Looking For Love Spread

This Card Reading is excellent for getting to the heart of love and relationships.  It is ideal for anyone who desires to draw romance and love into their lives. I did not design this myself but found it on the internet some years ago and have used it successfully on many occasions. The Looking for Love Spread,  will expose areas where you may be unconsciously blocking a loving relationship from coming into your life.  It will offer both guidance on how to overcome and release these blocks, together with suggestions as to who might be a suitable partner and where you are most likely to meet him or her. To get the most out of this Reading it is wise to detach yourself or advise the Querant to detach them self as much as possible from the outcome.  Being honest with yourself and being open to other possibilities and potentials is important.

Looking For Love Spread

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Base Card – Gives background information.

Card 1 – What are the underlying causes that have prevented or blocked you from meeting your perfect partner?

Card 2 – What can you do to make the necessary changes or overcome the issues in revealed in card 1?

Card 3 – What is the best step to take right now in order to find your perfect partner?

Card 4 – Who would be the most suitable partner for me?

Card 5 –  Where am I most likely to meet my perfect partner?

Card 6 – When am I most likely to meet my perfect partner?

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  1. For card 4 I got the queen of rods reversed. I’m confused because I don’t believe the most suitable partner for me has all those negative qualities. How can I interpret this?

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    • Hi Allison,

      Reversed cards can also carry the message of ‘absolutely not like me’. In doing so the Reversed Queen of Wands/Rods could be acting as a warning to stay well away from anyone who mirrors her reversed characteristics, especially if you have had a tendency to do so in the past. Many of us are drawn to unsuitable partners time and time again only to discover down the road that they are the exact opposite of what we need. So beware of anyone resembling the Reversed Queen of Wands regardless of whatever other wonderful traits he or she displays at the time for it doesn’t augur well. Sometimes it is more important for us to determine what is the deal breaker, what we can’t or won’t compromise on. The Reversed Queen of Wands could represent the deal breaker in your case.

      I wonder if this makes any sense for you?

      Vivien

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  2. Hi Vivien, I draw the 9 of Wands as Where to find him, but what could it mean? It doesn’t look like a “where” card..

    What do you think?

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    • Hi Helen,

      Thank you for your enquiry. I suppose the same could be said about any number of cards that turn up in any position. When we ask a question of the tarot, we hope for very specific responses and cards to fit their positional meaning. If you have drawn the three of cups in Where to Find him you would naturally think of meeting him at a social event (party, wedding, celebration, concert), an introduction from a friend, through a friend or even part of your existing circle of friends. It makes sense and fits nicely in place. The six of cups could suggest he is not far from home, or perhaps someone from your childhood or past. The eight of wands might suggest on holidays or while travelling abroad. The ten of pentacles could suggest you find him in a corporate environment, or at a monied/high status event or gathering. Finding a Court Card in this position can throw you too. However, The Queen of Cups might suggest an artistic or nurturing environment, the King of Swords could suggest a legal or professional environment.

      You have drawn the Nine of Wands in this position and unfortunately it does not immediately offer a definite suggestion. When this happens we must look to what is going on in the card to determine where in your life or future it may be suggesting. In the Nine of Wands we see a worn out fatigued man who looks like he has a lot of demands on him, commitments and responsibilities. He doesn’t look like he has much time for socialising or any interest in a relationship. His attention seems to be fully focused on maintaining, defending or protecting everything he has worked hard towards, his job perhaps. He may be struggling to keep on top of things and is inevitably stressed. However, this guy is not a quitter and takes his responsibilities very seriously. He may have a very important job or is running a demanding and competitive business with little outside help. Therefore, you might encounter this man in a variety of circumstances and places. He is bound to make an impression on you regardless of whether he has the time to speak to you or not. Do you know anyone or have you encountered anyone who might line up with this scenario? The Nine of Wands can represent someone who is involved in security or the military. It is unlikely with the Nine of Wands that he will make the first move and he may be quite resistant or closed. He builds a fortress around himself, but it is penetrable so if you find this guy, you may have to give him time to come around. Therefore it is unlikely you will meet him in a typical social environment where all are dressed up and out to impress each other. It will probably be a work environment, one of high stress and quite demanding.

      I hope this has helped.

      Vivien

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  3. I drew The Moon in Position 4 for Most Suitable Partner. Does it mean that it’s not clear yet who it is? Or I’m confused? I can’t figure out how to read it. Also, for when I drew a court card – Queen of Pentacles? How do I read that for time? Love your site and all your descriptions. I think they are incredible.

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    • Hi India,

      Thank you for you lovely comment about my site. Well The Moon is very deep emotionally so maybe the most suitable partner for you is someone who is in touch with their emotions. The Moon also represents the Sun Sign, Cancer – emotive, creative, intuitive, caring, nurturing. The Moon can be moody though so you want that tempered down with more practical aspects. Pentacles in the Northern Hemisphere represent Winter. They are also the most patient of the suits so we can see this Queen is prepared to wait for what she wants. She has set high standards and won’t pair up with anyone less. When could also suggest, when you are out and about in Nature, walking, walking the dog, hiking, even down at the local garden center. Think of activities the Queen of Pentacles may be involved in when she might meet someone. She also could be at college or signing up to evening classes, a course, or club.

