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CHAPTER VI

ABOVE

The card that falls in the above placement indicates the querent’s higher cognition. It is a reflection of the most positive aspects relating to the card. It represents the querent’s higher cognition and reveals universal truths that he knows within himself to be accurate. It depicts the most benefic aspects of the situation in question. In astrological terms, this position is related to the sextile, as it shows the querent what opportunities will avail themselves to him so that he can make the best of the situation and come out benefiting from the experiences that he will soon have.

0. The Fool.

If The Fool has found itself in the Above position, you have completed one cycle and are ready to begin a new path. Although you do not know where this new journey will lead you or what you will do on this new sojourn, what is important to remember is that you will be protected along your path to true enlightenment,. As your experiences will be higher octaves of the ones that you experienced in your previous cycle of existence.

1. The Magician

If the Magician has landed in the Above position, you or someone close to you is a very mutable soul who is able to utilise the vast powers of his mind to manifest whatever he likes in the physical realms of our existence. Some people call it magic, others call it a superior mental ability, but his individual can make things happen just by thinking about what he would like. Sigil magic figures prominently in this placement, so it would be propitious to keep a diary and write down exactly what it is that you would like to achieve in this life. You need to be careful what you ask for, however, because you just might get it.

2. High Priestess

If the High Priestess has entered into the Above position, you contain much wisdom and innate knowledge, which you can express though your intuitive thought processes. You are an old soul and have utilised the knowledge that you have gained during the past incarnations to help you along your present earth walk. You are one of the carers and healers in this world, looking after those who for whatever reason have no one to care for them, and in the process you in turn will be cared for by the gratitude that they will show you for your selflessness.

3. The Empress

If the Empress has landed in the Above position, there is a woman who figures prominently in the scenario that has prompted you to consult the oracle. She is very nurturing and is able to take care of and heal those in need, who are a part of her immediate environment. This woman is quite focused on her family and possessions, so it is probable that this preoccupation will prevent her from extending her sphere of awareness outward to those outside of her immediate surroundings. It is for that reason that those who are not a part of her immediate or extended family will not feel the warmth that this person has within her, and will freely give to those who she feels are deserving of. It is also for that reason that it will be difficult for people who do not have the advantage of her affection will not understand why people like her, because she isn’t particularly nice to people who she considers to be outsiders.

4. Emperor

If the Emperor has landed in the Above position, there is a very powerful man who has a great deal of influence over your current situation. This archetype corresponds with Solomon, King of ancient Israel, second son of David and Bathsheba. When God told him that he would present him with anything that he would like, King Solomon said that he would like wisdom. In Jewish and Muslim literature Solomon appears not only as the wisest of sages but as one gifted with the power to control the spirits of the invisible world. He is frequently noted in history and literature as the builder of the Temple. Solomon succeeded his father despite the claims of Adonijah, his older half brother. He divided Israel into 12 parts for administrative purposes, and his territory extended “from the river [Euphrates] unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt. He made slaves of the Canaanites who remained in the land and formed an alliance with Hiram, king of Tyre. In return for food, Hiram furnished him with timber, and the ships of the allies went out trading together. The Temple, completed in about seven years, was built in great splendour with Hiram's aid and dedicated with much magnificence. Solomon's distinguishing quality was as an administrator. He kept the united kingdom largely intact, strengthened its fortifications, and made alliances not only with Tyre, but also with several other nations surrounding Israel. Commerce, consisting of trade by caravan and sea, and an extensive copper-mining industry were encouraged by the international intercourse. Contact with other nations also resulted in a marked intellectual advance, and it may be assumed that genuine literary activity was carried on. Solomon himself is traditionally regarded as an author of high skill and remarkable output. The writings that have been ascribed to him are the biblical Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes, the Wisdom of Solomon, and the later Psalms of Solomon and Odes of Solomon.

5. Hierophant

If The Hierophant has entered in the Above position, you have reached a major crossroad in your life and have an important decision to make with regard to the path that you would like the rest of your life to take. Whatever course you decide upon, only positive things are destined to transpire, although some avenues will bring you greater soul growth than others. A professional person, teacher or religious leader may be able to direct you in path that you need to be on, but it is important to trust your intuition and do what your higher self is urging you to do.

6. Lovers

If The Lovers has landed in the Above position, it seems that you are at one with and in harmony with the universe. There are forces around you that are of a very positive nature, and you will come into contact with people who will help you to expand your soul growth. You may meet one particular person who is destined to take you on an esoteric journey that will enlighten you in ways that you never thought possible. Your soul is evolving in the direction that has been preordained prior to your incarnation onto this earth plane. You or someone close to you may have met your one true love in this incarnation, and this encounter will be very beneficial for you to see the more positive aspects of the physical existence that you have chosen to incarnate into.

