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7 of Swords

7 of Swords

 

This card came up in a reading T did for me over the weekend, in the Higher Power position, along with the Beauty fairy oracle.  It brought me to tears and caused a whole lot of reflection and introspection.

Seven of swords indicates dishonesty, thievery, manipulation…. someone taking something that doesn’t belong to them.  When it came up with the Beauty card over the weekend, it sent me through a bit of a time warp making me aware that I’ve allowed others to take away my sense of self-worth, making me feel as if I’m anything but beautiful.

This card seems to shake the spiritual foundation.  We spend so much time and energy, put so much faith in a thing, a circumstance, a person – and when we realize that it’s been an illusion or that we’ve been lied to, it’s like an earthquake to the soul. I suppose the card is coming up for me again this morning to remind me that I’ve got some healing to do and need to learn how to rebuild my trust, and re-discover my own sense of beauty.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

“Theft by a stranger; possible move of house; a setback; a cycle of bad luck; tact is necessary in any situation; partial success that will not justify the risks involved.”

Here’s from LearnTarot:

running away
shirking responsibility
sneaking off
leaving
avoiding obligations
being afraid to face the music
taking the easy way out
hiding from the truth
procrastinating 
being a lone wolf
feeling you don’t need anyone else
wanting independence
deciding not to help
keeping something to yourself
preferring solitude
staying aloof
wanting to go it alone
holding people at arm’s length 
choosing hidden dishonor
deceiving or being deceived
covering your tracks
maneuvering behind the scenes
being two-faced
seeing others take the rap
controlling without appearing to
avoiding a shameful secret
lying or stealing

The Seven of Swords is tied to the Five of Swords because both cards involve separation from others. On the Seven we see a man tiptoeing away from society (the colorful pavilions). He’s taken some swords and seems rather pleased with his successful heist. He gives the impression of having secret, solitary plans.

This card sometimes represents the “lone-wolf” style – the desire to run lone and free. In films, the lone-wolf hero always acts totally on his own. He discovers, investigates and solves every problem using only his own wits and resources. He believes he’s successful because he ignores the fumbling efforts of ordinary people.

In readings, the Seven of Swords can be a sign that you or someone else wants to be a lone wolf. You feel that you will be more effective and comfortable on your own. This approach is useful when you need to bypass an ineffectual group or assert your independence, but it can also be troubling. We cannot be happy and productive for long without some commitment to others. If you feel inclined to act alone, be sure this isolation is really working for you.

Sometimes the Seven of Swords means that you are running from something – commitment, responsibility, hard work, love. You may be procrastinating, letting problems slip because you don’t want to deal with them. Sometimes we just have to face what has to be faced. The Seven of Swords lets you know when you might be making things worse for yourself and others by running away.

The Seven of Swords can also indicate a hidden dishonor – a choice you or another has made that does not do justice to the highest. We all make wrong choices that we want to hide. Some of these are minor, some serious. Your inner voice will tell you when this is happening. When you see the Seven of Swords, take a good look at what you’re doing because hidden dishonors will eat away at your happiness and self-respect.

And from Aeclectic Tarot

SEVENS

As the fives indicated a particular problem, so do the sevens. The fives were about loss, losing momentum, losing love, losing an argument, losing money. The question there was, “How do I deal with this loss?” The sevens are about finding yourself in a situation where you are not in control. Sevens relate to the Chariot, a card about finding and maintaining complete control and mastery over wild or opposing forces.

If the charioteer lets his horses run where they will, as they will, the chariot will crash. He not only has to have them completely in hand, but to win in a race or war, he must also control direction and speed. So, too, in life. You need to know not only how to take control but also how to direct the forces once you have them in hand. Sevens, like fives, are about overcoming fears and finding a way to succeed in a tough situation. They answer the question, “How do I take control?”

Seven of Swords

A thief sneaks off with 5 out of 7 swords. This is the “Thief” card. It implies that someone is stealing something from you, your honor, your ideas, your time. They may be spreading gossip about you. How to take control of this situation? You have to be equally sneaky. Sometimes, to win a race or battle, the Charioteer must direct his horses around instead of straight on. You may feel like you want to go charging in, be confrontational, but this is not going to work. That is the out-of-control solution which will allow the thief to play the innocent. To catch a thief, you must be a thief.

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Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

 

The Queens represent maternal energy – the mature, nurturing, soft, caring energy of a mother. Cups represent emotion, feeling, and spirit.

This Queen, as I understand her, is extremely empathic – if not downright psychic.  She governs her subjects well because she can feel what they feel.  With one foot in the water and one on solid ground, she balances physical needs with spiritual and emotional needs. She reminds me of divine guidance… especially with the cherubs on her throne.

Her message, then, would be to show compassion, to remember that we are all one, and to govern with a sense of epathy, honoring psychic impressions and intuition.

As I understand it, she corresponds with Scorpio in astrology.

I’m reading the description from the book “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf, and I’m having an instinctive “no way!” reaction.  The description in this book doesn’t fit anything I’ve learned to date about this card. Here’s what it says:

Secretive, creatie woman. Oft times ‘the other woman’ in an illicit affair. Gossipy and vindictive. Emotional.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another’s pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

The personality of the Queen of Cups combines the positive water energy of the Cups suit with the inward focus of a Queen. Because she has a sweet, loving and sensitive nature, the Queen of Cups has a kind word for everyone and never reacts with anger or impatience. There is a gentleness about her that soothes and calms. Compassion is her watchword. Her reactions to the world are guided by her feelings. In all matters, she lets her heart lead the way. She senses emotional currents and knows what others are experiencing without having to ask. She is never moody, but understands moods and their influence. She trusts her intuition and so is more open to knowledge that comes from within herself and beyond. She is often moved by the beauty and tragedy of life. The Queen of Cups feels deeply and has a reverence for all aspects of God’s creation. Her love includes and embraces everyone and everything.

In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Now that’s more like it! That fit my own description almost perfectly. I won’t rule out the description from the book, but it didn’t feel right and this one matches much better to my own understanding.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

QUEENS
The element of Queens is water and, not surprisingly, they are a reflection of the Empress. In this they signify the creative force. One way to think of the court cards is this: The Kings are the motivating force (Fire = the sun waking up the sleeping Earth). The queens are the ones who make it real (water = rain bringing forth life from the earth). The Knights spread the idea of the Kingdom (wind = spreading the seeds). And the Pages, of course, are the fertile soil in which all of this can grow.