      I hope this helps.

      xxx Vivien

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  4. Hi Vivien
    I draw the nine of cup reversed for where to meet the suitable partner. does it mean to meet in a gathering? because the man in nine of cup appears to be alone sitting on his chair, and reversed makes it more confusing though. also I draw knight of sword for card 6. how to interpret time the the court cards appear? I also think your website is amazing and full of life wisdom for tarot learner!

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    • Hi Stella,

      The Nine of Cups Upright is a very social card and suggests parties, events, occasions, wining and dining, celebrations and gatherings of people. When Reversed, it might be pointing to ‘not in this sort of place’. It could mean you will meet your partner in a more everyday environment, not when you are dressed or ready for it. You could meet someone out walking the dog, waiting for the bus or standing in queue. It won’t be how you imagined perhaps. We always expect to meet someone when out socially but his card may be telling you, not this time. Perhaps, the man in question is not attending the social gathering but managing it instead. Could he be an event/banqueting manager, work in the hospitality industry. He may be at the party, but not one of the guests if you know what I mean. These are just a few random theories to play around with. As for the Knight of Swords and time, the Swords Suit is connected with the months of Autumn.Knights are also connected to taking action, and with this Knight being a Sword, he might be suggesting you will meet someone once you take action on it. As for the Swords element of Air this might involve you making your own introductions, going up to talk to the person you are interested in, engage them in conversation. The Knight could also suggest he will come into your life rather rapidly.

      Hope some of this is of help.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  5. Hi! I love your site- thank you for all of this. I refer to all the time and learning so much. I did the “Looking for love spread” and it feels really positive..How ever, I am having some difficulty interpreting. For instance how do I interpret the Lovers Card for “Where am I most likely to meet my perfect partner?”

    Card 1: 6 of Wands, Card 2: 8 of Wands, Card 3: 10 of Cups, Card 4: 9 of Pentacles Card 5: Lovers, Card 6: 4 of Wands, Base card : 6 of Cups ..Drew additional, 3 of Pentacles, 10 of Pentacles, 3 of Pentacles and the Hierophant.

    Many thanks,

    Emily

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    • Hi Emily,

      Just had a quick look at this regarding The Lovers and wonder if you are attending an occasion such as a wedding, engagement party or the likes? The Lovers as where may be a place where you will find couples, lovers, events revolving around couples. You have other cards in the reading which might point to a wedding, family gathering or large special social occasion. The Ten of Cups and Ten of Pentacles brings in family events with the Pentacles spending lavishly on it. The Hierophant officiates over wedding ceremonies. The 4, 6 of Wands, 10 of Cups, Lovers and Hierophant are all linked to engagements, weddings, christenings etc with The 10 of Cups, 4 of Wands, Six of Cups and 10 of Pentacles all suggesting important family or community occasions. The 4, 8 of Wands are also vacation cards, travelling to somewhere special. In the 4, 6 of Wands, 9 and 10 of Pentacles we see people dressing up, making a big effort with their appearance because they are going to be on view somewhere. No expense is spared. I am looking at these cards in general and not exactly as per the spread placements. The Four of Wands and Six of Cups show great stability and harmony. Fitting in and belonging. Three of Pentacles suggests laying down the groundwork, foundations etc. Putting great effort into something you consider of worth. Potential for growth. Someone talented and intelligent.

      Some wild Speculations below taken at face value. Great cards and positive.
      Card 1 – What are the underlying causes that have prevented or blocked you from meeting your perfect partner? Six of Wands – Do others put you on a pedestal or believe you are out of their league? The 9 of Pentacles shows a well to do, well dressed, successful and self-sufficient woman. She is very independent and can look after herself. With the Six of Wands she could appear out of reach.

      Card 2 – What can you do to make the necessary changes or overcome the issues in revealed in card 1? 8 of Wands – Take action yourself. Make a move and be proactive. Go out in search of it. The 6 of Wands may see you sitting pretty waiting for admirers to come to you. The 8 sees you heading out. Travel also.

      Card 3 – What is the best step to take right now in order to find your perfect partner? 10 of Cups- Get to know the people around you and in your community. Get involved in something. Be open and friendly. Here we have family set ups and gatherings. Enrol the help of your family. Ask them to make introductions for you with suitable suitors. With the 6 of Cups and 10 of Pentacles I wonder if there is someone from home or close to home, or connected to your family?

      Card 4 – Who would be the most suitable partner for me? 9 of Pentacles – Someone who is successful and financially secure. A mature person who can appreciate a quality relationship without smothering.

      Card 5 – Where am I most likely to meet my perfect partner? Lovers – At very specific couples events. Allow maybe family members of the 10 of Cups set you up on a date. They know you better than you know yourself. Go to events where you will meet like minded people who are also looking to meet like minded people. Dating sites, dating agencies. Weddings.

      Card 6 – When am I most likely to meet my perfect partner? 4 of Wands – At a wedding, party, family gathering, work do or convention, on vacation. During the summer months. When you are feeling stable and secure in yourself. When you are looking your best. When you are with people you know.

      Base Card – 6 Cups – Another family/family home card. In a familiar location with people you know. Where you can be yourself. Travelling home. Someone from your past or home town. Very loving and tender energy. Looking for a companion as well as a lover. Feeling blessed.

