My belief is that Tarot is best used for putting you in touch with your own subconscious, allowing you to make healthy decisions that can change your life for the better. My readings tend to be commonsensical, geared toward helping you deal with issues and obstacles to wholeness in a way that brings a sense of self-empowerment.

This week’s question comes from an John, who says: Needing some advice or guidance on how to proceed from this particular set of circumstances I am in at the moment.

Hi there, John! Your question is a tiny bit vague, however it seems to me that your situation may make you feel as if whatever choice you make, you still lose something important to you. That’s an uncomfortable place to be. I believe that this is what’s called a quandary!

This week, I used my new Elements Spread because I felt that it could shed light on different areas of your life in relation to your question.

Once I’ve shuffled, cut and laid out the cards, I like to take a look at the card on the bottom of the deck. It gives me a feeling or a tone for the reading. In this particular reading, I’ve given this position an alternate meaning: Spirit or Higher Self. What I mean by this is that the card is received from the part of your subconscious that works for your highest good, and helps you make decisions in your own best interest.

The card here is The Devil Reversed. John, your Higher Self may bring awareness of a longing for more personal freedom. You may be in the process of freeing yourself from limiting circumstances that make you feel stuck, or stagnant. It may be time to finally make that decision you keep putting off. One of the issues that the Devil reversed can indicate is a warning not to make money or the material the only factor in your decision-making. It’s rough for everyone these days, but there it is.

On to the Reading!

My new Elements Spread factors in suggestions and advice for positive change from the Tarot regarding these areas: Earth: the Material; Air: Communications of all kinds; Fire: Action and Will; and Water: the realm of the Subconscious, Dreams and Instinct.

Here we go.

Card 1 (Earth): The World, reversed

Earth is the realm of all material matters: house or home, general environment, jobs, money, business endeavors, investments, and even the physical body or physical relationships. So, in the context of this reading, it’s probably time to finish something related to either your work or living situation because your forward momentum seems to have ground to a halt– or it’s simply not sustainable anymore. You may find yourself in one of those scenarios that feels a little like “Ground Hog Day”; the same thing keeps happening again and again, no matter how hard you try to get past that one pesky goal post. It’s like being held back a grade repeatedly. On the other hand, it may seem next to impossible to finish something important. Endless delays may have you tearing your hair out in frustration. At the very least, you’re not there yet!

The advice given by the World in its reversed aspect is to tie up those loose ends, and finish up with whatever is keeping you from attaining the goals you have set for yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is recognizing that you can’t keep treading water forever!


Card 2 (Air): The Hermit

Air represents all things connected with the mind and communications of every conceivable kind. So, this can cover everything from messages via cellphone or texts, conversations or even what we read or write, either individually or using mass media, including the Internet.

The Hermit is also known as The Seeker, which tells me that you’re in the process of seeking knowledge from many sources, but most importantly, from deep within. You may be wishing for more alone time these days, a quiet, still space where the only voice you hear is your own. The Hermit is shown as journeying to find wisdom. You may have to travel to find what you’re looking for. The Hermit is often one who is a student who becomes the teacher, and vice versa. You may work one on one with another in order to master a skill or even a new approach to Spirit. At this time, the best source of wisdom is within yourself. Give yourself the gift of solitude.

Card 3 (Fire): 3 of Cups

Fire represents Action, Energy, and Will! This element is dynamic, and shows where your energy is going, what you’re focused on, and how you’re using your Will to create positive change in your own life. The 3 of Cups tells me that you’re using your positive energy to bring together other folks of like mind. This card can represent musicians who form bands, acting groups, colleagues who get together to create something that brings, joy, enlightenment, wellness — that’s the message of this card. So, what Fire may be saying is that the best action to take is to work in concert with others– and have a blast doing it!

Card 4 (Water): 2 of Cups, reversed

The element of Water represents the subconscious, the hidden, the Unseen. It refers to instinct or “gut knowledge”. Water is the realm of intuition and inner knowledge.

John, subconsciously you may know that it’s time for you and someone you’re at odds with to have a time – out. Once in a while, it’s necessary for people who are ordinarily close to have a little space from each other until they can get back on the same page. Alternatively, this might not be the time to focus on relationships that seem a bit problematic, instead listen to your gut when making connections with others.

Wrapping It Up

John, I think that what you might take away from this reading is that if you’re feeling stuck and want the freedom and space to seek new wisdom, new work, or solitary space, you have the power to do that now. The best ally you have are friends and colleagues headed in the same direction you are going. And, remember to have more fun. Life is too short to be miserable!

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