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These are the cards that the Tarot has drawn for you. You may want to save or print this page if you would like to ponder their messages later.


The Past position in the reading refers to recent events and challenges that just took place, things that lead up to the present situation, and your role in them.

Four of Swords
The Four of Swords represents an inner retreat that you took. Your situation was very difficult and you were in the midst of much turmoil. A temporary truce may have been put in place, and you were seeking recuperation within. The swords on the wall symbolize your previous battles, and the sword at your side represents your most recent conflict. You may have take up the sword again. The battle isn’t over, but you are invigorated and able to formulate a mature, effective response as a result of your rest.


The Present position in the reading represents what is happening right now. Typically, this is what triggers you to seek out a reading. This card can often help you to understand what steps to take next.

King of Wands
The King refers to you, or someone who strongly influences your life in the situation in question, but does not have to be male. The King's throne bears the totems of the element of Fire: the salamander and the lion. His command of this element, which signifies the Will, is further supported visually by the tiny lizard at his feet. He is a strong-minded individual, sometimes manipulating others through his Will. This forthright person is honest, fiery, and optimistic, and may feel like a natural leader. This energy could be better channelled away from others and into the pursuit of long term goals, especially career-oriented ones.


The Future position in teh reading describes what is just around the corner. It’s an official “heads up” about where the situation is heading and how you may navigate through it towards the best possible outcome.

The Hermit
The Hermit is the Tenth card in the Major Arcana, and is given the number nine to indicate the pinnacle of enlightenment. He stands atop a cold, snowy mountain peak, at the end of a journey he has made alone. He holds a lantern and gazes down the way he has traveled, leading any other seekers to what he has attained. The lantern is rich in symbolism; it denotes both his enlightenment and his willingness to aid others to it. It contains a six-pointed star, which is comprised of two triangles pointing in opposite directions: one up, one down. This shape reveals more of the Hermit’s message: the journey has been inner as well as outer, and his seeking has been within as well as without. He leans on his staff, which is a symbol of his power, making practical use of what he has come to know and master. His grey cloak indicates that he has synthesized the light and dark aspects of himself for his own benefit.

The Hermit in your future indicates that you will seek guidance. This may be your own “Higher Self” speaking to you, or it may be advice given to you by a trusted friend, or a seasoned professional. It is wise to listen to the wisdom that will be offered, and to your own gut feelings, in the situation. Those who speak from experience will be able to give you some much-needed perspective, as they have been down the path you will be following. The Hermit can also indicate a need to withdraw from the outer world to focus on your innermost self.

We hope you enjoyed your Three Card Reading. To go even deeper, try our more comprehensive Ten Card Reading.

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