J.M. 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 __________.” J.M. 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. If we include the summary card, there are two nines in this mini-reading, so we know that this request for insight focuses on J.M.’s wisdom and higher understanding. Because there is just one member of the Major Arcana, the context for these insights is primarily J.M.’s everyday life with a slight 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 nine of swords, sometimes called the nightmare card. This is one of the “timing” cards in the tarot deck. This is like the experience of waking up at 2 A.M. and remembering that the car needs an oil change. You feel so much anxiety, like it’s all up to you, and you need to get it done NOW. Nobody’s open at this hour. It will all go much more easily and smoothly if you wait until the sun comes up and the timing is better. You will be better served by getting a good night’s rest at this time.
The spotlight is now on the Moon, the wisdom and understanding that comes with the passage of time. This is a card of evolution that appears when a particular issue that you thought you had already handled appears like a tap on your shoulder and announces, “Hi, I’m back.” Even if you are initially frustrated, please recognize that you are not the same person you were the last time this appeared. You’ve grown; you’ve changed; you’ve evolved. You are far more able to handle this now than you were the last time, and you may even be able to finally resolve it and take it off the “To Do” list for this lifetime.
The spotlight is moving toward the seven of pentacles, sometimes called the nostalgic gardener. This card appears when you get excessively sentimental about “the good old days,” when things were easier, simpler, or when you were younger and/or carefree. Please know that whatever you did in the past to make that plant you are gazing at grow up to be so strong and healthy, you are more than capable of achieving with the new growth at your feet. You are being encouraged to “Be here now” and invest all your energy in the present moment instead of spending time focusing on the past.
The summary card is the Knight of Wands, who wonders if he is strong enough to make it to the goal he has set for himself. He worries there may not be enough time to finish the job. This card shows up to tell you that you have more than enough strength, stamina. and time to make it to mastery. Please put aside the worry and concern. You have enough; you are enough; you are loved abd supported.
Does this make sense? I hope it was helpful.
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