|Tarot of the Cloisters- Strength, Two of Swords, Queen of Staves|
I want to give someone a present, but I am unsure how it will be received. I decided to do a little spread for some insight.
These cards are full of women, which makes sense as I am a woman, and my potential receiver is a woman. The first card, Strength, I defined as how she will feel about getting the gift. I see that she will feel loved, and reminded that there are good things in the world. My first visual instinct was to see this card as the woman embracing the lion. I think she has been under a lot of duress and could use a hug, in the form of a gift. I think that affirmation of her value and worth could even help give her the Strength to keep on going.
The second card I defined as how I feel about giving the gift, and the Two of Swords is an accurate representation of my wishy- washiness. I want to give the present, but I also want to keep it for myself, and as it is likely to be the only one I ever have to give, I am reluctant to let it go, but I know it would bring joy to someone else. And that is just my Taurean nature, or a better word is probably selfishness, kicking in, because I have one just like it and gave someone else another just like it I found lost year. There is always more stuff, and this potential gift is just sitting around my home, waiting for someone to love it. The woman on this card even physically resembles me, long dark hair, scraggly in the wind. The vast blue in this card makes me think of emotions, and I realize this is an emotional decision for me to make.
|Tarot of the Cloisters- Eight of Pentacles|
Because I despise court cards as outcomes so, I drew another card as well, which is the Eight of Pentacles. I want to give this gift to this person not only because I believe they have been struggling, but also because they have helped me a great deal. In that case, the gift is almost like a reward, or compensation, for work well done, though she never asked me for anything. Combining this card with the Queen of Staves, I believe the gift will be well received, though possibly felt as if they "earned" it. I am okay with that, because I am responsible for what I put out into the world, and how people react to it, for good or ill, is their responsibility.
|Tarot of the Cloisters- The Hermit|
My shadow card for the reading, what I most do not want to look at about the situation, is the Hermit. I'd like the gift to be a bridge to a stronger friendship, because I crave those in my daily life, but it likely won't be. I'd like the gift to be a token that brings a new light to her world, but I must be prepared for that not to be so. I'd like to come across as good and noble in the giving, but look how much I am struggling with the decision. This is my moral issue, not a reluctance to give the gift or concern about the "worthiness" of the receiver. I have to make sure I am prepared to give freely, for all the right reasons that include the joy of another person, and not for the wrong ones, which would include personal recognition.
Sometimes your cards lay you bare, and that is just a part of reading. Sometimes, I need to be laid bare, because it is so humbling.
These cards are from the sadly out of print Tarot of the Cloisters by Michelle Leavitt, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.