Card 1: This card covers you. It represents the influences and atmosphere affecting you.
Nine of WANDS Reversed
Obstacles and adversity, but the strength is still present and they can be overcome. The idleness of one who will not work rather than one who can not work. Otiosity, laziness and their analogues.
Card 2: This card crosses you. It represents your obstacles.
If favorable, opposing forces are not serious.
Ace of SWORD
Triumph, conquest by force of arms or by force of will. Virility to the point of satyriasis. Courage to defend the right; "the courage of one's convictions." Will-power, perhaps enough to enable one to stop a habit such as alcohol or tobacco "cold turkey." In material matters it may also mean skill, particularly with cutting edges such as a surgeon's knife or a fencer's saber. The recruitment of allies for an endeavor.
Card 3: This card crowns you. It represents your aim or ideal in the matter, that which has not yet been made actual.
Eight of WANDS Reversed
Non-arrival of a communication upon which one has pinned one's hopes. The arrows of jealousy, the sting of conscience. For domestic partners, the card may indicate disputes of some kind. One reference suggests rote learning without true understanding and preaching the "One True Way."
Card 4: This card is beneath you. It represents that which has already passed into actuality, what you have made your own.
Queen of WANDS:
A blond or redhaired woman with blue or green eyes *or* a woman born under one of the Fire signs. Love of home and nature. Honesty, rectitude; but also adaptability. Someone who will be of assistance to the seeker.
Card 5: This card is behind you. It represents the influences that are just now passing.
Deuce of WANDS Reversed
Disinterest in matters intellectual; desertion of a project. Ineffectual nit-picking; too much concern with method and not enough with the final product. Domination by others. Procrastination: I have frequently seen this card in spreads for students who habitually leave their homework until the last minute and then slap together something plausible in hopes it will fool the teacher.
Card 6: This card is before you. It represents the influences that are coming into action now or in the near future.
I The Magician
Mastery, skill, occult power or wisdom, will; diplomacy, subtlety; address, self-confidence. Waite adds that it may represent a male seeker.
Card 7: This card signifies you. It represents your position and attitude in the matter.
Three of SWORDS
Absence, removal, delay of reunion, contested divorce which may be hard on children. Before the melodrama gets too affecting, however, it should be noted that the card may indicate something as prosaic as a trip on business or pleasure which causes temporary separation.
Card 8: This card signifies your environment. It represents the influences of your position, your friends, your family and so forth.
Three of CUPS Reversed
Excessive devotion to the pleasures of the senses, including (if properly reinforced) satyriasis and nymphomania. It may also, however, indicate speed, swiftness, expedition in bringing a matter to its conclusion - usually successful.
Card 9: This card signifies your hopes and your fears in the matter.
VI The Lovers Reversed
Quarrels between domestic partners, perhaps due to in-law troubles; failure, frustration and contrarities; the wrong choice may be the more attractive. ===
Card 10: This card signifies what will come. The culmination which is brought about by the influences of the other cards: The final outcome.
Queen of SWORDS
A dark-haired woman with fair skin and light eyes *or* a woman born under one of the Air signs. In conventional published accounts, she represents widowhood, absence and mourning; I would add divorce to these, especially one bitterly contested or desired by one partner only. Conventional wisdom also holds that there is no death card in the Tarot: oral traditions and my own experience suggest that conventional wisdom is either mistaken or deliberately misrepresenting the truth in order to avoid frightening the groundlings; the Queen of Swords (the Queen of Spades in a conventional deck) is the card which most frequently denotes death or other final endings. Caution *must* be observed in the derivation of such a reading, however. The Queen *must* be supported by other cards with parallel meanings (usually the three, five and ten of her own suit and one or more of the more final Triumphs) before such a prognostication may be made; and even then one is left with the dilemma of the doctor who knows a patients disease is terminal: does one tell the patient - or not? I strongly suggest an alternate reading unless similar combinations of the cards recur frequently when dealing with a given subject. Such alternate readings may include barrenness, privation and the like; according to one source, she may also mean that the Sword of spirit penetrates and informs the material.