One of these sample draws we’ll get to some Major Arcana cards. Promise.
Let’s walk through another past/present/future spread to show how the narrative of the reading gets built. Here are the cards:
Past – Four of Wands – Hard work rewarded, and a chance to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Present – Six of Swords – Clarity and resolution by way of a change in direction. Choosing to solve a problem by walking away.
Future – Page of Swords – Innovative new ideas, surprising solutions
There are a lot of swords in this spread, which indicates that the reading is about a problem or a challenge that the querent is facing and trying to solve. Luckily, both of the cards here point towards the possibility of finding that solution.
So where does that Four of Wands fit in?
Whatever cards come up, they relate to each other. So the situation described by the spread is set in motion by a success in the past. The Four of Wands specifically indicates that first point of success in pursuit of a goal where you feel like you can safely take a break to pat yourself on the back. This isn’t about ultimate success or reaching the big goal, and that should be kept in mind and communicated to the querent.
So, since that Four of Wands card references a pursuit in progress, there’s a good chance the rest of the reading relates to it. Whatever goal they’re working towards, they’ve seen the first rewards for their efforts, felt good about it, and now are attempting to move on towards the bigger goal.
And now there are challenges.
In the present, the Six indicates that the best option (or the option already chosen) is to walk away. And then, in the future, there’s the promise of cool new ideas and approaches, either from the querent’s mind or from someone else (face cards can mean either).
So, whatever challenges and problems are arising now that the querent is deeper into this project or pursuit, it seems the cards are saying that if they take their focus off the problem right now and put their efforts in a different direction, a new idea or approach will be found in the future.