The Hanged Man
You’ve reached a point in your life when it’s appropriate to stop and wait. Circumstances have arisen that temporarily prevent your moving forward - you need to stay in a holding pattern for a while. This can feel frustrating, especially if you’ve been thinking you were making great progress. You may wish to press ahead by sheer force of will. But this is not a good time to attempt that. This is a time in which showing restraint, holding back and waiting, will reap rewards in the future. Quell your desires - they are often based in fears and anxieties - and instead adopt an approach of calm acceptance. Let go of your need to control things. Focus only on the present moment, not on the past nor the future. Soon you’ll be able to spring into action again - you’ll know when the time is right - but for now, just hang in there and take it easy.
King of Swords
You may think of yourself as a quiet, mild-mannered person, but deep inside you is the no-nonsense authority of the King of Swords, and now it’s time to unleash it. You’ve found yourself in a position where disorganized and/or untrustworthy people are causing you grief. So kick ass and take names! Lay down the law. Let them know you’re in charge. Maintain the unemotional, even cold, demeanor of the King of Swords and stick to the hard facts. Be clear and firm in your words. Don’t be afraid to take a stand - you’re in the right. Depending on what kind of issue is involved, it might be a good idea to hire a lawyer, accountant or other relevant expert to come in and back you up. There is much shady confusion on your adversary’s side and it’ll help to have another sharp, focused mind helping you to cut through the crap. Victory this time will be won through the power of intellect, not feelings.
The Magician, reversed
You have the potential to unleash brilliant creative power, but something is holding you back. Is it self-doubt? Distraction? Lack of energy? Or perhaps you have an ambition that you’ve been striving mightily to achieve but can’t seem to get close to it, for some reason. First, make sure your goal is something honorable, pure, and good for all of humanity. The Universe tends to open the way to seekers who are on the proper path, while throwing roadblocks in front of those who are only out for their own gain. Then, concentrate on allowing, rather than forcing, the creative energies to flow through you. This involves quieting the Big Voice of your ego and listening instead to the still, small voice of your intuition. The Magician represents the strength of individual will, but it also symbolizes the human channelling of cosmic forces to make magic. When you make yourself a receptive conduit, the Universe co-creates with you. Many blocks (and much bad art) are caused by ego: overthinking and trying too hard to do it all by oneself. Remember that creation is also a kind of discovery - bringing something into physical form which already exists on another plane.
Queen of Pentacles, reversed
This Queen is loving and nurturing in practical, earthy ways. She makes sure that everyone in her care has a comfortable life with plenty of good food. She’ll make you a cup of tea and listen attentively to your problems. But she’s more than just a willing ear and a shoulder to cry on - she’ll suggest solutions and will give actual assistance. What’s more, she’ll stick with you through the rough spots. Pentacles are all about dedication - you can trust them. And they won’t give up on you. Today this card comes up in reverse to say that you should look within and find the Queen of Pentacles in yourself. Her qualities are in you and you may not even realize it. When you’re facing a problem or a crisis, nurture yourself and take care of your physical needs. Learn to move past the emotions and focus on the nitty-gritty, real-world details so you can deal with the situation effectively. This takes practice and discipline but you can do it! Also, don’t be shy about asking for practical help from others. There are many tasks that are far easier with helping hands - moving, housecleaning, yard work, taking things to the dump or the thrift shop, and so forth. Even getting a ride somewhere can be a godsend at times, and you’ll find people are happy to assist.
Two of Cups
A partnership is coming into being today! It could be a romance, a close friendship, or a business relationship. Whatever form it takes, it’ll be a wonderfully harmonious pairing, one which will grace your life for years to come. You’ll find yourself on the same page with this other person, thinking and feeling as one, in spite of your being quite different people (and possibly from different backgrounds). In fact, your differences help you support each other - each of you is strong where the other is weak. You and your partner are very fortunate to have found each other. There might be outside stressors on your relationship, probably coming from jealous acquaintances or negative-thinking family members, but if so, rest assured your connection is strong and you’ll both rise above it. As Shakespeare wrote, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.”
Six of Cups, reversed
Reminiscing about the past is fine as long as you don’t set up house and live there. The Six of Cups comes up reversed today to suggest that perhaps you’ve been spending too much time longing for days gone by and relationships with loved ones you’ll never see again. Perhaps you’re dwelling on your regrets as much as on your happy memories. If so, you should move on. When you’re stuck in the past, you can’t appreciate what you have in the present, and you can’t take advantage of opportunities for the future. Look around your home - are you surrounded by old stuff that suggests memories to you? Difficult as it will be, work hard to divest yourself of it - if you can’t bring yourself to ditch it all, at least try to get rid of MOST of it! It holds stagnant energy and tends to stifle one’s progress. Take loads of stuff to the thrift shop. And remember, the dump is your friend. Think of Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectations - sitting in a dark old house surrounded by the long-rotted remains of her doomed wedding feast. You don’t want to end up like her! Make a conscious decision to cut yourself free from the past and move ahead into a bright new day.