7. Chariot

If The Chariot has landed in the Above position, you are able to focus on what it is that you want from this life, which means that ultimately you will be successful in what it is that you set out to achieve. This card depicts a king, in his military garb, riding through the streets of his conquest, which shows very clearly that he is a powerful warrior ruler who seeks to win any battles that he becomes involved in. You are an ambitious soul and have a regal aura, which means that people will stand back and take note of your presence. You are usually on the move, which means that you may take up a vocation or lifestyle choice that takes you to far away places. Although the military is not necessarily an ideal vocation because of the ethics that such a profession promotes, it will enable you to travel, see the world, and utilise some of your leadership abilities.

8. Strength

If Strength has landed in the Above position, you are instilled with an air of charm and grace that makes you approachable to others. It is for that reason that you have many admirers and friends. In addition, you possess natural good looks, which makes you an ageless beauty and attractive even in old age. You do not wither with age as some do, but ripen and mature with each passing year. There is an inner strength in you that you have acquired through encountering and conquering the many adversities that life has a way of placing in our path. Animals play an important part at this time in your life, as they can afford you valuable comfort and healing, so that you can come to terms with some of the more turbulent experiences in your past.

9. Hermit

If The Hermit has landed in the Above position, you or someone you know is a very knowledgeable soul who can impart your wisdom onto others just by the sheer act of being. You lead by example, which is a lot more than can be said for many leaders of today. You maintain a simplistic lifestyle, which enables you to focus your attention on other areas of the physical realms of existence. During intense periods of meditation, you are able to get a glimpse of alternate realities that most of us only ponder the existence of, but have had no real experience of. It is for that reason that you are not overly impressed by the treasures that can be found in the material world, as they pale in comparison to what exists within other realms at higher levels of our consciousness. When Jesus said, ‘In my father’s house are many mansions,’ he was referring to the esoteric realities that await us if we are willing to open our minds and free ourselves of the chains that have bound us to the material world.

10. Wheel Of Fortune

If The Wheel of Fortune has landed in the Above position, it has decided that it will turn in your favour and lady luck is smiling down upon you. Expect good things to come to you, such as money, a new job, or acclaim and recognition. What is important, however, is to keep a level head and not allow your good fortune to inflate your sense of self worth. The winds of change are fickle, and it is for that reason that everything could be taken away from you just as quickly as it was given.

11. Justice

If Justice has appeared in the Above position, a judgement is going to be made in your favour. There has been a matter that you have been unable to resolve using your own resources, so you have had to approach an outside source for help. This mediator has very likely decided that you are legitimate in your request, which should make you breathe a sigh of relief. On the same note, you may find that you have been asked to preside on an issue of importance to another person. It is essential therefore that you act in your delegated position wisely because your reputation will be determined by how you handle yourself.

12. Hanged Man

If The Hanged Man has found itself in the Above position, you are an enlightened soul who quite often has no need for the trappings of every day life. It is for that reason that you tend to take life as it comes because you want to fully experience the journey that you take to further develop your soul. This sojourn is very likely one of your final incarnations in the earth plane because you have grown tired of the physical realms of existence. You will move on to a higher plane of awareness, but in the meantime, it is important to impart your spirituality onto others so they can begin to realise that there is more to this world than material things.

13. Death

If Death has landed in the Above position, there are some very transformative qualities that need to be addressed before you can proceed along your destined path to enlightenment. You have reached a point in your life where you can no longer carry on as before, and circumstances will occur that will force you to make much needed changes. The life that you will soon be entering will be nothing like the one that you have had in the past. Because you have no comprehension of what is to come, words cannot describe what you will soon be experiencing. The only thing that you can do is to live every moment of the phase of the transformation that you will be undertaking. This will help you to attain greater understanding of your existence before and after the major cataclysm that will accomplish nothing less than total renewal. You will be able to see with clarity why certain situations in your life progressed in such a way, because without such an experience, you would never have been given the opportunity to step into a new world that will be much more rewarding than the old one.

14. Temperance

If Temperance has landed in the Above position, you need to cultivate the art of patience before the good things that you deserve will come to you. Balance is the key here because it is all too easy to view life in one particular direction, which will ultimately lead you on a trail that is not intended for you. The best course of action is to stick to the tried and true, and keep your focus on the ultimate goal, which lies far in the future.

