Exercise Traditional Position Pairs in the Celtic Cross

Bold phrases refer to card meanings. Italic phrases refer to position meanings.

Position 1 -- Position 2

(A) Page of Cups -- Knight of Pentacles

My son is a sweet, sensitive guy who takes everything to heart. His teacher is too inflexible and grim. She's driving my son too hard by insisting on an unreasonable level of perfection.

(B) Two of Pentacles -- Judgement

The central conflict is that school should be fun and enjoyable, not a place for harsh, public Judgement. I can help my son learn to cope better and be more resilient at school. I must make sure my own judgments are fair.

Position 3 -- Position 5

On the surface, I'm beset by fears and doubts. Perhaps I'm deluding myself. The deeper truth may be that there is good will. My partner is probably innocent.

The source of the problem is that I'm letting my imagination run wild. I can't separate fact from fiction. I must find out the facts. Be fair and honest. Refuse to let emotion cloud my reason. On the other hand, have I forgotten to be loving in my concern with the truth?

Position 4 -- Position 6

I've ignored the warning signs of trouble in the past. I've avoided the problem because dealing with it would be unpleasant. I'm going to have to demonstrate leadership. My team is counting on me to take charge and provide direction.

I've been covering for this employee. It's been hard on everyone having to shoulder his share of the load, but if I'm patient, he may yet become an asset. It will take extra resolve on my part.

Position 7 -- Position 8

I want to continue as I am. The store is successful and well-established, and I feel secure and happy there. My partner wants to end our collaboration and move on to something else.

(B) Queen of Cups -- Queen of Pentacles

To me, the store is more than just a job. I have put my heart into it. I feel the same way about my partner, but she has a more practical, matter-of-fact point of view. To her, a business is a business. Moving on is not a big, emotional deal.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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