The latest video for the course was on the Knight of Swords, and I began asking if we – the reader – would be happy or not to see this particular card in a reading.
If the question was about what someone’s birthday party would be like, then we’d probably be a bit unhappy, expecting hostility and rash and impulsive behaviour.
On the other hand, if the question were: Will I be able to get out of this difficulty?, then we’d probably think it’s a good card since you would have force and power to influence the outcome. You would have energy and the courage to take on your rivals or enemies, and to escape from their grasp.
Many students, especially in the beginning, want to know what a card means.
Perhaps we should pay more attention to the question that has been asked, and figure out how the card relates to the question, how it helps or hinders, how it supports the questioner or shows him or her in a difficult situation.
A good reading isn’t always one where you can forecast sunshine and roses all the way for the questioner.
It maybe ought to be one in which the reader makes the question more true and meaningful for the questioner, helping that person to a greater understanding of their concern – so they can make more informed decisions on their own after the reading.