15. Devil

If the Devil has entered in the Above position, there is nothing to fear. While in the West, the Devil is portrayed as a malefic being who attempts to wreck havoc on the best laid plans of mice and men, other cultures do not see this being in such a way. The Native Americans have a ceremony called the sweat lodge. This ritual is of a very religious significance and can best be described as their ‘church’. The Keeper of the Fire is one of the most esteemed positions within the ceremony because he starts the fire and keeps it burning throughout the entire process. With this in mind, the Devil is a much maligned character indeed and does have a useful purpose in our lives. He resides in the earth plane and reminds us on a daily basis that we have been put here in the physical world to experience what we would be unable to explore in other realms existence. The Devil is the practical side of ourselves, if not a little mischievous.

16. Tower

If The Tower has entered into the Above position, be prepared for opportunities to come to you that are disguised as loss. You may lose your job only to find that a better, more rewarding one is presented to you just around the corner. You may find that you have to move house, only to discover that you have found a new place that will give you a great deal of happiness and peace. The important thing to remember is that when God closes a door, he opens a window, thereby allowing new opportunities to come to you. There are always alternative available to you, but you only need to use a bit of imagination to perceive them.

17. Star

If The Star has appeared in the Above position, you are full of Aquarium ideals and therefore possess great deal of hope for the present and the future. No matter how dismal life may seem at this point in time, you still must look on the bright side and hope for a better future ahead. You have dreams, which you must never let go of, regardless of how strong the opposition to the attainment of your goals may be. If you keep a positive mental attitude, you will find that there is a light at the end of the esoteric tunnel.

18. Moon

If The Moon has landed in the Above position, you are a very intuitive being who is able to read people and situations in a highly perceptive manner. It is therefore essential that you go with your feelings on any particular matter because logic is not necessarily a clear indicator of signs of the times. Trust your instincts and you cannot go wrong. You will also find friends in the most unlikely of places.

19. The Sun

If The Sun has landed in the Above position, you have a very sunny disposition and can be the life and soul of any party or social gathering. There is a bright light shining over you to ensure that the higher beings are looking after you and making sure that you are secure in this physical world. If you are planning to start a family, it is a very propitious time to do so, as children are in the offing. In order to become one with the universe, you may find the presence of plants and animals to be a soothing experience.

20. Judgement

If Judgement has landed in the Above position, you are going through a major healing process that will serve to cleanse your soul so that you can resume your karmic journey. You may spend some time in convalescence after an illness, which is a much needed rejuvanatory break that you need to undergo in order to continue your path in this earth plane. In addition, you may spend some time in hospital, but again, this is necessary to correct an imbalance that has existed in your auric makeup for quite some time. You will, however, emerge a renewed being, able to cope with the normal day to day stresses that had previously seemed daunting to you.

21. World

If The World has landed in the Above position, it seems as if you have become whole being through your past experiences. Although life inevitably presents us with obstacles that we must overcome in order to progress along our spiritual path to enlightenment, it seems that you have managed those hurdles in a manner that has satisfactorily heightened your psychological makeup. You are a mature, well-developed being, which is quite rare in the fast paced lifestyle that most 21st century westerners live today. There will be other lessons for you to learn, but they are nothing that you cannot handle. You have within yourself the skill and aptitude to achieve your destiny. You will find that the only limitations that you will encounter are within your own mind.

Wands/Rods/Fire

Ace

If the Ace of Wands has landed in the Above position, there are some highly creative influences at work, which are going to bring about a satisfactory resolution to any dilemmas that you may be encountering. You may be thinking of initiating a new project, such as a book, a business venture, a holiday, a new home, or even an addition to your family. Whatever you decide to do in relation to expanding your present sphere of awareness can only be a positive endeavour because it will bring new experiences to you and help you to fulfil your destiny.

Two

If the Two of Wands has landed in the Above position, you are considering embarking upon a partnership with another person, which could very well yield benefits for the both of you. While this deed will be formed for the sole purpose of completing a specific task, you will find it to be a rewarding experience because in addition to focusing on what it is that you should be accomplishing, you will find that you have made a friend in the process. This friendship will be much more satisfying to you than any material successes you may have, so it is important that you nurture your contact with this person and respect the relationship that the two of you have.

Three

If the Three of Wands has appeared in the Above position, it is quite likely that you will find yourself involved with a group of people to accomplish one particular task. It could be work, social or spiritual, but you will gather together to embark upon a creative journey that would not be possible on an individual basis. What your group is able to accomplish with combined efforts will be a very worthwhile venture, which will enhance your reputation amongst your peers and hold you in a high esteem for some time to come.

