--EXPERIMENTAL READINGS: "CHANGE"

There are several cards which are explicitely concerned with the topic "change", like the Tower is. But among its many different levels of meaning each single card has at least one level which has to do with "change". I've given plenty of examples below. If you want to read up the general meaning of a certain card, double click the image and a new window will open with the card's general description.

Majors
The Fool: no probem with change, takes things as they come, doesn't worry. Doesn't like it when things stay the same!
The Magician: "the ability to influence change itself, to manipulate it into a certain direction" (This great definition was emailed to me by Christopher Go).
The High Priestess: Watches things change, doesn't try to stop them. Knows that everything changes, that change is part of living. Feels intuitively when/how things will change.
The Empress is changeable, unpredictable, full of contradictions. One moment gentle and nurturing, next moment wild and threatening.
The Emperor is the opposite of change: stability. Doesn't like change because when things change old rules/habits have to change as well, and because change might equal chaos and often can't be controlled at all.
The High Priest trusts that things will turn out well in the end, that the change happening now is the begin of a new stage of spiritual development, a chance for learning.
The Lovers: It's their task to stick together even though both are changing. Don't try to make things stay the same but instead accept their changing and react lovingly to them and according to their changed nature.
The Chariot can symbolise the deep need for change. Might mean that a person can't bear it when things are predictable or too lasting. A person who's always on the run because they can't be truly with themselves.
Justice: The courage to decide when or how things should change, the ability to judge whether certain changes are/were good or bad.
The Hermit reflects on the deeper meaning of change. Watches closely how he himself changes. Or: He finds peace and rest retreating inside himself when the outside world is full of change and restlessness.
The Wheel of Fortune stands for sudden, unexpected changes from good to bad or from bad to good. Means that we need to learn to accept that we can't fully controll change happening.
Strength: Means that it is easy to go through times of change when we have the help of the enormous strength and powers which are created when body and mind are working together as one.
The Hanged Man symbolises that change isn't possible, that we are completely and painfully stuck.
Death means change in the form of the ending of something old, and he promises the beginning of something new.
Temperance neither needs change nor tries to avoid it. She stays balanced no matter what happens because her balance comes from within.
The Devil can mean that we resist necessary changes and stick to unwholesome behaviour/lifestyle etc. Or: We constantly look for superficial changes in order to avoid looking at what we really need, hurting ourselves and others with our unreliability.
The Tower symbolises violent upheavals and sudden changes that result in fundamental rearrangements of our whole world view.
The Star means that through constantly, gently changing we can become whole again. Or: Even though changes can at first be painful and confusing we will find peace again.
The Moon can stand for the necessity to confront our deep fears of change: the fear of being left alone, the fear of being in the power of fate etc. Or: Experiencing change we have withdrawn within ourselves, becoming melancholic or even depressed.
The Sun can mean that we celebrate change, embrace change. Or: We refuse to admit that there was a fundamental change, pretend that nothing has happend and go on as we did before. This may result in our lives becoming strangly empty and superficial.
Judgment means change in the form of salvation. Or: we want to be released from the pain that a certain change causes us.
The World can mean that we've managed to integrate a certain change (or change in general) into ourselves, into our biography. We don't feel alienated by it anymore.
Rods
The Ace of Rods: We have the chance to change ourselves or our lives by discovering something new, by walking new paths, by being curious.
The Two of Rods: We aren't able to make a necessary change because we don't know or don't want to decide how this change should look or how to bring it about.
The Three of Rods: We are well prepared for change because we stand on a safe fundament. Might also mean it's time for a new development since we've concluded our old projects.
The Four of Rods: We should open ourselves to change, we should welcome it and not feel threatened by it.
The Five of Rods: A change would be a challenge for us that we might really enjoy.
The Six of Rods: To have successfully changed something.
The Seven of Rods: We have a tough time with a situation of change, or we try to fight change.
The Eight of Rods: Something will change soon. Or: we just sit there and wait for things to change but don't do anything.
The Nine of Rods: We feel insulted/hurt/angered because other people/things have changed against our will. We now sulk instead of opening ourselves up to the new possibilities.
The Ten of Rods: Being completely overwhelmed, feeling overtaxed by a change. We should ask for help.
The Page of Rods: An invitation to adopt an attitude of openness and curiousity for new things, for change.
The Knight of Rods: To be full of energy and to want to make change happen. Need to take care not to exaggerate, overtaxe others, destroy things with our enthusiasm instead of change them.
The Queen of Rods: Needs to be in an environment where she can change herself, change things. Suffers when conditions are confined or binding. Also: not able to give other people stability.
