5 Card Month Spread
1. General Atmosphere of the Month: Strength (r)
Strength reversed indicates weakness. You may have recently experienced a setback, or you are questioning your own journey and whether you are on the right track. Your inner strength and courage is lacking right now and you are feeling inadequate and vulnerable as a result. While these feelings may seem very real when you are in the moment, you will soon come to realise that they exist only to remind you that you are only temporarily out of touch with your inner strength. You need to remember that your core strength will always be with you and now is as good a time as any to reconnect with this core strength. Look towards the positive aspects in your life to reinvigorate self-confidence and self-esteem. Return to the lesson of the Chariot, where you need to draw upon your willpower, focus and determination in order to overcome your obstacles and be victorious.
Similarly, the reversed Strength Tarot card suggests that you may be starting to doubt yourself and lose some self-esteem and self-confidence. Instead of taking the lead and manifesting your goals, you may be engaging in self-doubt and becoming dependent on others’ feelings and actions that then dictate your own.
In a Tarot reading, Strength is also related to inner control and, in its reversed position, suggests that you may be giving in to your instinctual reactions and lacking the self-discipline you need. Aggression may be an issue and, as such an anger management course may be a good path forward for you. You need to exercise more control over your raw emotions to ensure that you do not lash out at others and later regret your actions and words.
In a relationship reading, the reversed Strength card may indicate that you doubt yourself and feel as if you are not ‘good enough’ for the relationship. You may not feel completely secure in the relationship and often question whether your partner really has strong feelings for you. This may lead you to be someone other than your true self, someone who is worried, anxious or overly protective about the relationship.
Introduction: When Strength appears in reverse it does not indicate that you are not strong; on the contrary, it indicates typically that there is more strength in you and in your immediate situation than you are likely to be seeing at this time. If you’re having trouble “feeling” where the strong points are at the moment, get with a trusted and honest friend and make a list.
General: When Strength appears in reverse, it’s an important indicator that you have a lot to be grateful for and that you should make a point in the very near future to count your blessings. Yes, everyone wishes for more than they have – more health, more friends, more money, more… whatever. Appreciating what you currently have in hand is key to opening ourselves up for more.
Work: Before you can expect the people you work with to be crystal clear on what your talents and skills are, it’s obvious that YOU must be clear first. What are you best at? What gets you moving? These should give you some insights into where your strengths lie. Once you are clear, this is a good time to make sure that those in a position to hire you (or to keep you employed, or to give you a raise) are aware of them as well. Take things one step at a time, you are already doing well when this card appears, there is no need to push too far too fast.
Love: The reversed meaning of the Strength card in the context of love and romance is basically the same as its upright meaning. In general, love should be going very well – if you’re committed, this is very likely to be a strong relationship that is mutually supportive and beneficial. If you’re looking for someone, this is a much better-than-average time to meet people. You should be in a self-confident phase, so get out and mingle. You might be very pleasantly surprised by how things work out. The only caveat with the reversal is that you should be a little careful as to make sure you’re not over-estimating the strength of a love relationship; e.g. don’t push the boundaries too hard or you could end up unpleasantly surprised.
Finances: In general money should be flowing well for you now, even with the card appearing in reversal; still, don’t push the boundaries too far. Don’t assume that current prosperity well necessarily continue forever. This is not a great time to gamble much, or to borrow to finance anything other than literal needs.
Health: You are likely to be feeling pretty good when this card appears, even in reversal. This is a great time to correct bad habits if you need to do so in order to protect your health; the caution is not to try to do so too quickly or too forcefully. Slow and steady wins the race. Starting with small goals like a daily short, vigorous workout could very well lead you to where you want to be. You don’t have to necessarily force yourself to stop bad habit such as smoking cold turkey; this tactic is likely to backfire.