When Queens appear they signal a time of growth and development, a time when the Querent is making things real.

Queen of Cups

Often a healer, counselor or psychic, this is a woman who seems to know what’s wrong even before you open your mouth. Call her the emotional fix-it woman, but she seems to have exactly the right solution to problems relating to home, friends, love. Sometimes she is shy, self-effacing, you might not even notice her; other times she can be a little scary, dreamy, mysterious, a creative storyteller. Affectionate and loving, she is a “mom’s mom” always there to hug, heal and bake cookies for her children. Her intuition is uncanny, her temper…well, it runs very deep and you don’t ever want it turned against you. Talk about scary. Unfortunately, this is also a queen who can suffer from female hormonal problems, depression, moodiness, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological problems.

Well, that fits, although it adds to my own information base. I’d not yet connected this card to female hormonal problems, or addictions – although since the King of Cups represents patterns, addictions, and alcoholism, it does make sense and shouldn’t be hard to remember. I think upright would show the compassion, psychic abilities, intuition, and empathy – and reversed might indicate the moodiness, female problems, or addictive patterns.

I think this card is going to be a good one for me to carry in my mind’s eye throughout the day, as Sundays are my most challenging days at work – and this one, moreso than normal because it’s going to be about a fourteen hour shift. When I find myself getting irritable, or wanting to .. eh hem… bitch because of the guests I’m serving or the lack of cooperation from co-workers, I’ll remember this queen and draw her energy up. Of course, she may have other meanings for me that I’m not consciously aware of today, so I’ll keep myself open to her messages.

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Two of Swords

Two of Swords

 

Last year, I wrote a poem called Ice Queen that was partly inspired by this card.

In this card, we see a woman sitting on a stone block, an ocean behind her. She’s blindfolded, and she has two swords crossed in front of her.  Above her, a sliver of moon hangs in the sky.

This is, to me, a woman scorned.  She’s been hurt, and because of her past pains, she guards herself against present situations, isolating.  The blindfold she wears makes me think of the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind”.  She doesn’t want to see what’s before her.  These wounds she’s suffered are emotional, which is why she’s got her back to the ocean, as water represents emotions and feelings. Her crossed swords are like a sign that says, “Keep Away.” Her heart has been broken – severely – and rather than risk having it broken again, she keeps it locked away, tightly guarded.

Swords represent the element of air, and the realm of intellect. This could indicate that the woman in the card is thinking too much about past experiences, allowing thought to over-ride emotions.  She’s trying to be logical in guarding herself, thinking she’s doing herself justice by engaging in self-preservation, but what she doesn’t realize is that by cutting herself off from her own emotions, she may be preventing her own healing and missing wonderful emotional opportunities.

The moon indicates fears and potential depression based on those fears.  The realm of the moon is one of illusion and mystery.  The person in this card is afraid of the unknown (hence, the blindfold keeping her from seeing the truth).

This card is represented by the number two, and twos indicate indecisiveness, choices – and they also mean good things are on the way, but may take longer than anticipated – as if life is waiting for the right choice to be made so that the rewards of that choice can be delivered.

Reversed cards mean one of three things – either the energy is just manifesting and hasn’t reached its peak yet, the energy is waning – already peaked and on its way out, or that the more negative attributes of the card are being projected.  In this particular case, I believe it means all three.  I’ve gone through this phase of being emotionally guarded.  Then, I took all my shields down, put my heart on a platter, and handed it to someone who would eventually shatter it.  Then, I went back to being guarded… moreso than ever.  So I think I’ve been here in the past, I overcame it, and now I’m back in the position of guarding my heart.

It makes me think of the Tarot reading for July.  One of the cards in that spread (position 10, Advice, Two of Cups) suggested that I express my emotions to the person I’m with, to tell them openly and honestly how I feel.  Well, I don’t feel like I’m in a position to do that just yet, and the two of swords is making that clear. I’m afraid to do that, I have reason to be afraid to do that… and so I try to approach the situation with logic and reason rather than with emotion and feeling.  So yeah, I’d say this card’s energy, as I understand it, is right on time, and very strong.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Can’t see forward and can’t see backward; stuck between two opposites; coming to grips with the duality of a situation; dealing with gossip; indecision; a search for balance.

From LearnTarot.com:

blocking emotions
denying true feelings
stifling a natural response
keeping another at arm’s length
hiding distress
turning a deaf ear
being defensive
maintaining your cool

avoiding the truth
refusing to look at facts
pretending everything’s fine
ignoring the warning signs
closing your eyes to what’s going on
avoiding an unpleasantness
choosing not to know

being at a stalemate
feeling afraid to act
reaching an impasse
staying stuck
refusing to decide
being unwilling to rock the boat
staying on the fence

On the Two of Swords, we see a young woman who has put a barrier of swords across her heart. Her rigid posture tells us of her struggle to keep her feelings under control. She is fending off any approach from the outside. “Nothing comes in, and nothing goes out,” she seems to say.

The Two of Swords is about the barriers we put up between ourselves and others and those we create within ourselves. Internally, we block off emotions and refuse to feel them. We avoid looking at the truth and pretend that everything’s OK. We think one way, but feel another. In countless ways, we divide off parts of ourselves and try to maintain them even when we know they need to be reconciled.

In readings, the Two of Swords often appears when you are not willing to accept some truth about yourself or the situation. What are you really feeling? Are you resisting tender feelings because you might be hurt? Are you furious even though you’re smiling? What are you refusing to look at? Notice the blindfold on this woman. She can’t look at the truth or even acknowledge that there is trouble.

