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CHAPTER XIII

THE NEXT HALF YEAR

This placement indicates what is likely to transpire in the coming half year if you continue along the pathway that you are currently on. It includes those elements of your future that you were in many aspects destined for. Although we all possess free will and can choose whatever future we would like to help us with our soul growth, we often agree to meet certain people or encounter specific situations in order to help us to resolve any karmic obligations that may have arisen in the past, current, future or parallels incarnations. It is important, therefore, to keep in mind that the concept of time is actually more elaborate than our three dimensional selves can comprehend, so we therefore have deemed time to be progressively linear, which is a highly simplistic analogy, but sufficient enough for those who choose to live in our physical reality. It is for that reason that the placement of this card indicates what is likely to transpire within the next half year, provided that we continue along the evolutionary path that we were destined for. If he decides to change his mind and endeavour to embark upon a completely new path, then of course, the outcome of the reading will change as well. In astrological terms, this position refers to the 9th house of the horoscope, as it denotes more long range events that are likely to transpire in the future.

0. The Fool.

If The Fool has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon embark upon a new path that will aid you in your karmic evolution. In many ways, you will experience a rebirth because you will come across people and situations that are totally alien to you, thereby allowing you to build upon your current skill base. You may suffer a loss of some kind, but this too is necessary for you to gain an understanding of the ebb and flow of universal trends. Although you will be unsure of your footing in some of the situations that you find yourself in the midst of, it is important to remember that you will be protected in whatever you do, as long as your intentions are honourable.

1. The Magician

If the Magician has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering into what can only be described as a magical time in you life. You will soon begin a course of study that will reveal to you knowledge that you have previously been totally unaware of. This knowledge will instil in you the competence to create a better future for yourself, which is something that you would definitely like to have. You will also encounter a young person who is a very astute individual. This person is educated and can show you different ways of looking at things, which will ultimately enhance the creative impulses that you have within yourself. The tools that The Magician has at his disposal are the four elemental archetypes of the Wand for creation, the Pentacle for manifestation, the Sword for thought formations, and the Cup for oneís ability to perceive emotions.

2. High Priestess

If The High Priestess has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be made privy to a secret that will enable you to go about your daily activities with greater clarity of your life purpose. The information that will soon be revealed to you will have such a profound impact on you that you will never view the world in the same ordinary way. You will begin to see new meaning in the most mundane things, which will begin to take on a whole new spiritual significance to you, as you ponder your purpose in this life. It is quite likely that you will begin to see auras, but if not, you should take note of the messages that people will send through the clothes they wear or the body language they unconsciously present.

3. The Empress

If The Empress has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by some maternal instincts, which could be either you or someone close to you. You may consider planning a family, which will be of great importance to you. In addition, a female figure may decide that it is time to wield her influence over her offspring, which may or may not be to your liking if you do not happen to be part of her family.

4. Emperor

If The Emperor has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon encounter some karmic influences, and you may wonder exactly who is in control of your destiny. You may have dealings with a powerful person who has much control over many aspects of your well being, which means that you will need to tread carefully when dealing with this person so that you do not interrupt the very fragile make-up of the universal forces that are so much a part of our existence. The time coming is one of the making or breaking of your destiny, so it is propitious to conduct your affairs soberly to ensure that you are successful in your endeavours.

5. Hierophant

If The Hierophant has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come to a major crossroad in your life. You need to make an important decision of such magnificence that things will never again be the same again. It is important that you think very carefully about your next move because once your mind is made up, you cannot go back to the way things were without great difficulty.

6. Lovers

If The Lovers has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon meet an individual who is one of your soul-mates, who you are destined to come into contact with in your many incarnations to help you with your soul growth. In many ways, when you get together with this individual, you will feel a true connection with this person, possibly not even recollecting the deep psychic bond that the two of you have had throughout the ages. Although you will feel that you have met your one true love in this world, there are some choices that the both of you will need to make on the path to true enlightenment. In order to achieve eternal bliss with your one true soul-mate in this life, you must first be okay with yourself, which will in all probability be one of the most difficult tasks that you will ever be asked to accomplish. In addition, you may be asked to give something up in order to balance out the universal forces that have deemed it appropriate for you to find happiness with your one true love in this incarnation.

7. Chariot

If The Chariot has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be making a journey that will be worth your while and give you a fresh perspective on your current situation. Your travels are likely to be successful and you will be wiser for the experience, thereby enabling you to lead your life with much greater clarity of purpose.

8. Strength

If Strength has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be put in a situation where many of your resources will be drained. You may have some health problems, which are a result of the many stresses in your life. It is for that reason that you need to put your best foot forward and show the world that you can still shine under pressure. Animals will be a huge help to you, as they will help to restore harmony in what is otherwise a rather hectic life. These beings can give you the pure, simplistic love that only an animal can give.

