Queen of Cups - reversed Card facing down Page of Swords - reversed Card facing down Three of Wands Card facing down

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Decision Making Tarot Reading



The deck is shuffled and your tarot cards are dealt on the table, face down.

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When you are prepared, and your query is formulized, please reveal each card by clicking on it, or reveal all cards at once by use of the button appearing below the tarot spread.

Decipher the cards

Once revealed, click on a card to learn of its significance, alongside a larger image of the card. You can leaf through different books offering tarot card interpretations by use of the drop-down list, above (the default selection, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, is recommended for the casual querent).

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The advanced cartomancer can draw additional cards to further clarify the tarot reading, by clicking on the Show Deck button, appearing below the tarot spread, and dragging a card away from the deck. Once dropped, the card can be moved again to a different position.

Good luck on your tarot reading.


Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Passive Choice

This card represents the more passive of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that would come to pass through a relative lack of action; perhaps, the well-trodden road. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Description

Beautiful, fair, dreamy--as one who sees visions in a cup. This is, however, only one of her aspects; she sees, but she also acts, and her activity feeds her dream.

Divinatory Meanings

Good, fair woman; honest, devoted woman, who will do service to the Querent; loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure; also wisdom, virtue; a perfect spouse and a good mother.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The accounts vary; good woman; otherwise, distinguished woman but one not to be trusted; perverse woman; vice, dishonour, depravity.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Sometimes denotes a woman of equivocal character.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A rich marriage for a man and a distinguished one for a woman.


Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Passive Choice

This card represents the more passive of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that would come to pass through a relative lack of action; perhaps, the well-trodden road. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Queen of Cups - A fair Woman, Success, Happiness, Advantage, Pleasure.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

A Woman in good position, but intermeddling, and to be distrusted; Success, but with some attendant trouble.


Queen of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Passive Choice

This card represents the more passive of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that would come to pass through a relative lack of action; perhaps, the well-trodden road. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Fair woman, good honest and devoted; virtuous and one who will do service to the querent; another version says: "Loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure, also wisdom, virtue." (Waite) Reversed: Vice, corruption, scandal, etc. A rich marriage.

Theory

The personification of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, manifesting into the world that which it carries. As such this queen is to us the image of the married woman and the mother and of all that which woman can give to man and mankind, by her virtue both of soul and body. So the card must also mean the realisation of hopes and wishes, consequently success, etc. The 'wisdom' is here more of the practical blend, usefulness, knowing how to act with care and prudence. The card may represent a woman, or an impersonal power or authority, whom the querent has to obey, or to whom it will be to his advantage to submit. It expresses a tendency to go out into the world and make a name and position for oneself, and indicates the right moment to do so. It is fairly certain that it will ensure some publicity, renown, fame, or even glory or theatrical success, but of 'scandal' we see no indication whatever in the card itself, though of course 'publicity' connected with very evil influences might end in something like that. In such cases, however, we must not ascribe the effect to the card, which means publicity, but to that of the evil influences. It is a mistake, which we very often meet in the traditional interpretations, to ascribe effects, resulting from certain combinations of influences to one card which is only one of the composing causes.

Conclusion

A good, intelligent, active and practical woman (may be fair), whom the querent will do well to obey and who deserves his full esteem. Type of the married woman and mother. Careful and attentive, of much use to the querent. Loving intelligence; and practical wisdom. Success, pleasure, happiness, virtue. Natural growth, promotion in the world, position and name, fame or renown.


Page of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Dilemma

This card represents your dilemma. These are the forces - internal or external, relevant or irrelevant - that are presently guiding your preference. Perhaps, this represents a third opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Description

A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the act of swift walking. He is passing over rugged land, and about his way the clouds are collocated wildly. He is alert and lithe, looking this way and that, as if an expected enemy might appear at any moment.

Divinatory Meanings

Authority, overseeing, secret service, vigilance, spying, examination, and the qualities thereto belonging.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

More evil side of these qualities; what is unforeseen, unprepared state; sickness is also intimated.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

An indiscreet person will pry into the Querent's secrets.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Astonishing news.


