So, yesterday I mentioned that I was struggling to intuitively read the cards because I had no idea where to even start, so today I decided I would pull a card from each suit, and a Major Arcana card and do an overview of the Suit then the card pulled in more detail.
To start off I lit a candle and got myself more in the mood, and I asked for guidance and support in my learning today (not essential just something I wanted to try), then began shuffling. Now my plan was to shuffle and pull the top five or so cards and if the deck agreed it would be one of each suit.
That didn’t happen, tried a few times to pull one of each in a way both I and the deck felt comfortable with ( this one is harder to put into words – if it seemed to be too difficult to get one of each – i.e. pulling eight cards and not being even close to one of each, I’d put the cards already pulled back and reshuffle, eventually I had one of each but was missing a wand card. No matter how many times I shuffled I seemed to be unable to find a wand anywhere, began going through the deck card by card and eventually found the 2 of Wands, but it seemed like such a struggle to pull it out, so I set it aside and said – out loud – to the deck that if one of the next three cards was a wand I’d swap it for that one, and lo and behold, the third was the King of Wands, so I pulled that and placed the 2 back.
So, today’s cards are as follows:
8 of Cups – Upright
Page of Pentacles – Reversed
Hierophant – Upright *
5 of Swords – Reversed
King of Wands – Upright
* I pulled the Hierophant almost every time I pulled cards today, so I’ll pay attention to it – alongside the page of pentacles as I pulled a lot of pentacles – the two before the King of Wands were pentacles.
Now I’m going to change the format a bit here, as for the most part, I wrote down the information form Biddy Tarot, so I’ll put a quote or two and the link to the page – along with any information from other sources I included – I will provide links for the Tumblr page and book in the Cups suit, as the information is easy to fin in each of these, for the Biddy Tarot – where the majority of the information is from, I’ll link each page I’m quoting from.
Suit of Cups
Cups Tarot cards indicate that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations. Cups are also linked to creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination.
The negative aspects of the Suit of Cups include being overly emotional or completely disengaged and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and fantasising about what could be. There may be repressed emotions, an inability to truly express oneself and a lack of creativity.
AKA (also known as): Chalices
Represents: West and Summer
Keywords: Human emotion, love, friendship, sensual pleasure, connection, intuition,
8 of Cups
Upright: Disappointment, abandonment, withdrawal, escapism,
Reversed: Trying one more time, indecision, aimless drifting, walking away,
The Eight of Cups suggests you sense that something is missing, particularly on an emotional or spiritual level, and instead of waiting around for things to get better, you know you need to leave that unfulfilling situation. It may not make sense to others because on the face, it looks as if you have everything you had wished for – but, deep down, you know it’s not serving your Highest Good, and it’s time for you to let it go and move on.
The reversed Eight of Cups raises the question, “Do I stay or do I go?” You may be caught between walking away from a disappointing situation or trying one last time to make things better. But the real question is, ‘Can the circumstances improve, or is it a lost cause?’ Check in with your intuition to understand whether you should give this situation one more chance, or if you should release and let go.
Suit of Pentacles
The Suit of Pentacles Tarot card meanings cover material aspects of life including work, business, trade, property, money and other material possessions. The positive aspects of the Suit of Pentacles include manifestation, realisation, proof and prosperity.
The negative aspects of the Suit of Pentacles include being possessive, greedy and overly materialistic, over-indulging and not exercising, not effectively managing one’s finances, and being overly focused on career to the detriment of other life priorities. Often what is required to counteract these negative aspects is a return to nature to ground oneself and rediscover what is truly important.
AKA: Coins, disks or circles,
Represents: Winter or years
Key Words: Substance, the senses, reality, the tangible,
two sides of every coin, our perception of ‘reality’.
Page of Pentacles
Upright: manifestation, financial opportunity, skill development,
Reversed: Lack of progress, procrastination, learn from failure
The Page of Pentacles, like the Pages of all four Tarot suits, brings a welcome message of new beginnings, inspiration and the initial stages of a creative project or venture. Since Pentacles rule the material realm and correspond to the element of earth, this Page symbolises a burgeoning awareness of the value of money, wealth, possessions, career, and physical health, and how to manifest more of these material blessings.
