What Does The Deck Say? August 18, 2023

Sweeney Tarot: 9 of Swords (reversed), Queen of Swords, & 2 of Cups (reversed). ©Lee Bradford.

Today’s cards: 9 of Swords (reversed), Queen of Swords, & 2 of Cups (reversed).

What happened changed you. This is acknowledged by everyone who has met you before. There is no going back to who you were before, but it must be asked, why aren’t you allowing yourself to keep going? You say you are holding back the waves of grief, but you are doing so at the expense of denying yourself any hint of joy. If you are going to come through, you are going to have to deal with what happened. If you are going to deal with what happened, you are going to have to permit yourself to experience joy again. Otherwise, you will make a martyr of yourself for a cause that doesn’t even know you’re there.


The Sweeney Tarot was designed to read with reversals. Having the expected 78 cards, one could use any system of meanings with it. However creator and artist Lee Bradford has put deep thought into the meanings of the Sweeney Tarot, making sure it is approachable by all and without occult or religious concerns that would restrict its audience or use. The Sweeney Tarot is ©Lee Bradford.

What Does The Deck Say” is a weekday series of 3 card pulls from a cartomancy deck. No context or query is given to frame what the cards say as the posts are reading samples and not personal instruction. The result is sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, and usually surprising. All readers are invited to leave a comment about what they perceive in the random spread as each person will interact with the cards in their own way.

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