For this reading I will use a cover and cross layout and will deal out three cover and cross pairs. The cards in use include I-X of the Major Arcana cards and I-X of Coins. Coins are the cards of money matters.
To Deal Out this spread, shuffle the Major Arcana cards and the Coin cards separately. Deal out three cover cards from the Coins pile and then three cross cards that lay across the cover cards from the Major Arcana pile.
What is the financial outlook for this year?
Cover: IX Coins
Cross: IX Hermit
Cover: V Coins
Cross: VI Lovers
Cover: VII Coins
Cross: IV Emperor
Pair 1: You will have enough to ease the pressure and pursue your goals.
Pair 2: You will feel your belt tighten and look for budget tightening measures.
Pair 3: Your earnings will maintain your desired lifestyle.
My Take: A woman stands in a garden holding a dove, another flying overhead. Her dress suggests a traditional and conservative woman. Coins surround her head like a wreath. This feels like a card of adequate amounts, of building something comfortable.
The Card: You have worked hard and have created a peaceful and well deserved oasis for yourself. Be careful that you might be shutting out the rest of the world.
My Take: The Hermit sits isolated looking inward for the answers. His light beacons for others to find him so that he may share what he learns. He is alone and withdrawn.
The Card: Self-imposed isolation. The hermit removes himself in order to gain perspective on his situation through meditation and self-reflection. The light from the lantern brings access to the deepest recesses of your mind. If you are using seclusion to escape, use the hermit energy to figure out why.
My Take: It is snowing. A ragged woman begs for money, holding her baby close trying to keep it warm. She feels sad, reaching out to others to relieve her situation.
The Card: Experience of misfortune, either financial or emotional. You must be willing to do what it takes to get through this time and onto the next cycle of your life. This is a temporary state. Beware of a poor me attitude, your success or failure may depend on your attitude.
My Take: The couple is intertwine, joined in the intimate of ways. Although this can obviously refer to positive sexual relations, it can also refer to two people being in sync with one another, working well as a team. You must only be careful not to lose yourself in the other person.
The Card: Any kind of relationship and the vulnerabilities that go along with it. Being open, honest and vulnerable with another person.
My Take: This card shows a tree filled with coins with a woman sitting under it with he dog and some empty baskets. The sun is out and she has a satisfied look on her face. This card reminds me of the proverbial money tree, ripe and ready for harvesting. Things are good and the money it there for the taking, just reach out and fill your baskets. There is something slightly lonely about this card though. She is far away from anything much and has only her dog for company. There are two sides to every coin.
The Card: The tree is ripe and ready but it is important to be patient and wait for just the right moment to optimize the harvest. The woman ponders her situation, examining her next move. Another interpretation might be that something that you have tended to and cared for is now ready to grow on it’s own. Your immediate attention is no longer needed.
My Take: The emperor is all about structure and order and having the tools available to you to accomplish the task at hand. In this reading it seems appropriate that there would be enough money to create the structure and material world that is needed for you to feel secure and powerful.
The Card: The emperor sees the need for structure and order in everything. He yields the power to decide what projects to take on and/or who is worthy of his civic offerings. He must be aware of the consequences of his decisions. This card can refer to all things dealing with power. Fathers or fatherly figures, government institutions, laws and regulations, tyranny and charity.
I like to think of multiple cover and cross pairs as a sort of timeline. I asked about the next year so I see it as the first pair being about the current situation, the second about the middle of the year and the last as the end of the year.
There are no surprises here. All of my inputs say the same thing, that money is here, will be here and will keep coming. There have been some signs along the way that there is a lot of money somewhere, but there has been no sign of any big windfall anywhere. Karli has been doing very well for us and I have no doubt will continue to do so.
There seems to be a little stumble sometime this year, where we might need to address the budget and our expenditures some. I will keep this in mind as I can see it being an issue as for the first time since I left work, we are finally in the black and have been spending a little willy nilly lately. We’ll have to make sure to keep that in check.
After examining each card individually, it is uncanny how the cards can address the questioned situation while still being very telling in other pertinent areas of our lives. The cards speak of isolation, self-reflection, turning inward, pain, feeling sorry for yourself, reaching out for help and depending on those closest to us and then reestablishing order and looking closely at what the future looks like. That sounds like a past present future reading for myself if I ever saw one.