The most common barrier is a closed heart. When we cut ourselves off emotionally, we sever the connection that allows our love to flow outward. Sometimes this action is necessary, but it always comes at a great price. Every time we close off our heart, we find it more difficult to open again. Another barrier between people is a deadlocked situation. When two parties are set in their positions – cut off from each other – there is a stalemate. To break it, the “opponents” must come out from behind their swords and listen to each other. The lesson of the Two of Swords is that barriers are not the answer. We must stay open if we are to find peace and wholeness.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

TWOS
The twos are related to the High Priestess. As such they indicate duality but, more importantly, they indicate instinctual knowledge. Aces are undirected energy; the twos are, in a sense, the knowledge of what the direction for that energy should take. Thus:

Two of Swords

This is the infamous blindfolded lady with the crossed swords. Crossed swords suggest a clash of ideas or words. The blindfolded lady, indicating impartiality, cannot uncross the swords, but she keeps them still. This is the knowledge of how to compromise, keep these two sides in balance and at peace. Note that this is a temporary compromise. The Querent may be in the middle, or just forced to accept it. Either way, they must be told that it won’t last. The direction of your new brain power here is how to keep these two ideas from fighting, to hold off trouble and make peace.

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Justice

Justice

Well, I could have used this card yesterday as a warning about that speeding ticket!

Justice is one of the Major Arcana cards.  There are 22 Major Arcana – which act as “trump cards” over the rest of the deck, and chronologically, they tell the story of The Fool’s Journey.  They are “phases” we all go through repeatedly, or what I like to call “checkpoints” on our personal road map. Click here to read the story of The Fool’s Journey from LearnTarot.com. Eventually, I’ll be writing my own version, but for now I’ll reference what I know.

Justice is all about fairness, balance, and right actions.  It has everything to do with law, order, the legal system, lawyers, courtrooms, police – and every other association with Justice one can think of.

Here’s what the sources say:

Starting this time with the book, “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the New Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf: 

Justice; equality; being fair; court cases or legal proceedings; finding reasonable solutions to difficulties; impartial judgments. *Astrological association: Libra.

With Libra being the associated astrological sign, that puts this card in the realm of East, the element of Air, the season of Autumn, and the suit of swords. Notice that the person in this card holds the scales of justice in one hand, and a sword in the other.

Interestingly enough, in the 22 Major Arcana Cards, Justice follows the Wheel of Fortune! (See this morning’s Coffee Thoughts and July’s Tarot reading to see why that’s relavent to me right now).

Here’s from LearnTarot.com

respecting justice
insisting on fairness
acting on ethical principles
being involved in legal concerns
committing to honesty
seeking equality
being impartial
trying to do what is right 
assuming responsibility
settling old accounts and debts
being accountable
acknowledging the truth
admitting involvement
handling the situation
doing what has to be done 
preparing for a decision
weighing all sides of an issue
setting a course for the future
balancing all factors
determining right action
choosing with full awareness 
understanding cause and effect
accepting the results you created
seeing how you chose your situation
recognizing the action of karma
knowing that what is makes sense
making connections between events

Sometimes Justice is a signal to do what needs to be done. A time comes when responsibilities must be accepted, and accounts settled. The past will continue to haunt you if you do not recognize your mistakes and make amends for them. You will need to weigh matters carefully and perhaps make important decisions about your future course.

On Card 11 we see the familiar figure of Justice. She has the scales of equality and impartial judgment in one hand, and the sword of decision in the other. In the tarot, Justice represents the understanding that life is ultimately fair and just. Even though the vagaries of day-to-day life tend to make us doubt this fact, Justice reminds us that there is divine balance. Notice the similarity between the Emperor and Justice. Both cards stand for universal order; the Emperor in its underlying structure, Justice, in the action of karma – cause and effect.

There is a serious feel to Card 11 – the tone of the courtroom. This card refers to legal matters of all kinds, but is not restricted to them. The courts are where judgments are made and decisions rendered. Our legal system is the official arena in which we explore the principles of Justice – fairness, impartiality and the quest for truth.

In readings, Justice often appears when you are concerned with doing what is right or making sure you receive your due. This card can also appear when you are feeling the impact of a past mistake or good deed. The cause you set in motion at one time is now returning to you as an effect.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

JUSTICE

Basic Symbols

The Justice figure seated or standing, scales in one hand (usually left), upraised sword in the other hand. Sometimes blindfolded.

Basic Tarot Story

The Fool is looking for a new path, a new aspiration and inspiration for his life. Sitting uncertain at a cross-roads, he notices a blind wise woman listening to two brothers argue over an inheritance. They have come to her for judgement. One brother has the whole inheritance, the other has nothing. “I ask that all of it be given to me,” the poor brother demands, “Not only because I have a better right to it, but because I will not be wasteful with it, as he is!” But the rich brother protests, “It is rightfully mine and that’s all that should matter, not what I do with it!” The woman listens, then awards half of the rich brother’s inheritance to the poor brother. The Fool thinks this only fair, but neither brother is happy. The rich one hates losing half his wealth, and the poor one feels he ought to have gotten all.

“You were fair,” he remarks to the woman after they have left. “Yes, I was,” she answers plainly. “With only half the inheritance, the rich one will stop being so wasteful. And the poor one will have as much as he needs. Even though they cannot see it, this decision was good for both.”

The Fool thinks on this, and new insight on his own life comes to mind. He realizes that he has spent his life achieving worldly ambitions, physical goods, while leaving his spiritual self to starve, primarily because he didn’t want to make the sacrifices necessary to feed his spiritual self. Now, he sees that this is necessary, the only path he has not walked, one he must walk to regain his equilibrium. Thanking the woman, he heads out with new purpose. It is time to balance his own inner scales.

Basic Tarot Meaning

With Libra as its ruling sign, Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. This is the card that tells the Querent that they can’t keep smoking and drinking without consequences to their health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that the Querent make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. In a more mundane sense, this card may signal a court case, legal documents, adjustments in a marriage or partnership. The outcome of all of these may not be exactly what the Querent wants, but it will be a scrupulously fair outcome. If the card is reversed, it can indicate bias, obstruction of the law, or legal complications.

Thirteen’s Observations

I think Justice is a good card (as compared to Strength) to stand as the first of the next ten cards of the Major Arcana. The reason I think it right is because with it we move from the physical world (first ten cards) into the metaphysical world (next ten). When I look at Justice, I always see the two worlds balanced on her scales. “You’ve spent all your time in one,” she seems to be saying, time to move into the other and balance things out.”

One thing to remember about the Justice card is that it is not about punishment, good, bad, right or wrong. It is about adjustment. The sword suggests that sometimes this won’t be pleasant. Justice pares things down with that sword so that the scales end up equal. The message is to do what’s necessary, no matter how hard, how disagreeable, in order to gain, or re-gain equilibrium. It is not a nice card, but in its way, it is a very wise card.

