Below you will find the Explanations to the Card Reading Exercises from last week. I have attempted to explain how I came up with the interpretations for the various Card Readings. However, Please Note that the Interpretations provided are not the only ones that could apply to the Cards. It is just one Interpretation out of several possibilities, and of course it would all come down to the Question that is being asked. I chose a fictional storyline based on the Cards drawn in each case. I could have written many other interpretations, as in normal Readings these Cards could suggest something entirely different for the Querant. I also wanted to demonstrate to all those who are studying Tarot Reading how to pull a story together while reading.
This Card Reading Exercise was designed with a view to help those who are studying The Tarot to better understand the process of Linking and Connecting Cards when Interpreting a Reading.
There may be some concern around your drinking habits. In fact your habit may have got out of hand and you are overindulging. You may be in denial about this but deep down you have niggling doubts and worries about how much alcohol you are consuming. Your subconscious is calling to you and is attempting to bring this issue to the surface. Time to actively take steps now before your habit turns into an addiction. If it has already done that then you need to get help to overcome it for you have lost control.
You are hanging around with a crowd who you think are friends. This group of people are particularly toxic and are leading you astray. For some reason you feel compelled to stay with them and even though you are beginning to see them in their true light and are right to be concerned about your association with them, you will find it hard to break away from them. Why are you letting these people exert so much control over you? They are an unsavoury crowd and quite underhand and devious. You are unaware of half the things they get up to. Get out now.
When I first saw these three cards The Devil obviously jumped out at me, and as he is a Major Arcana Card and quite negative in his associations, I immediately saw an issue regarding some form of control, enslavement or entrapment of one sort or another. The Devil deals with bad habits, negativity, addictions, excessive materialism, toxic relationships and unhealthy living and attitudes. The Devil acts in no one’s best interests but will lead you to believe that he does. So to find out where The Devil was active in this Reading my eyes were instantly drawn to The Reversed Three of Cups and here we have the partying to excess, too much alcohol and the out of control lifestyle that surrounds that type of environment. There may also be an unhealthy relationship or friendship. The friends the individual hangs out with may not be friends at all but rather a bad influence. The people in The Three of Cups Reversed look as if they are enjoying themselves, but with The Devil beside them, this enjoyment must be questioned. They may have started out enjoying this lifestyle, relationship or friendship, and were able to keep up with it all and could opt in or out as they chose, but that may have changed. They may find that they have become addicted to this type of living and could very easily be waking up most mornings loathing themselves for how they feel and how they are behaving. They may make firm resolutions each morning or at the beginning of each week that they are going to clean up their act, cut out the drinking or partying, end the relationship or break away from a negative circle of friends. They may feel determined and their resolve strengthened as they are desperate to change things. However, The Devil has a very powerful influence over them and by the end of the day or possibly a couple of days, the temptation becomes too strong and the lure is there for them to give in as they are seduced back to what has become an addiction, or at the very least a very bad habit. If they fight The Devil and attempt to stand up to him, he will give the impression that he understands. As he claps them on the back, he reassures them that they can start their healthy living or end their toxic relationship or friendship next week. Until then they can resume business as normal and should not feel guilty at all for they will be making a fresh start next week. And so the cycle continues and the individual becomes more and more powerless.
However, we now must look across to The Moon and we see the concern and stress on the face of The Moon. She appears to be worried about something and this to me indicates that all is not lost with the individual represented by The Reversed Three of Cups. This person knows deep down that they are in trouble and this concern has begun to surface more and more to the extent that it is deeply troubling them. They know they are in trouble as their subconscious calls to them. They may be beginning to understand that the deep issues or emotions they are trying to suppress with alcohol, drugs, food, sex etc are still managing to rise up and make themselves known. The Moon indicates that any negative relationship or friendship they are involved in is more than likely due to issues from the past, especially what they were exposed to in childhood and growing up. These deep issues may have been what started the whole situation, but the individual knows that the way they have been trying to control the situation has not worked and has in fact begun to control them. Their issues have probably become worse, and it is for certain their self-esteem has been ground down into the ground. The Moon is their wake up call for they are beginning to acknowledge their worries and concerns regarding the way they are living and are gaining an understanding of where it all has come from.
