This reading uses a triple cover and cross layout. I will use three basic cover and cross pairs using the I-X of Swords and the first ten major arcana cards, shuffled separately.
The basic cover and cross layout consists of one card upright (covers you) and one laying across that one (crosses you). Just like a cross. The cover card represents the current situation and the cross card represents the challenges you face.
Shuffle the sword cards while asking your question and deal up the first three cards in the covers position. Then shuffle the major arcana cards while asking your question and deal up the first three cards in the cross position.
The Question: How can I ensure I take the right risks?
Covers: X Swords
Cross: X Wheel
Covers: IX Swords
Cross: IX Hermit
Covers: I Swords
Cross: VI Lovers
Interesting or coincidental that the first two are both nines and then both tens. Hmmm.
You are very capable of making a comeback. Look to trusted friends for advice, but when the decisions need to me made, take some time to yourself and trust your own gut. You will have the most success working with a partner.
My Take*: A Man cowers under a ring of swords. He is currently repelling the swords but that situation could change at any time. He is naked and hides his head. Vulnerable is the word that comes to mind.
The Card: You have completely lost yourself in the ruminations of your conscious mind. The chattering monkey mind has obscured your perspective and the ability to see clearly and you are no longer able to manage things productively. The good news is that there is nowhere to go but out of this situation now. This is the end of the road and now you are able to see new opportunities and the potential for growth.
My Take: This card always reminds me of the Wheel of Time. How no matter what happens time keeps moving on, with or without us. It represents all the possibilities of the Universe and it is all up to us whether we seize those opportunities or let them pass us by.
The Card: This card represents the feeling that our fate is determined by some mechanical or cosmic machine. But no matter how many things are out of our control, there are many many things that we can control. We just have to look at these things in new and creative ways. It can represent feeling helpless to your circumstances and most definitely means that change is coming, usually for the better. We must remember the control that we do have in our lives and not let ourselves believe too strongly in the power of those things outside ourselves.
My Take: Afraid of the things that go bump in the night. A woman lays, afraid. The swords are all gathered in a point right above her head. A tree reaches out like a claw. These are the scary thoughts that run around in our heads. Being afraid of everything whether it is real or not or should be scary or not. Letting our thoughts cripple us.
The Card: Anxiety caused by the trappings of the mind. How we think about things effects our perception of the world around us. If we expect bad things to happen then they usually will.
My Take: This card is about looking deep within ourselves for the answers to our questions. It’s about removing ourselves from out surroundings in order to gain perspective on a situation.
The Card: Seclusion, meditation and removing of oneself to gain perspective. Self imposed isolation and contemplation. The lantern brings light into the farthest reaches of the mind. Make sure that the isolation is for reflection and not simply to escape.
My Take*: An armored and winged woman is the hilt of this single sword. Light radiates from behind the sword through a dappled cloud sky. The tip of the sword runs through a golden triangle. Ones are generally about new opportunities. This card speaks to me of a renewal in strength. The woman is ready to take flight like a regal bird, yet grounded by the golden triangle.
The Card: A new idea or “Aha” moment. A new and clearer understanding of the world around us and our personal path. Great opportunity for growth and change.
My Take: Intimate relationships. Obtaining the ultimate closeness while still retaining your own identity.
The Card: Relationships, sharing of self, vulnerability, attraction of opposites. All types of relationships are represented, not only love relationships. Sharing of oneself can be frightening, but closeness and a breaking down of barriers can be achieved by being honest and up front. Communication and understanding prevail.
These three set reading tend to deal with past present and future and the first set seems to hold true with this. I feel like the last year has been all about giving in and resigning to the situation so that I can finally see past all the anger and pain and fear and move on with my life in a more productive and genuine way. It is time for me to break myself down and pick through all the pieces to determine who it is I really want to be. This required getting rid of the negative influences in my life, renegotiating my boundaries and interactions with those closest to me and learning enough about myself to redefine who I am. With this comes the ability to move forward in a new way that is very exciting and more than a bit scary.
It is funny that they talked about the chattering monkeys. My therapist referred to my constant ruminating as chattering monkeys as well. A big part of this journey for me has been to differentiate between when the monkeys are working on something productive and when they are just being distracting and destructive. I am working on this and also telling them that this isn’t productive and diverting them onto more productive paths. It seems to be working quite well. Really dealing with depression, anxiety, fear, chattering monkeys or whatever else is all the same. You have to look it straight in the eye, accept it and recognize it for what it is, then simply move on with your day. There is little you can do about your physical reactions or mental wanderings, but you can identify it correctly and chose to live your life anyway. And eventually the thoughts and physical sensations begin to subside, at least that has been my experience.
For a while now, I have felt really out of control, like the world was spinning out of control around me. The Wheel card represents that. But now, I am taking back the control that I do have, by choosing the people who influence my life, facing my fears and slaying the dragons, as I like to say, as well as trying to reconcile, resolve and/or let go of the things that haunt me from my past.
The nine of swords and Hermit pairing make perfect sense for the present with anxiety brought on by the workings of my mind and my resulting self imposed isolation. I have been going through a lot and have closed rank as a way to cope and work through everything. Only recently have I really started to reach out again and am beginning to attempt to clear away some of the rubble.
This is where the risk this reading addresses really comes into play. In the future set we have the one of swords about new inspirations and opportunities paired with the lovers which deals with open and honest communication and relationships. To me this means that new opportunities lie in my relationships with others and with open and honest communications, being comfortable with my vulnerability and recreating the important relationships in my life in an honest and meaningful way. It also may mean that a new relationship in my life will be a rewarding risk.
Overall an honest and encouraging reading.
* Please keep in mind that I am learning and this is a new deck of cards for me. The “My Take” statements are my first impression based on just looking at the card. It is very likely that the first time the card comes up they won’t be even remotely close. Please don’t hold it against me. ”The Card” statements are more accurate and based on the meanings that are presented with the card.