Relationship (5 Card) Tarot Reading
using the Major Arcana of the Oxford Tarot Deck
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This five-card reading uses the Oxford Tarot's Major Arcana with cards in the upright orientation only.
The cards shown below are explained in the following interpretation of this reading.
The Oxford Tarot Deck:
Interpretation of this Relationship Tarot Spread::
Card 1 : The Strength of the Relationship ?
It is time for prudence rather than excess.
This card indicates the virtue of moderation and heralds a period of quiet harmony.
This is a healing card. (In some decks a large angel or archangel is depicted on the Temperance card.)
Security can be obtained by managing situations carefully, steering a middle course, avoiding prejudice, applying discretion, and compromising if necessary. It may be necessary to be frugal for a while but this need not involve struggle: It is possible to enjoy what one has without always striving for more - and the thoughts and emotions of enjoying the blessings we already have is said to attract more blessings (not necessarily of the same form) into our lives.
Remember the expression that "time heals". Enjoying the harmony of the present may indeed quell past or irrelevant traumas and banish them from ones active emotions.
Advice often offered by this card includes "everything in moderation - including moderation".
Card 2 : The Weakness of the Relationship ?
The universe includes invisible aspects; not all is revealed.
Help may come from a wise woman. A young woman may also be significant.
There is wisdom and good judgement at hand but not all of the facts can be revealed yet, Something that is happening behind the scenes and beyond the obvious may prove to be critically important. For the moment, listen to your inner voice, reflect, meditate and pray in your own way. Insights may come from dreams. Be aware of your feelings and go with your flow.
The hidden knowledge will reach your awareness at the right time. Trust the universe.
Card 3 : The Reality of the Relationship ?
Major transformation: The form of this subject may change completely. New job ? New partner ? New home ?
Momentous change may be daunting, yet also liberating. When we have the courage to leave the past behind, the new cycle of renewal brings with it the dawning of a new era. Think "reincarnation", but not necessarily in the same form. ...
One of the most feared interpretations of this card is that of a physical death, either ones own death or that of someone known to us. This is a possible interpretation as it is certainly a major transformation. However, it is just one of many possible interpretations - depending on the question asked before drawing the card, the position of the card in the spread, and many other factors. Call on your intuition for further help understanding this message.
Finally, this card sometimes causes people to wonder if there is anything they can do - especially if they would prefer to resist the change - such as when it implies the end of a romantic relationship or moving away from a much-loved home or area. The answer is that there are always things we can do to influence the future - in the long, medium, and even short/immediate term. Rid yourself of thoughts, attitudes, and emotions that have now served their purpose for you. Remember The Law of Attraction (this is not just a book but a very simple, yet powerful, metaphysical law stating that we attract into our lives whatever we think about, both the wanted and the unwanted).
Card 4 : The Happiness of the Relationship ?
Tradition, orthodoxy, compliance with convention, and concern with "form over function" are key themes.
Dominance of the established hierarchy is also suggested by this card.
This may apply to the hierarchy within the traditional Christian churches or other religions, or to other types of organizations such as businesses (employers), educational institutions (including schools and universities), or even military or inter-governmental organizations. Serious situations involving a "higher authority" are often involved and may take the form of a christening, Bar Mitzvah, matriculation, the formalities of examinations, graduation, or official tasks such as completing tax forms or making witness statements. Creativity is not generally appropriate and it may be best to just do what has to be done - in the manner expected.
There may be feelings of timidity, compliance or even servitude involved in this situation. What makes you feel this way ? Be aware of your own immense value in the world - even in situations in which it is not appropriate to demonstrate your creativity publicly at this particular time.
Card 5 : The Key to the Future of the Relationship ?
Sometimes depicted as chains, this card asks what self-imposed limitations are holding you back ?
Self-imposed or not, this card suggests that something has contrained you or your situation.
Negative thinking can be both addictive and highly destructive. Personal "chains" may include pessimism, unnecessary feelings of guilt, excessive dependency, or any other unhealthy habits of thought or action. Traditional interpretations include over-focus on, or even obsession with, one's own power, money, or sex.
Identify the traps in your life - especially those that are really due to your own obstinate attitude.
Also resist any temptation to use your influence to manipulate or adversely affect or entrap others: To do so will rebound on yourself and contribute to keeping you "stuck" in an unwanted situation.
Remember that the tarot is intended to act as useful insight and food for thought but it cannot predict or control your future. The point of power is always in the present moment. You always have the possibility to make changes beginning with thoughts, attitudes, and emotions.
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