      Had five minutes to do this so sorry for any typos and hope you can work out where I am coming from.

      xxx Vivien

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  6. Hi Vivien,

    This is so helpful and amazing. THANK YOU!!!!!! I recently met a young man at a party through friends and finally not online and it felt great. I am much more in my element and more approachable in this fashion always. So far so good.. we will see. He’s a lot younger, but also truly wonderful and calls me his kindred spirit:)) I feel the same.

    Emily
    xoxoox

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  7. Hello Vivian, as for position 5 to where can I meet the partner, I drawn 2 of pentacles reversed. I got little clues on it but since it’s pentacles I think about workplace. Could you be kind and help me with alternative perspectives on this? Thank you!

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    • Hi V,

      The Pentacles are heavily related to the financial world and practical matters. Work would feature alright but can you let me know the other cards you got as sometimes the story reveals itself through the spread and not just one card. Does anything in the imagery trigger unconscious stirrings for you? The figure is juggling two pentacles (finances/accounts/two jobs/time/energy/resources/relationships/) while a boat rides the high seas (trade/ups and downs/stock market) The Two of Pentacles is also a card for the circulation of information/journalism/social media). If it makes little sense, add a couple of extra cards flush out the meaning. Tarot speaks in metaphors, symbols, analogies. You will rarely get a clear cut answer so you need to be flexible in how you view the cards. Take in the whole reading and ask how the Two of Pentacles fits in.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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    • Ah just seeing the Two of Pentacles is Reversed. My oversight. The two of Pentacles reversed might be too busy and overwhelmed with life to meet anyone. Too much work is often a feature of this card. Do you do a lot of overtime, or work a second job? If you do not have much time for a social life, work may be the place you strike up a relationship.

      Vivien

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      • Thank you so much for your reply Vivien! Luckily I still keep the spread in my journal. Here are the other cards in the spread together with short notes on my first impression:

        Base card. Justice Rx: There’s something unjust happened (I’ve been hurt in last relationship)
        1. 8 Pentacles: not focusing on work, not learning anything new; not improving is my challenge
        2. Chariot: To overcome [8 pentacles] – need to be confident, make a move, go out more. Set goals and complete them, focus on my own path.
        3. Star: Best I could do right now is to believe, to wish; the angels is working hard trying to match a perfect partner for me perhaps.
        4. World: My perfect partner is literally “perfect”, someone that could make me go “you’re the world to me” 😀 a person who has lots of experience, emotionally matured, and probably has a thing for travel.

        And I’m still stuck on the Where and When

        5. 2 Pentacles Rx: (I mostly stay at home if I don’t have classes, maybe this is why I’m yet to meet the person, I literally don’t meet anyone new at all) Oh and I’m using Steampunk Tarot, The girl figure is riding a bike (pentacles are the wheels) on a sea, in the storm. Significant feature pops right out: trying to balance on the things in order to move forward, even though the condition is harsh.
        6. 5 Swords: I got a feeling this card telling me this isn’t a good time to meet the person, too much negativity in the vibe.

        Basically the whole spread is telling me to focus on my study first (I’m in 4th year of college now), when the time is right or when I have a job, the person will appear.

        What do you think?

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      • Hi V,

        You have done well with interpreting your spread. I agree, this is more about you, rather than who you might meet. Forging ahead, focusing on your studies, putting your best effort into it, becoming your own person, developing your talents and skills and feeling at one in your own world is the focus at present. Just because we draw cards for a particular issue, does not mean the cards will cooperate, especially if what we are asking is not in our best interest. This spread seems to be telling you to leave well alone with relationships at present and concentrate on on your own personal development, career advancement and progression. The cards tell me you are a very ambitious person with plans of going somewhere with your life and taking your place in the world. Your previous relationship, the one where you were treated unjustly, is muddying the waters and is sapping the much-needed energy you have for your own personal work. It hangs over you and with the Five of Swords I agree there is still too much negativity connected to relationships for it to be a good time to meet anyone. Not only do you need to knuckle down to work, especially as you are in 4th year college, you also need to spend time in healing yourself in the Star, so that you will be able to enter any future relationships in a stable balanced manner. You do not want to take baggage with you.

        This scenario frequently turns up in readings for people who are looking or hoping for a relationship at a time when it might not be in their interest to do so. Their lives are often complicated or busy yet they would like to meet someone. Many are still dealing with the fallout of a previous relationship. Pointing this out to the querant is not always well received, but you seem to be very practical and honest about it all. You can see both sides of the reading. One which tells you of the nature of the person who would suit you, as in the World, while also understanding where your priorities should lie at present. The Star and World are very similar cards and convey a strong sense of self-worth, something that may have taken a battering in your previous relationship. Therefore it is essential you find these things in yourself first, before expecting to find them in another. The World also suggests you are looking for someone who is very successful in life, has climbed high in career and who supports and cheers you in yours. This person wants you to shine and be a great success, someone who loves you for who you are (star) and not try to mold you into their version of perfection. To attract someone like that, you most certainly have to feel that way about yourself. At present, you are the most important star in the constellation and all must defer to you where priority is concerned. Follow your own star right now and the World/Universe will do its thing for you in the long run. Get down to work and try to let go of the negativity you hold about the unjust treatment in your previous relationship. When you can no longer recall, or have interest in feeling angry or upset about what happened, you will know you are ready to look towards a new relationship. The Chariot tells you to keep moving, don’t loose momentum, regardless of how tough it might feel at times. You have set goals for yourself, and you should let nothing stand in the way of moving towards them.

