This week, Eleanor from the US has sent in a Celtic Cross reading for our Tarot Circle interpretation.
As with all Tarot Circle posts, I’ll provide my initial thoughts and then I’ll hand it over to you, the reader, to use the comments section to write what you see.
Remember there’s no right or wrong and you don’t have to be an experienced Tarot reader to comment.
Eleanor asks, “Will my former lover return?”
Eleanor’s Tarot Reading
Eleanor used the Celtic Cross Tarot spread and drew the following Tarot cards.
Significator/Present – Magician
Crossing Card – Temperance
Above – Seven of Wands
Below – Queen of Pentacles reversed
Recent Past – Two of Pentacles
Near Future – Four of Wands
Advice – Knight of Pentacles
External Influences – Ace of Pentacles reversed
Hopes and Fears – Queen of Wands
Outcome – Strength reversed
Eleanor’s Interpretation of Her Tarot Reading
Eleanor included her own interpretation of the reading.
“The reading has many Major Arcana cards so I am going through major events that can change my life.
“The reading also has many pentacles so the reading addresses material things, conflicts, financial matters and career. Funny/odd, because the question I asked, “Will he return?”, is usually an emotional question.
“There are no Swords or Cups in the reading. I am sure that has a meaning but I am not sure what.
“I am assuming that the near future and outcome should indicate what is going to happen. The Four of Wands indicates the celebrations of a couple and the reversed Strength card indicates a set back and the loss of who I am. What came to me was he would return (The Four of Wands) but in the end I would learn that he was not for me (The Queen of Wands) and I would once again spin in grief (The reversed Strength card) with our parting.”
My Interpretation of Eleanor’s Tarot Reading
Eleanor has done a great job at interpreting her reading. As she noted, there are a number of Major Arcana cards (three out of ten) which reflects the karmic nature of this situation. There is an important life lesson to be learned here.
Eleanor also notes that there are no Cups or Swords cards in what was initially an emotional question – will he return? To me, this indicates a lack of emotion and also a lack of true engagement or action. The number of Pentacles cards in this reading is high, as is the number of Court cards, which makes me wonder if there are other practicalities involving other people that are getting in the way.
I think this is where my interpretation diverts somewhat from Eleanor’s. (Please note, while my interpretation is different, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is right or wrong. It is simply another perspective to consider.)
I get the feeling that there is another woman involved and it is possible that their relationship is becoming increasingly better and more committed as time passes. I see the Four of Wands as a possibility for him getting married to someone else. The Seven of Wands indicates competition and rivalry. And the reversed Ace of Pentacles suggests that this is not the right timing at all for initiating a reunion with him.
The Knight of Pentacles advises a slow and steady path, yet the crossing card, Temperance, indicates that Eleanor is by no means prepared to go slow! She is getting quite restless and impatient and may be inclined to make a move even though she knows the timing isn’t right.
I am just worried that with the Strength reversed card, Eleanor is going to end up feeling quite hurt out of this and she may not get the outcome she wants. Patience is key and it is important that she takes into account the external environment to assess whether this is the right timing or not.
Overall, my advice to Eleanor would be to sit tight and not do anything too ‘out there’ at the moment. I think there are other factors involved at the moment that mean that her former lover is not available. She risks getting hurt and upset, particularly if she invests a lot of herself into reconnecting with him when he is not available for the type of relationship she wants.
What’s Your Read?
Over to you! How would you interpret these cards and the spread overall? What is your advice to Eleanor?
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