9. Hermit

If The Hermit has appeared in the Half Year position, you will be spending some time on your own. This time of solitude will enable you to reflect on your current situation in this life so that you will know what it is that you need to do so that you can continue on your path to true enlightenment. It is important that you develop an inner calm, which you can achieve through meditation, thereby allowing you to open your mind up to possibilities that you would not have otherwise perceived. If possible, it would be in your best interests to attend a sanctuary or retreat, as you will be put in touch with like mined souls who have the potential to become friends in time.

10. Wheel Of Fortune

If The Wheel of Fortune has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon encounter a change in fortunes. If your circumstances have been difficult in recent months, you should find that by some fluke, you will come into some good news, which will enable you to embark on activities that were previously not available to you. If certain situations in your life have been going well for you, you can expect a hidden glitch to shake up your stability, which will ultimately keep you from becoming too complacent in the universal ebb and flow of the eternal flame of life. The Wheel has within it the four fixed astrological signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, which corresponds with the four elemental forces of Earth, Fire, Air and Water respectively, and gives it a sense of stability and equilibrium to maintain the everlasting revolution of life. Because all four signs form a square to each other, a feeling of tension needs to be released if good fortune is to be achieved. It is also important to keep in mind that most Ďluckí is not luck at all, but in fact hard work, which has shown a profit. Therefore, if you have put in the required effort, you will reap the final rewards of your labour.

11. Justice

If Justice has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon encounter an equilibrium of forces where there has previously been an imbalance, which has had the effect of creating havoc on the environment around you. The reason for this balancing of power is because in order for the universe to continue it never-ending cycle of renewal and regeneration, it must operate in a state of co-existence, striving to balance the positive and negative forces that are an inherent part of live. You may find yourself engaged in legal proceedings, which could be an anxious time if you are relying on an outcome in your favour. In order to assure fair dealings, it may be possible to bring your grievance to an impartial party who will be able to mediate for you and help you come to a decision that is suitable to all concerned parties.

12. Hanged Man

If The Hanged Man has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find that you will have to make a sacrifice, which will mean that you will have to give up something that is of great importance to you. You will realise that you cannot force those situations that are destined to transpire because as soon as the pressure is removed, what you have desired will leave you of its own accord. It is for that reason that you must forgo force, which will get you nowhere, and instead endeavour use subtle influences to bring that which you desire into your sphere of existence. Because gentleness is the key here, you may have to wait for that which is your utmost goal. In the process of waiting and slowing manipulating the cosmic forces in your favour, you may consequently find that what you thought you wanted is not what you really need for your soulís development. When you come to this realisation, you will achieve a fair degree of enlightenment with regard to the forces of nature, thereby allowing what you need to be given to you with little or not effort on your part.

13. Death

If Death has appeared in the Half Year position, you will shortly encounter a situation that will be of such a massive change to your psychic development that it will seem that you will experience a loss of some kind. This will be a transformative time for you because you will have experiences of such an extreme nature that when the dust has settled, you will have been through nothing short of a total renewal. When a woman gives birth to a child, it is in many ways a traumatic experience like nothing she has ever endured, thereby leaving her in a temporarily weakened stated, which has resulted from the birth crises. In the same vein, when Death appears, a rebirth will occur, which in all probability will entail a similar level of pain and anguish before the realisation of the new life has been acknowledged. It is therefore important to remember that the beautiful butterfly must first emerge from a cocoon, and in the same vein, you to must endure a time of darkness before the brilliance of your new identity will slowly emerge.

14. Temperance

If Temperance has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering a period where all appears to be in a period of stasis. This is not a time where you can make any magnificent achievements because the universe is in the process of harmonising and achieving a balance between positive and negative forces. Because it seems that there is nothing productive you can do during this time of waiting, you may assume that the best you can do in situations such as these is to do nothing. Abstaining from action, however, is in effect taking action, albeit passively. The best action you can take, therefore, is to ensure that all of your affairs are in order for the more propitious time that will ultimately occur sometime in the future. It would be in your best interest, therefore, to work diligently to achieve moderation in all aspects of your life.

15. Devil

If The Devil has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be given much responsibility, which will subsequently cause you to think more of the practicalities of the earth that we have incarnated into. Because you will be preoccupied with work, money and responsibilities, you may not feel as carefree as you have felt in earlier times, which may give you somewhat of a dour disposition. You will focus more on the physical and material side of our existence, which will in many ways weigh you down to the Earth plane. Because you are concentrating your energies on the more basal elements of life, you will be more susceptible to the lower, darker influences that can pervade your soul when you are thinking negatively. It is for that reason that you may find yourself more sombre in temperament, perhaps even possessing a dark, sardonic type of humour, which many people cannot readily comprehend.