        The Reversed Two of Pentacles’ advice still stands. You are too busy in your own life, fulfilling your goals and ambition to give much attention to meeting someone. All the effort of a new relationship could distract you. All in good time. There is however, nothing wrong in meeting people on a social basis as too much work, as in the Eight of Pentacles, will wear you down and make you dull. That girl on the bike peddling furiously on the sea in a storm has enough to contend with staying afloat on her own. Should she be carrying a passenger on the back, or on the handlebars, it is likely she would sink rapidly, her destination never arrived at. Perhaps she would stand a better chance once the seas have calmed and it not all such a struggle.

        Blessings,

        Vivien

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  8. Hi Vivian! Thank you so much for your site, I´ve just discovered it and am truly loving it; it´s so detailed and clear! I was wondering: can this spread be used as a “looking for money/inspiration/specific person/job etc spread”? I kind of want to…it feels like a to the point way of looking at a search and would be interested in knowing what you think. Blessings!

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    • Hi,

      Yes, I think it would work very well for a number of other type readings. You may not get specific meanings for each position when using this spread for any reading so the advice would be to read the spread as a whole, rather than individual positions if you are struggling to make sense of it all. If you are confused with individual card meanings, stand back and look at them all together. What story do they tell in relation to your issue.

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  9. Hi Vivien.

    I am also asking about position 5.

    I got 5 of Pentacles for the underlaying cause, and I know what it means. It fits perfectly. To find love, position 2, I need to find a new attitude to replace my 5 of Pentacles thinking with the Ace of Swords. Best step to take, position 3, would be to believe in myself and be inspired with the Page of Wands until I find my Magician, position 4. These cards speak to me very clearly.

    In position 5 i got 5 of Swords and in position 6, 6 of Swords. I don’t understand these cards at all. Do i find my love in prison, or some other place filled with anti-social people without conscience or morals, or is the card saying that I’m never going to find love, and I need to accept the defeat and walk away (or sail away with 6 of swords)? What do you think?

    Thank you for the site and the course. It has been very helpful to me.

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    • Hi Lilly, I would link your 5 of swords with your 5 of pentacles and your desire to overcome an existing attitude that may have been preventing you from finding love, or the right type of love. Don’t get too entrenched with the individual positions but rather look a the reading as a whole and see what story is emerging. Could it be you have a habit of giving your power away in relationships, especially to those who may not respect or deserve it. I see you taking back your power in the 5 which is part of your Ace of Swords strategy. 5 brings change and you have two of them. The 6 of Swords shows this will be a slow process as old habits may die hard. Take your time. There are swords still in the boat, so the new attitude you seek to replace the old, may have to overcome stubborn negative ones that may wish to undermine the new you, hence the 5 of swords. You must not adopt a defeatist attitude, but also be careful about associating the search for love as a battle field. Never give into the 5 of swords belief of needing to walk away and never finding love as that what it wants you to believe. You may feel you always lose to the competition and this is part of the change of attitude in the 5 of Pentacles you seek with the Ace of Swords. Move away from it but be aware it will be harder to let go of this belief system if it has been part of you for some time. You are bound to carry forward some baggage, even if you believe you have overcome it. You will never fully change your inner feelings, but you don’t have to let it get the better of you anymore.

      I am not sure if this has been of any relevance. Often the cards will not line up as per position when we try to read them as such so when they don’t it is best not to take them too literally. Many times, they aim to relate a story to you that involves a combination of cards, rather than individual ones. You could also pull a couple of extra cards to flush out the meaning of the 5 and 6 of Swords.

      Another thought. Have you planned or do you plan to do any self-empowerment or self-development courses that might involve a trip away?

      Blessings,

      Vivien

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  10. Hi Vivien,

    Thank you so much for doing what you do.

    I am unsure of my interpretations of my cards. Is this correct? Please advice.

    Base Card – Three of pentacles
    Busy laying down foundations. Heads down kinda approach with work, finances and career.

    Card 1 – strength (underlying issues that have blocked me from finding love)
    Fear. of what? Of being abandoned again. Of not being enough. Of being hurt again.
    Card 2 – ten of wands (how can i overcome issues of card 1)
    Let go of the burden you are carrying. Delegate work and tasks. Find time for love.
    Card 3 – devil (best step right now to find your perfect partner)
    Let go of the chains that bind you. Dont be in a relationship for the wrong reasons. Free yourself. Dont give in to the temptation of being shackled into a life that is not for you.
    Card 4 – three of cups (who is the most suitable partner for you)
    Someone who celebrates with me. Whose my friend and whose emotional. Who understands the close bonds that i have with my women friends.
    Card 5 – the wheel of fortune (where am i likely to meet my partner)
    When the time is right, he will come to you. The cycle of life could deliver him to me?
    Card 6 – the lovers (when am I likely to meet him?
    Lovers is the card of Gemini (end of May thru late June)

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    • Hi RP,

      You have done very well here. Let me have a further look with you.

