CARDS OF SUCCESS
THE KING OF PENTACLES
The King of Pentacles indicates the ultimate material success. The card reflects abundance to the point of overflowing, providing a secure life of luxury. On its own may seem a little over the top, in that the King shows us that he has more than he practically needs. However, this excess provides an opportunity to spread his wealth through philanthropic activities and charitable causes. In this context the King of Pentacles gives holistic success generated from wealth that can transform lives of people and society for the greater good.
The meaning of success in relation to The World is multifaceted because it covers our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual purpose and wellbeing. The idea of The World is enlightenment, meaning that we have successfully grasped a holistic understanding of who we are in relation to what we are doing at any given time, which in turn brings about a sense purpose and oneness. If the world appears in the outcome of any reading, it is sure to mean an outcome of success, purpose and fulfilment.
6 OF WANDS
The horseman rides triumphantly amongst the crowd with a wreath, signifying success and completion. The card is about victory, recognition and heightened status amongst your peers as a result of your successful accomplishments. The success of the 6 of Wands is most often experienced in work and study. In a reading the card can indicate a successful job application or completion of a project or goal in the study or the workplace. The card always generates wider acknowledgment of your achievement through peers and professionals in your area of expertise.
KING OF WANDS
The King of Wands represents a career professional who is motivated by success. In this context he is driven to be the best and to reach the pinnacle of his career. He is a superior leader who fuels others to work and unfold his personal vision in the workplace. The King of Wands is experienced and strategic in business matters and has an unstoppable energy, focused on reaching his goals. Motivated by challenge, he generates consistency of output, planning and power.
The Chariot manifests success through pure will. Once the Charioteers mind has been set, there is nothing stoping him from achieving his goal, he is literally driven without distraction towards achievement. The idea of The Chariot is mental fixity, nothing deflects his focus and therefore nothing can deter him from achieving a set goal. The Chariot is a card of triumph, stemming from the fact he has no question of doubt or distraction, he knows what he wants and what must to be done to achieve it. Success in this context stems from mastering the mental ability to focus and remain unwavering.
See also: The Chariot
10 OF PENTACLES
The 10 of Pentacles reflects institutionalised success found in family and society. This can be seen where families have accumulated wealth and handed it down over generations. This type of success often comes at a price because in order to inherit, you must play by a certain set of rules. Those who control the money have power and influence, forcing those who stand to inherit to fulfil certain expectations. If you are prepared to pay the price of being restricted by others, the benefits can be fruitful. The 10 of Pentacles often represents secure and reliable financial institutions such as banks, but it can also allude to investments such as stocks and shares.
CARDS OF FAILURE
5 OF SWORDS
The 5 of Swords indicates defeat. We all experience a personal or professional attack at some stage but any kind of attempt to defeat, control or manipulate us mentally, emotionally or physically can be difficult to deal with. On the other hand, we have all been the aggressor in some form, defeating our own ability to rise above a situation, instead using our power to get what we want. The 5 of Swords indicates failure, in the sense that the situation has deteriorated beyond the hope of reconciliation and we are forced to admit defeat, or that we have failed to credibly rise above our circumstances and instead perpetuated aggression for personal gain.
2 OF SWORDS
The 2 of Swords reflects our failure to confront anything that stops us from constructively moving forward in life. Courage and self reflection is needed but fear, stubbornness and denial blocks our ability to face the facts. The 2 of Sword signifies the refusal to face something important and if we continue to deny what is happening it will ultimately end in self-defeat. Acknowledgement of the issues are needed because the problem will not go away just by ignoring it.
5 OF PENTACLES
The 5 of Pentacles suggests we are unable to provide for ourselves in way that allows us to flourish. The individuals appear vulnerable, out in the cold and rejected by the church (society). Confidence to succeed is low and resources are exhausted. Isolation is compounded. The card reflects poverty and poor health. What individuals do have, is each other. Often like-minded people who are suffering in similar circumstances can help to make combined resource that offers support and hope. The church window in the card also reminds that suffering can have a deeper spiritual purpose that offers hope and a guiding light.