16. Tower

If The Tower has appeared in the Half Year position, expect a fair amount upheaval in your life to occur. You may very well have made sure that all your iís were dotted and the tís were crossed to ensure that there was as little confusion as possible, but there is one crucial element to the complex web that you have woven that you may have missed. Because everything in your life may have seemed to have been ticking along so smoothly, you have developed an attitude of complacency, feeling that you have done all that you possibly can to achieve a stable, secure, and even possibly boring life. There are, however, some things in this life that you have absolutely no control over. Although you have free will over your own destiny, you do not have free will over the destiny of others, whose lives may very well overlap with yours. This interconnecting of individual destinies that are at cross purposes to one another could very well bring about a sense of karmic confusion, as all parties involved try to restore equilibrium in the resulting chaos. In addition, you may need to come to terms with the fact that the life that you have carved out for yourself may not necessarily be the life that is going to afford you maximum soul growth, which is why your subconscious has decided to shake things up a bit. You may therefore see the upcoming period of transition as a time of loss, but this is also a time of opportunities that will come at the most propitious of times. It is also a time when you can explore choices that you may not have otherwise have been open to, It is always important to keep in mind that when the universal forces close a door, they will always open a window.

17. Star

If The Star has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering a period of optimism and hope for what lies in the future. You will possess a happy disposition, as you try to think positively and hope that your dreams will come to fruition. It is likely that you will develop a friendship with another person, and this liaison will be satisfying for the both of you. This is a time of Aquarian ideals, where science and technology will figure prominently in your day to day activities. If you have been considering becoming more involved in information technology, the timing would be auspicious. If your intentions are honourable and you only desire is to serve mankind, you cannot fail in your endeavours.

18. Moon

If The Moon has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering a period of confusion, as you will soon realise that all is not as it appears. There are forces at work that are occurring simultaneously and are at cross-purposes to the life that you are currently living. You are also aware that there are things occurring that are simultaneous and parallel to your own life, but you cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that is transpiring. Whilst in the dream state, you will be able to glimpse those worlds that are similar, but not exact to your own, making you discover that there are other realities that co-exist on the Earth plane, just beyond your mental grasp. There are times when you are daydreaming or lost in thought, when you will get mental flashes of lost worlds, which will make you wonder if the imagery that you were presented with was a glimpse from this or a parallel existence. All of those intrusions from other realities can make you question your own sanity, but sanity is not an issue as long as you reveal those impressions you have received only to your most trusted friends. Your friends, however, can be deceptive, as you will come to realise who your true companions in this life are. Just because a person is friendly and polite does not make that individual a friend, which you will soon discover. You will be quite surprised to learn that those who you had believed to be your friends will pass you by, but the people who you had not previously given much note to will become worthy of merit.

19. The Sun

If The Sun has appeared in the Half Year position, you will go through a period of happiness and gaiety. It seems that you will possess a high level of self-confidence that you have not had before. Animals and children will figure prominently in your sphere of awareness because they love unabashedly and are not terribly concerned about a personís outward appearance. This will be a time of high exposure, so you will therefore need to make sure that you are at your best when under public scrutiny.

20. Judgement

If Judgement has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be undergoing a deep cleansing process, and the faith that you had lost in humanity will eventually be restored. You may decide to embark upon a type of therapy, which will go a long way to heal many of the wounds that still remain in your auric web. You may meet someone along your Earth walk who can help you to meet the many demands that are placed on you, thereby giving you a feeling of unity, which you wave not experienced for quite some time.

21. World

If The World has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be completing a major cycle in your life, which will bring you closer to the unification of your soulís twin flame. You may complete a course of study, which would end your sojourn as a student of life and hopefully propel you into the arena of work and professionalism. You may have decided that it is time to take a personal relationship one step further in its evolution, which could be a commitment of some sort. Alternatively, if the relationship is non-productive, or even destructive, a dissolution of the relationship may be deemed more appropriate so that all involved parties can further progress in their soul development. The body plays a significant theme in the symbology of the world so that matters relating to the body will also take precedence.

Wands/Rods/Fire

Ace

If the Ace of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will shortly enter into a period of creativity that may possibly yield financial results. You may begin to think about what you can do to expand your professional standing amongst your contemporaries, and therefore explore new ideas that are presented to you. You may decide to expand on what you already know, or decide to embark upon an altogether new path, which may entail a learning curve before you find that you are able to undertake any new endeavours.

Two

If the Two of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be approached by another individual to partake of an activity that would theoretically yield profits for the both of you. The reason for this is because you both possess skills independent of each other, and when these assets are used in conjunction with each other, they have the potential to produce far more than both attributes combined. What you are planning is likely to be a creative endeavour, but was ultimately designed as a profitable venture so that the both of you could enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Three

If the Three of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will shortly find yourself amongst a group of people who are engaged in achieving one common goal. This group may be comprised of work colleagues because business enterprise is often associated with the element of Fire, which governs the magical nature of the Wand. The group could also be comprised of friends and acquaintances who have gathered together to form a sporting or social activity. It could also be comprised of family members, who are tied together in a business venture. It is unlikely that the alliances you form during this time will be lasting, as the group was formed only in pursuance of a specific goal. Nevertheless, it would be in your best interests to form this union because you will find it to be a satisfying experience and should help to build your self-confidence.