      Base Card – Three of pentacles
      Busy laying down foundations. Heads down kinda approach with work, finances and career.
      This obviously resonates with you in that you are very career oriented at present. You are giving your work your full attention and have very definite goals in mind. You are conscientious about your finances and building on them. You are a dedicated and committed person with impeccable standards. Will you be able to fit a relationship in as well, will you have time? However, I see you as very eligible and as a Pentacle representing this position, you might need to attract a like-minded person. Someone who will admire your ambition and need to keep head down instead of moaning that you have no time for them. Someone who is accepting and also equally career and financially focused. You could both work towards great goals together and have a great life.

      Card 1 – strength (underlying issues that have blocked me from finding love)
      Fear. of what? Of being abandoned again. Of not being enough. Of being hurt again.
      Tight control of your emotions due possibly to fear of a bad experience repeating itself. You may be afraid to let go, or perhaps worry about allowing another get too close for comfort. You may have been trusting with a certain person in the past, allowed them in, only to find they hurt instead of healing. The lion is encouraged to trust the woman and so he allows her approach and take liberties. He drops his guard as he believe he does not need one with this person. He may have lived to regret this and now is not willing to let another approach. You could be giving off vibes that makes potential love interests back off. I think you may have repressed emotions regarding love and the experiences to date.

      Now I am going to ask something in relation to strength. Is is possible you come on too strong when you first meet someone you are interested in? Do you attempt to smother or overwhelm them with your strong feelings for them? Also, I have to ask if you have a temper or seek to control when in a relationship? Sorry, had to get those in there as they would also be connected to strength.

      Lastly, you may not know this but it might prove interesting, especially when you look back to the Three of Pentacles. Strength is a card for the sun sign Leo. Now, you may or may not be a Leo, but it is a particular dilemma of Leo I am referring to. That dilemma being their tendency to enjoy career success at the cost of success in love, and vice versa. They have a problem combining both, even though both are seriously desired. They like to be King in career and King in love matters. It can all proof exhausting for Leo. It is one of their lessons in life.

      Card 2 – ten of wands (how can i overcome issues of card 1)
      Let go of the burden you are carrying. Delegate work and tasks. Find time for love.
      Yes, and don’t make it out to be work. You may be taking it all too seriously and see it all as a challenge or competition. You certainly have a lot on your plate. With all those wands, how do you intend to take on another, as in a relationship and partner? However, the ten of wands always implies that you are your own worst enemy in this matter. You really don’t need to be carrying all those wands at the one time and in such a burdensome manner. The three of Pentacles may think it admirable and that hard work is good for the soul, but the quality so sought after in the three will dilute and diminish if the ten of wands wears it out. Get rid of the unnecessary. Clear your desk, delegate or dump. See how much junk files you are carrying in your life and then delete them. They are not adding to your life or your overall goals, just slowing you down.

      Now, this card could also act as a stark reminder of, sorry, you can’t take on anything else right now, so forget about love for the moment as you will not be able to give it the attention a relationship needs to succeed. Wait until you have reached certain goals before trying. Well, it is just another way of looking at it.

      Card 3 – devil (best step right now to find your perfect partner)
      Let go of the chains that bind you. Dont be in a relationship for the wrong reasons. Free yourself. Dont give in to the temptation of being shackled into a life that is not for you.

      Yes, don’t get so addicted to the idea of love that you will sign up for the first one that comes your way. Do you really want to chuck away your freedom, to voluntarily walk into the devil’s lair? Use your powers of perception when selecting suitable suitors. Also, the Devil speaks of sexual attraction and this can lead you into relationships that offer little depth. The Devil also highlights hang ups you might have about relationships and especially yourself. You may feel quite negative about yourself. The Devil could also be highlighting a Capricorn person. If so, this person is very ambitious and financially focused. Could suit you.

      Card 4 – three of cups (who is the most suitable partner for you)
      Someone who celebrates with me. Whose my friend and whose emotional. Who understands the close bonds that i have with my women friends.

      Could this be someone you already know, who is in your circle of friends perhaps? The Three of Cups could be advising you to get to know someone as a friend first before venturing further. You may need to establish bonds before love or romance. You like to socialise, so this person needs to be on the same wavelength, up for a laugh and having a good time. Yes, it needs to be someone who gets on with your friends. Their approval is very important to you. Could it be that a friend might introduce you to a special someone, or perhaps a friend’s sibling? I think it will be someone you meet through your social circles or at a time of celebration.

      Card 5 – the wheel of fortune (where am i likely to meet my partner)
      When the time is right, he will come to you. The cycle of life could deliver him to me?

      Out of the blue, by sheer chance. It may be a serendipitous encounter. Your paths will cross. I think the fates will conspire to arrange this meeting. The Wheel of Fortune could highlight fairs and festivals, or it could be a birthday party, anniversary, that involves the cyclical nature of the Wheel. What goes around, comes around. You may have met this person before, but will only connect this time around.

      Card 6 – the lovers (when am I likely to meet him?
      Lovers is the card of Gemini (end of May thru late June). I agree. The Lovers coming as the final card is a very good omen for meeting someone. I think this card could also imply that a meeting is imminent. It is the Lovers card and he could be close by.

      Noting combination cards in your reading. Be careful of a relationship built out of sexual attraction with The Lovers and Devil. Also the risk of an affair. Do background checks, the person could be spoken for. You could develop feelings for someone who is already in a relationship. With Strength, there may be the need to restrain yourself where a certain attraction is concerned.