Four

If the Four of Wands has landed in the Above position, you have reason to celebrate. It seems that good fortune has been smiling upon you, and you will feel a renewed sense of solidarity and security. You may have decided to embark upon an endeavour, such as a new house, job or programme of training that will assure you future material security. This card also indicates celebrations of some kind, most probably featuring other family members who you think fondly of.

Five

If the Five of Wands has appeared in the Above position, it appears that you are engaged in a battle of wills with at least one other person. While you think you know very well what the conflict is all about, in actual fact, you don’t. There are subtle influences operating in the background, which you are only vaguely aware of. A case in point is the fact that governments all over the world send young men to fight and die for causes that are not necessarily their own. If these young men had even an inkling of the notion of the true realities of what they were shedding blood for, they would be horrified, and would subsequently refuse to take up arms. It is for this reason that the highly effective propaganda machines all over the world use brainwashing techniques and allow their young men and women to die for highly dubious reasons. Because you know that other more powerful beings are at the root of your troubles, it is therefore essential that you ensure your activities are above reproach, so that your reputation will remain intact when all is eventually revealed to you.

Six

If the Six of Wands has appeared in the Above position, you have reason to celebrate because you have made a significant advancement in your life. You have worked hard to get where you are, and can therefore rightly pat yourself on the back for a job well done. What is important to remember, however, is that all of life is a series of minor and major struggles that help us to progress along our spiritual path in this world. It is therefore essential that you continue to strive for excellence beyond the success that you have achieved because, as you will soon find out, there is so much more to come.

Seven

If the Seven of Wands has appeared in the Above position, you will need to work hard to hang onto your recent acquisitions. You may find that there is a great deal of competition around you, and your competitors would love nothing better than to have some of your good fortune. It is one thing to get your heart’s desire, but it is quite another to keep it. It is therefore essential that you keep this in mind when you carry on with your day to day activities.

Eight

If the Eight of Wands has landed in the Above position, be prepared to go somewhere out of the ordinary. Even if you are not in a position to physically go to a distant place, you may find that you have some fascinating out of body experiences in the form of dreams or astral projections that will expand your present level of awareness. These experiences will give you renewed clarity of the meaning of your existence and help you to carry on, knowing that there is so much more to the world than our primary senses can normally perceive.

Nine

If the Nine of Wands has appeared in the Above position, you rightly carry an air of vigilance in your mannerisms. You have worked very hard to get where you are and it would be unwise to let go of well established disciplines that you have adopted at this time. In order to keep what you have, it is necessary to nurture it and guard it fiercely, thereby assuring success for years to come.

Ten

If the Ten of Wands has appeared in the Above position, you have a huge task ahead. You may feel that you are not up to achieving what you have been presented with, but you should be aware that you have within yourself the skills necessary to accomplish the task that you have been presented with. It will entail a great deal of effort on your part to achieve satisfactory results, but any sacrifices you make now will be returned to you ten-fold. Although you do not realise it at this time, you do have the situation under control, even if you do not feel it to be so.

King

If the King of Wands appears in the Above position, you are thinking of a person who has a vast amount of business flair that he can use to help you to advance in your current situation. This person has much energy, which will be to your advantage, and can be used to help you to attain your goals. He is able to present his ideas in such a way that people will listen to what he has to say. He is able to read people and situations to his advantage, thereby knowing when to pursue a specific course of action and when to abandon a non-productive project altogether. Success is assured if you play your cards right and befriend this individual.

Queen

If the Queen of Wands has landed in the Above position, you are thinking of a very intuitive person who relies on flashes of inspiration to help her to aspire to her goals. She has a lot of creativity that she can use as an outlet for the energy that is within you. Hobbies where she can use her hands and sports activities will help to tame the wild side of her nature, thus enabling her to aspire to ethical goals in the area of business, enterprise and social activities.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Wands has entered into the Above position, you are thinking of a young man who is very impetuous and has much energy. He has a great deal of get up and go, and will be able to achieve a great deal when he acquires more life experiences and confidence that can only be achieved by successful living.

Page/Princess

You are thinking of a young person who has a great deal of energy and creativity within herself. She is happy because she has not yet encountered the dark forces that prevail in our society today, and hopefully she will not be subjected to them in this incarnation. You may at times feel that you have your hands full because of the exuberant personality of this individual, but you have within yourself the ability to calm down her exuberance for life in an effective manner. Your contact with this person will prove to be beneficial, as you will be able to re-experience many of the child-like qualities that you have long forgotten and thought had faded into the distant past.