Four

If the Four of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon have cause for celebration. Events will transpire that will make you feel more secure than you have been in a very long time. You may have received a professional position that would enable you to fulfil some of your personal goals, thereby enabling you to feel less vulnerable in what can often be a rather volatile world. Your family and home will be of paramount importance to you, as you will feel greater solidarity towards those who you are close to.

Five

If the Five of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon discover that you are struggling over one particular situation that is causing you a great deal of angst. This situation has been a huge source of trouble for you, and you are not able to put your finger exactly on what the root cause is. Because you are in the dark about the precise dilemma that is causing many of your difficulties, you are striking out in all directions, trying to solve one crises after another. You are probably thinking to yourself, Ďjust as soon as I get over this one hurdle, everything will be okay and I will be able to live normally.í The problem is that just as soon as you do get over that one hurdle, another one of even greater magnitude will present itself to you, thereby allowing you to resolve the issues that are thwarting your soul growth. It will take much soul searching on your part to try to come to terms with the root trauma that is responsible for your problems, but when you have, many thought patterns that had previously been inaccessible to you will seem to fall into place. If you are not able to find out what the root cause is on your own, you may want to consider outside help.

Six

If the Six of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will accomplish a significant achievement in the future. This accomplishment will be of such a magnitude that you will feel the need to reward yourself for a job well done. There is much to do, however, to secure your future prosperity and happiness, so it is not appropriate to set back and relax after what is in reality only a minor victory. It is also essential that you make appropriate preparations for any proposed activities because one mistake could negate all previous successes.

Seven

If the Seven of Wands appears in the Half Year position, you will have to work very hard to maintain any successes that you may have had in the past. If you have recently been promoted to an elevated position, you will find that you will have a steep learning curve to overcome, and those around you will not be prepared to wait for you to catch up to their speed. It is for that reason that you should keep any insecurities that you have close to your heart. If you confide your doubts to inappropriate individuals, you will merely be perceived as weak and not up the job that you have been given overall responsibility for.

Eight

If the Eight of Wands appears in the Half Year position, you will soon be taking a trip that will expand your level of awareness in some way. You will go somewhere that, to you, is quite far away. You may find that you will advance academically, professionally, or even spiritually, as you aspire to self-actualise through a progressive and consistent attainment of your goals.

Nine

If the Nine of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon have reason to feel as if you are on the defensive. You will find that you will have opposition from the most unlikely of individuals, which will further to influence your outlook on life. People may not see you as you really are, which could cause them to discredit you in some way. Because you feel threatened, you will tend to behave differently and people will not see the Ďyouí that is relaxed and would like to enjoy life.

Ten

If the Ten of Wands appears in the Half Year position, you will soon find yourself in a position where you are totally overwhelmed by events that will soon be taking place. You may take on a role that you are not quite ready for, and because you do not possess all of the skills necessary to see the task successfully to completion, you are filled with a sense of foreboding. Although you work tirelessly to try to complete the tasks that you have been presented with, you are spinning your wheels, not accomplishing a great deal of anything. Before you reach a level of total exhaustion, you need to take a good look at the problem that this is causing you so much anguish. You may need to go out and acquire the skills that you need to see the project to completion, either in the form of a formal classroom environment or additional life experiences. Alternatively, you may decide that it is in your best interests to abandon the pursuit altogether, leaving such endeavours to more able souls.

King

If the King of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a man who has a flair for enterprise. Whenever he happens upon a new thing, he instantly wonders how he can exploit the situation and use it to his advantage. He has much love to give, which he will lavish on children, animals, partners, or anything else that he feels worthy of his attention. This individual will stand out in a crowd, and the colours yellow and red will be significant to him.

Queen

If the Queen of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a woman who is very shrewd and astute to the ways of the world. She has much vibrancy about herself, which makes her the life and soul of any gathering. She is very wise and can impart wisdom to you metaphorically, using parables to get her message across. She is not, however, one to relate to those who do not wish to listen, and will therefore wait until she is asked to speak frankly on any given subject.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Wands has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon become involved with a young man who possesses a great deal of energy. He has much charisma within himself, which makes him very attractive to others. It is important to note, however, that because he has not yet experienced many of the facets of this life, he needs time to explore the world and learn from what he has been exposed to. It is for that reason that he may be an able paramour to dally in the waters of romance and the fleeting feelings of love, but he is not ready for commitment and therefore an unsuitable candidate for any kind of enduring relationship.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Wands appears in the Half Year position, you will soon come in contact with a young person who has much energy and needs to stay busy, or she will get into mischief. She is a very loving individual, but needs a great deal of attention, or she will feel neglected and could react inappropriately as a way to dray attention to herself.

Pentacles/Disks/Earth

Ace

If the Ace of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be thinking of money and material possessions. You may be considering beginning a venture that has the possibility of bringing you greater wealth and prosperity, which would definitely improve your standard of living. Alternatively, you may be thinking of making a major purchase that will bring more responsibility with it because you will have to organise exactly how you will pay for the item it is that you would like to possess.