Spirituality: The reversed Strength card does not mean that you are weak or weak spiritually; on the contrary, it is a reminder that you have strength within you that likely goes far beyond what you would tend to imagine. If you have difficulty seeing and sensing that about yourself and your life, spend some time in nature. Find a natural thing that you find awe-inspiring, whether that’s a beautiful vista, a waterfall, or an old tree. Then remember that the strength and beauty in that scene or object is an integral part of who and what you are as well. Keep getting in touch with your strength. http://www.psychic-revelation.com/reference/q_t/tarot/tarot_cards/strength_reversed.html
When the Strength card reverses the woman shows her fear and loses control of the lion. The lion depending on his strength may very well overwhelm the woman and devour her. Lack of inner strength and belief in oneself is suggested. You lack the courage to face life or whatever difficult situation you are in. Depression, despair and hopeless are evident. You may run away from difficult decisions, relationships or awkward situations. Failure, weakness, cowardliness and lack of courage are represented by Strength Reversed. You need to return to the lessons of The Chariot in order to get your emotions under control.
When Strength Reverses, the lion escapes. The cat is out of the bag and this can be quite literally. A secret may be revealed . Your shadow side is out and it may not be a pretty sight.
In the upright, there is no sense of forced control. It is a mutual agreement between the lion and the woman but when reversed control and domination surface. This can often happen when we feel powerless in our own lives. Either domination or submission can be represented by the reversed Strength card. Stop trying to control life so much. Let go a bit and see what life will deliver.
Your heart may not be in what you do. Maybe you feel that it is all too much of a struggle. You may fear someones power over you and their anger. Cruelty to animals may be indicated. Too much power being given to the wrong person or people. Power is in the wrong hands when Strength Reverses. There may be displays of lack of respect for others as The Ego becomes overly inflated and the roar of the Lion strikes fear in all around.
2. Week One : The Hanging Man
having an emotional release
accepting what is
surrendering to experience
ending the struggle
being vulnerable and open
giving up control
accepting God’s will
turning the world around
changing your mind
overturning old priorities
seeing from a new angle
upending the old order
doing an about-face
pausing to reflect
feeling outside of time
taking time to just be
giving up urgency
living in the moment
waiting for the best opportunity
being a martyr
renouncing a claim
putting self-interest aside
going one step back to go two steps forward
giving up for a higher cause
putting others first
The Hanged Man reflects a need to suspend action, and as a result, a period of indecision may be indicated. Decisions or actions that need to be implemented will be postponed, even if, at the time, there is a sense of urgency to act. In fact, you may be much better off if you can stall on any decision-making and action-taking at this time in order to provide yourself with more time to reflect on the situation at hand and to consider the greater good. If you can buy yourself some more time or hold off on any further activities for a short period, then you may actually create a different, and better, outcome. This is a card that is all about suspension and waiting, and suggests that this may be just what you need to do in order to allow new possibilities to arise. Sometimes not acting will help to shed more light on what other options are available to you and will allow more attractive opportunities to emerge.
The Hanged Man can sometimes reflect that you are feeling stuck or restricted in your life. You need to get in touch with why you are feeling this way, and work to release yourself from these restrictions. In this way, the Hanged Man is also about letting go. You need an emotional release from whatever it is that is leaving you feeling stuck. Accept and surrender to your present circumstances. You may need to become more vulnerable and open to different experiences but this will help you end the struggle and give up your need for control. It is when you can really let go of all the worries and concerns that you have, that you find these concerns suddenly disappear and a new reality is possible.
The reversed position of the man in the Hanged Man indicates the need to look at yourself from an entirely different perspective, while the hanging indicates that your life is simply suspended for a time in order for you to recognise what needs to be changed in your personality. The tree is also abundant with leaves and vines, which suggests the possibility that the situation will bear fruit. Thus, the Hanged Man represents a reversal of your usual way of life and seeing the world from a completely different angle. Try hanging upside-down yourself and look around you. Does it not all look so different?! Your perspective has changed completely, yet the physical surroundings are exactly the same as when you were looking at it from an upright position. The Hanged Man asks you to turn your world around and view your situation differently. When you do this, you will find something new that will prove to be of greater value to you on a much deeper level. It may be that you have to sacrifice your previous beliefs or even way of life but it is a time of renewal and your life will go forward.
The Hanged Man is a willing victim, someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice to accomplish a higher goal. The Hanged Man represents the willingness to forsake the temptations of instant gratification for a higher cause, and because of this willing sacrifice he accomplishes the goals he has in his heart. He is like the ultimate martyr, putting his self-interest aside and giving up his personal needs for the greater good. Consider areas in your own life where you need to act in a more selfless manner, either for the benefit of others or for the fulfilment of your own deeper needs. On the flipside, you may need to assess your life for areas in which you are giving up too much to others at the expense of your own mental and spiritual well-being. Sometimes martyrdom can go too far!