Pentacles/Disks/Earth

Ace

If the Ace of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you have a great deal of financial acumen that you can use to help build a firm foundation as a basis for your future security and prosperity. Possessions are important to you, but only in the sense that they afford you the ability to live an affluent lifestyle, which is something that all of us aspire to whether or not we openly admit to it or not. With your goal of material prosperity in mind, you may very well exert a great deal of skill and a high level of expertise in your chosen profession, thereby enabling you to accumulate all of the nice things that you would like to be surrounded by.

Two

If the Two of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you have money coming in from various sources and money going out to several different people. It is for that reason that you need to keep a tight reign on your expenditures to make sure that your financial situation stays balanced. You may find that in addition to your main vocation, which provides the bulk of your income, you have a few part time jobs that top up your earnings so that you are able to purchase those extra items that you would not otherwise have been able to afford. Because your financial situation is so precarious at this time, it would therefore be wise to live simply and keep your expenses to a minimum, thereby minimising any negative influences that may surround you.

Three

If the Three of Pentacles has appeared in the Above position, you have a good head on your shoulders and are able to use it to your advantage. Yyou are able to focus your energies in a practical manner to help to achieve the material success that you aspire to in order to live a comfortable lifestyle. In order to achieve the material prosperity that you desire, you would be wise to work within the established, traditional framework of business and enterprise in order to build a better future for yourself and others.

Four

If the Four of Pentacles has found itself in the Above position, you are very good at hanging onto your possessions and managing your money. You would be wise not reveal a great deal about yourself and your possessions, which will keep others wondering about your true material worth. You are very good at utilising your resources so that they produce maximum efficiency, which will come in handy during those lean times, which will inevitably affect us all.

Five

If the Five of Pentacles has appeared in the Above position, it appears that you are presently going through a rough patch as an exercise in your soul development. Perhaps you need to experience first hand what it is like to be down in the dumps in order to have empathy and understanding for others because it is the only way that you can truly feel the anguish of another soul. In any account, the tough times that you are encountering will lighten up soon enough, giving you a fresh perspective into what it is like to be in need of a helping hand. Once you overcome this difficult patch, you will find that you will have greater empathy and understanding for other individuals who seem to be having difficulty coping in our material world.

Six

If the Six of Pentacles has appeared in the Above position, it is essential that you carry with yourself an air of benevolence because there are other individuals who are less fortunate than yourself who are in need of your assistance. The world is full of needy people, and while you surely cannot be expected to help each and every last soul who crosses your path, you are morally obliged to lend a helping hand to some of those who are in need. You may feel that your meagre efforts could do nothing to even put a dent into the masses of poverty that abound in our world today, but any little act that you are able to endeavour to do will not go unnoticed. One noted English spiritualist, when thinking of how little she had to contribute to the poor and needy in her area lamented, ‘All I can do is make pie!’. Years later, the same woman was in charge of distributing pies to the homeless all over England. Even though all she could do was make pie, that one small skill went a long way to ease the plight of many homeless and needy people.

Seven

If the Seven of Pentacles has appeared in the Above position, you have entered into a period of waiting. The individuals concerned in this scenario are still contemplating what it is that they would like to do next, so it is essential not to push them into doing something irrevocable. If you appear too eager, you will be pre-empted in midstream before the situation has an opportunity to come to fruition. On the same note, if you appear indifferent, chances are that you will not get your heart's desire either because it is felt that you will not put forth the effort required to sustain whatever it is that you want. It is therefore essential to maintain an eager stance while not getting to close to the situation, so that you can maximise any opportunities that come your way.

Eight

If the Eight of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you have reached a point in your life where you need to acquire new skills along your path of soul evolution. Opportunities will present themselves to allow you to take up a new vocation or hobby, and these instances will be valuable learning times for you to show yourself and others what you are truly capable of. Because we live in a world where there are so many negativities, it would be nice to make a positive achievement and accomplish things that you previously did not have the self confidence to embark upon. This card also indicates that it would be beneficial for you to take up a new venture that involves working with your hands, such as needlework, woodwork, craft-work or building. It is important to note that it has been observed that in less technologically advanced cultures, people do not suffer from neurosis nearly as much as those who live in western society, and it is believed that the reason for this is because they keep their hands busy and do not the time to think laboriously on inconsequential subjects.