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Knight of Wands

Knight of Wands

 

Knights are among the court cards.  They represent travel, change of direction. 

Knights have the energy of teen-agers, so they can either represent a young person – or they can represent a more youthful energy within the person receiving the reading. When the knights are present, they display an energy of eagerness and willingness, but carry with them also a bit of naivity, or lack of experience.

Wands are the element of fire, so they “spark” transformation and change, new ideas, and new possibilities.

Wands correspond with the direction South, so it could indicate travel to or from the south. Wands also correspond with the season of Spring.

As wands correspond with South, they also bring about energies dealing with love issues, relationships of any kind, creative and artistic pursuits, anything of a romantic or emotional nature. Wands are masculine energy – realm of transformation, change, disruption, and passion. Related to protection, exorcism, banishing, sex and sex magick, purification, divination.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

Charming……….Superficial
is physically attractive……….focuses on style and appearance
disarms opposition with a smile……….can be thoughtless and insensitive
is sexy and seductive……….pursues sexual conquests
generates glamour and excitement……….avoids deep or serious matters
is honey-tongued……….may say or do what’s expedient 
Self-confident……….Cocky
totally lacks self-doubt……….overestimates abilities
has a can-do attitude……….may boast and brag
is convinced of his or her talent……….exaggerates accomplishments
is self-assured at all times……….is brash and nervy
doesn’t sweat the small stuff……….is sometimes presumptuous 
Daring……….Foolhardy
will risk anything without fear……….is reckless and rash
will tackle what others avoid……….will endanger self and others
is the first to volunteer for danger……….doesn’t give danger due respect
loves being a hero……….is impetuous
boldly goes where no one has gone before……….is a daredevil 
Adventurous……….Restless
loves travel and new experiences……….is never content to be still
seeks novelty and change……….can’t set down roots or make ties
makes things happen……….lacks inner peace and serenity
rises to every challenge……….won’t stop to smell the roses
is footloose and fancy-free……….must have constant stimulation 
Passionate……….Hot-tempered
is easily roused to action……….angers easily
feels strong loyalties……….is too ready for a fight
feels everything powerfully……….lashes out when riled
takes a vocal stand……….often acts without thinking
jumps in with both feet………may have a chip on his or her shoulder

If this Knight’s energy is missing, a dose of passion and daring may be called for. Are you in a rut? Try something new. Are you always planning every last detail? Wing it next time. Are you working too hard? Go out and have some fun. Let the Knight of Wands introduce you to his world of adventure, excitement and risk.

On the positive side, the Knight of Wands is full of energy and life. He’s never afraid to try something new and will reach for all the gusto he can. Others may shake their heads at his crazy stunts, but they still admire his courage and passion. He’s sexy and irresistible…always the charmer. On the negative side, this Knight is a little too sure of himself and his abilities. He tends to be shallow and thoughtless. Don’t expect a deep commitment from him. He’s also reckless and irresponsible. He acts without thinking and constantly gets in trouble because of his temper.

In readings, a Knight of Wands shows that his confident, passionate style is involved in the situation as an aspect of you, someone else or the atmosphere in general. You need to ask yourself, “Is this Knight’s energy helping or hurting?”

If his style is evident, then balance is needed. Is your confidence really cockiness? Are you angry and impatient all the time? Are you crazy about someone whom you know is going to break your heart? Is your company rushing into something risky with no preparation? It may be time for a change.

From AeclecticTarot:

KNIGHTS

Knights or princes are the spirit of the teenager, all about changes. Knights are never still; as the pages/princesses suggest messages, the knights/princes suggest movement, travel.

Elementally, they are Air moving and flowing like that element. As a person, they’re likely to stand for a young adult or someone who acts very like a teen. Their beliefs are purer than of an adult, less cynical and more fierce. In this they are most knight like: powerfully, almost unquestioning loyal to a kingdom or cause.

As travel:

Knight of Wands

An exciting trip, and likely a long one to an exotic place. Likely a trip by motorcycle, car, bus or train.

The types of teenager-like people they can be:

Knight of Wands

I like to think of this teen as the “tilting at windmills” Knight. Charismatic, the kind of youth who never slows down, who always goes for grand gestures. This is the party “teen”, and we’re talking big, wild parties; the kind of youth who loves his car and seems to live in it, driving everywhere, picking up his friends as he goes. He’s popular, the center of attention, the leader who comes up with crazy ideas. He’ll be voted class president or Prom King, and is likely an aggressive player on the football team. On the negative side, this teen can be headstrong, bossy or a bully. A little narcissistic, he’s not always sensitive to others feelings. Don’t expect him to be reliable or on time. Fiercely loyal to his friends, and his religion whether that is sports, a philosophy or church.

And here’s one more source I’m going to be referencing from now on. This one’s from a book, “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the New Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf:

Coming and going of issues involving your career, projects, or ideas that you may have. Well-intentioned though often unreliable young man. (pp.334)

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“Knight of Pentacles”

Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

This is one of the cards I’m not so confident about. I think I have a general idea, but it’s not one where I can nod and feel assured in how I translate it, although I’ve never really missed my mark (that I know of) when it comes up in readings for others.

Knights represent a change in direction, and they also represent messengers. Their energy is a youthful energy, comparative to that of a teen ager. They’re bold, brave, gung-ho about charging forward on their path, but their armor shows no battle scars – no dents or dings, so they indicate a bit of naivety or lack of experience.

Pentacles represent money, or physical manifestations, completion of a thing.

This particular knight, on instinct, looks as if he’s delivering a gift. He’s holding the pentacle extended in front of him as if to say, “Here, I brought this for you.”

If I were translating this card for someone else, I’d say, “You may be about to receive a message or a gift that could change the course of the path your on… for the better. However, be careful not to charge into a situation… look before you leap. There may be unseen obstacles along the way.”

