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The High Priestess – staying non-active – withdrawing from involvement, becoming calm, waiting patiently; accessing the unconscious – using your intuition, trusting your inner voice, being aware of a larger reality; seeing the potential – understanding the possibilities, seeing your hidden talents, letting what there is flower; sensing the mystery – looking beyond the obvious, opening to the unknown, remembering something important
4 of Cups – being self-absorbed – concentrating on your own feelings, giving out little, ignoring gifts and blessings; feeling apathetic – passively accepting, feeling disengaged, feeling little desire; going within – being introspective, meditating, getting lost in reverie
The Empress – mothering – giving birth, nourishing life, expressing tenderness; welcoming abundance – luxuriating in plenty, having more than enough, feeling rich; experiencing the senses – giving and receiving pleasure, focusing on the body, doing physical activity; responding to Nature – embracing the natural, feeling connected to the Earth, going outdoors
10 of Cups – feeling joy – embracing happiness, having a sense of wellbeing, counting your blessings; enjoying peace – doing away with hostilities, feeling contented and at ease, reducing stress and tension; looking to the family – working for peace in the home, supporting a relative in need, forgiving someone in the family
The Emperor – fathering – establishing a family line, setting direction and tone, guiding growth; emphasising structure – creating order out of chaos, providing shape and form, applying reason; exercising authority – taking a leadership role, representing the establishment, commanding; regulating – establishing law and order, working within the legal system, following a regimen
5 of Swords – acting in your own self-interest – thinking of your own needs, going for the win-lose result, gloating; experiencing discord – choosing to battle, creating ill will, feeling people are set against each other; witnessing open dishonour – losing your moral compass, sacrificing integrity, knowing of criminal activity
10 of Swords – bottoming out – knowing it’s darkest before dawn, preparing for an upturn, feeling things can’t get worse; feeling like a victim – feeling powerless, feeling self-pity, being on the receiving end; being a martyr – being self-deprecating, letting others go first, putting your own interests last
The Lovers – relating to others – establishing a bond, feeling love, getting closer; being sexual – seeking union, experiencing desire, responding with passion; establishing personal beliefs – staying true to yourself, going by your own standards, figuring out where you stand; determining values – refusing to let ends justify means, finding out what you care about, staying true to yourself
Knight of Cups – finding a balance between being romantic/over-emotional – emphasising feelings and often being jealous, idealising love and lacking self-restraint; a balance between being imaginative and fanciful – being visionary and shading the truth; a balance between being sensitive and temperamental – being aware of moods and feelings and being prone to mood swings; being refined and over-refined – appreciating beauty in all forms and leaving dirty work to others; being introspective and introverted – seeking self-improvement and exaggerating personal failings
Knight of Pentacles – finding a balance between being unwavering and stubborn – staying fixed to a chosen course and refusing to listen to reason; being cautious and unadventurous – checking/double-checking and being too conservative; being thorough and obsessive – being meticulous and being too picky; being realistic and pessimistic – predicting problems in advance and dooming a project from the start; being hard-working and grinding – being tireless and unflagging and forgetting life should be fun
7 of Swords – running away – shirking responsibility, avoiding obligations, hiding from the truth; being a lone wolf – wanting independence, feeling you don’t need anyone else, wanting to go it alone; choosing hidden dishonour – being two-faced, avoiding a shameful secret, lying or stealing
Strength – showing strength – knowing you can endure, having stamina, feeling an unshakable resolve; being patient – taking time, maintaining composure, refusing to get angry; being compassionate – tolerating, forgiving imperfection, accepting; achieving soft control – guiding indirectly, being able to influence, demonstrating the strength of love
For previous readings, see Notes by Nectar.