Sample Spread: Ace of Swords, King of Swords, Page of Swords

It’s always fun to get a single-suit reading.  It makes for a really coherent narrative because there’s a high likelihood that all the cards are focused on one thing.

Past – Ace of Swords – New idea, new puzzle, new challenge

Present – King of Swords – Leading on a journey or through a challenge, using information to create an action plan and make decisions

Future – Page of Swords – Innovation, sharing new ideas, inspirational messages

The first question here is what are all these swords about?  I tend to think of the swords as conflict and arguments, but that’s not to say they’re bad.  They usually mean a challenge of the mental variety, but they don’t mean you’re fighting with people or up against a crisis all the time.  And since these are all pretty auspicious cards, I would conclude that the querent is involved in an important intellectual pursuit of some kind.  Problem solving, troubleshooting, strategizing, and inventing all fall into this arena.

Clearly, with the Ace in the past, the big new idea has already been revealed to them.  This project is already underway.  So the next big question is, with two face cards in the reading, which one (if either) is the querent?  Yes, they can both be, but it’s important not to assume that’s the case.

Given that the Ace card is in the past position, I would deduce that the King refers to the querent.  They’ve got this big intellectual thing going on, and right now they’re the one with the plan and the info.  The Kings are always the ones with the plan for how to proceed, and the King of Swords is the one who has the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions.

So, what of the Page in the future?  It could represent the querent, but since there’s no other indication in the reading that there’s plans to pass the responsibility onto someone else, I don’t feel like that’s the case.  If the Page is the querent, it would indicate to me that they will convey their ideas to someone, serve as inspiration or pass intel to someone else.  But that doesn’t fit with the rest of the reading very well.

What makes more sense is that the Page is someone else, someone with the right information or ideas to help the querent bring this to a successful conclusion.  They may know this person or just happen to be in the right place at the right time to be enlightened, but if they feel right now that something is missing you can assure them that someone out there has the idea or inspiration they’re looking for.

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