The card in this position should tell the Reader about the Subject’s key character attributes in their current situation and what their attitude to the situation is. The Reader should refer back to this card to understand how the Subject’s behaviours are impacting on the overall situation.
In this position, the chosen card will show where there is conflict in the situation referred to in the first card. In our experience, this card can help to clarify any uncertainty in the first card drawn. It appears that people are more readily able to recognise areas of conflict in their life. So, if there has been difficulty interpreting the first card, try backtracking to see if the Subject is now able identify with its meaning.
Remember that the thoughts of any person are based on their interpretation of a situation rather than fact. It is prudent to look to where the perception of the Subject differs to what is actually happening. It may give the Reader the ability to put the Subject’s mind at ease or conversely, to advise them to think more carefully about the consequences of their actions.
This position will highlight people, situations or influences from the past that still have an affect on the Subject. For example, if the person was hurt significantly in their last relationship, it is likely that they will fear getting hurt in the same way again and this may prevent them from entering into a new one. The card in this position may also be trying to show the Subject that they have learned a lesson in their past that will be of use to them now.
This position shows us how the Subject has arrived at where they are now. It is crucial in unlocking the answer to the question at hand. The Reader needs to understand what influences or events have motivated the Subject and maybe why the person is behaving the way they are and to what extent they want to change their current path.
Future events depicted by the Tarot are always subject to change. If the Subject’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviour change as a result of the insight provided in the reading, future events will change accordingly. As it stands, this card will provide a snap shot of how this situation will develop in the near future if everything continues in the same vein.