For me, these cards would suggest that the individual is close to reaching the point where depression and self-loathing will make them begin to turn away from The Devil as they realise he is not their friend after all but rather their worst enemy. They can see how toxic and destructive he is. They can also see through the smiling, friendly mask he carefully outwardly presents and down to the manipulative, controlling, cold and calculating personality he truly is. The Devil’s Ugliness is becoming apparent to the individual and they know that something has to be done to free them self from his negative influence. They can no longer ignore this situation. They need to move fast now before The Devil declares total ownership of them. The Devil is very strong and these cards would indicate that external help may be needed in the battle for personal freedom and salvation.
You are getting involved in something that you are going to deeply regret. You are taking action or acting on an ill thought out plan and it is going to back fire on you. You are actually playing with fire now. You think you are being very clever but you are only bringing a lot of trouble down upon yourself. You may be acting in anger or revenge, but this is a knee jerk reaction and you are not looking where you are going. Your actions are going to make someone very angry with you and you have not thought of the possible outcome or consequences. You are starting a chain of events now that you will have no control over. You think that you are going to get one up on someone but you have no idea of the backlash that will come your way. Your plan is doomed and you will fail miserably. You may even take others down with you and you will live to regret it. Walk away and let this one go.
Here we have two nasty Sword Cards and an upsetting Cups Card. The Swords Cards precede The Five of Cups so this suggests to me that they are responsible for this unhappy outcome. Things do not look good and certainly do not augur well if the behaviour and energy associated with both The Seven of Swords Reversed and The Five of Swords is allowed to be activated. Therefore, an effort must be made to avoid whatever action the individual represented by this Reading is planning on taking for at the very least it will backfire on them and end in tears. At worst there may be deep regret, trauma, potential loss and serious trouble.
In the centre we have The Five of Swords and here we see a nasty figure wielding his power and aggression over all around. He appears to have confiscated Swords from those who have attempted to oppose or overthrow him. He looks smug and gloating for he is feeling very pleased with himself. Those whose Swords he now holds thought they could get the better of him and that they could outsmart and out fight him. They especially thought they could out think him too with their ridiculous plans. They launched an attack on him but they didn’t realise who they were taking on. They may not normally indulge in the aggressive behaviour that is second nature to him. They may lack the killer instinct that is part of his natural make up. They may not be used to using their Sword for destructive purposes but something has made the individual or individuals want to take down the figure represented in The Five of Swords. Unfortunately, they are no match for him and are like lambs to the slaughter. The two figures in the background have dropped their weapons and walked away. This was doomed from the start. They didn’t stand a chance of victory and we must ask ourselves why this is?
To get our answer we must now look to The Reversed Seven of Swords for it is all there. The poorly thought out plan, the impulsive act of stupidity that may have been brought on by heightened emotions such as anger, revenge or intense upset. The individual in The Seven of Swords Reversed is not thinking clearly and certainly is not looking where he is going. He is just acting on the spur of the moment and thinks he is seizing a golden opportunity to take his enemy by surprise. He believes he is going to get the better of someone by being sneaky and cunning. He doesn’t realise the nature of the personality he is dealing with. If he did, he would ensure he totally disarmed him. Instead he takes only some of his opponents weapons as he ran in here without a proper plan of action. He couldn’t carry anymore but thinks he has got away with enough to leave his opponent defenceless. He believes he has scored a major victory here and is quite pleased with his actions.
However, we must look back to The Five of Swords and see the consequences of his actions. It looks like he may have dragged others into his ill thought out plan of attack. He may have convinced them to support him or back him against his opponent. Look at what has happened. His actions have totally enraged the figure in The Five of Swords who wastes no time in launching a counterattack. The individual in The Reversed Seven of Swords should have known that such an experienced fighter would only need the use of the couple of weapons that were left behind to take down the pitiful group that came after him. In fact he would make them suffer for even thinking they could outsmart him. The pain he inflicts, and it may not be a physical pain, will be severe when he punishes them. The individual and his backup were defeated from the outset and never stood a chance against this type of personality. They may have ignored all warnings and advice, choosing to run with their plan A without a plan B to fall back on. The result of all this behaviour can be seen in The Five of Cups with the hunched figure and the overturned cups. The contents of the cups have been spilled and it is too late to turn back the clock. The damage has been done and the individual from The Reversed Seven of Swords is left with deep regret. They may have brought more trouble down upon their shoulders and on those who supported them.
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