Page of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Dilemma

This card represents your dilemma. These are the forces - internal or external, relevant or irrelevant - that are presently guiding your preference. Perhaps, this represents a third opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Knave of Swords - A Spy, Overlooking, Authority.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

That which is unforeseen, Vigilance, Support.


Page of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Dilemma

This card represents your dilemma. These are the forces - internal or external, relevant or irrelevant - that are presently guiding your preference. Perhaps, this represents a third opportunity.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Overseer, artist, learned man, spy, indiscreet person, who will eventually "pry into the querent's secrets." Secret service, vigilance, examination, calculation, speculation. A note, observation, remark. Reversed: "The more evil side of those qualities" (Waite); the unforeseen sudden, surprising; improvisation. Acting or speaking without due preparation.

Theory

The Martian and Saturnian element on the Third house and on the Eleventh. It is very remarkable, that the first series of meanings in this case hint at the third house, while the so-called reversed meanings bear all the characteristics of the Uranian eleventh house: suddenness, surprise, etc. This element on the house of Air, Gemini and Aquarius, must, of course, denote either intellectual facts or concrete results of intelligence. The latter may be called 'proof' or 'outcome' or exact knowledge. The knowledge of facts may be the fruit of an elementary school curriculum, of journalism, of spying, etc. But it is justly indicated by tradition, that the Martian and Saturnian Gemini-man is a specialist in unlawful knowledge or in knowledge gathered at the cost of much trouble and effort; so it may be also knowledge gathered later in life, university extension. Exact intellectual results may appear as: remarks, observations, notes, etc. When put in the negative there may be investigation, examination, etc. All these are truly the effects of Gemini. There are, moreover, the personalities representing the facts. On account of the eleventh house we shall have to note the same sort of results but more or less reciprocal and sudden, whereas Uranus, lord of this house, accelerates the energy of Mars in this element but is apt to destroy the Saturnian vibrations or at least counteract them. It is quite true, therefore, that this card may represent speaking and acting without sufficient preparation and without dogmatic or very formal outlines: improvisation. Tradition was very correct in this. It could not know, that this page, on account of its eleventh house relations, will represent the railway-, tramway- or bus-conductor as well as the constable regulating the traffic, also the warnings of the same.

Conclusion

Results of exact studies, knowledge, note, observation, warning, indication, examination, inspection, investigation; inspector, constable, police-officer, and their orders; spy, detective, examiner. Dilettante, one who will surprise by his daring but is not well prepared in speech or acting., The latter in weak cases. Sudden, rather unexpected, surprising events or effects.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Active Choice

This card represents the more active of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that will be achieved through a greater exertion of effort or risk; perhaps, the road less traveled by. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Description

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff's edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.

Divinatory Meanings

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A very good card; collaboration will favour enterprise.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Active Choice

This card represents the more active of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that will be achieved through a greater exertion of effort or risk; perhaps, the road less traveled by. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Three of Sceptres - Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Active Choice

This card represents the more active of the two alternatives before you, i.e., the one that will be achieved through a greater exertion of effort or risk; perhaps, the road less traveled by. This card is a potentiality, good or bad, of that choice.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Enterprise, effort, essay, trade, commerce, discovery, usurpation, daring, temerity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and 'the end of troubles,' discontinuative.

Theory

The rather contradictory descriptions of this card's significance are well explained by its zodiacal position: Air on the Third house, which doubles the influence of 'air' and of the mercurial vibrations and effects. This card has the accent of the suit of wands. It must consequently denote: communication, reflection and all that comes from these. This needs little explanation.

Conclusion

Communication, instruction, reflexion, message, writing, postage and letters, superficial knowledge, airiness, passing impressions, discontinuance, interruption, change, perhaps a certain amount of geniality, imprudence also; neglect or want of proper attention; as to 'temerity' I should say only in so far as this means an easy manner of overcoming obstacles, quick insight; effort, essay, trade are correct. Mercury being the God of merchants, and thieves, this card may relate to commerce, theft and loss. "The end of troubles" is indeed well said, because this card gives the key for their solution and shows the way of escape.