      After the Devil, you cards pretty much take off in a very positive sense. This gives me the impression there is very much two sides to your life. You are the hard worker who is prepared to work as equally hard in a relationship with the right person. You are also a fun-loving sociable person who likes to have a life outside of work and has a strong circle of friends. This seems quite balanced to me. However, work and friends may take up all your time. You do mention that the perfect partner would need to understand and accept the role your friends play in your life and your need to spend time with them. How will you compromise here?

      I do hope my input has given you a bit more to think about. Remember not to take any of it too seriously. It is only my opinion and the cards could be read in several ways.

      Vivien

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  11. Hi Vivien!

    I LOVE your website! I’ve been studying it diligently for a while now and I’m trying to learn how to do readings myself. I tried this spread today and I was wondering if you could take a look at my interpretation of it and tell me if I’m on the right track! Or if there are things I’m missing? I would be eternally grateful!

    Base card: Ace of cups
    I have always been very emotional and searching for true love (the holy grail) and I identify very strongly with the cups suit and their journey of self love and emotional maturity through several ups and downs. I think this card is a confirmation of that. And the ace of cups in general is an exciting card to draw when doing a love reading so I think I’m off to a good start!

    Card 1: Queen of wands
    This card and its description remind me of me. Although I internally identify with the suits cup, I also outwardly identify with the queen of wands. I think that’s because I’m a Leo sun (external, fire) and Scorpio moon (internal, water). I also love cats! I guess this means that what has prevented me from finding that special person is me. But what exactly about me is the problem? The queen of wands can be quite authoritative and overwhelming as you said. And I am very guilty of having these traits and I think this is the main culprit here. But there could be more to this

    Card 2: Ten of cups
    Ten of cups is an amazing card especially in a love reading, but I’m not entirely sure what this card could mean regarding what I need to do to solve the problem in card 1. If I had to guess, I’d say that this means that I need to be more loving and caring and relaxed. Could this mean that I should get more in touch with my inner self and show it to others more?

    Card 3: Ace of wands (reversed)
    I think this card being a wand can be related to the queen of wands in card 1 and then later to the Six of wands in card 6. What I need to do in order to find love is to not do anything. I should drop that wand that represents my authoritative and assertive tendencies and be passive and let love come to me. I’m not afraid of approaching men and asking them out and taking charge of the situation. But maybe I should stop trying to control everything and make an outcome happen by force and just let things happen on their own. I think I might still be missing something and I would be glad if you could offer more insight on this card.

    Card 4: The Chariot
    There is an actual man in this card which makes it easier to interpret. Maybe the right person for me is someone like the man riding the chariot. Maybe he is tough on the outside but very emotional on the inside. Maybe he’s emotionally mature and has found a good balance in life. It could also mean that this person is a Cancerian man. It’s weird but most of my relationships have been with Cancers. I don’t seek them out, and in fact after a few really bad experiences with them, I tend to avoid them. But it just keeps happening, I just keep meeting and falling in love with Cancers (and almost always regretted it later). Will I finally end up with another Cancer man?

    Card 5: Six of pentacles
    This card tells me where I’m most likely to meet my love. It could be a charity event. Or I might meet this person while he is offering me help of some kind. Can’t think of anything else!

    Card 6: Six of wands
    The when of meeting my soulmate seems to have something to do with the number six: six weeks, moths, years, etc.

    Looking at the cards as a whole, I think there are certain themes repeated in this reading. For example, there are three wands cards. In each of these wands cards, a hand is holding a wand. I think this means that I will meet my partner only when I give up control and shift the control to the man in Six of wands.

    The men in the Six of wands and Six of pentacles and ten of cups all wear red. This could mean that perhaps they represent the same person. The number Six also seems to be involved in the where and the when of meeting my soulmate.

    All in all, the outcome of this reading is good. But I could be totally wrong!

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    • Base card: Ace of cups
      I have always been very emotional and searching for true love (the holy grail) and I identify very strongly with the cups suit and their journey of self love and emotional maturity through several ups and downs. I think this card is a confirmation of that. And the ace of cups in general is an exciting card to draw when doing a love reading so I think I’m off to a good start! – Yes, this is a very positive card to get for a love reading as it suggests that you have reached a point in time where you are ready to fall in love. Your heart is open to the potential of love and should you meet a certain lovely person, there is nothing pressing standing in your way, such as career, study, current relationship, obligations or duties elsewhere. You are free to throw yourself into love and relationships. Scanning down through the remaining cards, I get the sense there may be an impatience or urgency about all this happening quite quickly, as if now that you are ready and open to finding love, you don’t really want to wait around and this could find you behaving in a forceful manner in your quest to find love. The Queen of Wands, the Reversed Wand and The Chariot could suggest the drive on to find love.