Two

If the Two of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon have some financial or material concerns that will need to be resolved before you can progress any further in your current endeavour. It appears that you will need to learn how to take greater control over your financial situation because it will be necessary for you to manage your resources more effectively so that you do not find yourself swimming in a sea of debt. You may find it necessary to take another job in an attempt to pay the people who you owe money to. You may also need to ask people to repay debts that they made to you, which could be somewhat of an awkward exercise in tact and diplomacy.

Three

If the Three of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, property and possessions will soon mean a great deal to you. You may consider moving into a new home, which you hope will be an improvement over your present living situation. You may also consider making a major renovation to your property, which will entail considerable investment and expertise on your part. A marriage, engagement or other type of commitment is likely, but this union would in all probability be based just as much on material concerns as the concept of true love. It is important, therefore, not to allow yourself fall prey to any illusions that you may have with regard to the partnership that you are considering.

Four

If the Four of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, your possessions specifically relating to your personal security will shortly become vital to you. You need to prepare for lean times ahead by living simply and keeping your expenditures to a minimum. It is not a propitious time to invest your money in any risky ventures because it is unlikely that you will receive a return on your initial investment. You need to take a discriminating look at who you allow into your confidence and into your home because some individuals who wish to get to know you better have interests at cross purposes to your own. It is important, therefore, that you keep your doors locked because intruders will use any opportunity to profit from the smallest lapse in your own personal security.

Five

If the Five of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you would be wise to prepare for lean times ahead, where you will need to pull in your belt and live as frugally as possible. You will very likely go through a period of depressive illness because there are certain aspects of your life that you are unhappy with. You have a strong desire to belong, so when certain individuals who you perceive to be popular snub you and deny you membership to their particular clique, you will feel the full force of such a rejection. The fact that you are not exactly where you would like to be in your career and social standing is not necessarily a failing on your part, but merely a phase that you must undergo in the cycle of transformation and change that affects us all in at least one point in our lives. The best that you can do is save your money, live simply, and prepare yourself for more prosperous times, which will inevitably come back to you.

Six

If the Six of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon undergo a karmic balancing act. A sense of harmony in the universe is necessary to enable it to run smoothly, and it is for that reason that the positivities and the negativities of this world must co-exist in a state of equilibrium to establish harmony in the universe. It is for that reason that you may be asked to do something that would have no apparent benefit to you. You will, however, reap the rewards of your unrequited gift at a later date, so you do not need to worry about giving without the benefit of recompense. On the same token, you may find yourself in the position where you need to ask for assistance from a power higher than yourself. You should not, therefore be ashamed or embarrassed at having to receive any kind of help from others because it is merely a part of the universal cycle that has a never-ending rotation. You will, however, be expected to repay in kind any gifts that you receive so that the universe will continue to attain a harmonious balance.

Seven

If the Seven of Pentacles appears in the Half Year position, you are undergoing a period of waiting, especially with regard to the situation that prompted you to consult the oracle. You may very well have put in a fair amount of effort to see a certain project to completion, but the forces that prevail indicate that there is nothing you can do to influence the situation for the time being but wait. Because pentacles represents the physical aspects of ourselves, if you have been hoping to start a family, you will soon find that you are very fertile and receptive to the influences that come about to make such an objective reality. If, however, you do not want to add to your existing family, it would therefore be wise to take adequate precautions with regard to that matter as well.

Eight

If the Eight of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon learn some new things either in your current vocation or a different line of work altogether. These skills that you will soon be acquiring will in all probability relate to working with your hands, which can go a long way to healing some of the emotional or mental blocks that continue to reside in your psyche.

Nine

If the Nine of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you shall soon be entering a hiatus, which is something that you desperately need in order to recuperate from what has been a rather stressful situation. During this time of rest, your physical needs will be taken care of, which will enable you to spend time in reflection so that you can determine exactly what direction it is that you would like to follow.

Ten

If the Ten of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, it is anticipated that very soon you will find yourself involved with your family in a matter that concerns property or money. It is a distinct possibility that you will be asked to work closely with older members of your family circle, which should instil in you more responsibility than you currently have at the moment. The increased duty that you may be asked to take on promises to yield greater wealth and prosperity in later years, thereby lessening some of the resentment that you may feel at being denied the carefree existence that you feel you deserve.

King

If the King of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come into contact with an influential man. He is somewhat of a self made man, and even if he is not instilled with a great deal of material wealth, he is a valued member of his community because his opinions are sound and considered worthwhile. This individual has a solid personality and is not prone to rash behaviour. He can be generous when it is in his best interests to do so, but he needs to exercise caution not to become miserly in later life.

Queen

If the Queen of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come into contact with a woman who has much self confidence and in many respects has money of her own. She is an independent woman because she has wealth in her own right to enable her to do the things that she would like. She can be kind when it suits her to be so, and helps those who are less fortunate than herself, which ultimately makes her a leader in her won community. She is very practical and level-headed, and is therefore not inclined to whimsical behaviour. When asked, she can impart sound advice to the querent, but is not prove to asserting her opinions without first being asked for it.

