using your Truth Love Energy to learn how to choose, and to choose how to learn
This is a practice reading I did on myself with a spread called "Strengths and Opportunities" from the book Putting the Tarot to Work by Mark McElroy. It refers to one's career-related strengths and growth opportunities, with the top card being the key to balancing the strengths and opportunities.
Primary Strength: 5 of Wands
This seems like an odd card to have as a primary strength since the traditional meaning has to do with confrontations and conflict. After thinking on it, the scene actually brings up my strength of Peacekeeping/Diplomacy (my life task), because that is my first impulse upon encountering the situation.
Supporting Strength: 8 of Wands
This card combines symbols for fire and air -- action and communication. Some of the interpretations that stood out to me are fast thinking and communication, taking swift action, adapting to sudden changes.
Supporting Strength: Queen of Swords reversed
The Queen of Swords represents someone who values honesty, astuteness (cuts to the chase), being straightforward and no-nonsense, and being tactful in communication. Um...that sounds like me :). For the reversed cards in this spread, I read the meaning right-side up and then turned the card up-side down to see what insights came up. This card reversed felt like it was lighter and less serious than it was right-side up.
Primary Opportunity: Death
Death symbolizes that something is ending and another beginning, transitions and transformations. This was baffling. I might interpret this as one phase of my work life has come to an end, and I'm starting something different.
Supporting Opportunity: Justice
Some of the interpretations are making an objective decision, understanding cause and effect, being accountable or balancing one's accounts. I took this to mean the type of position I would be good at.
Supporting Opportunity: The High Priestess reversed
The High Priestess symbolizes access to the unconscious, inner guidance, seeing potential and possibilities, looking beyond the obvious. When I first read the card, I felt it represented me and the skills for inner guidance that I've developed, and being reversed, it felt to me that the skills were hidden -- used covertly in the workplace.
Balancing Strategy: Knight of Pentacles reversed
The Knight of Pentacles is someone who's fixated on his goal and has everything at the ready for its pursuit. He is cautious, makes sure all details are taken care of, is hard-working and realistic. That sounds exactly like how I am approaching the school thing. On the other hand, it is reversed, which meant to me that it is not as intensely focused as the card is right-side up. Yes, I want to get the job done, but I also want to have time for playing, relaxing, and have time for other aspects of my life.
Comments and additional insights are welcome!