Today, I did a Tarot Reading for a family member of mine – for the purpose of this post, I’ll refer to them as Querent. This particular Querent doesn’t “believe” in Tarot, but let me do the reading anyway because another family member was curious to see what it said.
For a little backstory: the Querent had a long-term relationship that ended about 6 months earlier. They were fairly upset by the breakup, as were the rest of us because we’d really liked their partner. Since then, we have tried (to no avail) to find out what happened to cause the breakup – it seemed to happen out of nowhere and left us all confused.
The Reading: The Querent agreed to let me do a Tarot reading based on their relationship, although they wouldn’t promise to tell me how accurate the reading was (again, this Querent is a very secretive individual.) I chose to do a 5 card cross spread for the reading. As I discuss the outcome of this reading, I’ll refer to my family member as Querent and their Ex as Partner for convenience.
- Card 1: Represents the Querent
- Card 2: Represents the Past
- Card 3: Represents the Present/How the Querent feels currently
- Card 4: Represents the Future
- Card 5: Represents Underlying Issues (either reasons for the split, or obstacles in the way of the future)
Card 1: Ace of Cups
The Ace of Cups typically symbolizes an abundance of love and emotion. Aces represent something new in your life and Cups represent emotions and feelings.
This card often means a surge of love, joy, and friendship. It’s also symbolic of a new emotion or a new relationship. In the spread I used for this reading, this card was placed in the Querent position.
Interpretation: In this reading, the Ace of Cups represents the way that Querent felt about Partner. They had a great deal of love for Partner – in fact, they had experienced a type of romantic love with Partner that they’d never felt before. This card, then, would suggest that they saw Partner as their first true love, or their greatest love.
Card 2: Five of Pentacles
The Five of Pentacles indicates financial struggle, loss, isolation, and loneliness. It also tends to represent breakups and divorce.
This card often means that you are feeling low self-esteem and emotionally isolated at the moment. In this deck, there is a light from the door that illuminates a key, yet the figure has her head down. She’s outside, in the cold, ignoring the potential salvation in front of her.
In this way, the 5 of Pentacles is suggesting that while you have experienced a loss or are going through hardship, there are resources (friends and family) that can help you, yet you’re not taking their help.
Interpretation: The 5 of Pentacles is in the Past position, so in this reading, it represents their breakup with Partner. Additionally, it’s suggesting that the breakup took a huge emotional toll on them and that they chose not to reach out for help to loved ones, but rather, endure it alone.
Card 3: High Priestess
The High Priestess represents intuition, the subconscious mind, and spiritual enlightenment. As a Major Arcana card, it indicates that it is an important event in your life.
This card is typically associated with mystery and secrets. When she shows up in a reading, she is telling you that now is a time to look beyond the obvious, to look deeper at a situation and uncover the underlying meaning.
The High Priestess is a card of inaction and withdrawal. It suggests that right now, you are seeking guidance from within. You are calm and passive and staying receptive to information.
Interpretation: This card appeared in the Present position, indicating that this is the Querent’s current state. I took this to mean that they are still processing the breakup and their feelings for their Partner. I also took this to mean that they are still wanting to keep certain things secret from others.
Card 4: Six of Cups
The 6 of Cups represents childhood memories, nostalgia, and reconnecting with the past. It indicates balance and harmony.
Often, this card suggests something from the past re-entering your life. This could mean reconnecting with an old friend or lover. In relationship spreads, especially, it tends to represent a possible reconciliation with an ex.
The 6 of Cups is all about increased love, friendship, and cooperation within a relationship as well as reminiscing about the past.
Interpretation: Since this card appeared in the Future position in the spread, it suggests that there is a possible reconciliation between Querent and Partner. It could also just be indicating that, as time goes on, Querent will be able to look back on the relationship with Partner as a fond memory.
Card 5: Two of Pentacles
The 2 of Pentacles represents balancing two different aspects of your life. The card depicts a figure juggling two pentacles, suggesting that you are juggling various different things in your life at the moment.
Interpretation: This card appeared in the Underlying Issues position, indicating that this is either what stands in the way of the future outcome or what the problems were in the relationship.
I read this to mean that the Querent had difficulty balancing the relationship with their other life responsibilities, such as work and school. It could also indicate that the Querent is torn between their emotions – on one hand, they feel love and longing for Partner, on the other hand, they feel the relationship wasn’t practical and wouldn’t work long term.
As a side note – the 2 of Pentacles can sometimes indicate infidelity – as in, juggling two partners at once, but Querent was adamant that this wasn’t true.
The Querent in question is one who is a highly secretive individual who likes to keep their cards close to their chest (thus, the High Priestess seemed pretty spot on.) Because of this, though, I’m not entirely sure how accurate the reading was. Most of the time, when I read for someone, they tell me more information about their story – they help put the pieces of the reading together, but in this case, I didn’t have much to go on.
What I did manage to get out of them was that there were parts of the reading that rang true. When I pressed for more, Querent stated that every card in the spread had some element of truth to it, but they didn’t go into detail or specify further. Usually, I only do readings for people who are open to Tarot, but this Querent was a close family member and this reading was partly for me (I’m nosy, what can I say?)
That being said, I don’t think Querent and Partner will get back together, but I think that as Querent continues working through their own emotions about the breakup, they will get to a place of acceptance and understanding.
What do you guys think of this reading? Let me know in the comments below!