Identifying possible combinations of cards and interpreting those combinations are complex and exhausting skills to learn. But there is an easy way to learn this important tarot reading skill without banging your head against the wall.
To improve steadily and gradually we must skillfully maneuver in all areas of our lives. Sometimes our actions offset each other in a harmonious expression that is sometimes clear but too often blurred.
The key word here is balance. We need balance to use all the energies around us. Personal balance is always in flux. It comes from our abilities to choose options that work in the moment.
The tarot reading is a guide to our tendency to counteract what is happening in our lives at one time or another.
In order to interpret this guide we must understand the law of opposition or sometimes called the law of polarity. Things come in pairs. All opposites are of the same nature but differ in degree. They are dual expressions of a principle. This is one of the cosmic laws that govern life.
At a basic level, however, the opposition is non-existent. There is only unity, but in our material universe we think that unity is segmented into many different energies. These are the challenges we face in our search for balance.
One technique for exploring our balance issues is to look for two cards in a tarot layout that oppose each other. For example, the meaning of three of swords is heartache. A painful love affair. You will realize that by recognizing the idea of emotional distress from unrequited love, it implies the opposite idea of partner commitment and mutual love.
This quality is represented by the two of cups. In a reading, these two cards could indicate the importance of unrequited or reciprocated love issues in your life.
I mean, how could we not appreciate a state of happiness after experiencing emotional pain?
Another example is the card combination of King of Cups and Queen of Pentacles.
King of Cups acts in an imaginative and emotional way. Make decisions based on intuition and not on logical reasons. On the other hand, the Queen of Pentacles has a practical focus.
In a reading, this pairing could indicate a conflict between two people: an intuitive, emotional type who acts on their instincts, and the practical type who plans carefully, with an excellent head for brick-and-mortar business. This could also represent an opposite. attitude within you Need for solid, tangible evidence rather than clearly trusting your instincts.
These two cards may not exactly be in conflict with each other, in fact they could reinforce each other. Both the Queen of Pentacles and the Empress suggest nurturing feminine qualities. Sometimes this pair shows that some energy could be building up some extra momentum.
Ironically, sometimes we have to experience situations out of tune for a while to achieve what we aspire to.