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Tarot Circle: A Potential (But Complicated) Love Interest

By February 10, 2012Tarot Circle

This week, Annabelle from the UK 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.

The Question

Annabelle asks, “What guidance can I have about the guy at work that is on my mind that I have chemistry with, what to do next as a tricky situation?”

Annabelle’s Tarot Reading

Annabelle used the Celtic Cross Tarot spread and drew the following Tarot cards.

The present – Five of Wands

The immediate challenge/blockage – Tower

Conscious Goal – Six of Wands

Unknown Influence – Ten of Cups

Past Influence – Strength reversed

Immediate Future – Fool reversed

Factors or inner feelings affecting the situation – Hanged Man reversed

External influences – Nine of Pentacles

Hopes or fears – Ten of Pentacles

Final outcome – Hermit reversed

My Interpretation of Annabelle’s Tarot Reading

With the Five of Wands, Annabelle is feeling a lot of internal conflict when it comes to this potential relationship or love interest. She may be battling inside her own mind about whether or not to pursue this, knowing that there are many complexities involved. In fact, with the Tower, she’s quite worried that getting involved would mean some significant changes and shake-ups that she may not yet be prepared for.

Her conscious goal is to do what’s right by both herself and this guy in order to protect their reputation and image at work (Six of Wands). She may be catching wind, however, that he is involved with someone else or perhaps even married (Ten of Cups). While she knows inherently that she should wait until the situation is more favourable, she is growing restless (Hanged Man reversed). I wouldn’t be surprised if Annabelle has already acted, impatient about having to wait around for the right time (Hanged Man reversed and Fool reversed). Trouble is, though, she may regret doing this because she didn’t really think it through and has now found herself in an even more complicated situation.

If Annabelle hasn’t acted, yet feels the impulse to do so, my advice would be to wait because acting now is likely to lead to unintended outcomes.

The work situation is also playing on her mind with both the Nine and Ten of Pentacles. She may be concerned about how this potential love interest may impact on her stability and reputation at work. He may be more senior to her since we’re dealing with a Nine and Ten, not a Two or Three. Or she has already established her career and reputation such that she doesn’t want to put this in jeopardy.

At the end of the day, the Hermit reversed indicates that Annabelle is inclined to do something without thinking it through. I get the feeling that she is not listening carefully enough to her inner voice, her moral compass and her spiritual self. Instead, she is prone to reckless behaviour that may not lead to the best outcomes in the long-term. Again, my advice would be to resist the temptation to act, and to spend the next phase reflecting inwardly about whether or not this is the right relationship to pursue.

What’s Your Read?

Over to you! How would you interpret these cards and the spread overall? What is your advice to Annabelle?

Post your response in the comments below. Use this as an opportunity to hone your Tarot reading skills or to get your opinion out there!

If you are interested in having your own Tarot reading interpreted, you are welcome to send it in.

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  • Leelah says:

    That was very cool! I may send my own in for review in 2+ months!

  • Marianne Quintinio says:

    The Tower on top of the Five of Wands represents any shocking news that will bring anxiety, tension, and workplace disagreements. With the Six of Wands above the Five of Wands,however, Annabelle is currently making the effort for this guy to notice her; she hopes to win his attention the most among other co-workers. The Five of Wands could also be attributed to the idea of many female (at Annabelle’s workplace) who fantasize about this guy. Because there is stiff competition over this man, Annabelle is indecisive whether she would tell him of her feelings; she had not find the courage within her to confess (as indicated by the Strength reversed). She needs to return to the Chariot so she can find the motivation to have a more serious relationship with this guy. The Ten of Cups below the Tower showed that Annabelle had anticipated a positive emotional progress in her relationship. Contradictory, this emotional progress has brought a negative realization (The Tower) to Annabelle. With the Fool reversed in the future position, Annabelle’s head is often up in the clouds. This reversed card showed me that she has become too much of a daydreamer; there’s a possibility that she may be neglecting her job at the moment. The Nine of Pentacles in the External influences position suggests to enjoy your blessings at the moment. People see you in financial abundance, yet you don’t realize their value at the most; you may be unhappy because you’re still not the girlfriend of your dream-boy. The Hanged Man suggests to let yourself loose and be open to society despite your emotional problems. As the Wild Card, the Ten of Cups suggests that you may want to build a family with this guy. Perhaps it’s been one of your wildest dream to establish a nice home; this prospect has become too wonderful that caused you to indulge emotionally in a deeper level. Because of this, you may withdraw further and further away from your co-workers and friends; the isolation that you may be feeling (like the reversed Hermit) indicates too much thinking time and less willpower (the Hermit reversed needs to return to the Strength card and the Strength card reversed needs to return to the Chariot). The Chariot card advises you to determine your personal goals clearly so that you may stir at the right track; it tells you to be clear-cut and direct if you want a strong relationship with this man.