Here’s what the sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

Unwavering……….Stubborn
is dogged in pursuit of a goal……….is hardheaded and obstinate
will not quit……….digs into a position
stands firm against opposition……….must have his or her own way
stays fixed to a chosen course……….refuses to listen to reason
keeps true to personal convictions……….resists compromise

Cautious……….Unadventurous
checks and double-checks……….is too conservative
examines all angles beforehand……….misses chances by waiting
proceeds slowly and carefully……….is reluctant to try something new
prefers the safe, known path……….settles for safe, small gains
is prudent and careful……….is afraid of risking

Thorough……….Obsessive
takes care of every detail……….does not know when to quit
is meticulous……….is too picky
wraps up all loose ends……….must have everything just so
never leaves a job half done……….is inflexible and compulsive
is painstaking……….insists on perfection
completes anything started……….can’t leave well enough alone

Realistic……….Pessimistic
is willing to look at the facts……….concentrates on what’s wrong
faces the truth……….thinks others are dreamers
is not lured by false hopes……….sees a glass as half empty, not half full
assesses circumstances candidly……….takes the gloomy view
predicts problems in advance……….dooms a project from the start

Hard-Working……….Grinding
becomes dedicated to a task……….focuses too narrowly on work
is diligent and industrious……….can be humorless and grim
produces as much as two people……….sees playtime as wasteful
tackles any chore vigorously……….drives everyone too hard
is tireless and unflagging……….forgets life should be fun

On the positive side, the Knight of Pentacles is like a bulldog. Once he bites down, you can be sure he won’t let go. He’s dogged in pursuit of his goals. A hard-worker, he has tremendous stamina and dedication. Every job is always completed down to the last detail. He’s careful and prudent, never wasteful. He knows the facts and is immune to false promises. On the negative side, this Knight is a bit stodgy and dull. He’s not known for his playful sense of humor. Work always comes first. He tends to be inflexible and obsessive about little details. Stubborn to a fault, he refuses to give in even when wrong, something he’ll never admit. He doesn’t like change or risk and will always take the gloomiest view.

In readings, a Knight of Pentacles shows that his cautious style is involved in the situation as an aspect of you, someone else or the atmosphere in general. You need to ask yourself, “Is this Knight’s energy helping or hurting?”

If his style is evident, then balance is needed. Are you working too hard? Do you refuse to listen to reason? Do you have a perfectionist in your life? Is the atmosphere around you one of gloom and doom? It may be time for a change.

If this Knight’s energy is missing, a dose of prudence may be called for. Are you spending too much? Maybe it’s time to slow down. Do you give up too soon? Dig in and refuse to quit. Is your work often careless, late or incomplete? Next time resolve to work up a sweat and get the job done. Let the Knight of Pentacles introduce you to his world of care and persistence.

Well, that translation doesn’t sound anything like mine. But, that’s why I do this every morning – not only to gauge the influences of my own day, but to gain a deeper understanding of the cards.

Here’s what AeclecticTarot has to say:

Knights or princes are the spirit of the teenager, all about changes. Knights are never still; as the pages/princesses suggest messages, the knights/princes suggest movement, travel.

Elementally, they are Air moving and flowing like that element. As a person, they’re likely to stand for a young adult or someone who acts very like a teen. Their beliefs are purer than of an adult, less cynical and more fierce. In this they are most knight like: powerfully, almost unquestioning loyal to a kingdom or cause.

Ah… so it’s the Pages that are messengers, NOT the knights! Noted!

As travel: Knight of Pentacles – Travel on foot, hiking, walking, cycling.

Knight of Pentacles

This teen appreciates the very best things money can buy – not only because he likes such things, but because he doesn’t like to stand out. He’s got projects going, jobs on the side, he fears not having what others have, not fitting in. In comparison to the Knight of Wands, however, this teen likes being at home. He needs to have his own room or secret place, and woe to anyone who goes into that room or changes it in any way. This teen has his own organization system for everything. On the negative side, this teen can be far too solitary, too concerned with perfection, what he does or does not have, or earning a place of respect. Fear of failure or competition or standing out may keep him from leaving his room. He values and protects beautiful things and is a loyal employee if treated right.

Okay, well, I may have missed my own interpretation, but this card hits the nail on the head for today. In fact, when I was shuffling the deck, T called – he’s coming by to bring a bed, a chest of drawers, and a few other items to turn that back bedroom into a bedroom for me. For the four years I’ve lived in this house, the master bedroom has been unable to be used. My ex took a power saw to the wall and cut a hole through the house from that bedroom to lead to the dog kennel he’d built. That room has since been called “The pet room”. So for the first three years I lived here, I slept on the floor in the living room. After the ex moved out and I’d bought my own furniture, I switched to sleeping on the sofa. T has been trying to get me to convert that room back into a bedroom for a bit now, but I’ve resisted because I don’t want to be “comfortable” in this house. I don’t want to nestle in… I want to MOVE! But, he has valid points and I think I’ll feel much more at peace and well rested if I have a bedroom of my own. He replaced the carpets in that room not long ago, and today he’s determined to furnish it. One of my biggest complaints over the past four years is that I don’t have a sacred space to call my own… a private room where I can close the door and be alone.

The talk in this card of perfectionism, working hard, etc. matches me quite well and I see myself in it, but I also see a great deal of Rhythm in this card.

I’d love to talk more about today’s card and how it matches up with my current situation, but now that I know I have company on the way, I’m a bit hurried… perhaps I’ll come back later in the day and reflect on it some more.

I do want to say, though, that my own interpretation wasn’t far off for me personally in regard to today… I said a message and/or gift… and while I was shuffling the deck, I got a message from T that he was bringing furnishings for that room… so I don’t think I was “wrong”, I just think my interpretations weren’t aligned with other interpretations.

For now, it’s time to draw a faerie.

Life is good.

W

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Judgment
(Inverted)

Judgment

When I draw this card for others, I have a bit of an “ahhh…” factor that comes into play, and have no problem translating. This is one of those cards that usually provokes tears from those who draw it – healing tears, mind you – but tears nonetheless.

In life, we create many versions of ourselves. I, for example, am mother, daughter, sister, mystic, waitress, friend. In addition to the roles I’ve taken on as various personas, there are also past versions of me that still exist – There’s the me that existed at age 9 when I was touched inappropriately and abused in various fashions. There’s the me at fifteen who was lost in her own arrogance and about to become a mother. There’s the me at twenty-three who tended bar in daisy dukes and gambled, drank, or smoked away her troubles. There’s the me at age thirty who made such bad choices that it caused the disruption of my family. In present day, there’s the me who struggles to be a good mother, the me who must be the provider, the me that hungers to be savagely WOMAN. There are all these different aspects of me – most of whom I resent or am angry with for their failures and consequences, if not for their lost hopes and dreams.

