Tarot Readings for You for August 17, 2013 Saturday(c)

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Guidance     contrasts being an impulsive and natural (i. e. unimproved) person with being an enlightened person who is ‘on the path.’ It speaks of burdens and losses, of difficulty and slow going. It contrasts being edgy and egoistic with being patient and helpful. The gender of the cards that express this is male, so the message is directed to men in particular. It mentions being a devoted husband … who is missed.


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Ten of Wands

Five of Cups – King of Wands – Hermit




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Headings [So you can choose which belongs to you]

Tarot Readings: Sorry I’m So Virtuous (Five of Cups and Hermit)

Tarot Readings: Loss of Husband (Five of Cups and King of Wands)

Tarot Readings: So Many Sad Regrets (Five of Cups and Ten of Wands)

Tarot Readings: Husband’s Long Term, Deep, Overwhelming (King of Wands and Ten of Wands)

Tarot Readings: Sees, Knows All (Hermit and Ten of Wands)

Miscellaneous Tarot Readings




Tarot Readings: Sorry I’m So Virtuous (Five of Cups and Hermit)

He is sorry, he was such a good husband.


He has been so good for so long he misses being the macho man.


The path of enlightenment is so hard, you miss being ‘the natural man,’ the impulsive unenlightened person.


He regrets being too honest and is angry.


Now that he knows the whole truth, he is sorry he married.



Tarot Readings: Loss of Husband (Five of Cups and King of Wands)

The loss of a devoted husband is devastating.


He was very old but husband is still missed and mourned.


Mourning an honest workingman, still.


The truth is, we have lost too many men.


Miss the husband who always looked out for you.



Tarot Readings: So Many Sad Regrets (Five of Cups and Ten of Wands)

The truth is, he used to have a bad temper.


Macho man’s many regrets when he is old.


He is so sorry for so long when he understands how nasty he has been.


It’s hard being truthful and supportive, but you are ashamed when you are your rotten self.


Depressed for a long time after seeing the truth about the husband.


Sobering up is slow, difficult and disillusioning to this country boy with a temper.


An extremely impulsive man knows he has a lot to lose.


Knowing the truth about the man who was your husband so long, you still miss him.


He knows all that was wasted and is very frustrated about that.



Tarot Readings: Husband’s Long Term, Deep, Overwhelming (King of Wands and Ten of Wands)

He stays married so long because he is patient even when times are bad.


Being supportive of her husband in his overwhelming loss.


Honest laboring men have suffered deep losses.



Tarot Readings: Sees, Knows All (Hermit and Ten of Wands)

He knows all that was wasted and is very frustrated about that.


He is angry at all the waste he sees.


Seeing so many failed inspections, he is angry.



Miscellaneous Tarot Readings

Husband looked a long time for what he lost.


Looking for a husband is arduous and disheartening.


Old man has a lot more energy than he used to.


Looking for a man who works and failing to find one for a long time.



Ten of Wands

Five of Cups – King of Wands – Hermit





Diametrically opposite values are represented by King of Wands and Hermit. That is the first thing that strikes me, glancing at this spread.



King of Wands is the redneck, the passionate and uninhibited and impulsive dude, the country boy, the workingman, the common man, as well as the angry, irritated, frustrated man … and the Husband.



Hermit is the patient, kind, supportive fellow who looks out for his fellow man. He is the monk – the monogamous, devoted, caretaking sober and self-controlled individual. He is on the path of enlightenment, is a superior human, and is celibate (not a husband).  (He also means a healer or physician, counselor, friend and helper.)



Putting it another way, King of Wands is ‘the natural man,’ in Christian lingo, and Hermit is the enlightened man who is ‘on the path’ in spiritual terms. King of Wands is excitable; Hermit is objective.



The remaining half of our spread is two cards about loss and depression. Five of Cups is loss, mourning, losing, waste, and being haunted by failures and losses of the past. It sometimes refers to alcoholism.



Ten of Wands is about an overwhelming burden, slow going, difficulties that are overwhelming, and depression. It describes the times we just take one step at a time because the going is that difficult. A day at a time.



Five of Cups and Ten of Wands together are overwhelming loss, are mourning a loss so deeply the past haunts us and prevents us from seeing what is left.



A terrible loss can fixate you on regret and sorrow for the past, or it can put you on the path to enlightenment as you observe the facts objectively. The contrast here is being the short-tempered fellow or being the patient man who looks for ways to be of service to others.





Five of Cups is loss, mourning a loss, mourning a person, preoccupation about the past or about a loss or being a loser, preoccupation to the point what is left is disregarded … hence, melancholy and depression. The concept is illustrated aptly by a black robed figure who contemplates the wine that is spilled and has its back to the wine that is remaining. We have all been there. Hopefully, not right now?



King of Wands is the ‘young soul’ of New Age parlance, the unenlightened soul. He is the common man, the working man, the impulsive man, the guy with the bad temper, the husband, and the irritated frustrated edgy dude down the street. The illustration shows a redheaded fella with a big stick sitting on a salamander-themed throne, his left hand in a fist on his thigh. He has high blood pressure.



Hermit is the monk who serves his fellow traveler, who is out looking for people who have some trouble on the road. He carries a light in the dark. He is literally ‘on the path.’ So here is a kind supportive man who looks out for you. He can be a physician, healer or counselor. A wise and objective person.




Ten of Wands carries on in hard times, overwhelming burden on his back, slow going but is going to make it eventually. He has taken on the whole load. This is one of the cards that means sadness, depression and melancholy, as does the Five of Cups. When you see them together, there is a down feeling.




EXPLANATIONS: [Use the arrow at lower right to skip this and go to Comments.]


All the words of each Tarot card reading you see here are a phrase-by-phrase translation of the scene pictured on those cards: no filler, no psychic impressions, no spirit guide. Word-for-word Tarot Verbatim(TM).


In these group readings, there’s no question (and no Questioner) to limit what the four cards can mean, so they can mean opposite things.


When there is a negative-meaning card (a ‘negator,’ I call them), the readings contradict one another because that card can make any of the other cards in the spread negative. Negator cards mean things like: no, never, not, end, can’t, etc. Never be queasy about the number of ‘bad’ card because it takes two bad cards to say ‘not dead’ and only one to say ‘dead.’


Without a question or a Questioner, pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they, etc.) are very flexible. I leave out pronouns in writing this as much as possible – awkward to do that sometimes. When I put them in parentheses, feel very free to change them around to suit yourself.


Now in a ‘real’ individual reading, the questioner asks a specific question which provides at least half the information! In an individual’s reading, the parties are identified and sometimes a time frame is too. Here, in a group reading, we cannot do that and so we get more variety of sentences.

Horoscopes are group readings, too. Astrology is based on someone else’s birth data, though, so a ‘solar’ group horoscope never really solidly applies to you! (Astrologers want you to know this!)


Tarot successfully addresses the group of visitors, whoever they are. It provides useful information that applies to their daily lives: They tell you this in the comments, for three years now. Tarot can tell you things about people you don’t know personally – such as whoever on your job has a say in your raise or continued employment there, whether that is one person or many. Visitors report that the information is equally accurate for new visitors as it is for the family of regular visitors.


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  1. cheryl

    Hi, Emily, Thanks for your blog posts. Very interesting, as always! Hope I’m on the right path.

    • Thank you for dropping in You chose a great day to do it. Today is very happy, with an optimistic outlook. Your gut tells you whether you are on the right path for yourself. (We can have a reading and ask you gut.)

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