Four of Wands Card facing down Knight of Cups Card facing down Page 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.

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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.


Four of Wands


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

From the four great staves planted in the foreground there is a great garland suspended; two female figures uplift nosegays; at their side is a bridge over a moat, leading to an old manorial house.

Divinatory Meanings

They are for once almost on the surface--country life, haven of refuge, a species of domestic harvest-home, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity, peace, and the perfected work of these.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The meaning remains unaltered; it is prosperity, increase, felicity, beauty, embellishment.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Unexpected good fortune.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A married woman will have beautiful children.


Four of Wands


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

Four of Sceptres - Society, Union, Association, Concord, Harmony.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Prosperity, Success, Happiness, Advantage.


Four of Wands


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

Society, association, alliance, multitude and all that implies a gathering of men, even armies; mixture; country life, felicity, augmentation, prosperity, happiness, peace and concord, etc., convocation; advance.

Theory

It is Air on the Fourth house and the mixing of mercurial and lunar influence will of course explain the idea of gathering. We cannot quite see some of the definitions (contract, pact, treaty), but generally we find the idea of that which binds together by memory and common motives, thoughts, mottos common to a certain group of people, be it family or nation, clan or army. So this leads us to see in the card the expression of the common motive, of that which binds people together. It is not the contract, but the motive which afterwards leads to contracts, or from which the contract will result. A common mistake, in astrological descriptions as well, is this mixing up of definitions relating to the cause and to the effect respectively. Mercury brooding over the house of the family and the moon, engenders homely feelings, memories, thoughts of internal service, household matters, and tends more or less to a profane and familiar or descriptive language, to joke, fun and the theatrical art, to inviting people to come together and have their share in weal and woe. It represents also common sense, which, however, remains in many cases 'common' enough. And it contains the motives, which actually govern the facts and actions in this world.

Conclusion

Family-spirit, clan, home, the ideas and motives which rule us, consequently that which is familiar to us; memory, reminiscences, brooding and scheming, fantasy, theatrical arts, fancy, imagination. It can be augmentation as well as decrease, it generally means change and unstable conditions, popularity and vaccillation, profanation. It may denote some group of people, a gathering or meeting, family-council. A convocation. a call and a vote. Cosiness.


Knight of Cups


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

Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.

Divinatory Meanings

Arrival, approach--sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A visit from a friend, who will bring unexpected money to the Querent.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Irregularity.


Knight of Cups


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

Knight of Cups - Arrival, Approach, Advance.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Duplicity, Abuse of Confidence, Fraud, Cunning.


Knight of Cups


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

"The higher graces of the imagination" (Waite). Arrival, approach, advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement, reception, comparison. Reversed: Trickery, fraud, duplicity, subtlety, swindle, artifice.

Theory

The Water of the soul on the Twelfth and on the Eighth house. The double influence of water makes the emotions and feelings prominent, relates to the imagination, to deeper experiences and strong reactions of the soul, processes of psychic life, which may end in wonderful success or in less desirable phenomena. It is sure to indicate much relating to the subways of human life and the human soul. This is not always favourable or pleasant, of course, but is in almost every instance intensive, though the cups never go to anything like hatred or crime or real malice. Their weakness is in being unreliable or incalculable with regard to things of the exact world or matter. So in the worst cases this card may indicate everything connected with swindling from sheer mental instability. But it may also be, that the term 'swindler' (charlatan) is wrongly given to people who are standing apart from the common herd and are more or less occultists. The "higher graces of the imagination."

There may be certainly a considerable degree of falsehood expressed by this card: false interpretation, misjudgment, tendencious or fantastic narratives, exaggerated complaints, imaginary wrongs, pathos and what the world calls miscarriage. On account of the eighth house all this may be connected with sex-questions or intimate and private affairs. The card may express indiscretion committed and slanderous reports, secretly promulgated. It has to do with secrets and the divulgation of secrets. But there may be also a higher sway in the emotional realm: devotion, sacrifice, charity.

Conclusion

(On account of the twelfth house) A stranger, sailor or naval officer, man coming from far away. It makes one forget troubles, perhaps intoxicates. Wine or strong liquors. Merchants of same. Narcotics. Imagination, vision, dreams, poetic turn of mind. Occultism. Devotion, sacrifice, charity. (On account of the eighth house): Strong sexual tendencies, but the power to master them, and extract from them the element of happiness and health: transmutation of inner forces. The latter may also be translated as: changing his aspect of life wholly: going from one state of life into a quite different sort of existence. In some cases: falsehood, venomous reports, slander, blackmail, trickery, fraud, subtlety, swindling, artifice. The evil influences may cause the reasons for the said change of life, which in itself may well prove benefic after all. There is much occultism in this card; this Knight may be unknown or anonymous but a very important messenger (to the soul?) At its best he is Saint George, killing the dragon, the Rosicrucian brother.


Page 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

In a scene similar to the former, a young man stands in the act of proclamation. He is unknown but faithful, and his tidings are strange.

Divinatory Meanings

Dark young man, faithful, a lover, an envoy, a postman. Beside a man, he will bear favourable testimony concerning him. A dangerous rival, if followed by the Page of Cups. Has the chief qualities of his suit. He may signify family intelligence.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Anecdotes, announcements, evil news. Also indecision and the instability which accompanies it.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Young man of family in search of young lady.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Bad news.


Page 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

Knave of Sceptres - A Good Stranger, Good News, Pleasure, Satisfaction.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Ill News, Displeasure, Chagrin, Worry.


Page 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

Stranger, unknown man, young man in search of somebody, extraordinary or at least uncommon man; postman, envoy, dark young man, faithful lover. Further it denotes an announcement, instruction, advice, tale, lesson, advertisement, something wonderful, unexpected, admirable, unusual. A notion as well as a miracle. News.

Theory

We have to keep in mind, that the page of Air relates to the Third and to the Eleventh house both. Some of the indications show the mark of aquarian, i.e. uranian parentage, others are purely mercurial. The pages always cover the meaning of houses of Air, as we have seen the page of the airy element--wands--is the most airy of them all. The interpretation is easy enough, and the renderings are quite correct, with the exception of one item: we can never see this page as a 'stranger' but rather as an acquaintance, a friend, conforming to the connection with the eleventh house. That with the Third house even may bring his personal standing nearer to the querent, viz. as a brother or schoolmate.

Conclusion

(From the Third house) A brother, schoolmate, messenger, postman or envoy, functionary or official of subordinate position, generally a younger man, sometimes on an errand; messages, letters, communications, teaching, instruction, lesson, advertisement, advice, announcement. News. (From the eleventh house): A friend, some one in business relation with the querent, or with whom he agrees. Telegraph, telephone and wireless. Intuitive connection, telepathy, invention. Helpful influences in general, helpful people of all sorts, tradesmen, purveyors, etc.