This card says it’s time for Unity. It’s time to bring together all the pieces and parts of Self, forgive past mistakes, let go of grudges, UNIFY, and become one WHOLE being who doesn’t self depreciate. It’s time to stop being such a harsh judge of self, to stop fearing the judgment of others, and to be true to me.

The card being inverted today clues me in that I’ve been resisting this merger.

It reminds me of a poem I once wrote, “Me, Myself, and I” – and it also reminds me of, “The Mind I Love

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

making a judgment
having a day of reckoning
separating the wheat from the chaff
making an honest appraisal
getting off the fence
using critical faculties
taking a stand
making hard choices

feeling reborn
awakening to possibilities
transforming
enjoying renewed hope
making a fresh start
seeing everything in a new light
discovering joy

hearing a call
recognizing your true vocation
feeling inner conviction
feeling an impulse to act
deciding to make a difference
feeling drawn in a new direction
knowing what you must do
answering a need

finding absolution
feeling cleansed and refreshed
releasing guilts and sorrows
forgiving yourself and others
atoning for past mistakes
unburdening yourself
feeling sins washed away

On Card 20, we see people rising up at the call of an angel. It is Judgment Day, when the faithful are brought to heaven, but what about those who are not saved? Have they been judged and found wanting? For their sins, will they be denied the presence of God? It is this aspect of judgment that is unsettling. How can judgment be reconciled with forgiveness?

In fact, judgment comes in two forms. The hurtful kind says, “What you did is wrong, and you are bad and worthless for having done it.” This type of judgment separates and leaves no room for redemption. It is possible to judge without condemning. We assess the matter, weigh all sides and try to discern the truth. We recognize the need to choose and hope for the courage to do so wisely – but without blame.

In readings, Card 20 can be a reminder that judgments are necessary; sometimes you must decide. At such moments, it is best to consider the matter carefully and then commit yourself without censure. If you are being judged yourself, learn from the process. Take what is of value, correct what needs correcting, but never lose sight of your worth.

Card 20 also stands for the feelings that come with salvation. When the angel calls, you are reborn – cleansed of all guilts and burdens. The past and its mistakes are behind you, and you are ready to begin anew. You may even feel a calling – a personal conviction of what you are meant to do. If you are in a low period, in need of hope and absolution, Judgement can show you that renewal is at hand.

And here’s from AeclecticTarot:

Basic Card Symbols

Angel, trumpets, graves with people rising from them, often water or an ocean.

Basic Tarot Story

As the Fool leaves the garden of the Sun, he feels that he is near the end of his journey, ready to take a final step. But something is keeping him from doing this, holding him back. He gazes up, hoping to find guidance from the Sun; instead he sees above him a fiery angel, beautiful and terrible.

“You are right,” the Angelic figure confirms, “you have only one last step on your journey, one final step to completion. But you cannot take that step until you lay your past to rest.” The Fool is perturbed. “Lay it to rest? I thought I’d left it behind, all of it,” he says. “There is no way to do that,” The Angel observes. “Each step wears down the shoe just a bit, and so shapes the next step you take, and the next and the next. Your past is always under your feet. You cannot hide from it, run from it, or rid yourself of it. But you can call it up, and come to terms with it. Are you willing to do that?”

The Angel hands the Fool a small trumpet. The Fool is hesitant, but he knows that this is a final decision. Either to go forward, or stay where he is. He blows, and the trumpet’s song echoes across the sky, its vibrations seeming to crack open the Earth. From under the Fool’s feet, memories rise. Images of his innocent youth, challenges, loves, failures, losses, success, disillusionment and wisdom.

For the first time, he does not try to leave them, ignore or forget them, but accepts them. They are, he sees, nothing to fear. They happened, but they are gone now. He, alone, carries them into the present. With that understanding, the memories vanish. Though they remain in his mind, they no longer have any power over him. He is free of them, reborn, and wholly in the present.

Basic Tarot Meaning

With Fire as its ruling element (or Pluto as its ruling planet), Judgement is about rebirth, resurrection. The idea of Judgement day is that the dead rise, their sins are forgiven, and they move onto heaven. The Judgement card is similar, it asks for the resurrection to summon the past, forgive it, and let it go. There are wounds from the past that we never let heal, sins we’ve committed that we refuse to forgive, bad habits we haven’t the courage to lose. Judgement advises us to finally face these, recognize that the past is past, and put them to rest, absolutely and irrevocably. This is also a card of healing, quite literally from an accident or illness, as well as a card signaling great transformation, renewal, change.

Thirteen’s Observations

Judgement is often a hard card to read; it usually signals just a big change, one that involves leaving something old completely behind and stepping into something completely new. Like closing the door on an old job, and opening the door to a new and very different career. But it’s also about making a final decision, to take that plunge into the new career, to forgive your family, to leave an abusive spouse, to make a new life. To heal and renew. It’s a very hard card to read, in part because it deals with very hard and final decisions. And it means facing something that most Querents don’t want to face. You can’t hide any longer, this card says, all the dead have risen and are out in the open. Face what you have to face; make that decision. Change.

Considering July’s reading and my writings of last night, I’d say this card is right on time… and while it didn’t bring me to tears (yet), it did raise the hairs on my arms and give me a major case of the chillie willies.

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“Seven of Pentacles”
(Inverted)

Seven of Pentacles

Well, well… I think this ties in nicely with this morning’s Fairy.

In this card, we see a man taking pause from his current endeavors. He’s observing the work he’s already done, pleased with his accomplishments thus far, but he’s taking pause because he’s not certain if he wants to continue with the project at hand. Something about his work has become spiritually dissatisfying and he’s contemplating change. He’s no longer satisfied with the mundane production process and the work at hand has become dull and dreary. He’s got a bit more to do before his job is done… but will he complete the task, or move on to something new? It could be time for a change.

The colors of his wardrobe are significant to me, even though I’ve never “learned” about them or referenced other sources. His top is orange… which signifies creativity. His sleeves and pants are blue, which indicates emotion. This tells me that whatever work this person does, it should be a creative endeavor that’s emotionally charged. He needs to “feel good” about what he’s “creating”, rather than simply going through the motions.