Similarly, the Hanged Man tells you that you should be willing to lose something lesser in order to fulfil a greater goal. This goal is likely to be spiritual and personal. An investment of time, energy, and/or money may have to be made in order to reach this higher level of attainment. You are devoted to the cause and are open and ready to take on the task in front of you but first you need time to pause and consider.
The Hanged Man
Introduction: The Hanged Man generally shows that you are at a crossroads – one with only two options i.e. in or out, up or down, yes or no. You may find yourself very much wanting to do “something” but having no idea what it is or how to do it. If that happens, that’s a clear sign that you should stop, relax, and look at ways that you might need to let go of attempts to control life/situations/people/things.
General: It’s possible that there is an outdated attitude or wish that you need to let go of. Any sacrifice that you make will open up your life to something even more positive than what you “let go of.” All in all this should be a thoughtful, reflective time, particularly if you are willing to look at if or how you might best serve your own interests by being willing to change.
Work: Nothing much may seem to be happening, and you may well be sick of it. This is a great time to figure out if there is anything that you personally can do about it, if this is the case, and if there is not an action that you can take, then try not to take the slowness of the wheels of change personally. Things will change. It just may not happen on your timetable. Relax, or else look for different work.
Love: Again, the theme can be one of letting go. “Letting go” of an unattainable lover, for example, will bring about the possibility that someone that you can be with will “be there” for you. But that is only one example. You may need to “let go” of a vision of a particular kind of relationship as being “the only way that you can be happy.” If you’re in a long-term relationship, it too may well be at a crossroads. If you think the relationship is fabulous, be sure and find out “where your partner is” with the state of affairs.
Finances: If things are tight, this is an important time to “open up the flow” of prosperity by giving away some of what you have, even if all you have is a piece of bread. If that’s the case, know that there is someone nearby who would probably give their right arm to share that piece of bread with you. Find them, and share it. Something as simple as this may start the wheels turning to bring your “prosperity” into better times.
Health: You may change your mind radically about something that you think is wrong with you physically. This is not a siren song to just ignore everything your doctor has told you, but give it some deep thought, do some research. It’s possible that something you thought you understood could best be treated in another way. Your health improves, but it’s a process.
Spirituality: It’s crucial now to let go of any negative, self-limiting beliefs. Remember the idea of the “self-fulfilling prophesy” and be very careful about what you allow yourself to say or think about our life. Make sure the “prophecies” you are making about your life bear some resemblance to the life you really wish to see.
3. Week Two: 2 of Coins
In the Two of Pentacles is an individual whose consciousness, represented by the waters, is tossed by seemingly conflicting interests. While the Ace of Pentacles represents the beginnings of a new business or financial venture, the Two represents the need to balance that venture with other important areas of life such as family, friends, and even our own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This card indicates the necessity for balance between opposing desires and interests. Life will always be uncertain, yet if you can produce balance and harmony among all the demands upon you, you will ultimately live happily and in prosperity.
Thus, the Two of Pentacles serves as a reminder to remain alert, agile and patient as you attempt to juggle your family, your friends, work, finances, health and new challenges. You need to be very clear on your priorities and where you want to invest your time and energy. There is a tendency to be distracted by day-to-day affairs and general busy-ness, so prioritising your activities and carefully managing your time is essential.
The Two of Pentacles brings you back down to earth and reminds you to not only focus on your broader life goals but to also make sure your day-to-day affairs are in order. This is a card of good time management and financial management, ensuring that your bills are paid on time, that you keep a record of all your appointments and daily commitments, etc. It may sound tedious having to focus your attention on these more mundane issues but this card reminds you that sometimes getting on top of your daily affairs is as important as pursuing your broader life goals.
Sometimes, the Two of Pentacles can indicate that there are problems and difficulties in the future. There may be obstacles erected which hinder the attainment of what you wish to pursue or obtain in life. The situation may cause undue worry and again, you will be required to juggle your priorities and manage your time effectively to stay on top of the situation.
