This week in Tarot 4 Tyson… to appease the Queen, Mr. Tyson seems to find himself in the midst of a group conflict.

  1. The Past – Queen of Wands
  2. The Present – Five of Wands
  3. The Future – Nine of Wands
  4. The Outcome- Four of Swords

The Reading: This spread starts off with the Queen of Wands (1) who represents a powerful and influential feminine energy.  The wands as a suit refer to the element of fire which can pertain to passion, transformation, and even destruction.  If we read these cards as they appear we see the Queen to the left looking upon a conflict (2) to the right with a wounded man or person as shown in the Nine of Wands who is looking at the recent conflict.  The final card in the series (4) shows a person laying down in a church who is either in deep contemplation or who has passed on, possibly as a result of the conflict.

Another way to approach this layout would be, the scene as depicted by the Five of Wands reveals a conflict or competition possibly for the Queen’s affections or favor.  What we see is that this incident results in an injury and a resetting of the individual in question. The individual shown in the Nine of Wands can also be viewed as the victor and as a result obtains sanctuary (4).  Either way the heavy presence of the wands within this spread results in transformation which leads to a new found peace or place of contentment.  Good luck Mr. Tyson and until next week, carry on!


Neil DeGrasse Tyson, is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. – (Wikipedia)
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Lloyd Hargrove · August 20, 2012 at 9:23 am


Lloyd Hargrove · August 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Admittedly like anyone else I am somewhat biased in this regard, but here goes:

Wands, wands, wands…
The Queen shown is a real aspect of the Divine Feminine, however the cat in the foreground is a servant of the Demiurge which serves as both a guide and a witness to the inquirant. The cat in this case sits between the viewer and the Queen in a pose that blocks this path. One is advised to steer away from the cat when ever it appears like this… anytime. This does not negate the reality of the Divine Feminine, it’s just that such a direct path is not advised at this time.

Next with the five is shown a confusion of numerous ideologies, each with it’s own opposing ideas. This is much like a battle, evidently much is going on within the mind as it seeks to sort out things.

The nine shows the survivor of such battles, though much wounded he now stands fast in defense of that which he has determined to be worth fighting for…

Although often mistaken for a man resting, the four of swords in this particular deck quite accurately shows a funerary effigy of a Christian knight whose tomb rests inside of a church. Such an effigy amounts to the highest honor for one who has served a specific purpose deemed most worthy… The three standing swords are symbolic of the trinity. The one sword which rests beside the casket is symbolic of the deceased’s service.

    Chris Orapello · August 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Lloyd! Are you sure that you don’t read cards? You seem to be pretty good at it. BB / 93!

Lloyd Hargrove · August 21, 2012 at 6:48 am

So I have a highly developed sense of imagination? The skeptic in me says that I’ve subconsciously managed to use Dr. Tyson’s cards here to give myself a Jungian individuation which requires such an imagination. Perhaps this is true, but the cards are and say what the cards are and say. Besides, you drew them, not me. ;)

It could also be that the good Dr. Tyson and I have some things such as this in common which would also help explain why I am here on this web page considering his purported fortunes instead of catching another twenty minutes or so of sleep. I am now being drawn away by another force called… coffee!

    Chris Orapello · August 21, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I hope the force was with you this morning! Also I appreciate your sacrifice of twenty mintues of sleep. As a fan of the SNOOZE button myself, I sympathize and respect the effort to rise earlier than normal to comment here in the blog. *KUDOS*

    For the record I prefer to use Tarot in a similar manner as you did, (if I was not mistaken) where a spread may cause one to reflect upon themselves and what is currently going on in their life. I don’t view the tarot as revealing anything certain or definite, but instead as a what if. Also, it causes one to “stop, colaborate, and listen.” – Vanilla Ice

Lloyd Hargrove · August 21, 2012 at 7:30 am

To be fair to the cat with the Queen, dream interpretation says the cat is something to be taken as intuitive, someone else may follow the cat, while my feeling is that it is a friendly warning me from something.

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