Although the suit of this card is pentacles, we see he’s also leaning on a staff, or a “wand”. The suit of wands represents new opportunities, new awareness, new insights, new ideas, new perspectives.

The seven is where I get the “spiritually dissatisfying” aspect of my interpretation. Sevens indicate an awareness of one’s own spiritual anorexia, and demonstrate a “seeking spirit”. It’s the awareness that we need to get back in touch with our spiritual Self.

Here’s what the other sources say:

This is from LearnTarot.com:

assessing
evaluating the status
reflecting on progress to date
reviewing what’s been done
pausing to check results
making sure you’re on course
finding out where you stand
taking stock

reaping a reward
finally seeing some results
enjoying the first fruits
getting returns on investments
receiving payoffs
being able to let up a bit
reaching a milestone

considering a direction change
weighing a different approach
pondering alternatives
thinking about change
opening to a new strategy
questioning your choices
standing at a crossroads

DESCRIPTION
On the Seven of Pentacles we see a man who has labored long and hard in his garden. The foliage is full, the blossoms are out – it seems that his work has paid off. Now he’s taking a break to admire his handiwork. How satisfying it is to see such fine results! How rewarding is sweet success!

The Seven of Pentacles is a time-out card. It represents those moments after a rush of activity when we stop to catch our breath and look around. The man in the picture has paused to contemplate the fruits of his own labors, but he could also pick that fruit. In readings, the Seven of Pentacles can indicate a reward that will come your way, particularly as a result of your own efforts. Take it and enjoy.

This card is also a call for assessment. When we’re busy, we don’t always have time to reflect on what we’re doing and why. Are we still on course? Are we getting the results we want? Serious problems can develop if you don’t take stock at key moments. In readings, this card suggests that you take the time to be sure you’re meeting your goals.

The Seven of Pentacles can also indicate a crossroads. In life, there’s a tendency to continue with familiar routines. To go in a new direction isn’t easy. The Seven of Pentacles may be telling you to figure out if you need a course correction, or even a complete about-face. You’re not yet committed to a certain path, but you could be soon. Change is still possible.

The Seven of Pentacles is not a card of endings or final decisions. The game is not over, but only on hold for a moment. Once you’ve gotten your breath back and checked your strategy, be ready to jump back in and work even harder than before.

And from AeclecticTarot:

SEVENS
As the fives indicated a particular problem, so do the sevens. The fives were about loss, losing momentum, losing love, losing an argument, losing money. The question there was, “How do I deal with this loss?” The sevens are about finding yourself in a situation where you are not in control. Sevens relate to the Chariot, a card about finding and maintaining complete control and mastery over wild or opposing forces.

If the charioteer lets his horses run where they will, as they will, the chariot will crash. He not only has to have them completely in hand, but to win in a race or war, he must also control direction and speed. So, too, in life. You need to know not only how to take control but also how to direct the forces once you have them in hand. Sevens, like fives, are about overcoming fears and finding a way to succeed in a tough situation. They answer the question, “How do I take control?”

Seven of Pentacles

A farmer watches pentacles grow on a tree. Sometimes, there is no way to take control of a situation. The farmer waits for the fruit on his tree to ripen so he may harvest and sell it; he has very little control over when this will happen. All he can do is be patient. So, too, with waiting for a job offer or raise, waiting for work to pay off, or a new diet, waiting for lottery numbers to be read. Sometimes you have to realize that you’ve done all you can do. It is out of your hands now. All you can do is wait.

Ultimately, the sevens share that message, the farmer’s message: hold out, be patient, don’t rush, go around. Be in control of yourself and you can be in control of this situation.

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Four of Cups

Four of Cups

Hmm.  Looks like I’m not quite finished with last week’s temper tantrums! *smirks*

Usually, I look at numbers and suits first, but this time, I’m inclined to talk about the image on the card.

This person has put themselves in a time out… a time out with a pout.  It reminds me of kids on a school playground where one kid tries to dictate to the others how the game is played, and when the others don’t conform and cooperate, the dictator says, “Fine, then… I’m not playing!” and storms off with arms folded to sit alone and sulk.  There’s a sense of frustration, feelings of failure (not actual failure, but feeling that way), of feeling sorry for yourself (myself) because life isn’t playing by the rules you’ve (I’ve) dictated.

The person in this card sits staring at three cups… three emotional situations that could have worked out differently (if only the world would have cooperated!).  What’s important to notice, though, is that there’s a fourth opportunity being offered – and offered by a divine hand, but the person in the card can’t see it because they’re too busy looking at their own sorrows. What is this person missing out on?

When we have a four, we can look at it like a great big goal post.  Our job is to kick the ball through the goal posts to score a point.  In the case of the four, that goal post is so vast, so wide, so open that it really doesn’t matter where we kick the ball – to the left, to the right, straight up, out in front of us, or even behind… no matter where we aim, we’ll make our goal – that’s the four.  A solid foundation and plenty of room to accomplish what needs accomplished.  That being said, the situation at hand is not as bad as what the person in this card is making it out to be.  There are blessings to be found, opportunities at hand, if only the person would take the focus off of themselves and look up!

When we deal with cups, we’re dealing with emotions, spiritual status, sub-conscous feelings.  The person in this card isn’t necessarily upset over work, money, challenges, or outside influences.  Nope… they’re focused strictly on how they FEEL, their own emotional upsets.  But that four reminds us that things aren’t as bad as we seem to think they are at the moment and we’re making emotional mountains out of mole hills.

The summarized version? Get off the pity potty, stop feeling sorry for yourself and look for the blessings and opportunities in your present circumstance instead of focusing on things that didn’t go your way.

Now… for good measure, let’s check the other sources:

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

being self-absorbed
concentrating on your own feelings
wanting for yourself
being unaware of others
giving out little
withholding affection
seeing only your point of view
ignoring gifts and blessings 
feeling apathetic
passively accepting
losing interest
feeling disengaged
making little effort
finding life stale and flat
lacking motivation
feeling little desire 
going within
being introspective
meditating
dreaming
contemplating
pausing to reflect
getting lost in reverie
withdrawing from involvement
losing outer awareness

Those who enjoy kayaking and other river sports know that there are areas of the river where the water flows in a dangerous circular motion. Instead of moving forward, it turns back on itself. In the same way, we can get stuck in emotional hydraulics. The Four of Cups represents such periods of self-absorption.