Knight/Prince If the Knight of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon have the opportunity to come into contact with a young man who is stable and level headed. He has a good head on his shoulders and is not one to act hastily. Although he is somewhat slow and methodical, he usually gets what he wants through persistent effort. Material possessions are very important to this individual whose self-esteem is often determined by what he owns and how much money he earns. It is for that reason that he will endeavour to work hard so that he can amass wealth and strive towards self-actualisation through his career achievements.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Pentacles has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come into contact with a young person who has the potential to be affluent, but has not yet made her mark in this life. She is very practical, methodical and steadfast in her opinions, and can be somewhat obstinate until she has learned the art of tact. She is determined to achieve material prosperity because wealth and possessions are very important to her sense of self and well being.

Swords/Air

Ace

If the Ace of Swords appears in the Half Year position, you will soon enter into a period of correspondence with regard to one specific issue. The initial sparks of an idea will flow, but this should not to be confused with the creative energies inherent in the Ace of Wands. Rather than the concept of building something new, which is in the creation principle of Fire, you and those associated with you will have an intense desire to make your ideas and opinions known via the spoken and written word, which is the intellectual principle behind swords. This is a time of deep karmic significance, where you will be forced to come face to face with the obligations that you have built up over various incarnations, and must face before you can progress along your soul evolution.

Two

If the Two of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find that you are in disagreement with another individual about one crucial issue. The both of you are not in possession of all the facts and therefore are not in a position to made an accurate assessment of the situation, which is thus making what you are involved in all the more frustrating. As a result of you not being able to see eye to eye with this person, you may decide that, for the time being anyway, the best thing that you can do is to part company until the truth of the matter is revealed in a more coherent fashion. If this individual meant nothing to you, you would have no difficulty whatsoever walking away from him. The fact is, however, that much emotional energy has been cultivated between the two of you, which makes it all the more difficult to leave the anguishing situation. When all he facts become known, it may be possible to try for a reconciliation, but a cooling off period is necessary if equilibrium and harmony are to be restored.

Three

If the Three of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon go through a very emotionally tumultuous period. It seems that there are individuals who mean a great deal to you, but they are not treating the relationship with the respect that it deserves. Their total disregard for you and your feelings is causing you a great deal of emotional pain, as you cannot understand what you have ever done to this individual to cause him or her to treat you with such blatant disregard. The fact is that you didnít do anything to bring such emotional pain to yourself, it just happens to be one of those occurrences that have nothing really to do with you. The problem lies with the other person, who must find his own way in this life before he can wholly relate to you, and has not yet learned to treat his relationships with the maturity and care that ultimately comes from mutual respect and love. Although you are in anguish at this point in your life, it is important to keep in mind that you were merely caught in the crossfire of the antics of misguided souls. The person who has hurt you so is merely not ready to be loved by you, which is why he or she has behaved in such a hurtful manner.

Four

If the Four of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you need to get as much rest as possible so that higher guidance will be revealed to you. You need to reserve your energy for a time when things will much busier than they presently are. This period of rest, therefore, should be used as a time of meditation and inner reflection, a time where you allow your mind to wander so that new ideas can come into your head, undeterred from the hustle and bustle of an active lifestyle. New thoughts that enlighten you will come, if you let them. If you take the time to quiet your mind and open yourself up to new and wonderful impressions of other worlds that await you and anyone else who is ready for such inner adventures, you will realise that there is so much more to what you perceive in what you thought was a three dimensional universe.

Five

If the Five of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find yourself at odds with a person or group of people who you had originally felt to be your friend. There seems to be much banter going on, and a significantly large proportion of it appears to be malicious gossip, which is intended to harm the reputation of involved participants. While some of this activity can be viewed as lively debate on the ethicalities of one particular topic, some of it is merely stories that have been made up in an attempt to slur the characters of others. It is not envisaged that you will stay in this environment for any length of time because you will soon tire of such destructive behaviour from other individuals. Since you will find yourself mixing with people who are morally and ethically inferior, the best that you can do in such a situation is to exercise caution in all that you say or write. It would be in your best interests, therefore, to keep copies of any documents relating to the situation that you will soon be entering into. These documents will become useful in the future if there are any intentional or accidental lapses in your or another individualís memories.

Six

If the Six of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be leaving a difficult time, hoping to make a new life for yourself. You may have been involved in a relationship or vocation that was not healthy for you, and consequently brought you a great deal of sadness. After much soul searching and reflection, you will decide that the best that you can do is to walk away from a situation that has been causing you so much grief, even if it means that you will have to give up a great deal in the process. The decision to build a new life for yourself will come about with some melancholia because the fact is that you would have preferred to have seen the situation that you are leaving to have turned out more positively. Because you will need to make new acquaintances in the environment that you will soon be entering, you will need to practice discretion so that you can select only positive people who will be able to afford you with harmonious relationships in your upcoming milieu. The time coming up will be a time where you will need to learn from your mistakes, so you need to exercise attention to detail so that you can keep any errors to a minimum. All that you have experienced in the past will have been of no value to you if you cannot learn from it and then move on to better, more fulfilling relationships and situations.

