone will not unite imagination and action. With intelligence joined to love we return the gift by taking that vision and making something real and lasting from it.

Environment (influence of others): King of Cups Reversed: When right side up, he uses his creativity for his work; reversed, he turns his talents into vice or corruption.

Hopes and Fears: Four of Wands Reversed: if unreversed, a domestic environment filled with optimism, eagerness, and celebration. Waite calls this card unchanged upside down: the joy is so powerful it cannot be blocked. We can add, however, that the reversed four might indicate (like the Sun) that the happiness in the environment is not so easily visible; or that the happiness is unorthodox, at least in terms of other people's attitudes and expectations.

Outcome: Page of Wands Reversed: The page is not thrown wildly by problems, but instead becomes confused and indecisive. His eagerness to start is disrupted by complexities and opposition, leaving him afraid or unable to declare himself. When indecisive he can become unstable and weak. Either get away from complexity or develop the maturity to deal with it. Continued indecision can only lead to the resolve and self-confidence degenerating further.


Unreversed interpreations

Centre (inner person or 'being'): Judgement: We have all forgotten our true identities and become separated from our 'parents'. And when we find or create our true selves, we will find ourselves at the centre of the universe. For the centre is everywhere.

Near Future: Queen of Swords: Experiences of both sorrow and wisdom, and especially the connection between them. Having experienced pain, and aving faced it with courage, acceptance, and honesty, she has found wisdom.

Environment (influence of others): King of Cups: Cups symbolize the creative imagination, and ot achieve success he has had to discipline and even suppress his dreams. Some commentators see the King as a person of troubled emotions, even anger and violence, who habitually suppresses these feelings even from himself, always maintaining a calm exterior. In some contexts, especially the arti, the King takes on a very different meaning. Because he is leader of his suit, he can symbolize success, achievement, mastery, and maturity in artistic work.

Hopes and Fears: Four of Wands: The card represents a domestic environment filled with Fire optimism, eagerness, and celebration. The irrepressible Wands energy ... will not be contained, and so we see people marching out ecstatically to the simplest of structures, trusting to the sun to burn off any clouds of trouble. Their spirit and courage carry them from a defensive situation to an open one. Optimisim and love of freedom carry the people, together, out of their walled city before it becomes a Tower-like prison.

Outcome: Page of Wands: A moment when a person experiences some aspect of life just for itself, free of external pressures. The start of projects, and in particular an announcement to the world, and to ourselves, that we are ready to begin either a 'project' or a new phase of life. On a simpler level the Page can represent a messenger, message, or information. In emotional situations the Page's implies a faithful friend or lover.



"Sometimes we may do further readings to get information about a specific card in the first reading. In this situation some readers will use the card in question as the Significator for the new reading. Just as the original Significator helped the person to concentrate on him or herself, so the new card helps the person focus on the particular question"


Second reading


Centre (inner person or 'being'): Justice: Events have worked out in the way they were 'meant' to work out: what is happening comes from situations and decisions in the past. Absolute honesty in seeing the truth of the situation. At the same time it shows the possibility that your actions in the future can be changed by a lesson learned in the present situation.

Crossing (how person acts or 'doing'): Knight of Swords: The Knight rides directly into the storm, waving a sword in eagerness to overcome all difficulties. Brave, skillful, strong, the Knight recognizes no limits, expecting enemies and life's problems to full under his charge and cannot so easily handle a situation that requires long, steady, plodding. Bravery, skill, readiness to charge all problems, can sometimes contain a fear of losing innocence, that strong belief in oneself -- when one knows inside that he or she has yet to face and overcome life's greatest difficulties.

Basis: Ace of Swords Reversed: the grip fails, bringing illusion, confused ideas and feelings, overpowering emotions. Without a clear sense of reality, the mind can fall prey to mistakes created by emotion. Problems become exaggerated, everything (including attractions) appears to be more important than it actually is. In such situations, the Ace of Swords reversed tells us to take hold of ourselves and try to find a balanced sense of reality.

Influence passing away: Ten of Pentacles Reversed. If the sense of boredom with life increases it can lead to taking risks. Sometimes, depending on the context or the projected results, the risks are justified. At other times the risks come less from need than from the impatience with what we already have.

Possible Outcome: Four of Swords: Fours relate to stabilization, not death but withdrawal. People sometimes respond to difficulties by isolating themselves and flattening themselves emotionally. Withdrawal, however, can also lead to healing if the purpose is not to hide but to gain strength.

