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Problem Solving 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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Good luck on your tarot reading.


Page of Cups


Card position:


Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

Card interpretation:


Description

A fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate page, of studious and intent aspect, contemplates a fish rising from a cup to look at him. It is the pictures of the mind taking form.

Divinatory Meanings

Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected; a studious youth; news, message; application, reflection, meditation; also these things directed to business.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Good augury; also a young man who is unfortunate in love.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Obstacles of all kinds.


Page of Cups


Card position:


Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Knave of Cups - A fair Youth, Confidence, Probity, Discretion, Integrity.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

A Flatterer, Deception, Artifice.


Page of Cups


Card position:


Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Fair young man, studious. Work, application, reflexion, occupation, observation. Profession, employment. News, message; has to do with business. Reversed: Tendency, inclination, attraction, attachment, friendship, desire, engagement, invitation, seduction. Flattery, praise, cherishing, etc.

Theory

The Page or servant, messenger, of the cups suit comes on the Eleventh and on the Seventh house, and has to do with friendship and relations, e.g. marriage. He must be the friend who brings inviting messages, seductive proposals, if not of formal marriage, perhaps of some love-affair or jolly gathering, sportive meeting, or intellectual entertainment, lecture, etc. It is not quite impossible, that the idea of 'seduction' is connected with it or at least a strong sense of persuasion. If it relates to news, there is emotion in it, news that will affect the feelings in some way or other. Relations will be of a passing nature, but may be very pleasant. The combination of the Water with the Air generally adds much to the instruction, development or education of people So there must be much of all this in the Page of Cups. The effects do not always bear the characteristic of reliability, nor of permanence.

Conclusion

(On the eleventh house) Friendly message, good news, invitation, proposal and the bringer of the same. A young man of a democratic turn of mind, brotherly feelings, international relationship. (On the seventh house): Proposal of marriage or love-affair, intellectual entertainment, lecture, demonstration. Proposal or invitation to a position or employment. Solicitation. The outcome of this card is still uncertain and must be derived from the neighbouring cards. Change of relations and connections, sympathies.


Knight of Pentacles


Card position:


Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

Card interpretation:


Description

He rides a slow, enduring, heavy horse, to which his own aspect corresponds. He exhibits his symbol, but does not look therein.

Divinatory Meanings

Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude-all on the normal and external plane.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

inertia, idleness, repose of that kind, stagnation; also placidity, discouragement, carelessness.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

An useful man; useful discoveries.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A brave man out of employment.


Knight of Pentacles


Card position:


Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Knight of Pentacles - A useful Man, Trustworthy, Wisdom, Economy, Order, Regulation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

A brave Man, but out of Employment, Idle, Unemployed, Negligent.


Knight of Pentacles


Card position:


Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Utility, advantage, serviceableness, profit, interest, gain, importance, necessity. Reversed it is said to give: Repose, tranquillity, apathy, inertia, idleness, discouragement; also recreation, etc.

Theory

The Fire on the Eighth and on the Fourth house, personified. The traditional renderings are not bad but far from complete. The eighth house is that of our debts, money of other people and of the dead in particular. So the querent may profit by legacies or inheritance. Consequently the benefic influence on the weak point in our material conditions may be interpreted as: advantage, interest, etc. But the knight is always a personification, too, and this is not given in the traditional interpretation. We must see him as a person who is obliging, carrying out a will, coming to the aid of the querent, secretly or confidentially perhaps, at least not publicly, visiting him in his house, saving him from material and financial troubles. It may be a loan, inheritance or advance, but without any hard conditions connected with it, so it may be a present. On the other hand the houses mentioned give the tendency to retire from the outer world; this accounts for renderings such as 'inactivity, inertia,' etc. . . . We should say, it means the tendency to enjoy the good things of the heart(s) within one's own private or family circle, in repose, in some retreat, secretly. In weak cases there may be some danger of degeneration into idleness or indolence, etc. In connection with the fourth house, ruling family matters and the past, the home and the storehouse (of memory, e.g.) the card must have to do with pleasant memories, recollections, people we have known before; collections and collecting.

Conclusion

A good help, discreet aid in financial difficulties, paying of debts; advantage, interest, etc. And the person who brings these to the querent. Loan, inheritance, advance, present. Happy memories, collections and collecting, recollection; savings. Persons whom we have known before or who stand in a near relation to us than is known or announced publicly. In weak cases: indolence, secret enjoyment, idleness, stagnation, etc.


Six of Swords


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Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

Card interpretation:


Description

A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.

Divinatory Meanings

journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The voyage will be pleasant.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Six of Swords - Envoy, Messenger, Voyage, Travel.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, Love proposed, Revelation, Surprise.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Route, way, path, envoy, journey by water, emigration, manner, expedient. Reversed: Proclamation, declaration, publication, avowal, knowledge, charter, constitution, bill, ordinance, discovery, vision, revelation, apparition. A proposal of love, says another rendering.

Theory

This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in 'earth' become the 'ways' that carry the message from the centre, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that, nor the path be trodden until we meet with a 'proposal of love.' But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialised. And this explains why tradition says it means 'apparition'--'publication'--'constitution' etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalisation, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialisation from the 'other side.' It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is 'the end,' in the same way as the ascendant is 'the beginning.' Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.

Conclusion

Route, way, canal, conveyance, nervous system, arterial system; experiment, order of service, practical prescriptions for any service, rules and measures of internal service. It warns that care must be taken for health and the internal service of the body must be cleared, in order to avoid intestine troubles. There may be something of a course, a voyage to be made, a cure or even emigration, if other indications confirm it. If in connection with Venusian influences, sensuality and the expressions of it. If badly aspected: serious illness and probability of the passing away of the patient.