Similarly, the Two of Pentacles predicts change. You need to be able to cope with change, remaining flexible and adaptable in your approach. Rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, you may be better to keep two or more things going at once so you have the luxury of choice, should one option fall through. You must stay centred while you stay flexible and keep informed. Look for new possibilities, be open to change and go with the flow as best you can.
Some keywords for the Two of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning:
- Utilizing skill
- Thought before action
- At the heart of the Two of Pentacles is the feeling of flexibility. Pentacles represent the element of earth. Within this suit’s realm, our attention is drawn to grounding effects, and matters of a physical nature.
However, the this card purposefully reveals an ethereal quality. We see this in the woozy water waves that undulate in the background the card.
Further, we see the prominent lemniscate (infinity symbol) wrapped around each of the Pentacles.
The physicality of Pentacles (stability, earth) juxtaposed with the more intangibles of water and the infinite is a clear message of combination and unification on an energetic level.
When the 2 of Pentacles shows up in a reading, it is a calling to:
Strike a balance
Travel beyond the conventional to reach your goals
Consider the infinite channels of energy that provide you well-being
Root yourself in your mission statement while trusting in the flow of your higher purpose to transport you
These points are the cause for that pensive look on our character’s face in the Two of Pentacles card. He is contemplating the vehicles that will move him to his greatest, most balanced, and longest lasting reward.
A few symbol meanings on for the Two of Pentacles card:
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Lemniscate: The lemniscate (also known as the infinity symbol) is a geometrical represetation of the endless and eternal nature of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it simply continues on forever in motion. The symbol meanings of this emblem serve to remind us of the infinite nature of our spirit, as well as our thoughts. When this symbol comes to our attention it may be a message that we should consider the consequences of our thoughts and deeds – the effects of which can be infinite. See other cards with the lemniscate here.
Ship: Yes, of course ship symbol meanings deal with travel and journey’s. However a commonly overlooked factor is the medium upon which they sail – water – it deals with the deeper levels of the psyche and the subconscious. When Ships sail across your vision in a reading, take into consideration where your thoughts (psyche) are traveling – what kind of baggage (cargo) are you carrying around, and are you charting (navigating) out the best course for your thoughts and emotions? View cards with ships here.
Some questions the Two of Pentacles ask us:
Am I prepared for the journey I’m taking?
What are my upper-most thoughts, and how are the affecting my path?
How can I use my skills to navigate to my desires?
When I see this card in a reading I’m drawn in by the cross at the center of the lemniscate.
In most card renditions, this cross meets at the character’s heart chakra. This is a symbolic, intuitive “hit” indicating whatever is at the heart of the querent’s request also hold the solution to his/her conflict.
Within that ribbon of infinite energy is a connection point that launches motion. It is within the crux of the matter (the contrast or conflict) where we find our launching pad for achievement.
4. Week Three: 5 of Cups (r)
The Five of Wands reversed can suggest that you have tendency to avoid conflict wherever possible. You may find that any sort of tension or conflict makes you feel quite uneasy and you wish it would just go away. So, you deflect a lot of that energy and just ignore the problem, if there is one. The trouble, however, is that in doing this, you may just be pushing some of your own concerns to the side, without really dealing with them or being assertive about them. Some conflict can be good, particularly if it is constructive and teases out the underlying issues in a way that then generates a better solution. Consider whether always avoiding conflict is the best way to go, or if you are finding yourself just compromising on what is important to you.
The Five of Wands reversed is like a sigh of relief after conflict and struggle. You are no longer up against so much competition and can just ‘be’. On more personal level, you have worked through your anger and hostility and you feel more secure in your relationships. You do not have to constantly prove yourself anymore.
The reversed Five of Wands can also indicate a realisation that you do indeed need focus to achieve your goals. You have come through a period of scattered thought and random ideas only to find yourself in the same place you were when you started. You now acknowledge that if you are to progress your goals further, you must focus your attention on your key priorities and stay committed to your goal without considering even more possibilities or opportunities.
Five of Cups (R) – Your emotional state has turned to sorrow as a result of this disappointment. You feel as if your dreams have been dashed and broken. Think carefully before making another major decision. You can not change what has happened.