Near Future: Five of Cups: Emotional reaction to loss: sorrow but also acceptance. Accept that some happiness has suddenly vanished, been noticed over; realize that something remains by first understanding and accepting the loss. Has she herself knocked over the ups, either through recklessness or taking them for granted? In the sense of awareness, this card relates to Justice, emblem of truth and acceptance of responsibility. The river represents the flow of sorrow but the bridge symbolizes consciousness and determination. When she has accepted their loss, she can then turn, pick up the two remaining cups, and cross the bridge to the house, symbol of stability and continuity.

Self (what the person is contributing to the situation): Six of Wands: A turning point. Assume victory; optimism produces the very success it desires and expects. Often it requires only a true belief in ourselves to find the energy to accomplish what w want. Such belief will inspire others to folllow us.

Environment (influence of others): Six of Swords Reversed: A stormy journey, either physically or spiritually. When we try to attack some longstanding problem, especially one accepted by everyone else, we agitate the situation. In another way, the Six reversed can show communication. If the swords symbolize unhappy memories and the silence is a defense, then communication can be painful. It can also begin healing.

Hopes and Fears: Hanged Man. Peace and acceptance. Independence; being who you are, even if others think you have everything backwards. The feeling of being deeply connected to life, and can mean a peace that comes after some difficult trial. After the crisis of seeing what you have made of your life comes the peace of acceptance; after Justice, the Hanged Man. This card represents the Magician in the sense that the power drawn down by the want has now entered the Hanged Man - the experience of really feeling the sporty force within life is one of great power and excitement in the midst of complete calm.

Outcome: Ace of Wands Reversed: Clouded joy: wonder and happiness exist even when we cannot - or will not -- see them in front of us. Alternatively, chaos, things falling apart, either because it just happened that way or because we have ruined them through too much undirected energy. This can happen on a practical level through too much activity, too many new starts without considering past gains; or emotionally through being overconfident of friendship or overbearing.


Unreversed interpretations

Basis: Ace of Swords. Pointing straight up for true perception, the sword pierces the crown of the material world. Wisdom leads us beyond illusions and limitations to the spiritual truth contained within life. However, intellect alone, divorced from intuition, will only lead to more illusion. We need love to find the truth; intellect can take us beyond immediate experience. Notice the tight grip. The emotions, too, are a gift, enabling us to experience life intensely, but they always remain hard to hold, and harder still to direct.

Influence passing away: Ten of Pentacles. The Gate, opening to hidden experience in ordinary things. On the surface, the card represents the established home, the good life, a secure and comfortable position in the world. Though the card expresses mundaneness, magic signs cover it. The ten pentacles form the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. A magic wand rests aganst the arch. The balanced scales on the arch stand for Justice, and further for subtle forces that keep the world from breaking into chaos. The everyday world contains a magic greater than any of us can actually see. The magic is all around us, in nature, in the very fact that life exists and that this vast universe does not fly apart. By merging with this card we can find ourselves beyond the Gate, looking in at the dramas of our own little lives. By going further with it we can experience the wild vibrant universe existing in the very centre of the ordinary.

Environment (influence of others): Six of Swords: A quiet passage through a difficult time. Waite says, "The freight is light"; and Eden Gray writes 'The swords do not weigh down the boat'. Though we carry our troubles with us we have adapted to them; they will not sing us or bear us down. On a simple level it means functioning in some difficult situation without attacking to the problems. It can refer to an immediate problem or a situation that has gone on for years. Looking deeper we see the image of a long sorrow which a person has felt for so long that it no longer gives pain, but has become a part of life. The Six of Swords is a Gate. Looking at it with sensitivity and then entering the picture will produce first a quieting effect on the mind and then later, slowly, a sense of movement within the self.

Outcome: Ace of Wands: A gift of strength, of power, of great sexual energy, of the love of living. At the beginning of some situation,m no card could signal a better start. It gives eagerness and strength. At the same time, the card teaches humility, for it reminds us we have done nothing morally to deserve the optimism and greater energy that sometimes allows us to overwhelm other people.


See also: initial interpretation based on Eden Gray's Complete Guide to the Tarot; crystal reflections, Together we fly, Summer solstice, 2013, Tarot Wisdom Interpretations