Nine

If the Nine of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, your material and physical needs are being met, which is enabling you to take a break from the world around you. You may be in a period of convalescence, which is a much needed time to enable you to recuperate and recharge your weary soul. This is also a period of solitary independence because the card is traditionally depicted as a lone person enjoying the garden scenery. It is for this reason that you must be aware that the path you are on must be made solely on your own. You may very well encounter people on your journey, but they are not in a position to help you in the manner that you would like. With this knowledge in mind, you will be able to successfully accomplish the task at hand, which is becoming an independent person in the universe.

Ten

If the Ten of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you may have inherited wealth, prosperity or some other resources from your family. It is for that reason that you are very closely linked to your family, as you tend to rely upon them for support, as they do you. Even if you are not financially well off, you are rich in many other ways, thereby not feeling the need to acquire copious amounts of material wealth in this life.

King

If the King of Pentacles has appeared in the Above position, you are thinking of an affluent man who very likely works in a professional capacity. He has a good eye for business and invests his money in what he feels will bring him even more material resources. This individual is a respected member of society and has many contacts, thereby making him an exceptional ally. He is a good person to befriend, as he is generous and benevolent to those individuals who he is fond of and feels are in need of help.

Queen

If the Queen of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you are thinking about a woman who is very well to do in her environment. It is quite likely that she is highly thought of in her milieu, because she presents a calming, sensible influence during times of transition. It is quite likely that this woman has come into wealth, either through her partner or her family, and therefore has no need to work, as many of her contemporaries are obliged to do. Because of her circumstances, she has a great deal of confidence and does not worry unnecessarily about the future.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you are thinking of a young man who is well on his way to building a substantial fortune for himself. He is slow and methodical, and takes his time in completing any projects that he is given. He has a very noble character and can teach us all a great deal about the ethicalities in what is quite often an immoral world.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Pentacles has landed in the Above position, you are just beginning to develop an appreciation for the materiality in the world that we live in, and are developing an understanding of the importance of the physical world around you. Alternatively, there may be a demure young person around you who is teaching you a great deal about your responsibilities in this world.

Swords/Air

Ace

If the Ace of Swords has landed in the Above position, you are in the midst of an intellectual experience where new ideas are coming to you at an astounding rate. You are utilising thought processes that have been residing dormant in the recesses of your mind for years, and you may not know how to handle the abundance of mental images that are flashing through your mind at an alarming pace. In the past you may have been able to get through life by keeping a mental agenda of the sequence of events that compose your life, but you have found that now it is simply not enough. In order to help you to keep track of all of the flashes of inspiration that are coming to you, you will need to write them down. A notebook where you log your itinerary obligations, thoughts, responsibilities and ideas will come in handy during this time of rapid growth.

Two

If the Two of Swords has landed in the Above position, you have reached a point in your life where you cannot continue any longer with your current mindset. You have been brought up to believe certain principals, and up until very recently felt that they were accurate reflections of the way of the world scene. Events of late, however, have given you cause to re-think your primary certitude, which has given rise to a mental crises within your psyche. You know that in order to develop and evolve as a member of the human race, you must discard biased opinions that were impregnated into your mind when you were still a young, impressionable person. You know you must change your thinking processes before you can successfully navigate through the ideological cataclysm you are currently experiencing, and the sooner you do so the easier it will be for you in the long run.

Three

If the Three of Swords has landed in the Above position, there is a situation that, although it causes you a great deal of anguish, is giving you the opportunity to reflect and think about your current position in your life. You know that you need to cut a few things out of your life, whether they are destructive relationships, addictions, or a lifestyle that no longer suits you, but as soon as you do, the good things that you deserve will come to you without any effort on your part.

Four

If the Four of Swords has found itself in the Above position, you have found yourself to be in a period of inner reflection, a time where you can meditate about the true meaning of your life. As you know, now is not the time to move about in action, but to still your soul and mind, allowing yourself to listen to the gentle rustle of particles colliding just beyond the normal range of human hearing. When you are able to hear the atomic particles that result only from the stillness of your mind, it will be then that you can hear the calm, sober voice of your inner self telling you the correct action to take regarding the situation that prompted you to consult the oracle in the first place.

Five

If the Five of Swords has fallen in the Above position, you need time to reflect on a difficult situation. You may be at odds with some people who are able to make or break your reputation amongst your contemporaries, so how you handle yourself is of the utmost importance. Under the circumstances it is probably best to part company with the individuals who you are in disagreement with, for the time being anyway. How you go about severing the ties, however, is just as important as your decision to cease communication. Therefore, it is best to stay calm and endeavour to maintain a professional attitude at all times.