The reversed Page of Pentacles can suggest that you are trying to get a specific project or idea off the ground, but each time you try, it seems to amount to nothing or takes you even further away from where you want to be. Maybe you have not planned sufficiently, you’ve lost sight of your original inspiration, or you are trying too hard. Give yourself some space and step away from the project for a short period so you can re-energise and re-focus before trying again.
Upright: Spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformity, tradition, institutions,
Reversed: Personal Beliefs, freedom, challenging the status quo
AKA: the Pope or the Teacher
Counterpoint: High Priestess
Zodiac sign: Taurus
The Hierophant card represents an established set of spiritual values and beliefs and is often correlated with religion and other formal doctrines. Before you can discover your own belief systems and make your own choices (as associated with the next card, the Lovers), the Hierophant encourages you to learn the fundamental principles from a trusted source.
With the reversed Hierophant, you no longer need external approval to succeed. You are ready to go it alone and do it your way, even if that means going against convention. Give yourself permission to trust your inner guidance system as you create your own path forward.
Suit of Swords
The Suit of Swords Tarot cards deal with the mental level of consciousness that is centered around the mind and the intellect. Swords mirror the quality of mind present in your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs.
Swords are often double-edged and in this way the Suit of Swords symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Swords must be balanced by spirit (Wands) and feeling (Cups) to have the most positive effect.
Represents Autumn or Months
Keywords: thought, the mind, information, connection, ideals, self-expression
5 of Swords
Upright: Conflict, disagreements, competition, defeat, winning at all costs
Reversed: Reconciliation, making amends, past resentment
The Five of Swords turns up when you have had a falling out, disagreement or conflict, and you are walking away with a sense of sadness and loss. You may be upset and resentful over the heated words you said and now wish you could take back. ‘Bad blood’ and a general ‘icky-ness’ hang over you as your relations have turned sour.
The Five of Swords reversed speaks for those times when you’ve tried to argue to the end, only to realise that you’ll lose no matter what. You’ve been pushing and pushing, but whoever is on the other end is not listening. And no doubt they feel the same. You’re both fighting to win, at the expense of the other person. And when you’re in this oppositional posture, you end up feeling awful – win or no win.
Suit of Wands
The Suit of Wands Tarot card meanings are associated with primal energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition and expansion, original thought and the seeds through which life springs forth.
The Suit of Wands is associated with the element of Fire. Fire is hot, wild, unpredictable, and energetic. It can be creative in helping us to cook food or build tools, or it can be destructive, like a devastating bush fire or house fire.
Represents: Spring or weeks
Positives: drive, self-motivation, will, vision, energy, desire, competition, boldness, defiance, charm,
Negatives: restlessness, empty promises, egotism, pride, foolhardiness, hot-temperedness,
King of Wands
Upright: Natural-born leader, grand visions, long-term success
Reversed: Poor leadership, aggressive goals, high expectations, personal direction
Unlike the other Wands court cards, the King is not so interested in creation and creativity, or in dreaming up ideas and implementing them himself. Instead, he is more inclined to take an idea and then enlist others to help him actualise it. Thus, when the King of Wands appears in a Tarot reading, it is a sign you are stepping into the role of a visionary leader, ready to direct your people towards a common goal. You have a clear vision of where you want to go, and now you are manifesting that vision with the support of those around you.
The King of Wands reversed suggests that while you are in a leadership position, you are not ready to step into that role. You may be the creative or visionary person in your work, but you have not yet developed a sense of comfort with leading others towards your vision. You may need to work on your leadership skills or enlist the support of someone who has a natural talent at steering others towards a common goal. Alternatively, you may manage others, but are not leading others; you are assigning tasks and monitoring performance, but you are not communicating the vision and engaging your team to take responsibility for bringing the concept to life.
Okay, I think that’s it for today 🙂
Now it is super late (or rather early) So happy Litha, or midsummer – since I’m away to actually do it – for my third day I am going to do a Litha spread and spend the day learning about the cards and what they mean – depending which spread I do I may do more than one.
Leave a comment if there is anything unclear or if you feel I missed something very important here or even if you enjoyed it.
May your day be as pleasant as you 🙂