Continue to believe that the obstacles to love can be overcome – that you have only experienced the limitations and there is still hope. Allow your tears to flow and question what you have learned from this experience. Tomorrow brings a new dawn and things will look better as courage blossoms from your broken dreams. Life is never what it seems – there is always “hope” – this experience is not the end but an opportunity for a new beginning. Focus on happy news – make a conscious effort to let go of this disappointment. Focus all your energy on a new beginning – consider a new home or working environment and start building new ideas. You have learned well from past experiences – accept your loss and accept the support from others. Look forward to new friendships, new interests and new occupations. Take time to “see” what remains important to you even in the face of this sorrow and pain -focus on what remains for it is the solid basis of your life.
On the negative side of this coin are things like carelessness, inconsiderate of others feelings, frivolous behavior, emotional immaturity, wasting creative potential, unharnessed energy – looking at the emotional/creative losses instead of gains. The glass is seen as half empty rather than half full. Sadness, disappointment, frustration, guilt/shame, hesitation when inappropriate. Difficulty letting go, attachment. Problems of the disoriented, unsureness of the mind affecting the Emotional Plane.
When the Five of Cups Reverses, it is an indication that the time has been spent in grieving or mourning your loss. Like the Figure in the Reversed Five of Cups, you suddenly become aware of the Two Standing Cups which stir you into emotional engagement once more. Holding a Cup in each hand to regain stability you slowly make your way to the bridge interested to see what might be on the other side of it. It is now time to move on and you are ready to rejoin life.
The Five of Cups Reversed, is a positive indication that you have dealt with your pain and have come to some kind of acceptance or resignation. After much time spent staring at the fallen Cups and wishing them upright once more you finally realise that that ship has sailed and no amount of wishful thinking on your part will change it. It is time to clean up the spilt milk, wine or blood and discard of the broken Cups. They are broken beyond mend and you can look forward to replacing them with new ones. Give much consideration when choosing your new Cups for you will want them to be made of stronger stuff than the last ones.
The Five of Cups Reversed also represents that time when it would be wise to allow friends and family to support you. During your dark days of depression and gloom they have been there for you but felt powerless to help. We all need someone to lean on from time to time and even though this has happened to you it does not mean that those around you have not been effected by it too. Everyone may be hurting and all may need healing. Try not to isolate yourself from those who love you. If you have been exiled from the family and shunned by friends due to your words or deeds, then a thaw may have set in. Those effected may be ready to forgive or at least meet you halfway. This may involve everyone having to put the past behind them and let bygones be bygones.
When the Five of Cups Reverses, it is time to let go the past and turn towards the future. This may involve you also having to forgive and forget. On the other hand you may be unable to or refuse to move on from your pain and sorrow, especially if you deny your loss. With this Reversed Five comes the tendency to feel the victim or martyr as a result of your experience or experiences in life. Negativity attracts more negativity so if you see yourself as the Mother of Sorrows, then, so shall you be, and life will mimic your beliefs. Your big black cloak becomes your second skin and a dark cloud hovers above you constantly. You are a misery to be around and leach all joy from the atmosphere. However you may be putting on a brave front to all but secretly dying inside. Wanting to protect others, especially children, from witnessing your grief or sadness, you may internalise it while maintaining a business as normal attitude. Deep depression may be manifesting.
The Reversal of the Five of Cups can bring concerns regarding inheritances. There may be little left to inherit or there may be others who lay claim to it. This card also deals with ancestral matters. After the death of a loved one some interesting stories may come to light. You may discover that you have a brother or sister you never met or that the person you always thought of as your mother or father is actually your aunt or uncle or even your older sister or brother. If you are exploring your family history you may discover some infamous ancestors. The Television Programme, ‘Who do You Think You are?’, always uncovers some surprises or scandal for the shocked participant. You may feel an outsider in your family and feel you do not fit in. If you were separated from your parents or separated from your child at birth this card reversed may indicate the search for each other or eventual reunion. The surrounding cards would have to support this theory or interpretation along with validation from the Querant otherwise it is a dangerous area to speculate about.
In relationships the time for mourning and beating yourself up is over. Your heart has healed sufficiently for you to take a chance on life or love once more. You are slowly becoming consciously aware of the Two Cups Standing behind you and are curious to find out more. Someone special may have been waiting in the background for you all this time. You may be socialising once more and accepting invitations, eager to have fun and enjoy yourself. The Black Cloak has gone and you see colour around you once more. Life beckons and you have a renewed interest in your appearance, hairstyle and clothes.
