Getting a tarot reading can be thrilling. You might learn about all kinds of aspects of your life, and the insight you gain can serve you well as you decide what your next moves are going to be. However, tarot is a form of divination. You are trying to receive a message from the ethereal plane, and the news it has for you might not always be happy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most dreaded cards that might come up during your reading.
The Five of Pentacles
The five of Pentacles means that you’re in for rough times ahead. It is a card that ties directly into poverty and financial ruin. It could also mean illness, solitude, or unemployment. This card means that you are in the midst of suffering a loss or you are about to experience one. If you see it, your mind should turn to your support network, your family and friends. You will likely need their help to see you through this next challenging phase of your life.
The Death Card
The death card is probably the most feared in the tarot deck. However, most people misunderstand it. Seldom does the death card literally mean death. More often, it is a strong indicator that a significant change is going to happen in your life. If you are a person who resists change, you’re not going to want to see this card. However, if you’re able to adjust your expectations and strategy quickly, this card might not be as devastating as you fear.
The Ten of Swords
The ten of swords features a man lying face down with ten swords sticking out of his back. The reason to fear this card is that it is an indicator that there is an unwelcome surprise that’s going to be coming at you. This card might mean a natural disaster or your getting laid off from work. It may mean that your relationship is about to hit the rocks. You might also take it more literally. When it shows up, someone might have betrayed you or “stabbed you in the back.”
The tower card is frightening to look at, as it depicts lightning striking a tower. The tower in this card usually symbolizes your life. The lightning striking it or objects bombarding it are outside influences that could tear you down. This card means that you are under assault by external forces. The best way to ride out the storm is to be flexible. If you are too rigid in your beliefs, then it might do more harm than good when you see this card.
The Three of Swords
The three of swords means grief, separation, rejection, heartache, or betrayal. When you see it, it could mean that these things are happening already. However, it may also be a warning that they could potentially occur soon, so you should be ready for them. Much like the three swords on this card are double-edged, though, you don’t necessarily have to take this card as being negative. If this card means that a relationship with a friend or lover is failing, then its conclusion might represent a needed purge for you.
Like the death card, the devil card is one from which people instinctively flinch away. As in much of tarot, though, you should not take this card literally. The appearance of the devil card in a prominent position during your reading means that there is a powerful negative influence in your life. It could refer to a drug or alcohol addiction with which you are grappling. Maybe you’re struggling to control a gambling habit. It could also point toward a destructive relationship with a person who is bringing out the worst in you. The devil card is one that should serve as a warning that you must change some aspect of your behavior.
As with all cards in the tarot, when you see any of these, you should think carefully about whatever is happening in your life to which they might correspond. Consider what these controversial cards are trying to tell you. Then, adjust your behavior accordingly if you wish to avoid disaster.