If you are self-absorbed, you tend to refer everything back to yourself – your own interests and desires. On this card, we see a man who is unaware of the cup being offered to him. He misses this gift because he’s turned within. In readings, the Four of Cups can indicate that you are wrapped up for the moment in your own world.

In some situations, you must focus on yourself. When life is too stressful, you need to devote time and energy to yourself or you will feel swamped. The Four of Cups can represent a positive period of self-reflection and renewal. By taking the time to go within to dream, muse and reflect, you restore your emotional balance.

The Four of Cups is sometimes a sign of apathy. You don’t really care much about anything. Your life seems stale and flat because you’ve lost interest in the activities that used to bring you pleasure. You’re not motivated to make much of an effort in any direction. At such times, the Four of Cups can show that you’re stuck emotionally. You need something to focus on that will so engage your mind and heart that your path down river becomes clear again. Open yourself to your surroundings. Soon you will be on your way again.

(I’d say I nailed that one! *grins*)

And here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

 

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Cups

The stillness in the four cups represents stagnation, a status quo in a relationship that brings dissatisfaction and boredom. A man sitting under a tree with three cups is offered a fourth by a hand from a cloud. This is the “grass is greener” card. The relationship, once so fresh and exciting, is no longer moving or changing or growing, and the Querent, depressed and restless, begins to wonder if the grass might not be greener elsewhere.

This card is also about over-indulgence in drink, food, drugs, sex, even internet chat rooms, looking for stimulation. It is all too easy to turn to such things when depressed or bored. In general, this card is a warning. The Querent might be in a stagnant relationship, but day-dreaming of others or over indulging is not the way to solve the problem. Stop looking for ways to escape it, and look, instead, for ways to change it.

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Three of Pentacles
(inverted)

 

When we look at threes, we know we’re dealing with two issues right of the bat. The first situation brought to light by the three is group dynamics – situations involving more than two people. The second circumstance of threes is communication. Threes deal with communication in group dynamics.

Pentacles represent money, and the coming together or completion of a project – sometimes both in that completing a project could lead to financial reward.

In this card, we see one person on a pedestal being admired by two other people. He’s being admired for his creativity, his insights, and his craftmanship. He may be being offered a job or having his services requested. When I see this card in readings I do for others, I generally state that a new job opportunity based on creative skill may be about to present itself.

Inverted cards mean one of three things… either the energy of the card is new and just beginning to manifest; the energy of the card is old and is moving out of the situation – or, the quarrent (person the card was drawn for) may be exhibiting the more negative attributes of the card’s energy. If it’s the third case scenerio, I often encourage those who draw this card to put their creativity on display so that it CAN be recognized and appreciated by others.

So what do I think it means for me? (Looks toward Nepal and waves at Dip)….

I’m not doing what I should be doing with my writing. For 20 years I’ve had the dream of writing as a profession, of seeing my name in print, of knowing others were reading and benefiting from my work. Not so much about the acclaim, the fame, the recognition, or the fortune (’cause those who are in the know… know that writing is not often a lucrative financial endeavor!)… but about expressing my insights, sharing and preserving them. I used to write regularly and submit my work diligently, and I’ve stopped that all together. I’m still blogging, sure… I have an occasional poetic thought or profound statement, but they’re few and far between these days – and as for submitting? Pishaw… I’m not. However, I have been thinking a lot lately about what I’d like to write, could be writing, should be writing, and about the books I’d like to assemble (recycle!) from those writings. Why am I not doing it? ‘Cause the restaraunt owns my ass and the bills and responsibilities of being a single parent and managing employment and family matters, not to mention a social life, keep me from writing the words that want to be written.

I need to make time to get back to my writing. The muse’s vacation is all but over. It’s time to “come home”.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

working as a team
coordinating with others
finding all the needed elements
functioning as a unit
getting the job done together
contributing to the group
cooperating
combining efforts 
planning
organizing resources
following a schedule
operating in the know
nailing down the details
being an ant, not a grasshopper
reviewing beforehand
going over possible problems
being prepared 
being competent
getting the job done
carrying out an assignment well
meeting your goals
proving your ability
achieving more than what’s expected
knowing what to do and how to do it
being up to the job

In the opening of the film Mission Impossible, a crack team of specialists is working on a dangerous assignment. The members of the team are mapping out a strategy, coordinating resources and drawing on their skills and ingenuity to complete the mission. This is the Three of Pentacles in action: teamwork, planning and competence.

The Three of Pentacles is one of the cards in the Tarot that focuses on the group. (The Three of Cups and the Hierophant are the others.) As Pentacles are grounded and practical, this card represents a task-oriented team – people who are working cooperatively toward a common goal. There are few jobs that can be accomplished alone. We need the help of others to achieve our goals. Sometimes the Three of Pentacles is a sign that you will be more productive if you work with others. You don’t have to do it all by yourself.

This card can also show a need for planning and preparation. Now is not the time to rush into something or begin a project with only a vague idea of what it’s about. You need to think everything through, go over all the possibilities and make sure you work out the details. Do your homework, and your undertaking will flourish.

Another feature of the Three of Pentacles is competence – the ability to get the job done. How rare this is nowadays! This card tells you that you have the skills and knowledge you need. You can attract capable people and create a successful environment. Know that the situation is (or will be) in good hands, but be sure to concentrate on excellence in your work. Be proud of what you do and how you do it. Then you will accomplish your “impossible” mission.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

THREES

So at first we had one, indivisible; then it splits into two, mirror images, opposites: two opposing passions, twin emotions, two ideas, two jobs or finances. The next move, of course, is for the two to create a third. Male and female create a child; two corners get a third to form a triangle.

Ruling over the threes is the Empress, of course, whose card is all about creation. The child in the womb, the seed in the ground. So, with the twos, a choice has been made about what use to put this passion, emotion, brainpower, craft. Now we get the first results of that decision, the initial offspring.

Three of Pentacles

A craftsman shows off his work of three pentacles in an arch to a pair of potential patrons. This is the craftsman’s card and it indicates creating something that brings in patronage. The Querent has created, well, more work for himself. So promising is what the Querent has done with so little, that money, admiration, and more work is coming their way, enough to get them out of the juggling they were doing in the two of pentacles. Health wise, this card can also indicate positive results from a new exercise program or therapy.

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