Seven of Pentacles, reversed
Have you toiled long and hard at your job, only to find it tough to advance? Have you plowed a lot of energy into starting up a new business, only to find success elusive? Or perhaps you’ve made a major investment in purchasing or remodeling your home and you’re worrying that you’ve gone over budget. The Seven of Pentacles has to do with putting work into our business, investments, our homes, and our physical surroundings. It comes up reversed today to suggest that you should re-evaluate your position. Consider that you might be experiencing a block because you made a wrong turn somewhere. Take time to think deeply about what you want to accomplish. Examine it from every angle. Then when you’re clear on that, challenge yourself to carve out the correct path to your goal, even if that means backtracking and taking a completely different route than before. You can achieve your dream if you’re willing to change your approach.
The Empress is full of fecund Mother Earth energy. She radiates positive, creative power like a tree sprouting pale green buds in the spring. She is kind, loving, and nurturing, with all the tenderness and strength of a dedicated Mom. This card comes up today to suggest that her energy is important to you at this time. You may be about to conceive a new project that will become your central focus in the future. Indeed, you might even conceive an actual pregnancy! So be mindful!! The vibrations of fertility, both physical and figurative, are fizzing around you strongly now. Take charge of your role as creator and nurturer - regardless of your reproductive status - and consider carefully what you wish to bring into the world. Tap into the pure, supportive love of the Empress and bask in her sunny warmth. Allow her to guide you as you start on your path to your creative destiny.
The High Priestess, reversed
The High Priestess signifies intuition, enlightenment, and spirituality - the Divine Feminine. Reversed, the card is a call to you to go deep inside yourself and recapture your connection with these aspects of your life. You may have become too caught up in the nitty-gritty of everyday existence and no longer listen to the still, small voice within. When you are cut off from your intuition, it diminishes your natural vibrancy, your creativity, and your connection to the world. Try starting, or resuming, a regular practice of meditation. This is the best way to block out the babble that surrounds you and turn up the volume on your inner voice. Also try visiting a place of worship and engaging in silent contemplation. If you aren’t drawn to a religious setting, go for a long walk in nature and observe mindfully. The Universe is attempting to communicate with you but you need to tune in to the right spiritual wavelength in order to hear the message.
Seven of Swords, reversed
Someone has “done you wrong” - ripped you off, been unfaithful, betrayed a confidence, let you down in a significant way. Either this has recently happened, or you’re about to discover it. The emotional repercussions have been (or will be) major for you. In dealing with them, try to remember that it’s only the culprit who’s at fault here, not you. Also, while it doubtless would feel good to confront the person and call him or her out, avoid the temptation to do that. It would only inflame your emotions and allow the other person to get his or her hooks even more deeply into you. The best course of action is to cut all ties, both emotional and practical, with the person and simply fade him or her out of your life, PERMANENTLY. In the future, you may feel the urge to reconnect in some way. Resist it with every fiber of your being. It would be a very bad idea. You need to move on for good.
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Six of Pentacles
What does it mean to you to be generous? How do you view a “giving person”? The Six of Pentacles is about the paradoxes and contradictions associated with generosity, particularly concerning money. Money is a symbol for power. Anyone who donates to a cause is, on the surface, being selfless, but deep down, wants to get something in return. This card calls us to examine our attitude toward money and how we use it to maintain our status in society. It’s admirable to give to support the less-fortunate, but would we do it if nobody was looking? Today, you might find yourself in a position where you’re asking for financial support from someone, or alternatively, someone is approaching you for it. Consider your options carefully.
Two of Cups, reversed
You may be experiencing difficulty in a close emotional relationship or a creative partnership. The connection which once felt so effortless is being interrupted by something, like static suddenly interfering with your favorite radio station. Misunderstandings and conflicts are pushing the two of you off the same page. If this is true for you right now, this card is coming up to warn you that if you don’t take action to transform the pattern, a split is inevitable. Usually these problems occur because of a communication breakdown. Try changing the way you talk with the other person - open up more and let go of any rigid expectations. Be willing to listen. Stay “in the moment” rather than bringing up past issues or thinking about what the future may hold. The message today is that the relationship is salvageable if you’re willing to work to take a different approach.
The World, reversed
The World, reversed, suggests that something wonderful, perhaps a great creation or accomplishment, is hovering just outside your grasp. It’s been a long time in the making and it’s almost complete, but for some reason, the energy isn’t quite there to manifest it in your life. Why is that? It’s time to go inward and ask yourself what’s holding you back. Is it self-doubt? Self-sabotage? Fear of failure? Or has the process been such a struggle that you’ve faltered near the end, like an exhausted marathon runner encountering Heartbreak Hill? This card comes up today to remind you of the beautiful prize that awaits if you can get your head together and re-focus. Often we run into a mental block right before we’re about to break through and reach a higher level. It’s as if we subconsciously realize our lives will change drastically once we reach that level, and we stop ourselves. Even though it’s positive change, we humans tend to be reluctant to embrace change of any sort. We still have primitive reactions - we fear change because it might bring danger. We know we’re uncomfortable and unhappy in our present situation, but we prefer that to the unknown. This is everyone’s challenge when we engage actively in our own personal development.. We have to overcome our doubts and face the new future, and that takes courage. This card is an assurance that you are on the right track and as you step forward into the next level of your advancement, you’ll be safe and protected. So go for it!
