At one point or another, when you’re doing a tarot reading, you’ll come across a card that scares the snot out of you. It’s perfectly normal. I’ve listed the ones below that used to scare me. Yes, I said used to, because I’ve come to see them as a positive thing. More on that later.
Let’s start with the granddaddy of them all. Everyone is afraid of the big, bad Death card. Rest assured, this isn’t about physical death.
If you look closely at the meaning, this card is about change, a spiritual death. Maybe you are in a period of transition. Yes, change can be scary and intimidating, but Death is really telling you to let go of the past and move forward. It’s a sign of a new beginning, so embrace it. Fighting change only makes it more difficult.
The Tower is about chaos and ruin. Literally, the figures in the card are plummeting off the edge of a tower. Presumably to their deaths. Yikes. You don’t need to be a seasoned tarot card reader to understand how scary this one is.
So, this card showed up in my readings weekly a few years ago when I was on the edge of disaster. I lost my job, my apartment, and my significant other in a period of weeks. It was the worst year of my life.Truth in advertising, right?
However, The Tower isn’t to blame. In fact, it was trying to help me, give me a little nudge. It was simply giving me a heads up, so I could prepare for disaster. Luckily, I heeded the warnings and squirreled away some money, made some contingency plans, and here I am. Still standing. And no worse for the wear. Actually, I’m better off than I was. The old life I was leading didn’t work well for me. Therefore, the universe took it away. Now, I’m on the right path.
Ten of Swords
Is there anything worse than being stabbed in the back? We all worry about those we love betraying us. However, this card is really about perception. Are things as bad you make them out to be? Or are you playing the martyr? Whenever I see this card, I ask a trusted friend to assess my current situation and see if my perceptions are off. More often than not, they are. You might need to step back from a problem to get some perspective. Are you contributing to the issues in any way?
Five of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles is about financial vulnerability, insecurity. It usually comes up when someone is facing unemployment, eviction, or another financial disaster.
This card is also asking you to take advantage of services that might be available to you as well. Swallow your pride if you have to. It’s better to accept help when you need it, that’s why social service agencies, churches, etc. are there.
Three of Swords
This card is about heartache and sorrow. A heart is pierced by three swords. When a relationship ends, it’s difficult. We’re heart-broken. Literally.
Again, the Three of Swords would come up again and again when my relationship was about to end. I treated it like a warning, because it was. Sometimes, we don’t want to face reality. And the cards have a way of gently nudging us to consider the possibilities.
If you’re brave enough, reach out to your partner, figure out what’s going on. It’s better to deal with a problem, then let it loom in the distance until it becomes unmanageable.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t fear this card. Some say it’s about temptation or giving into your darker impulses.
Honestly, we all have those drives and desires, but I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. In moderation of course.
Giving into cravings for sex or food or new shoes isn’t going to kill you now and again. So, if you’ve been indulging the devil on your shoulder lately, this is a sign to cut it out. If you’ve been downright angelic, it’s time to have a little fun.
In short, listen to the cards and let them help you. Don’t be afraid of scary imagery. Use them as a wake up call. More than likely you can do something to make it better.
So, what cards do you fear? Tell me in the comments.
While you’re here, you might want to grab my free tarot card cheat sheet. It will give you some helpful hints while you are learning how to read the cards.