Weekly Tarot Reading for the week of May 22, 2017
Judgement, Knight of Swords & Five of Cups
Judgement – click here for an in-depth analysis (this week’s card).
This week you may find yourself being held back from recent or past wounds that haven’t healed yet. Take this week to reflect and evaluate the situation. Learn from the experience, atone for any mistakes you’ve made, and forgive yourself and/or those who’ve hurt you so that you can move forward.
Knight of Swords –
The Knight of Swords comes charging in and nothings going to hold him back. This card suggests you’re acting on a new project, idea, or vision and that you’re good at communicating and expressing your point of view. You’re ambitious, enthusiastic, and gung ho. But be cautious and don’t be hasty. Be careful not to rush things.
Five of Cups –
You may be experiencing a loss that is causing you sadness, disappointment, or regret. You may be feeling so pessimistic that you’re having a difficult time looking towards the future and believing this struggle will lessen in time. But just as two of the five cups are still standing, all is not lost – there either will be a silver lining or at the very least,
The Major Arcana cards represent archetypal energies, stages of development, and life lessons/milestones, many of us experience throughout our lives. They hold more weight than the Minor cards in a reading because they act as signposts on our life’s path and thus are associated with pivotal events in our life.
Whereas Minor Arcana cards represent our day-to-day lives; our ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.
1 Major (Fire element), 1 Court/Swords (Air), 1 Cups (Water), 0 Wands, Pentacles.
Cups are associate with water: The Heart – I feel/What we feel
Keywords: all emotions, all different kinds of love, all kinds of relationships, feelings, receptivity, intuition, the subconscious, your dreams, your imagination, your vision, artistic creativity.
Swords are associated with Air: The Mind- I think/What we think
Keywords: thoughts, words, double-edged swords, conflict, strife, challenge, communication, idea, plans.
This week will deal more with your emotions and your thoughts, and less with your desires/passion and finances/health.
In this reading, the central card is the focus of the two flanking cards.
The Knight of Swords is the Central Destination. The action on both ends, converges in the middle.¹ Judgement is on the left and looking to the Knight; if you can move away from the past you can look towards the future and begin to conquer your goals. The figure in the Five of Cups also looks at the Knight; if he can let go of his grief, he can become the Knight. The Knight advises him to express his sadness or disappointment in order to move forward.
The Judgement card suggests this is time to reflect on painful experiences in your past as well as the current pain the Five of Cups is causing you. You may feel like this hurt will never go away but Judgement teaches us to forgive others and ourselves and through healing, we can be reborn and move forward. The Knight of Swords advises you to express these feelings. Whether it be writing them down in a journal or literally discussing how you feel and how hurt you are with the person who has caused you this grief. However, try to be patient through this process. As the saying goes, “this too shall pass”.
- Robert M. Place, The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination: pg. 278
The Tarot cards used in this reading are from The Mystical Tarot by Giuliano Costa © 2017 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125. All rights reserved, used by permission.