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3-Card Reading for A.T.

A.T. has requested an interpretation of the above cards that were drawn according to the protocol of silently completing the sentence, “Please give me some insight into __________.” A.T. has not told me what (s)he has put into the blank space. The first three cards are the “heart” of the reading and are read as a unit. Then, the fourth card is drawn and read as a summary or clarifier. There are two cups and two tens in the first group of three cards, so we know that this request for insight focuses on A.T.’s feelings, emotions, relationships, and psychic abilities plus the need to use discernment. There is just one member of the Major Arcana, so the context for these insights is A.T.’s everyday life with a mild connection to her/his soul’s agenda for this lifetime. There are no other two-of-a-kind-or-more in suits or numbers.

The spotlight has been on the four of cups, ignoring or not being aware of an opportunity that is presenting itself.  This is usually one of the most frustrating cards in the deck because it tells you, A.T., that you are resting/seated with your hands crossed over your heart, and your eyes are cast downward.  You are keeping your energy contained and protecting your heart. You don’t want to get hurt (again).  The three cups that you already own are lined up in front of you, and there is a space saved for the fourth one that will complete the foundation you have begun to build.  That’s the one that is being offered to you now, but you must raise your eyes to become aware of it and unblock your heart to feel what it is.  Please don’t drive yourself crazy trying to figure out what exactly is in that cup or how well it will fit with the others, but allow yourself to be open and somewhat vulnerable so that you can at least see that it’s there, or you will remain stuck under that tree and the opportunity may pass you by.

The spotlight is now on the ten of cups, the need to use discernment as to whom you will include in the group you call “family.”  With whom will you be open and vulnerable?  With whom will you share the fruits of your labors?  Given the first card in the reading, it would appear that someone has been available for a while.  Who will be your new friend?  Choose the one who is right for you.

The spotlight is moving toward the Wheel of Fortune, which is usually associated with good and bad luck, depending on where you land.  Please remember that luck is often defined as where preparedness meets opportunity.  This wheel keeps spinning and holds the challenges you selected to meet and overcome in this lifetime; you set these up before you incarnated, and your higher self keeps bringing you into situations that you requested so that you can master them and remove them from the wheel.  If you fail to master them, they stay on the wheel, and you can have another chance the next time they come around.  This is often where we find patterns of situations and/or behaviors, so it is helpful to look for “themes” that have been in your life up to this point.  For example, if you seem to attract friends who like to criticize you, you may have wanted to learn how to approve of yourself instead of depending on others for approval.

The summary card is the seven of pentacles, the (heavy sigh) gardener.  Although you are focused on the past when life was easier, simpler, and more fun, you are more than capable of producing the same and/or better results with the skills and materials that are in your hands today.  You are being asked to be here now, be fully present, and believe in your abilities.

Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful.
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