I received a question from a domestic engineer who is experiencing empty nest and is considering re-establishing a career. Her children are in college and the unexpected demands from them keep her sporadically involved in their lives. She is concerned about the commitment and possible inflexibility of a job which would hinder her ability to meet her family's needs. I pulled two cards: one to show the consequences of not seeking employment versus consequences of seeking employment. Sometimes the actual imagery of the cards tell a much better story than traditional meanings. Let's take a look.
Card 1: Temperance. The scene here is an angel pouring water into a bowl held out by another person (asking for something). This tells me that she, as the angel, plays a very important role of stabilizing the emotions (water) and meeting the physical needs (bowl) of other people. She is seen as a guardian angel, teacher, nurturer and shining one! If she remains in her current role, she remains a servant.
Also, notice the time clock above their heads that displays months, not hours! This is a reminder that life is a progression of seasons and she should consider the timing of this decision her life.
Card 2: King of Pentacles. This card shows are powerful figure, crowned in glory displaying artifacts of wealth and success: golden starred staff, tanned hide shield, and an ornate arm band. This card indicates that she is very capable of obtaining and keeping a job that will provide financial independence, recognition and all the "fruits" that comes with a regular paycheck. However, this figure stands alone which signifies that by working a job, she will force her family to stand on their own two feet while she does the same. There will be a disconnect.
These cards to not offer a cut and dry answer to her question but clearly illustrate what life will be like in each scenario. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and she was truly able to see the energetic differences between her two choices. The homework now is to discover which choice resonates with her Higher Self.