Six

If the Six of Swords has appeared in the Above position, you are coming out of a very difficult situation. This situation has been very emotional in nature, which has had the resulting effect of causing you a great deal of mental anguish. Once you make the conscious decision to move on, things will improve slowly but surely. The main hurdle that you must overcome is your mindset, because you must accept the fact that no matter how hard you try, you cannot change the past. No matter how traumatic your past experiences may have been, those events have formed you into the person you are today. With the help of good friends and a positive attitude, things can only get better.

Seven

If the Seven of Swords has fallen in the Above position, you need to keep your thoughts and feelings close to your heart. It is best to maintain a surreptitious nature and trust no one with matters that are close to your heart. In addition, it is important that you keep your assets well hidden so that you can protect them from less ethical individuals who would seek to steal them from you.

Eight

If the Eight of Swords has landed in the Above position, you know that you have become stagnated in your current thinking patterns and need a change of scenery. The problem is that in order to go about that change you need to begin a new venture that will put you in touch with different types of people and new experiences that will enhance your current level of spiritual awareness. Even the simplest move, such as beginning a new hobby or enrolling in a course of study will work wonders to expand your mind and show you alternatives that you had not previously considered.

Nine

If the Nine of Swords has landed in the Above position, you are in a self-imposed isolation and are spending a great deal of time involved in intense thought. Although some people who do not fully understand the problem would disagree, you need this time on your own to help to reflect upon how the past has made you the person you are today, and exactly what type of person you will be in the future. You may suddenly remember incidents that had long been buried within the recesses of your sleeping consciousness, which would leave you quite perplexed as you wonder if they are accurate reflections of the past or mere fantasy. These mental pictures that come into your head may very well contradict what you have been brought up to believe, which can be even more confusing to you. In time, the truth will be revealed and you will have a greater understanding of exactly what those mental pictures actually mean.

Ten

If the Ten of Swords has appeared in the Cross position, it seems that you are at a low point in your life. People who you trusted and relied upon have let you down, and this has had a knock-on effect of bringing you into a deep depression. You need to take a break to recharge your batteries and re-think the associations that you have made. If you relationships were healthy, you would not be feeling so low, now would you. After a time of solitude and reflection, you will know what it is that you need to do.

King

If the King of Swords has appeared in the Above position, a knowledgeable man is influencing the situation that has prompted you to consult the oracle. He very likely serves in a mentor capacity because he is well educated in his area of expertise. Because he has superb communication skills, he is able to get his point across eloquently and can therefore easily sway people to his line of thinking. It is for that reason that he is a valuable ally who can help you when you need him the most.

Queen

If the Queen of Swords has appeared in the Above position, you are thinking of a very knowledgeable woman who is a major influence on the situation that prompted you to consult the oracle. She knows a great deal about a wide variety of subjects, and when you speak to her you will be amazed about her breath of awareness. Because she is not particularly pretentious person, you may not at first glance suspect her true intelligence and worth in a world that is primarily dominated by the wealth and material possessions that we are often impelled to acquire in this life. If you speak to her about what is on your mind, her words of wisdom will lead you well on the path to finding the answers that you seek.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Swords has appeared in the Above position, your mind is on a young man who is a major influence on the situation that prompted the reading. He is quite intelligent and is able to formulate his thinking patterns in a highly focused manner, which will help him to achieve a great deal when he matures. He has a lot on his mind and can therefore appear preoccupied to those who are not aware of his many mental activities. It is likely that he has a wide social network because he is able to relate to the various stratum of individuals that exist in our culture today. It is for that reason that he always has something to do and is rarely at a loose end.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Swords has appeared in the Above position, you are thinking of a young person who is witty, sociable and likes to communicate. It is likely that she talks a lot, but if circumstances prevent this from happening, she will make her feelings known through gestures, writing, emails, art or music. She is generally a happy person and is well on her way to becoming a good conversationalist. Alternatively, this placement indicates that a message or an important nature is forthcoming, so it is important to keep an eye out for any clues that will reveal the nature of this piece of information.

Cups/Water

Ace

If the Ace of Cups has appeared in the Above position, the potential for emotional happiness and abundance exists within yourself if you maintain an optimistic attitude. There is a great deal of love that overflows through your being, and it will be transferred to those close to you. Even during difficult patches you will be able to look ahead to better times that will keep you balanced and on an even keel when other, less optimistic souls would falter.

Two

If the Two of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you are engaged in a relationship with another person that is essential for your soul growth,. You may be in the early stages of a courtship of sorts, which means that you are still infatuated with this person who has just come into your life, and are totally in awe with everything that he or she does. It is for that reason that you are happy just being in this individual’s presence, not yet taking any serious notice of the subtle nuances that make this individual unique. The sense of self-satisfaction that you feel with your new partner will have the effect of moving into other areas of your life, and others will find that you have a much more pleasant temperament in general.

