Reading for the Week of November 1, 2021

Four of Swords in the past, Four of Pentacles today, Six of Pentacles in the future
Four of Swords in the past, Four of Pentacles today, Six of Pentacles in the future

Our first card, the four of Swords, features a fellow in repose. This is traditionally seen as a card of relaxation, but it looks a little ominous to me, with the swords dangling above him. Swords represent intellect – I see a person idly turning an idea over in their mind. The idea is not without risk.

In the present, we see a person jealously guarding his wealth. The risky idea has paid off. Traditionally this is interpreted to advise the querent not to be stingy, but I don’t see that here. I see him being prudent with his newly acquired riches.

In the future, this fellow’s wealth has continued to grow, and now he’s come to a place where he’s secure enough financially that he can help his fellow human beings.

We skipped right over the Five of Pentacles, which depicts two poor souls – one on crutches – hobbling through the snow outside a church. Had it appeared between the two, I’d surmise the querent were the one receiving charity. However, that image is conspicuously absent.

Enjoy your riches!