This week in Tarot 4 Tyson… Old cards from the past several weeks rear their faces again.

  1. The Past – Ten of Swords
  2. The Present – Queen of Wands (reversed)
  3. The Future – The Devil
  4. The Outcome- Nine of Cups

The Reading: The conflict discussed back on August 19th seems to have resulted in desolation instead of sanctuary as was alluded to by the Four of Swords in that reading.  Here we see the Ten of Swords indicating a tragic defeat in the realm of the mind and body, ironically laying next to another card from the previous reading, the Queen of Wands, who is shown here (2) in reverse.  Being reversed tells us that she is not a helper card, but is instead one which denotes a withdrawing of energies and a harbinger of deceit, opposition, jealousy, and infidelity.  We see this reality even supported by The Devil card, which can be viewed as a corruption or twisting of a union or relationship.  The fourth and final card is the Nine of Cups who paid Mr. Tyson a visit in last week’s spread.  Here this card (4) plays an interesting role given the context of the reading, because the Nine of Cups is in many ways a happy card.  We see a man seated patiently, surrounded by golden chalices.  In the previous spread he seemed like a resource, but now he appears to be a person counting their blessings.  The cups act as emotional chalices, collecting and containing good fortunes.  It would seem that, despite the heartache and frustration that the early cards in this spread reveal, there may be a time for joy and merriment waiting just around the corner.  Whether this pertains to a solution or a bitter end is unknown.  However whatever the case may be the Nine of Cups infers that the final scenario will be emotionally satisfying. Cheers Mr. Tyson!


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 · September 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Well, I was reluctant to say much about last week’s cards since I didn’t have a good feel about where they were going and now it appears that we have arrived. Just to show I know nothing about this kind of stuff I’ll suggest this set be read backwards, from right to left. This is not as strange as you think as a great many civilizations have historically written that way.

Rather smug and yet at the same time perhaps looking a little constipated, our nine card shows a life of many blessings apparently going on and yet this is still the card indicative of being incomplete whether or not the person realizes or accepts this. This seems to fit withing the earlier readings.

Moving left we see our old friend the Devil happily working his charms while actively blocking the way to the next represented entity as perhaps only he can.

This leads us to a resultingly very unhappy (reversed) aspect of the same feminine divine seen earlier who perhaps awaits at least some recognition of previous favors and blessings even if not yet expecting any degree of real fealty (what’s a girl gotta do?). Distractions from others are one thing but ignoring her is quite unforgivable. What’s that said about a woman scorned… Hell/the Devil has no fury like…? Very scary at least to me.

Progressing right along, the final (pun alert) and in this way of reading reading future card shows a rather self-explanatory situation regarding at least one’s spiritual condition being in a “10” (complete) dead mode. Better get on track and perhaps bring some roses to the lady or some sad times may ensue.

    Chris Orapello · September 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Pun alert? ;-) Why would you choose to read these in reverse? I’m curious.

Lloyd Hargrove · September 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

“final” (pun alert). The guy depicted in the “final” card finds himself in a quite “final” condition what with 10 swords stuck in him from head to toe. Kind of a human pin cushon deal. Of course I moved that card into the final position by reading them right to left, because for one thing that is no way to start out any kind of reading but it could be quite indicative of an end if the signs persist. There are many civilizations which write and read from right to left as you know so this is not to be unexpected from time to time.

It would also seem unlikely to go from this ten on to the reversed lady, the devil and so on to a smug looking not so complete guy. Things just don’t happen that way very often. As below, so above, and as above, so below.

    Chris Orapello · September 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Understandable, but the spread is laid out left to right and one cannot so choose their recent past even if they have been stuck with ten swords. Heh. I enjoyed this spread because of how it referenced some of the recent cards like I mentioned and I shuffled really good. I combine cutting with re cutting and shuffling so when these cards came up I was rather perplexed to see how much they fit in with the some of previous weeks.

    The spread that came after this one, the spread with all the watter, really shocked me by its continuity. More and more I am appreciating using the direct imagery from the cards rather than using a book based interpretation. It’s definitely making me more of a fan of the Rider Waite Deck.

Lloyd Hargrove · September 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Nice to see you happy with the way things are working out so smoothly for the good Mr. Tyson. The imagery of the cards was designed to fit the given situations just so. It’s a definitive deck for the purpose you are using it for. I told you I know nothing, but I do know what I like.

Lloyd Hargrove · September 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

“Please also note that, when spreading the cards Egyptian-style, the cards are read from right to left. In other words, the cards will read: FUTURE, PRESENT, PAST. This is because Hebrew and Egyptian are read from right to left.” (

Ok, so you didn’t spread them this way but I did read them this way. Egypt on my mind with all the huff in the news? Shame, might have liked to see Luxor some day. The cited web page also has some tips on reading for the public and a code of ethics.

    Chris Orapello · September 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the link Lloyd. A lot of the code of ethics they list are covered in my disclaimer and they are a good idea. Thanks for mentioning them.

    Yea, visiting Egypt would have been nice. Would have liked to have seen the pyramids. A friend of mine was saying the same thing the other day. It’s a shame.

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