Three

If the Three of Cups has landed in the Above position, you have cause to celebrate, and will in all likelihood receive social invitations that will allow you to meet new people and hopefully make a few more friends. You have a pleasant disposition, which will make you a likely candidate when invitations are being handed out. If for some reason you are short of invitations, you may well decide to organise events yourself. Who knows who may show an interest in socialising with you? You will never know until you try.

Four

If the Four of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you are taking time out to reflect upon contradicting information that you are being given from various sources. Because several people are attempting to put ideas in your head that are at variance, you may at times feel confused and not know what precisely to believe. If you carefully research the situation from credible sources of information, and then trust your intuition, you will come to the correct conclusion in the end.

Five

If the Five of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you have slowly come to the realisation that a certain situation has not turned out as you had anticipated. Although the clarity of this situation has caught you somewhat by surprise, and you had not planned for events to transpire in the manner that they have, you are in a position to correct any mistakes that have been made. Now is the time to take stock of many areas of your life. If there are any aspects of your life that you are not happy with, you have within yourself the ability to make any necessary changes, thus ensuring happiness in the future.

Six

If the Six of Cups has appeared in the Above position, be prepared to encounter someone from your past. It is likely that you will have fond memories of his person, and you will spend time reminiscing about times gone by. This individual may put you in touch with some people who can help you in some capacity, so it is best to stay on good terms with him. In addition, you may find yourself in the presence of children, who will help you to see life in an entirely new perspective.

Seven

If the Seven of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you have been presented with a number of choices, of which you can select only one. Each option available to you appears that it will yield highly beneficial results, but it is for you to determine which choice will be best in the long run for your own personal circumstances. It is therefore essential that you research each and every option available to you thoroughly, asking advice only of those individuals who are qualified to give it, and then using your intuition and best judgement to select the appropriate course of action that will help your destiny to unfold in a positive way.

Eight

If the Eight of Cups has landed in the Above position, you are walking into an area that is totally alien to you because it involves a sequence of life events that you have not yet experienced. It is for that reason that you are not sure of what the future has in store, and you therefore carry a feeling of foreboding. There is no need to worry because you will soon realise that you have within yourself all the skills necessary to accomplish the task at hand. Although you are not so sure of your abilities, you will get through this uncertain time and will find that you can rely on a little help from your friends along the way.

Nine

If the Nine of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you are quite a popular person, as you receive invitations to many social events where food and drink are readily available. You are as a rule content with yourself, and know very well how to have a good time, which will ultimately make you a popular person amongst your contemporaries. The happiness that you feel exudes throughout your entire being, and those who are around you can catch a glimpse of the satisfaction that one can aspire to if he is balanced, well adjusted, and fair in his dealings with others.

Ten

If the Ten of Cups has appeared in the Above position, you have reached a point in your life where you have good reason to be happy, contented and settled. The influences surrounding you indicate that you are a very secure in your relationships with others, thereby bringing harmony and happiness. Your intimate relationships will flourish, as you will be drawn to your one true soul-mate in this life.

King

If the King of Cups has landed in the Above position, there is a very affectionate man in the scene who has a great deal of intensity and depth in his interactions with others. He is highly perceptive and is able to tap into a kind of reality that more practical beings would only scoff at. It is for that reason that he is able to impart advice and feelings onto others with a sincerity that is unmatched in the other court cards.

Queen

If the Queen of Cups has appeared in the Above position, a very sensitive, intuitive woman plays a paramount part in the situation that you are currently involved in. She is very aware of what is going on, both on a logical and emotional level, and can therefore suss out people and situations quickly and effectively. She may be somewhat quiet, keeping her opinions to herself, only revealing what is on her mind when she is asked directly for her assessment of the situation.

Knight/Prince

If the Knight of Cups has landed in the Above position, you have come across a sensitive, intuitive young man. Because he has not yet become cynical as a result of the cruel ways of the world, he is still able to show love and affection in a genuine, caring manner to other individuals. He is very sincere and honest, and can become hurt quite easily. It is therefore essential to nurture the love that he freely gives so that it remains healthy, pure and enduring.

Page/Princess

If the Page of Cups has landed in the Above position, a young person who is very intuitive and sensitive is clearly in the picture. She has much to teach you about unconditional love and forgiveness, which can only be perceived in the eyes of a young person. When you have learned the lessons that you can learn only through this special person, you will be able to move on to your next step of esoteric development.

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