Seven

If the Seven of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you need to be guarded in your activities because there are individuals around you who are claiming your ideas as their own. You need to guard your possessions because you may unknowingly invite someone into your home who may decide to take something of value from you without your knowledge. Even if you take adequate precautions not to invite dubious characters into your space, an opportunist could always take it upon himself to take advantage of any unlocked doors or windows. Alternatively, you may find yourself in a situation where stealth and secrecy is necessary. You will therefore need to ask yourself whether what you intend to do is honourable and ethical. If it isnít, maybe there is something more worthy of your efforts that you can engage yourself in to achieve the same goal.

Eight

If the Eight of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon enter into a period of entrapment that has in many ways been caused by your own sense of tact and diplomacy. You may find that you have become involved in something that is not beneficial for your soul growth, and this has consequently taken you off your true path in life to such an extent that you will not know the correct course of action to take. You will find yourself to be in a period of confinement, which may be self imposed or caused by forces more powerful than yourself at this moment in time. During your isolation you will not be made privy to vital pieces of information that are important to your own well being and safety, which will thus compound the problem that you will soon be involved in. Although it is difficult to see it at the moment, there is a way out of this predicament, but you may be required to make some tough decisions with regard to your future. The best that you can do at this time is to keep your affairs legitimate and above board, thereby lessening any negative influences that will inevitably come your way.

Nine

If the Nine of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon go through a period of mental confusion, which will cause you to feel very anxious. You may find that you have difficulty sleeping because you have so much on your mind that it is difficult for you to relax enough to get a good nightís sleep. You may also find that you are prone to falling prey to one of the many mental illnesses, such as depressive disorders, personality disorders that are a result of past, unresolved experiences, obsessive/compulsive disorders, anxiety, panic, addictions that have come about as a result of your attempt to self-medicate, neurosis, and even psychosis. While there are many things in your present life that you have no control over, there are some things that you have within yourself the ability to take command of. It is for that reason that the best that you can do to navigate through this difficult patch is to live simply and honestly, steering clear of those individuals who will only drag you down. Above all, you need to eat properly and get plenty of rest, which will give you adequate reasoning power to decide what is best for your particular life path.

Ten

If the Ten of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon feel quite unhappy about a particular situation. It seems that you have placed your trust in inappropriate individuals who have only let you down when you are the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do but lick your wounds, nurse your damaged ego, and take stock of the situation that has caused you so much anguish. Upon reflection, you may see that the signs of dissent were there, but you did not want to see them. It may be a good time to decide to mix with a different crowd of people who would be more appreciative of your company, thereby lessening the chance of any future betrayals.

King

If the King of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a man who has a significant command of the power of words. He has the ability to express himself eloquently, which instils in him the ability to speak poetically and metaphorically. He needs the company of other people, which makes him a witty and pleasant conversationalist most of the time. Although he is intensely loyal to people while he is with them, when they leave his sphere of awareness, he can easily forget all about the friendship that he had developed. It is for that reason that this individual has had many relationships, much to the dismay of his present partner, who is also at risk of being a figment of his past as well.

Queen

If the Queen of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be widely influenced by a woman who is very articulate and able to express herself well. She is knowledgeable about many subjects, but fame may have alluded her, leaving her with the feeling that life has passed her by in some way. It is for that reason that she may carry an air of importance that she has not really earned, thereby leaving some people perplexed by her behaviour. She is knowledgeable about a wide variety of subjects and would like to impart the wisdom that she has gleaned onto others, but only wants an audience who will listen.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a young man who has some very high ideals and aspires to great things in this life. He has somewhat of a temper, however, which manifests itself through explosive outbursts and insulting remarks. He has the potential to one day be a great thinker and communicator, but until that time he needs to mature and grow through his life experiences. Because he is able to freely express himself, he will never be short of admirers.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Swords has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a young person who is quite chatty. She has an inquisitive mind and therefore asks many questions that less astute individuals would overlook. She can also be quite nervous and may be prone to biting her nails or engaging in a frenzy of activity, as she tries to release much of the energy that is inside of her. As she matures, much of the frenetic activities that she pursues will wane, but until that time it is important that she stay busy through hobbies or educational pursuits so that she does not become involved in any negative activities.

Cups/Water

Ace

If the Ace of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon enter into a situation that has the potential to bring you great happiness and fulfilment. This situation could be a job, school, holiday or relationship, but you will know when you come across it because it will feel right to you.

Two

If the Two of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon become involved with an individual who can bring you a great deal of happiness just through your contact with him or her. There will be a unique bond that will keep the two of you together, as you form a partnership that is likely to be a lasting one.

Three

If the Three of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find that you have a lively social life, full of parties and get-togethers. There is likely to be much merry-making, as the people in your social circle would like to have a good time and enjoy themselves. You will receive invitations to social events, and it would be in your best interest to accept them because you never know what opportunities might be presented to you in any chance encounter. Because there will be so many social outings, you may find that you are eating and drinking more than usual. It is for that reason that you may want to prepare for this period of intense social activity by watching your weight and getting into shape.