Knight of Wands
There have been many Swords in the readings lately, but not so many Wands. Both suits are about thoughts and ideas, but while Swords reflect an analytical kind of intellectualism, Wands signify creativity and the spark of inspiration. The Knight of Wands is a fiery, charismatic character who’s not afraid to charge recklessly toward his goal. Nothing can stop him - except distraction! He’s prone to dropping one great idea when he finds a new one that’s more attractive. He loves the excitement of a new concept. While he might be a little flighty in this way, his brilliant creative energy enlivens everything he comes into contact with. This card comes up today to advise that this is an excellent time for you to plunge ahead with the creative project you’ve been putting together. You have the basic structure in place but you’ve been holding back from committing to it. This Knight tells you to throw caution to the winds, be bold, and seize the day! Don’t waste any more time! The world is waiting for you to express yourself.
Knight of Swords, reversed
The Knight of Swords is a guy who is bright, sharp, analytical, and always one step ahead of his colleagues in terms of strategic thinking. He speaks with honesty and authority. He’s committed to supporting the big ideas of Truth, Justice, and Freedom. When his card is reversed, however, it indicates the darker side of those traits: he can be overly harsh, judgmental, and lacking in emotional intelligence. He can be domineering and brusque, a “bull in a china shop” type. While no one doubts his sincerity about his devotion to his ideals, he seems to think of them in terms of grand theory, and often fails to recognize how they play out in real life. There’s a coldness to his intellectualism. He’s missing the warm charisma, practicality, and emotional intelligence embodied by the Knights of Wands, Pentacles, and Cups. Does this sound like someone you know? This card comes up to suggest that you might have to deal with a person like this now. Either that, or you might be behaving like this yourself, and if so, should stop and consider. Are you getting too carried away with ideas over human needs and desires? Are you too quick to cut people off when they suggest other approaches? Are you listening to what your heart tells you?
Five of Cups, reversed
You may have experienced a setback which has shaken you emotionally. This may have left you feeling stuck in a never-ending cycle of grief, remorse, and general negativity. If so, this card comes up today to advise you to GET OVER IT!! Sometimes we need a good kick in the pants (figuratively speaking, of course!) to get us moving forward again. The Five of Cups, when upright, shows a person gloomily gazing at the spilled cups, while oblivious to the two upright cups which are out of sight. The message of this card when reversed, in this case, is to break out of that hyperfocus on what’s gone wrong, and instead, look around to see the big picture. The Cups are all about feelings and emotions. Reversed Cups in readings suggest that we are allowing those feelings and emotions to confuse us and lead us astray. Try to set your emotional reactions aside for now and look at the situation as objectively as you can. It’s time to get better perspective on the situation that faces us, and think things through, rather than being consumed by negativity. What’s past is past - there’s no use crying over spilled milk (or wine).
Eight of Swords, reversed
Swords have been coming up a lot lately - five out of the last eight readings. The suit of Swords has to do with power, conflict, and an intellectual rather than emotional approach to life. While Swords can represent people with sharp minds that can cut through what is unnecessary, they can also represent those who are rigid, harsh, and overly legalistic. Mostly the Sword cards in our last several readings have been reversed, which suggests that they are advising you to soften your stance on some important issue, and relax your Swordslike rigidity of thinking.
The Eight of Swords, reversed, suggests that you’ve been held back by your own internal doubts and anxieties. You see obstacles that aren’t actually there. Perhaps they did exist at some point but have now been eliminated, yet you persist in fretting about them. The blindfold is key in this card’s imagery. If you can slip off the blindfold, you’ll see your way is clear. How can you do that? First, challenge yourself to re-evaluate the situation honestly, using actual facts, not your opinions. What you think is real might not be. Second, whenever you sense negativity in your mind, ask yourself if it is really warranted. You might be getting yourself into conflicts with people in order to subconsciously put roadblocks in your way. Third, clarify your ultimate goals and ask yourself how your thoughts and actions support your efforts to achieve them. Then decide which attitudes/behaviors no longer serve your goals and use your powerful Sword to cut them out of your life.
Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune comes up today to announce that you’ve come to an important turning point in your life. You’re leaving one phase and entering another. The reasons for this aren’t really under your control. Fate is at work here. But you can choose how you react to what you’re presented with. Go with the flow and adapt. A flexible approach will serve you well. You might consider some introspection at this time to help recognize the patterns that are emerging and to attune yourself to the Universe so you can pick up the messages that are being sent to you. A regular practice of meditation would be a tremendous help. It would also be good to find a trustworthy spiritual advisor/confidant. When being borne on the swift current of Life, it’s sometimes necessary to let go and stop trying to steer. “Lean not on your own understanding.”