The Black Cloak of your past experiences has weighed you down for long enough and blocked your potential for happiness. The Five of Cups Reversed can indicate an emotional release or maturing as you forgive and forget the past allowing a deeper relationship to develop with an existing or new partner.
However, if you have been separated or divorced, you may not be able to move on, determined to keep the pain of abandonment fresh and raw. This can result in you becoming emotionally dysfunctional and unavailable. Behaving like the archetypal victim or martyr, you think you are the only person that this has ever happened to. Friends slowly back off, tired of hearing the same old sob stories about what he or she did or said. You are stuck in the past and in a rut. Your bridge is very far away indeed because you deliberately move away from it rather than towards it. Any attempts by others to lead you to it are blocked by your refusal of acceptance. You are alone in the world only if you choose to be. Time to get a life again and leave the past behind. Time to forgive and let go. It’s all water under the bridge at this stage and no one but you gives a damn anymore so stop wasting your time and energy on it. Stop dwelling on past failures and count your many blessings for you may have gained more than you lost.
In business, the initial staggering blow has worn off and you set about seeing what can be salvaged out of the situation. Once you have allowed your emotions to settle, you may discover that things are not as bad as you first thought. You discover that all is not lost and your business can still be viable. On the other hand, you decide to cut your losses and move on. Taking only what you can carry, the Two Cups, you head off to the bridge at a sprint, eager to start over with fresh ideas and plans. After shedding the weight of worries from your shoulders you feel lighter and more positive about the future.
The Five of Pentacles reversed indicates an end to difficult times, particularly if you have recently suffered a major financial loss or job loss. You may find new sources of income, a new job, or someone has offered to help you out while you get back on your feet. You may be starting to feel as if life is worth living again and starting to regain your self-confidence. Finally you can see a way out of your financial difficulties and your hope is being renewed.
The reversed Five of Pentacles can sometimes indicate the persistence of inner, spiritual poverty. It reflects a time when you feel isolated and alone, even if surrounded by many people. You may feel as though something is just completely out of place and you are struggling to place your finger on what it is. Return to the Four of Pentacles and you may come to realise that you have placed too much emphasis on your material wealth and have neglected your spiritual well-being.
Five of Pentacles (R) – Accept this Karmic lesson and understand your
burdens. Don’t give up – look for the new opportunities created by this “set–
back”. Recognize that “worry” takes you to the future or to the past and has
you totally avoiding the present. Stay in the present and handle things as they
come up. Don’t get pulled into the “what–ifs” of tomorrow or the “if–onlys” of
yesterday. You are experiencing a deep spiritual need – go deep within and
seek “inner” council. Your preoccupation with the past and the future has you
totally avoiding the issues at hand. When you have accustomed yourself to
suffering – a collapse can release you. Whether or not you can build
something more positive from the collapse depends on yourself and the
influence and opportunities around you. When you find things difficult to understand – show
more empathy and do not allow your sense of “pride” to stand in your way. Remain positive and
look ahead – your present situation is never permanent.
Not using the positive potential of a period of rest. Too much movement when stillness is
required. Restlessness itself, hastiness, carelessness. Looking at physical losses instead of gains
– this is an effect of mind on the Physical Plane. At one extreme there are things like apathy,
ambivalence, laziness, stagnancy and the problems that derive from lack of movement. When
money doesn’t move the economy falters – personal finances suffer. When you do not exercise
your muscles – they atrophy. If you don’t move the proper foods through your body, your health
Questions to Answer: What are your survival concerns? What changes are you having
difficulty dealing with? What have you chosen to give up or do without? Why? What are you
worried or anxious about? What conventions/traditions are you rebelling against? What
inequalities or injustices are you trying to change?
experiencing hard times
running into material troubles
losing a job or income
going through a period of hardship
lacking what you need
struggling to make ends meet
suffering ill health
feeling run down and tired
refusing to take care of yourself
neglecting your body and its needs
feeling ragged around the edges
getting medical attention
abusing your body
having the door slammed in your face
taking an unpopular position