READING FOR SUNDAY, 21 MAY, YEAR 17 AQ.
The Hermit represents the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and inner growth. The Hermit is the unquenchable thirst for life and expansion which powers existence. The Hermit seeks the answers to all questions, the mastery of all arts, the enjoyment of all experiences. Rejecting all imposed boundaries and limitations, the Hermit seeks not only to know all things but to be one with all things –nothing less can answer the insatiable hunger within. The Hermit advises self-reliance. When this card appears it means that we have all of the knowledge and ability needed to handle the situation at hand, and do not need outside help or advice –indeed, we are better off without outside help or advice since our own understanding of the situation and how to deal with it is superior to any outside view. Others may not know as much, understand as deeply, or may even misunderstand the situation. Consequently, in this situation we should rely upon their own unique perspective, and trust it.
The meaning of the Chariot is forward movement. The Chariot represents success, power, advancement. Historically the chariot, whose use predates the actual riding of horses, was humankind’s first means of rapid transportation. Moreover, the introduction of the chariot revolutionized warfare and gave those who possessed them an incredible edge in battle. Consequently, the Chariot represents overcoming enemies or obstacles as well as progress in any endeavor. The Chariot represents moving forward. When this card comes up in a reading it means that we should definitely take action in the situation, and can expect to be met with success. We should take our action with confidence, even in the face of opposition or apparent obstacles –as these shall be overcome. This is a card of success and advancement.
KING OF SWORDS
The King of Swords represents the element of Air influenced by Fire. Air is mind and thought: Fire is passion and manifestation. Together these represent a strong mind fully engaged. This card is marked by clear understanding, good judgment, and a keen grasp of ideas and situations. Good judgment. The ability to make good decisions, to rely upon your own good sense. Do not follow the opinions of others in this situation –your own judgment is best and should be listened to.