Decisions, decisions...

Submitted 8 months ago
Created by
Paul B.T. Hyson

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There really is no one true way to read tarot, many spreads, many techniques, and many interpretations of the cards exist.  My own journey in to learning the tarot has involved delving in to a wide array of sources on the topic, practical, philosophical, historical, even meditating on the cards themselves, and deriving my own interpretations from comparing and contrasting multiple sources until I reached conclusions based on my own personal understanding of how the tarot speaks to me.  I will say that the depths of the tarot may indeed be infinite, and the I will never consider my studies of it to be complete- there is always something more to learn. 

First card- universe/big picture- Seven of Swords: Need to see things clearly and/or define one's self or position

Second- point of view- Lovers: Union of two different element, but not fully integrated in to each other, each element remains its own entity.  In light of the previous card, perhaps the need to definition as an individual within the union is key here

Third- the meeting point of the first two- Hermit: Withdrawal, physical or psychological, to seek wisdom and answers.  Perhaps the means to sort out the situation described by the first two cards

Fourth- active influences- Knight of Pentacles: Total dedication to a cause, pursuing goals in a methodical, structured manner

Fifth- passive influence- Hierophant: Teaching, ideas, possibly from within, but with the risk of mistaking the letter of the message for the spirit of it.  The idea of gaining the ideas from within may relate to the Hermit

Sixth- current, where things are going or can be directed- King of Wands: A figure of great confidence and ability, with a strong sense of art.  Possibly the outcome of sorting out the matter described in the first two cards? 

Seventh- comment on the spread- Empress: A strong, maternal, material card, frequently connected with nature, but perhaps in the context of this spread, a focus on practical matters being of importance.

Eighth- Will, or its means of manifestation- Ace of Pentacles: perhaps relating to the previous card, security and abundance. Whether this indicates the means of manifestation of Will here or the goal of Will in this particular situation could depend on the individual reader.

Ninth- Desire, or its means of manifestation- Ace of Swords: The intellect, bringing ideas in to manifestation, thinking things through clearly.  

Tenth- meeting of eighth and ninth- Ten of Wands: powerful dreams, beliefs and desires, but these may hold you back if you get too caught up in them. Wands represent Will and creativity, there's a lot of power there, just don't let it run away with you.

Key card: Lovers: one of those few occasions when the key appears in the spread itself, indicating the particular significance of this card and its position

We have two Aces, indicating focus on beginnings, mind and material make me think primary practical matters, an idea backed up by a couple of the cards in this spread. After that we have cards ranging all the way to ten, minus two, four, and eight. 

For suits we have two pentacles, swords, and wands, material, intellectual, and will/creative, with no representation of cups/emotional, but we also have no less than four majors, indicating that a lot may still be in purely formative form and not even manifested in the imagination yet.

I've tried taking a slightly different approach in interpreting this spread, viewing the cards from different perspectives, and it's yielded a rather interesting result. 
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