      Card 1: Queen of wands
      This card and its description remind me of me. Although I internally identify with the suits cup, I also outwardly identify with the queen of wands. I think that’s because I’m a Leo sun (external, fire) and Scorpio moon (internal, water). I also love cats! I guess this means that what has prevented me from finding that special person is me. But what exactly about me is the problem? The queen of wands can be quite authoritative and overwhelming as you said. And I am very guilty of having these traits and I think this is the main culprit here. But there could be more to this – Ha! Now there is nothing wrong with the Queen of Wands at all and she is perfectly lovely. However the very fact you are identifying with her sometimes bossy and overwhelming nature, could suggest you are coming on too strong, or trying too hard. You say that internally you identify with the Cups, but outwardly with The Queen of Wands. These two suits are not exactly on the same wavelength. You have love and your feminine emotions (Cups/Water) being expressed through the masculine fire/Wands. This is bound to lead to some form of clash. Internally your heart is overflowing with the loving energy you wish to share with another, but how you express that may be sending confused messages. From a love and relationship point of view you are probably expecting suitors to respond to your inner Ace of Cups, but the Queen of Wands may be inadvertently blocking that message with one of her own. The Queen of Wands is not typically a Cups love and romance type of person. She is more about passion, excitement, desire and action. The building energy of the Ace of Cups could lead her to release it in an overly-strong manner. You say you have no problem approaching men and asking them out, but are you selecting these men on a fire or water basis. If you have a tendency to go for Cancer men, (water, sensitive, emotional, moody) the Queen of Wands bearing down on them, may be a bit much. If you are seeking a hot passionate interaction, The Queen of Wands will do better at catching her man if you know what I mean. So we see you in the Queen of Wands, sitting in all your wondrous glory, positive and optimistic about finding the love your Ace of Cups desires. You have your cat beside you and are keenly showing an active interest in all those who come under your radar. Should you see an individual who shows potential, you are up and off your throne in hot pursuit. The Queen of Wands doesn’t like to hang around or let the grass grow under her feet. She also believes firmly in equality of the sexes and can’t see why taking the lead would be a problem. This may be where your dilemma lies. The Ace of Cups showed all the loving energy flowing forth from you, but perhaps it needs to be toned down a bit so that it does not threaten to swamp or drown those who are on the receiving end of it. In your eagerness you may be giving too much too soon.

      Card 2: Ten of cups
      Ten of cups is an amazing card especially in a love reading, but I’m not entirely sure what this card could mean regarding what I need to do to solve the problem in card 1. If I had to guess, I’d say that this means that I need to be more loving and caring and relaxed. Could this mean that I should get more in touch with my inner self and show it to others more? – Yes, I agree. The Ten of Cups is more aligned to The Ace of Cups and behaves in a recognisable or predictable fashion. The Ten of Cups is what the Ace of Cups is ultimately looking for. Maybe the Queen of Wands is not getting that message across and could be leading potential suitors to believe you are not looking for a long-term committed relationship, and who knows, even a marriage and kids at the end of it. I think you need to show this side of you more, to let the Cups shine through. You may be quite authoritative and forceful on the outside, but inside you are ready to share your life with another. You are not looking to control or boss anyone (well a leopard can’t change its spots), you understand the give and take that would be required of you in the Ten of Cups. The couple in the Ten of Cups are the same couple from the Two. In the two they held their cups at equal height acknowledging that neither one dominated the other. They were in it together and wanted the same things. Also, make sure the suitors you choose fit the criteria for the Ten of Cups. Don’t waste your time on those who don’t want what you want. The Queen of Wands may think she can change them, bend them to her will, but why go to all that bother? Find someone who feels the same as you, someone who doesn’t need constant convincing. Also, the journey from The Ace of Cups to The Ten won’t happen overnight. The couple in the Two of Cups may have dated for years before getting to this stage. The Ace of Cups is only the beginning, the relationship a journey with ups and downs. You will have to go through a lot before you can realise the Ten. Love and the relationship that is born out of it will need to evolve over time. The Queen of Wands could get impatient. And another also. The Ace of Cups, could be idealising what a grand love should be. The Ten of Cups can have a fairy tale aspect to it, what one wishes and dreams of, to meet the handsome prince, get married and live happily eve after. It may not be exactly practical or even achievable. Check what expectations you hold and see if they are realistic.

      Card 3: Ace of wands (reversed)
      I think this card being a wand can be related to the queen of wands in card 1 and then later to the Six of wands in card 6. What I need to do in order to find love is to not do anything. I should drop that wand that represents my authoritative and assertive tendencies and be passive and let love come to me. I’m not afraid of approaching men and asking them out and taking charge of the situation. But maybe I should stop trying to control everything and make an outcome happen by force and just let things happen on their own. I think I might still be missing something and I would be glad if you could offer more insight on this card. -Yes, you could be onto something here. The Reversed Ace of Wands could be highlighting a case of over-activity in this area, especially if you are identifying with such tendencies. The Ace of Wands could be shining too brightly, looking too eager, too giving, too obvious. Maybe it needs to be toned down. Playing hard to get could be in your interest. Let them come chasing you and not the other way around. Bring the Cups out to the front and present a more demure or coy approach. The Queen of Wands will be impatient and now that she has the Ace of Cups brewing inside, will want to move quickly on finding love. This could lead her to get involved with someone before giving it a lot of thought. The Ace of Wands Reversed could be pointing to non-starters, giving the thumbs down to those who do not warrant her attention. To admitting that, no, there is no one of interest to me here, so I will wait until something better shows up. At the end of the day, the Ace of Wands will tell you to wait, that the time or circumstances are not right. The Ace of Cups is upright giving a thumbs up for love, but the Reversed Ace of Wands could suggest delays and also disappointments.