Four

If the Four of Cups has landed in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering into a period of uncertainty and doubt. While all outward signals appear normal, you cannot help but get an inner feeling that something is amiss in paradise. You may suffer from nervousness or anxiety, which gives further rise to the misgivings that you have with regard to the situation that you will soon be involved in. To further confuse the issue, you will be receiving conflicting stories from various sources, leaving you rather perplexed about what the truth actually is. It is for that reason that you should only be swayed by factual evidence and allow your inner voice guide you to the direction that you should be taking.

Five

If the Five of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering a period of melancholia because what you had hoped would happen has not transpired in the manner that you would have liked. You may have had your hopes up high with regard to one particular issue, and never really believed that things could turn out differently than what you had previously envisaged. When the unexpected occurs, it seems that you will be caught totally off guard, which will only serve to add to the uncertainty that you will soon be feeling. It is understandable that you will be disheartened, but with the new knowledge that you possess, you have within yourself the ability to create a new life for yourself.

Six

If the Six of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon enter into a situation that reminds you of past times. You may be reunited with someone from your childhood, thereby enabling you to re-live those experiences. You may also find yourself working with children in some capacity, which will enable you to grow as an individual, as you are able to recapture some of your lost youth. If you live far away from where you were in your more formative years, you may find yourself travelling back to that place, which will help to renew your sense of self. You will soon be able to see with clarity where you have been, and this should help you to determine where you would like to go from there and then to visualise what your ultimate goal is.

Seven

If the Seven of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find yourself in a situation where several options will be made available to you. You do not, however, know which option will yield the greatest results, and that is precisely where your challenge lies. The point to remember is that some choices will be positive, while others will get you nowhere, and still others will be detrimental to your emotional well being. It is for that reason that you should not become bamboozled by a highly developed sales pitch, which has been presented by no less than a confidence artist. If you are unsure about a particular decision that you need to make, it would be best to ask for a second opinion and shop around until you find something that feels right for you. It is crucial that you do not allow others to force you into a decision that you are not fully prepared to commit yourself to because you could find yourself wasting valuable time and energy on a path that is not destined for you.

Eight

If the Eight of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be entering into an unknown realm of existence. There is one particular area of your life that you have held onto relentlessly. Even though you know deep down in your heart that this person, situation, or way of life was not a positive experience, you nevertheless clung on, hoping that circumstances would change and you would feel happy at last. After a great deal of soul searching, you will come to the reluctant decision that you must walk away from that which has caused you so much heartache. The decision to leave will be difficult because you will have to sacrifice some long-term goals that have fuelled your dreams. Better, more worthwhile experiences will come to you, but in the meantime, you must go through the grieving process of what you have given up.

Nine

If the Nine of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon enter into a period where you are happy and content with yourself. You may, however, spend a lot of time on your own, so you should use this time to get to know yourself better, a time of inner reflection and attunement to your spiritual awareness. On the down side, you may find that you are eating or drinking more than is necessary for the healthy functioning of your body, and this could consequently lead you to put on weight, which is not necessarily a good thing. It would be wise, therefore to rest, eat sensibly and exercise regularly so you do not gain unwanted pounds.

Ten

If the Ten of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find yourself in a situation that has the ability to give you a great deal of happiness and harmony. You may come face to face with your soul-mate in this life, the person who you love and want to share a home and family with. It is likely that you will bask in the simplest pleasures that this world has to offer, such as walking in the countryside and spending time with the one you love.

King

If the King of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon find yourself under the influence of a man who is a very sensitive individual. He is quite knowledgeable about a variety of subjects and may even be psychic. He is very perceptive, assessing any situation before deciding whether he would like to involve himself. He is somewhat introverted, preferring to keep his thoughts and opinions to himself, not wishing to offend anyone with any views that might be considered controversial. He does, however have many secrets, which you will need to uncover before you decide just how involved you would like to become with this man.

Queen

If the Queen of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon be influenced by a woman who is quite emotive. It is very easy for her to display her true feelings, whether good or bad, thereby making it difficult for her to lie. It is easy to tell when she is saying something that is not true because she will tend to avert her eyes from the recipient of her communications. She does, nevertheless, have something very important to impart to you, but you will need to watch her closely to glean the true meaning of the message that she is trying to impart.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come into contact with a young man. He can be very caring because he is such an emotive soul. Because he is so sensitive, he appeals to the opposite sex, as they feel an affinity for his more intuitive side. The dark side, however, is not something that most people would like to explore because he has a depth that even he may not be aware of. When slighted, he can be petty and spiteful, which detracts from what is otherwise a delightful personality.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Cups has appeared in the Half Year position, you will soon come in contact with a young person who is very sensitive to the moods of others. She is somewhat emotional and lives her life on her shirt-sleeve, often becoming affected by the subtle motives of others.

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