  • Bonnie says:

    Workplace romances may be fun to daydream about, but I get the feeling that this one could blow up in Annabelle’s face (The Tower). The Fool Reversed also makes me think that she is prone to rush into this recklessly without thinking it through. I agree that she should definitely take some time to reflect, not only on the consequences, but also on the question of whether or not this “chemistry” is really mutual, because if it isn’t, acting on her feelings could leave her in an embarrassing situation. If this relationship is meant to be, it will still be there after she has thought things through a bit longer. Sorry, Annabelle!

  • Maureen says:

    Annabelle, with all the Major Arcana cards either reversed or as a challenge, I believe your higher self is giving you a very clear message that this is not a relationship that will bring you happiness. It is not worth the complications it will incur.
    I realize how difficult this must be to hear when you feel there is a chemistry between you. Sometimes relationships that are a ‘bit tricky’ as you put it, seem all the more exciting and alluring. But you asked for advice from the tarot, your higher self, so I suggest you find another distraction to allow you the space to see clearly that he is not the one for you.
    In the meantime enjoy the flirting but don’t allow the relationship to go to the next level and you will come to realize the message the cards are telling you, for yourself.
    On the other hand if you do go ahead and take the relationship further as indicated you may, from all those Major Arcana cards in the spread, know that many of life’s lessons are best learned from the mistakes we make!

  • patricia darrow says:

    I just about agree with mostly everything on Biddy’s interpretation. I noted that five of the cards in the reading were major arcana cards which tells me that the outcome will be fated and this is no doubt a karmic relationship. What will be; will be. I sense that Annabelle is a highly intuitive person perhaps even an astrologer with that Fool card in there (ruled by Uranus) and that she should definitely follow her own heart and let her intuition be her guide. With the Hanged Man, reversed, time to take some action, go forward and use your intuition to guide you as to when to make the right approaches. Take a risk! (Fool). You really don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain. If it doesn’t work out, then move on, but there is alot of positive cards in this layout with the 10 of cups as the foundation. Use that 6 of Wands to be confidant and take that risk. He may even be your future mate!

  • Annabelle says:

    Hello! I am an Annabelle who did this spread over a month ago now, thanks so much for all your comments, they are all great and make prefect sense to me so I really appreciate it. My feelings on the cards were similar to everything you have all said. The 5 major arcana’s I think it is a sign that it is fated in some way but also a warning to me that it may not be pretty or the best outcome if I pursued this!especially with The Tower there! There are complications there which I won’t go in to but I definitely feel the chemistry and like someone said above it feels karmic, whether this is a good or bad thing I don’t know. But I also agree that I daydream a bit too much about what could be without being realistic to the matter (fool reversed) showed this in my opinion. Also whoever wrote the last comment was spot on I am highly intuitive and I love astrology, learning more about it every day so that is right, so I do pick up on signs well so I know it isn’t all in my head..only some of it maybe ;o) But as another person said above about my head being up in the clouds & wanting to have a nice home etc..(ten of cups)that is true, I dream of the perfect home life etc.. Finally The Hermit reversed as my final outcome card is interesting as since doing the reading I have definitely been inward reflecting and I have done nothing to progress any further with this guy and have actually kept my distance too and at the moment feel this is the best option. Unless I have any ‘signs’ from him that I should do anything different, but he also probably knows it isn’t worth the hassle too? That is my feeling at the moment, but I can’t help but still admire from a distance! Like the last person said maybe he is my future mate, maybe I will take a risk (6 of wands) but what will be will be. Thanks so much again, I love reading your interpretations on it.

