Sometimes a Tarot reading can be surprisingly specific. Half the cards in this spread are Knights or Pages suggesting a period dominated by the activities of young men whilst half the pip cards belong to The Suit of Wands; placing events primarily in the realms of work and social life. Knights bring sudden changes but a shortage of Major Arcana cards indicates this is not a critical time. Let’s break it down…
Position 1. at left-centre then read anti-clockwise
1. The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Knight Of Swords (inverted)
The Enquirer is presently preoccupied – to their detriment – with this Knight of Air. He is an impulsive young man; headstrong but indecisive and wayward with a tendency to get himself into trouble. The Knight can bring sudden change in work or business where he, or The Enquirer (perhaps both!) have lost faith and enthusiasm for an enterprise. This relationship has stalled and is at a crossroad. The Enquirer believes him/herself to be in a war they can only win by being more assertive but diplomatic. This is not a good time for new projects and ventures.
2. Past Influences ~ The Six Of Wands
The Six was drawn upside-down at the end of The Enquirer’s previous spread but here it is righted suggesting they have emerged, much improved, from a period of great success and celebration. The Enquirer has already made positive decisions and adjusted their thoughts and attitudes to create a better balance between work and social commitments. This may not suit The Knight Of Wands (position 1.) who is used to being tolerated.
3. Subconscious Influences (internal-unknown) ~ JUSTICE
This Major Arcana card is an integral but sometimes forgotten power inherent in The Enquirer – its influence dominates the first half of the spread suggesting inner strength, fairness and integrity. The Enquirer believes that past wrongs ought to be righted yet they are perceptive enough to know that ill-will is best met with kindness and moderation. This Enquirer subjects themselves to strict self-appraisal and may feel burdened by a heavy sense of responsibility but they are just and karma is in their favour.
4. Secret Desires & Wishes (internal) ~ The Eight Of Wands
Here is a wish for the strength to balance work and social-life within a bustling environment of constant travel, movement, ambition and new acquaintances: to be the ultimate multitasker! The Enquirer wishes to enter the flow of life wholeheartedly, without anxiety, through self-realisation and with control. The Eight adds a sense of urgency to the entire spread so The Enquirer needs to exercise patience when implementing change. Most specifically the crow in the card’s image is bringing an unexpected and urgent message.
5. Hidden Force (external-unknown) ~ The Page Of Cups
This Page is an imaginative and compassionate youth or child who gives and inspires great love. He/She may seem vulnerable and in need of reassurance but the opportunity to nurture another is a calming influence that dispels loneliness. In a spread dominated by Court and Wand cards this Cup is the heart. The Enquirer can gain much strength from this warm and loving relationship.
6. Events To Come ~ The Page Of Pentacles (inverted)
Knights bring changes and Pages bring messages. Two Pages in a row, combined with the crow (position 4.) continue to suggest urgent news pertaining to business or health. The youth who brings or is the subject of this message is constantly trying to change and improve his line of work. He is an impractical dreamer, motivated by money and likely to abandon projects. The Enquirer has lost patience with this Page who does not listen to advice or praise the work and effort of others. Stepping back from The Page’s demands is the way to ease disappointment in a relationship that seems likely to change or end.
7. Surrounding Environment ~ JUDGEMENT (inverted)
This Major Arcana card dominates the second half of the spread. The Enquirer feels ill-used and has lost control of their own (Scorpio, Pluto) environment: that strong sense of JUSTICE (position 3.) is being compromised! The Enquirer is being held back by the inverted Knight Of Swords and Page Of Pentacles but is afraid to make the necessary changes to reassert themselves. It is difficult to improve or end a relationship or situation that has been fixed for a long time but this Enquirer has already made the inner shift necessary to assert themselves (position 2.) and can trust their instincts (position 3.)
8. The Influence Of Others ~ The Page Of Wands
Three Pages makes for a complex and eventful social life with potential conflict between Wands (work) and Cups (home). This Page is voluble, ingenious and charming, he wants to lure and rush The Enquirer into meetings and gatherings but he means well and will not prove disruptive. The Page of Pentacles and The Page of Wands may represent different aspects of the same individual, suggesting The Enquirer will succeed in evolving this troublesome relationship into something more harmonious and productive.
9. Spiritual Forces ~ The Four Of Wands (inverted)
This reading seems to be more about the males in the cards than The Enquirer! There is another warning here to pull back from an unstable relationship in which differing opinions have led to despondency. The Enquirer must remember to trust their instinct for JUSTICE (position 3.) and assert themselves as the environment (and the males in it!) continues to prove challenging.
10. Final Outcome ~ The Knight Of Wands
The Knight of Swords (position 1. inverted) has been on quite a journey through this reading and in the end emerges (after passing through Page stage) as the upright Knight of Wands, but which Knight denotes a beginning and which an end? The Knight of Wands is still rash, hasty and impulsive but he follows his vision with admirable perseverance, determined to simply do what must be done. For The Enquirer this Knight is a reminder not to over-assess situations or plan too carefully rather to trust in knowing what to do when the time is right.
- Lily Wight’s Tarot ~ Beltane, Spring To Summer (lilywight.com)