I've been studying tarot for only a few months, so I'm very new to it (and to this forum!). I'm slowly soaking things in, but the reading I did today has me stumped. It was a three-card spread. I asked about our financial situation...will we have enough money in place to reach our goal of my husband retiring early in a few years?
First card: Situation as it is now - Two of Swords
Second card: Obstacles - Tower
Third card: Advice - Three of Cups
The Two of Swords I think I understand. It's a big decision that will affect our financial position for years to come. If he retires too early, we may run out of money. If he works for several more years, we forego the freedom of him being retired. That's the decision we're facing right now, and it's a tough one that's dependent on our financial position. I know the Two of Swords can also be about balance--spending vs. saving--but overspending has never been an issue for us.
The Tower also seems to be clear. A catastrophic financial downturn. Seems very strange. I won't go into detail, but we're highly conservative with our investments, so in order for that to happen, the entire U.S. stock market would have to crash (not saying it couldn't--it's pretty volatile of late!). And we're insured to the hilt, so a health issue couldn't cost us everything we have. My husband has zero chance of losing his job. I realize the Tower strikes from out of the blue, but I'm still kinda stumped. I'm not saying there might not be a catastrophe brewing out there somewhere, but intuitively it just seems wrong to me.
Now, here's the part I really don't understand. The advice card is...the Three of Cups? Basically, don't worry, be happy? You can't do anything about the Titanic sinking, so pull up a deck chair and relax with a glass of wine? Is there some other interpretation I might be missing?
I did pull another card as clarification for the Tower and got the Five of Wands. This card is all about conflict and therefore could relate to financial problems, but it doesn't really represent the kind of doom, gloom and destruction the Tower does.
Is it possible that the obstacle card--the Tower--isn't a literal catastrophe but the fear of catastrophe? Hence the Three of Cups saying, "No worries?" As I said, I'm really new at this, so naturally I need the insight of people like you who know far more than I do. Feel free to tell me if I'm missing something. Thanks SO much for any help you can give me!