The King of Rods: Needs to live in a way (or have a job) in which he is the person who makes things change. Doesn't like it when others change things.
Cups
The Ace of Cups: The chance to experience the transforming powers of love. The chance of changing one's love life/family life/friendships.
The Two of Cups: To suddenly look at somone with love and understanding where first there was dislike. To "thaw" and be able to fall in love.
The Three of Cups: To be thankful for the things which have changed to the good.
The Four of Cups: We have taken/eaten/drank/been comfortable too much; it's time to change our way of living. Or: We should stop thinking we aren't getting what we deserve and start to feel thankful for what we have.
The Five of Cups: A change that happened made us feel that what we once loved is broken. We grief for the old times. Or: It's time to stop looking at what's broken. We should change our view and look at what's good and whole.
The Six of Cups: Instead of looking at what has changed or is changing, instead of looking at the present we look at the past and glorify it. Or: Wishful/naive/romantic thinking about how things will change in the future.
The Seven of Cups: We refuse to accept the reality of change, so we think/act in a way which is not appropriate anymore.
The Eigh of Cups stands for a change in the form of a painful but necessary goodbye.
The Nine of Cups: The celebration of change.
The Ten of Cups: A phase of change within us has been completed. Or: Since we've completed a project or a phase of our development it's now time for a change.
The Page of Cups: An invitation to adopt an attitude of loving kindness towards oneself or others so that change (within ourselves or others) can be met without fear, without trying to fight it.
The Knight of Cups: To be in a dreamy romantic mood concerning a certain change, possibly ignoring the fact that many changes also mean struggles and conflilcts.
The Queen of Cups: To need a time of peace and quiet and looking inwards to make friends with a change, to get used to it gently.
The King of Cups: To help others deal with difficult changes in their lives, or to help them make necessary changes.
Pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles: The chance of change in the form that we suddenly realise there's a treasure infront of our eys, that something we never really looked at before is actually very precious.
The Two of Pentacles: To always chane one's opinions, to never decide on something.
The Three of Pentacles: To be a master at dealing with change. To master change. To successfully see a change through.
The Four of Pentacles: To try and hold on to things so they don't change because one is afraid of loss. To hoard wealth/love/securities etc. to weather a threatening change.
The Five of Pentacles: A change in our lives has caused physical/mental/material suffering. To find comfort with friends/family in difficult times of change.
The Six of Pentacles: Up to now we were the person who always gave, now it's our turn to receive (or the other way around).
The Seven of Pentacles: Slow, gentle changes. To be impatient because a hoped-for change does not come as quickly as we'd like it to.
The Eigh of Pentacles can mean the change that learning new things causes in us.
The Nine of Pentacles: Similar to the Ace of Pentacles. To change one's view's about the value of things. And if we judge something to be prescious our behaviour towards this thing will change as well.
The Ten of Pentacles: A fundamental change in our relationthips - positive or negative. A change of our view of our relationships.
The Page of Pentacles: An invitation to adopt an attitude of patience. Change will not come because and when we want it to but when it's ready to happen.
The Knight of Pentacles: To be in a patient, unperturbed mood. So we either don't mind if things stay the same, or we look at upcoming changes with calm serenity.
The Queen of Pentacles wants things to be stable and predictable and can't stand change because it makes her feel threatened and unbalanced.
The King of Pentacles likes to accumulate all kinds of personal and financial securities so he will be safe even if things should change.
Swords
The Ace of Swords: The chance to understand why something is changing or the chance to realise what should change.
The Two of Swords: To suppress the reactions of our soul to a change that is happening. Or: We don't listen to signals from our soul which tell us that something has to change.
The Three of Swords: To make a change which hurts the heart.
The Four of Swords: To feel utterly exhausted because of a trying time of change that we've gone through.
The Five of Swords: A very violent, involuntary change. Or: The change which the experience of violence causes in the soul.
The Six of Swords: To be glad that a change is happening but at the same time to be very scared of where it's going to lead.
The Seven of Swords: To only pretend to change something but in secret we go on as usual. Or: To steal out of a relationship/job etc. because staying would demand uncomfortable changes.
The Eigh of Swords: We know a certain change would be beneficial for us, but something inside us is so inhibited that we can't take the necessary steps.
The Nine of Swords: A change in our lives worries us a lot, keeps us from sleep or causes nightmares.
The Ten of Swords: A change in the form of a very painful end.
The Page of Swords: An invitation to prepare for the difficulties and conflicts that times of change bring with them.
The Knight of Swords: To feel extremly threatened by change. Or: To be ruthless and tend to forcibly change things.
The Queen of Swords has been deeply hurt by a change. Or: To intellectualize one's feelings about a change. Or: To not like it when the emotional life is upset by other people or outer circumstances.
The King of Swords: To be able to discern if a change is necessary and to be able to pull it through despite one's fears.




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