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    Obstacle

5 of Swords
   
Hidden Influences

The Wheel of Fortune
      External Influences

4 of Swords
         
The Present

Page of Wands
      Suggestion

Knight of Cups
         
The Past

Ace of Pentacles
      The Outcome

Queen of Wands
   
The Past Card represents past events that are affecting the question.
Ace of Pentacles

A hand - issuing from a cloud - holds up a pentacle.

Divinatory Meaning:

Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.

   
The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
Page of Wands

In a scene similar to the former, a young man stands in the act of proclamation. He is unknown but faithful, and his tidings are strange.

Divinatory Meaning:

Dark young man, faithful, a lover, an envoy, a postman. Beside a man, he will bear favourable testimony concerning him. A dangerous rival, if followed by the Page of Cups. Has the chief qualities of his suit. He may signify family intelligence.

   
Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
The Wheel of Fortune

The four Living Creatures of Ezekiel occupy the angles of the card, and the wheel itself follows other indications of Levi in respect of Ezekiel's vision, as illustrative of the particular Tarot Key. With the French occultist, and in the design itself, the symbolic picture stands for the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe and for the flux of human life. The Sphinx is the equilibrium therein. The transliteration of Taro as Rota is inscribed on the wheel, counterchanged with the letters of the Divine Name - to shew that Providence is imphed through all. But this is the Divine intention within, and the similar intention without is exemplified by the four Living Creatures. Sometimes the sphinx is represented couchant on a pedestal above, which defrauds the symbolism by stultifying the essential idea of stability amidst movement.

Behind the general notion expressed in the symbol there lies the denial of chance and the fatality which is implied therein. It may be added that, from the days of Levi onward, the occult explanations of this card are - even for occultism itself - of a singularly fatuous kind. It has been said to mean principle, fecundity, virile honour, ruling authority, etc. The findings of common fortune-telling are better than this on their own plane.

Divinatory Meaning:

Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, felicity.

   
Obstacle - This is the challenge.
5 of Swords

A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.

Reversed Meaning:

Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these.

   
External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.
4 of Swords

The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.

Divinatory Meaning:

Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.

   
Suggestion - The recommended course of action. 
Knight of Cups

Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.

Divinatory Meaning:

Arrival, approach - sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.

   
The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.
Queen of Wands

The Wands throughout this suit are always in leaf, as it is a suit of life and animation. Emotionally and otherwise, the Queen's personality corresponds to that of the King, but is more magnetic.

Reversed Meaning:

Good, economical, obliging, serviceable. Signifies also - but in certain positions and in the neighbourhood of other cards tending in such directions - opposition, jealousy, even deceit and infidelity.

 
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