Broken Bone

One of my early tarot AHA moments came from a spread featuring the 3 of Swords and the 4 of Pentacles. My daughter had taken a fall skiing and her thumb was hurting badly. The simple question was: Is her bone broken?

I was new to tarot, and the obviousness of this pairing didn’t come to me immediately. The 3 of Swords represents a sharp and painful break. The 4 of Pentacles is a card of holding things tightly – constriction, stability, protection. After minutes of staring at the spread it hit me. “You have a broken bone and it’s going to need to be put in a cast!” A few hours later, the doctor agreed.

That moment of intuitive clarity is one of the greatest feelings, and is the main reason I’m drawn to do readings again and again. It feels like catching a blown kiss.

These images come from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck published by US Games Systems.

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