POSITION 1 – PAST
This position represents the past where the situation originated.
ACE OF SWORDS – Things may suddenly appear to be very clear, as the Ace of Swords brings clarity and allows one to view things in a logical and balanced way.
On a deeper level, this card can be linked to feelings of deja vu, love at first sight, strange coincidences and feelings that destiny has brought you to this point in your life.
This may also indicate the commencement of battles, triumph achieved with force, harsh words, passion and problems solved by cutting right to the heart of the matter.
POSITION 2 – PRESENT
The present situation.
THE DEVIL – Like Death, the Devil at first appears to be a scary character – but look again, he’s really more of a caricature than anything else. When the Devil turns up it may be time to face our inner fears, the ones that come from our past / childhood, confront them and then break free from them.
Fears are only so scary when they’re buried inside of us. Once we can face our fears then we can see that our own personal Devil is not so scary after all – and that’s when we can break free from him and move forwards in our lives.
POSITION 3 – FUTURE
The most likely outcome for the near future.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS – Often when the high priestess appears in a spread she advises you to take a step back from the situation and keep your own counsel for the time being. It would seem that there is more to be revealed in this situation than you may know and this secret knowledge will be worth waiting for as it will give you greater insight into the situation.
This is also the card of psychic ability and it may be that, if you are currently following a spiritual path, it is time to sit back and stop “trying” so hard – let the natural flow of the universe guide you.
In a love reading this card can signify the anima, or idealized female of the male psyche. If you’re a man you could be projecting this ideal onto your female partner. This can also represent a woman who is wise and can give you good counsel. In a business reading, listen to your intuition, your inner feminine before going ahead with anything new. It may be that new information or inspiration needs to come to light before you take action. Look within for this inspiration.