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Here is my three-card reading for Wednesday the Seventeenth of May, Year 17 Aq. I am using the Tarot of Hekate. The three cards I have drawn are the Four of Pentacles, the Nine of Wands, and the Four of Cups.

Ruled by the Number Four, this card represents the element of Earth in a state of stability. Earth represents solidity and pattern, so in a stable state Earth is stone. This card represents a situation in which things are firmly set: an unwillingness or inability to allow movement. Stagnation, lack of movement, feeling blocked of held back in our situations.

Ruled by the Number Nine, this card represents the element of Fire in its greatest skill. When fire is applied steadily over a long period it transforms without destroying, as in cooking or the firing of pottery. This card is all about slow but steady transformation, and the patience needed to allow that transformation to happen. Waiting. The time is not yet right to take action, patience is required, we must wait and bide our time. Nothing can be done to move the situation forward at this time. We must simply wait and allow things to unfold.

Ruled by Number Four, this card represents the element of Water in a state of stasis. Though Water can remain within a confined space like a lake or a cup, it is never truly immobile –even in freezing it expands. Every movement changes it and it will always seek every opportunity to ripple, flow, or escape altogether. Still waters run deep, with currents and eddies far below the surface and often invisible from the surface. So too here, stability hides a restlessness that long for new opportunities and experiences. A situation which while good in itself, is not all we desire it to be: wanting more than is present, restlessness in an otherwise good situation. It is important not to lose sight of the good things that we actually do have because we desire so strongly things we do not have.

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