Tarot reading: how to interpret a pair of opposite cards
Identifying possible card combinations and interpreting these combinations are complex and exhausting skills to learn. But there is an easy way to learn this important tarot reading skill without banging your head against the wall.
To improve steadily and incrementally, we have to skillfully maneuver in all areas of our life. Sometimes our actions offset each other in a harmonious expression that is sometimes clear but too often confusing.
The key word here is balance. We need balance to use all the energies that surround us. Personal balance is always in motion. It comes from our abilities to choose options that will work in the moment.
Tarot reading is a guide to our tendency to counteract what is happening in our lives at one time or another.
In order to interpret this guide we must understand the law of opposition or sometimes called the law of polarity. Things come in pairs. All opposites are equal in nature but differ in degree. They are dual expressions of a principle. That is one of the cosmic laws that governs life.
However, at the central level, the opposition is non-existent. There is only unity, but in our material universe we think that unity is segmented into many different energies. These are the challenges we go through in our search for balance.
One technique to explore our balance issues is to look for two cards in a tarot design that are opposed to each other. For example, the meaning of three of swords is heartache. A painful love relationship. You will find that by acknowledging the idea of emotional distress from unrequited love, you are implying the opposite idea of partner commitment and mutual love.
This quality is represented by the two of cups. In a reading, these two cards could indicate the meaning of unrequited or reciprocated love problems in your life.
I mean, how could we not appreciate a state of bliss after having experienced emotional pain?
Another example is the combination of King of Cups and Queen of Pentacles cards.
King of Cup acts imaginatively and emotionally. Make decisions based on hunches rather than logical reasons. On the other hand, the queen of pentacles has a practical approach.
In a reading, this pair could indicate a conflict between two people: an intuitive and emotional type who acts on his instincts and the practical type who carefully plans the future, with an excellent attitude within you for traditional business. Need for solid, tangible evidence versus fully trusting your instincts.
These two cards may not exactly conflict with each other, in fact they could reinforce each other. Both the queen of pentacles and the empress suggest nurturing feminine qualities. Sometimes this torque shows that some energy could be accelerating an extra push.
Ironically, sometimes we have to experience situations unevenly for a while to achieve what we aspire to.