I called this a spread, but really it isn't one, because I didn't assign any meanings to these positions. Sometimes I will, sometimes I won't. Usually the latter. In this case, I just wanted a snapshot of current events, or at the very least, my intuitive interpretation of current events.
There are always a million ways to interpret a reading, but I try to go with what strikes me first, and then branch out from there. I think, like dream interpretation, it's more important what the reader thinks of the cards than what might be considered a traditional meaning. I like to combine both, as do many readers, but I feel there's a lot of ways to go with reading, and that's one of its most compelling attributes.
In the bottom row, I saw a theme right away, which I felt applicable to my life. The Moon and the 4 of Swords I often associate with sleep and rest, and the 9 of Swords brings to mind nighttime anxiety. The energy around this trio seemed to indicate subconscious influences, dreams, nightmares, stress, all contributing to sleep issues. This is definitely true for me lately, and I would add that the card above the 4 of Swords (5 of Pentacles) also plays a part, as I haven't felt well over the past month and a half duo to being sick and also having a few minor health complaints not related to the flu itself.
Although the 5 of Pentacles doesn't always indicate illness, it can show anxiety and stress around finances or health. Both have been true for me, as we've had unexpected expenses (needing tires and a new dishwasher to replace our currently broken one), on limited funds. I'm not SUPER stressed about that, as I realize this is temporary. We should be receiving bonus money to go toward my husband's car payment, and tax returns are not too far beyond that, as we tend to file very early, often in February or the first week of March.
Where I saw stress and mental pressures in the bottom row, in the top row I saw a more emotional theme, with two of the cards being cups cards. The Queen of Cups manages her emotions and works on them. The 2 of Cups shows a couple joining together, sharing experiences. With the 5 of Pentacles sandwiched between them, I felt this was auspicious. Even though the couple might have financial or health concerns, they share the emotional burden. And maybe it's saying I'm emotionally mature enough to deal with it, if I approach it calmly.
I could do some pairings using the cards reading them up and down rather than side to side. There are several ways which would produce similar but not identical interpretations:
Queen of Cups + The Moon: A woman seeking to understand herself delves into her subconscious. Mastering emotions by learning from them. (journaling, something I've been thinking of doing more of)
5 of Pentacles + 4 of Swords: Anxiety about health and money disturbs sleep and peace of mind.
(definitely true, as I mentioned earlier in this post)
2 of Cups + 9 of Swords: Relationships cause stress (OR) relationships support during times of stress
(I think both can be true, but I find my husband has been very supportive of me lately while I've felt crappy)
I could go on and on, but I think that's good enough. I'm so tired today! Tempted to go get a coffee. I wish you all a wonderful weekend--see you next week.