The concept of time comes up quite a bit in tarot reading. We have questions about the future- when certain things are likely to happen, or how long something might take. We also have questions about strategy – finding optimum timing to launch a project, for instance.
Many readers have particular systems for predicting timing. In some systems each Minor Arcana suit is associated with an increment of time. Wands for weeks and Cups for months, for example. In other systems each suit is associated with a particular season.
Regardless of the system you use, there are some tarot cards that speak to timing as part of their possible interpretation. Here are of seven them.
Aces: Overall, Aces suggest something happening now, immediately, very soon, and suddenly.
Eight of Wands: The Eight of Wands indicates swiftness. Things should be done quickly, and are likely to happen quickly.
Nine of Pentacles: The Nine of Pentacles suggests you have all the time in the world at your disposal.
Knight of Swords: The Knight of Swords is another card of speed. This card suggests things happening swiftly, or the need to be swift.
Knight of Pentacles: The Knight of Pentacles can suggest a delay, or a slower pace than would be preferred. The Knight of Pentacles asks for an abundance of caution, rather than a speedy delivery.
The Hermit: The Hermit is “Father Time” and suggests patience. Nothing will happen quickly, nor should it.
Temperance: Temperance is considered the card of “Time.” Temperance also suggests patience, and reminds us that things can only happen in their right time.
Tarot often foretells future events, although most of us would be quick to say that the future is not always predictable and that future predictions are not always the best use of tarot.
If we understand that some cards will come up in a reading to act as modifiers – adjectives and adverbs – we can see the need for patience and the need for speed when we create or predict our future with tarot.
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