      Card 4: The Chariot
      There is an actual man in this card which makes it easier to interpret. Maybe the right person for me is someone like the man riding the chariot. Maybe he is tough on the outside but very emotional on the inside. Maybe he’s emotionally mature and has found a good balance in life. It could also mean that this person is a Cancerian man. It’s weird but most of my relationships have been with Cancers. I don’t seek them out, and in fact after a few really bad experiences with them, I tend to avoid them. But it just keeps happening, I just keep meeting and falling in love with Cancers (and almost always regretted it later). Will I finally end up with another Cancer man? The Chariot could be a cancer personality, tough on the outside, but soft and emotional on the inside. Does this not align with how you see yourself – Cups on inside and Queen of Wands on the outside. Is the right person for you, someone like yourself? You say you have had bad experiences with cancer men, and I wonder in what way? The Chariot although one of the cards for Cancer does not have any other cards to support it. Now, could this man in the chariot be up to the job of providing the challenge the Queen of Wands would look for and need in a relationship. The Ace of Cups will not sustain her in the long run. She needs more than love and romance. If she has a tendency to be bossy or overwhelming, then she will meet her match in the Chariot for here is a man who will not be afraid to stand up to her and give as good as he gets. I empathise with how you see yourself as I am a bit the same. My partner is lovely and soft and tends to let me away with a lot. Then at times when I have the bit between my teeth about something, he rears up and treats me sternly or fights back. I then bring out the cups side of me and admonish him for treating me harshly or speaking to me in a sharp manner, but he tells me that sometimes he just has to assert himself otherwise I will just ride roughshod over him. This usually cools my heels and puts me in my place. The white and black horses in the Chariot could also suggest chalk and cheese personalities that somehow manage to work well with each other. For certain the person for you will be just as forceful as you. He will admire this quality rather than be intimidated by it. If you decide to hop aboard his chariot, you will definitely have some adventures ahead. With the Chariot in this postion, I think a man of power, ambitious, someone who is going places would appeal to you, especially to the Queen of Wands. She would find that exciting, a turn on. Weak men need not apply!!!

      Card 5: Six of pentacles
      This card tells me where I’m most likely to meet my love. It could be a charity event. Or I might meet this person while he is offering me help of some kind. Can’t think of anything else! – Yes, to all those but use your imagination to go a bit further. Let’s have a look – this guy looks like he is serving people, handing out invitations to a party or wedding perhaps, giving advise, giving awards, giving out payslips or monies. He is in a pentacles environment, so the circumstances may be very down to earth, an everyday thing such as meeting someone while in the queue for your daily coffee. Cups would suggest a social occasion, actually at a party or wedding or out with friends, wands would point to a work environment or while travelling for example and swords might point to a legal, medical, academic or professional environment.

      Card 6: Six of wands
      The when of meeting my soulmate seems to have something to do with the number six: six weeks, moths, years, etc. – could be. In my part of the world and the system I follow, Wands reflect Spring, but other systems will place them with Summer. So it could be the six days, six weeks in spring etc. We must also remember that when does not always imply a specific time frame. When could come down to when you have achieved something, moved past something, adopted a new attitude. For example, when you are most likely to meet this person, could be when you begin to socialise a bit more, get out and about. When could be when you decide to get out of the current unhappy relationship you are currently in. When could mean, when you stop entertaining grand illusions about what love is and expecting Mr. Perfect to turn up on your doorstep etc. So, yes, it could possibly mean when you allow the man to take the lead. The man in the chariot is on a journey, he hasn’t reached his destination yet. In the Six of Wands we see his successful completion, his triumphant arrival. Perhaps this person will not materialise just this minute, but is definitely on his way and heading towards you. I think also the Six of Wands is letting you know that you will be in no doubt when you meet this person. The Six of Wands could also be pointing to you. When you successfully master the issues highlighted in this spread.

      Also, although the Ace of Cups appears to confirm your desire for love, are you in a position to go looking for it, or give it your attention should you find it. The Reversed Ace of Wands could be implying that timing is off because you are on a demanding journey of your own right now (work, career, study) in the Chariot and would only be able to give divided attention to a partner should you find one (six of pentacles). Only when you have successfully achieved your current goals (Six of Wands) will you be able to let the Ace of Cups have its way.

      Looking at the cards as a whole, I think there are certain themes repeated in this reading. For example, there are three wands cards. In each of these wands cards, a hand is holding a wand. I think this means that I will meet my partner only when I give up control and shift the control to the man in Six of wands.

      The men in the Six of wands and Six of pentacles and ten of cups all wear red. This could mean that perhaps they represent the same person. The number Six also seems to be involved in the where and the when of meeting my soulmate.

      All in all, the outcome of this reading is good. But I could be totally wrong!

      So Ana, yes the outcome of this reading is good but could point to a number of things. I have given different options and approaches which shouldn’t be taken as definitive. When I do readings, I like to have the person with me to communicate with. For me it is the only way to zoom in on the most accurate interpretation for the cards presented. This is simply food for thought but I would like to say that I admire your ability and willingness to be totally objective about yourself. Not everyone can do this and tend to see themselves as flawless in any given circumstances. You are aware of your taking charge or control tendencies. Knowledge is power which puts you in a position to affect change should you desire to.

      Best of luck and well done with your interpretations.

      Vivien

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