  • Annabelle says:

    sorry, I just realised your names on the side, sorry for not referring to you personally in my above message!

  • Cheryl says:

    Good for you for taking the higher road, Annabelle. What will be will be. It is not advisable to take a leap without knowing the extent of the risk (Fool reversed). The consequences could be dire. I wonder if he has a wife and children. The Hermit reversed confirms that you needed to step aside and take time to think clearly and make a well-informed decision.

  • Annabelle says:

    Thanks Cheryl.. I have found out he has just got married..! hence me now definitely staying away, this is what I think the tarot were warning me about. Now I know which is the main thing. Some men ay?! He even asked me for a kiss at our Xmas party, when he was obviously engaged 🙁 Anyway thanks so much for the comments, much appreciated!

  • Cheryl says:

    “Some men ay?!” I have a few stronger words for men like that. Isn’t the tarot wonderful, though, to forewarn us; to let us know when there is more to a situation than outward appearances.
    I appreciate your honest feedback, Annabelle. It gives me confidence and validates my reading and intuition.

  • Marianne Quintinio says:

    Hey Annabelle, I’m glad you worked things out with the Tarot cards before you get into any serious relationships with the guy .good for you . . . . .Happy Valentine’s Day to you . . . 🙂

  • Annabelle says:

    Yes Cheryl, I have words too and I definitely were giving some evil looks his way today at work I can tell you. What a shame and I did have this feeling and the cards warned me too, so I am glad of that as I was wary and had a feeling there was something he wasn’t telling me! Hey ho, you live and learn. I am glad of all the comments though. You never what what will be in the end :o) I always try and stay optimistic.

  • Annabelle says:

    Thank you too! you live and learn 🙂 Happy Valentines to you too!

  • Lynne says:

    I think there is one thing that may have been overlooked here and that is the fact that Karmic relationships can be sent as tests for us. Perhaps this pair have had a relationship in a previous lifetime and the test in this lifetime is NOT to repeat past mistakes. Because of the Major Arcana cards it is something that Annabelle came here to LEARN so well done Annabelle for holding back, for not rushing in like the fool, for doing all that introspection and finding that all the information you needed came through so you no longer need to trust your intuition (Hermit reversed can be a positive!) as you now have the knowledge! Well Done you : )

  • Emily says:

    Knowing this, it looks like that 10 Cups (unknown influence) was his marriage. Interesting. Way to take it in stride, Annabelle!

  • Annabelle says:

    Thanks so much Lynne, as you Brigit said that was a great insight and now does make perfect sense. I just find the tarot amazing in that sometimes when you do the cards, they don’t make much sense at the time but then slowly it unfolds and the message and warnings are there loud and clear!
    Unfortunately, it is a bit awkward at work now when he is in the office, but I have come to the conclusion that it will just be that way now and there isn’t anything I can do about it. I do agree that this must have been a past life relationship as there is some weird connection that I can’t explain but like you said, this is obviously here to test me and I will learn from it, I hope! It is just a shame that I like him so much 🙁 I will be strong though, don’t worry.
    Thanks again, I think the Tarot Circle is great and I can’t wait to do another one and comment on others also.

  • Lynne says:

    Annabelle and Brigit, thank you both for your kind comments. : )
    Annabelle one of the best things you can do to help you cope when you are face to face with this person is to think ” What would I feel if I didn’t feel this way about him?” or ” What would I think if I didn’t think this?” I won’t explain why here as its not the place but if you do this consistently within a few days you will find that he loses his appeal and you will be able to work along side him without a problem and see him for who he really is. Good Luck.

  • Annabelle says:

    Thank you Lynne, I am now intrigued 😉 But thanks for the advice, I will try that for sure as I need to do something! I am also looking to move departments, a bit drastic but it isn;t just for because of him but it would be good not to have to see him most days. Thanks again,

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