Hm. Interesting and complex reading today. Let’s just dive right in.
In the top row we have the Six of Pentacles (interesting, I had a deep discussion about this very card with someone just last night. I shuffled my usual seven times and cut three before doing this spread…) The Page of Cups and the Five of Swords. The Six of Pentacles is a difficult card to interpret. At it’s very basic level it is about an imbalance of power. Having vs not having, whether that be money, resources, knowledge. It can be about giving and receiving, dominating and submitting. Someone in a position to give what is needed is generous however, this does put them in a position of power. The question then becomes how do they use this power or do they choose to use it at all? The meaning of this card is very often influenced by the surrounding cards. In this case the next card is the Page of Cups. I’d venture to say that this is about the balance of power in a love relationship. Under the Six of Pentacles is the Horned One, the Devil, in traditional decks. This is significant also, and we’ll discuss that later. Anyway, the Page of Cups is symbolic of the beginnings of a new love affair or the rekindling of an old love affair. Beside the Page of Cups is the Five of Swords. The Five of Swords is another card about the balance of power. This card is about conflict, it takes on an “us vs them” mentality and it’s about winning at a cost. It also represents a person who is simply looking out for their own self interest and acting without thinking of others. Putting these cards together I’d say there is a love interest going on but it’s not a healthy situation.
The Horned One, or the Devil in the next row confirms this. This card shows up when we are in the middle of an unhealthy situation. It can also represent patterns of negative behavior. The Five of Pentacles is about rejection and facing hard times.
The Eight of Pentacles at the bottom is about diligence. Working hard at the matter to solve the problem.
Now that I’ve gone over each card let’s put it all together. From this grouping of the Six of Pentacles, the Page of Cups, the Five of Swords and the Devil, it looks like there is a love situation here but a LOT going on under the surface. I don’t think things are as they may seem. The Six of Pentacles and the Five of Swords and the Devil give this reading an air of someone who has power and possibly likes to abuse that power. I get the feeling though that this person passes it off as “look how good I am to you”. In more traditional decks the Devil is pictured holding two people on leashes around their necks while they dance. This person is like that. They like to see you dance. The Five of Pentacles represents the emotional and spiritual barrenness of being involved in this kind of relationship.
For more information I threw down two more cards.
One is the Ace of Swords, which I placed over the Six of Pentacles, the Page of Cups and the Devil. The the other was the Seven of Pentacles and this was placed over the Six of Pentacles and the Devil.
The Seven of Pentacles says you need to examine the situation and take stock. The Ace of Swords says you need to look at this situation logically and not with the rose colored glasses of the Page of Cups. Cut through the illusion to the truth. The Eight of Pentacles is telling you to work hard at this, be diligent about it.
Not feeling like this reading was quite finished I pulled one more card. This card is the Empress as symbolized by the Goddess Rhiannon.
The story of Rhiannon has an important message for you, you might want to do some research on her.
This is a card about Sovereignty. No one has power over you unless you give it to them.