Seven of Pentacles - reversed Card facing down Nine of Swords Card facing down Eight of Cups Card facing down

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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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Seven of Pentacles - reversed


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 young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right; one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.

Divinatory Meanings

These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter; but one reading gives altercation, quarrels--and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Cause for anxiety regarding money which it may be proposed to lend.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Improved position for a lady's future husband.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Impatience, apprehension, suspicion.


Seven of Pentacles - reversed


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

Seven of Pentacles - Money, Finance, Treasure, Gain, Profit.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Disturbance, Worry, Anxiety, Melancholy.


Seven of Pentacles - reversed


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

Money, riches, sums of money, also silver especially. Has to do with the moon and whiteness. Candour, innocence, purgation, purification. Business, barter. Reversed: Mental worries, suspicion, diligence, fear, mistrust, etc.

Theory

The Fire with its sunny and Venusian character on the Eleventh house, the house of friends, in which the Self has to rely for a good deal on them or to live for them, but in which it sometimes finds it hard to give up its own desires and wishes. Still in the main it contains 'friendly' surroundings and is the house of traffic and business, of practical co-operation and interrelation. Aquarius is the house of the Angels too, and this may account perhaps for such renderings as innocence, purgation, etc., and may mean that the individualistic and egotistic elements have to be modified into something more 'brotherly.' What we have to do with the moon and its metal silver here, is less clear, unless the idea has been induced by the electric-blue colour of this house, or by the fact that it is the first house of the lunar body in the solar system. Neither can we very clearly see why it should indicate riches, money, etc. This is probably a rather coarse transmission of the idea, that friendly relations together with the person's own good intentions and good-will must produce advantages in material things. So the card must indicate good business, profitable friendship, assistance and help of friends and vice versa; reliable and agreeable surroundings outside the family circle. The advantages will probably be the outcome of what has been sown before by good action. For 'fear, mistrust,' etc., we can see no reason.

Conclusion

Friendship, concord, friendly relations and sympathetic, reliable and agreeable surroundings outside the family circle; profitable co-operation, advantage, good business, remuneration. Natural and rational outcome of what has been sown previously.


Nine of Swords


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

One seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.

Divinatory Meanings

Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.


Nine of Swords


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

Nine of Swords - An Ecclesiastic, a Priest, Conscience. Probity, Good Faith, Integrity.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Wise distrust, Suspicion, Fear, Doubt, Shady character.


Nine of Swords


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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

A bachelor, priest, clergyman, hermit; monastic order, monastery, church; religion or cult; devotion, rite, ritual, ceremony. Another version says: "Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair." (Waite) Reversed: Justified doubt, fear or mistrust, scruple, shame, imprisonment; timidity, pudor.

Theory

On the house of Sagittarius, the Ninth, the element of Earth must of course relate to the earthy side of religion, i.e. the material expressions of it, to the more heavy, earthy, materialistic mind and its ideas about religion, ethics, etc. It is not very flattering for priesthood in general, perhaps, that from this sort of condition have come so many of those who call themselves ecclesiastics, but still it is natural, because the 'ecclesia,' which has been built upon the rock (Petrus = Capricorn,) is served by the teachers or inspirers of it, to be found in the preceding house. In lay language this means: the expression of religion, of ideals and ideas, descending into matter, taking material shape and culminating in the church or monastery, which, however, come under the tenth house, and into dogma and creed under the ninth. Under the latter's influence are the representatives of dogma and creed, viz. priest, officiant, monastic or monk. It is fairly sure, that from the essence of this card arises inquisition and every sort of intolerance, religious intolerance above all, because the materialistic mind thinks itself in possession of the only expression of Truth, and condemns every other. So this card nay also indicate all sorts of hard judgment, rigid attitudes of mind, orthodoxy. For this indeed is the meaning of materialism in religion and ethics. When the material expression of truth and ideals is at its height, it reaches the value of rite and ritual or religious ceremony, which at its best stands in relation to dogmatism as the jewel to simple stones or dry sand.

Conclusion

Dogma, dogmatism, ecclesiastic spirit, scholastic mind, creed, rite, ritual, ceremonial. The persons representing these. Hard judgment, orthodoxy, rigid attitude of mind, ascetism. Intolerance, inquisition. The 'fear of God' may well be turned into hatred of mankind. In weak cases there may be swearing, atheism, agnosticism, shyness, miscarriage, shame, false evidence given, error of judgment. In strong cases the mind is scrupulous, conscientious, and in strict accord with time and fashion.


Eight of Cups


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:


Description

A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.

Divinatory Meanings

The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical--giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence--either for good or evil.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Great joy, happiness, feasting.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Marriage with a fair woman.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Perfect satisfaction.


Eight of Cups


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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:


Divinatory Meanings

Eight of Cups - A fair Girl, Friendship, Attachment, Tenderness.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Gaiety, Feasting, Joy, Pleasure.


Eight of Cups


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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:


Tradition

Fair girl, honest, practical girl, honour, modesty, timidity, fear, sweetness, mildness. Reversed: Happiness, gaiety, great joy, feasting, public rejoicing. Also preparations and dispositions. Waite says it means, "Deserting the cups of his felicity."

Theory

On the Fourth house the Water of the soul will be in its own element, so to speak, and will consequently rejoice in its existence, swimming in agreeable sensations, the family and the memory, as far as the personal life goes, playing important rôles in the life of the querent. The lunar and Jovian element passing over this house will almost certainly cause the home and family-life to be forsaken or relinquished; this perhaps may account for the interpretation: "Deserting the cups of his felicity." We should prefer to substitute for "felicity" his family or intimate circle. Changes in home-life, be it for the better or for the worse. There cannot be much of order or rule in this combination, and disorder or chaos is threatened. The strong Cancerian peculiarities, such as shyness, timidity, prudishness, etc., may appear here, but we can see no reason for addictions like 'great joy, feasting,' etc. Feelings, sentiments, wishes have very little chance of becoming reality in this house, and this may be called the true reason for 'leaving the house.' The latter seems to us to be the proper meaning: either leaving the safe and comfortable home, or losing the chance to realise more ambitious projects. Being the eighth card of the suit, it may denote a girl, and cups are said to be related to the fair or 'blonde' type.

Conclusion

Leaving the house or home; changes in the family(-circle). Little chance to see one's wishes and ambitions realised. Shyness, timidity; disorder and waywardness. Despondency, despairing of success. Mixed sensations, no strongly preponderant feeling, unless it be that of dissatisfaction. May be fair-haired girl.