posted December 17, 2011 04:21 PM
Well, as always, I say it depends. What was the context of the reading? Was it a specific question or a general reading?
Some Possibilities (again w/out being in any contextual setting):
Delay of a pregnancy.. or someone has been trying to get pregnant but has been unsuccessful to date.
Someone has had a baby, and is feeling a bit overwhelmed.. like they need a little rest? Postpartum depression?
Business plans have been delayed... there may be documents needed to get things in order, but they have not been signed?
I also agree with all the comments that the others have made.
Taking one or 2 cards out of a context will show possibilities. It is the whole layout that will give those possibilities form and content.
The Empress by herself can talk about the creative, fertile imagination. But does what is imagined actually manifest? That depends on the other cards in the spread, particularly those closest to her. In this case the 4 of Swords can show that this creative thought may take some TIME to manifest. Possibly it will NOT manifest as the 4 shows more contemplation. It can show an idea that never goes anywhere... depends on which came first in the reading!
4 of Swords can show rest after a conflict.. or as easily the contemplation required to gird oneself for battle. What is it near?
In this case the Empress... that suggests that those things being contemplated, that have currently been delayed, or possibly weighing on the mind (as in the sword of Damocles) will come to fruition.
So again.. it depends on the context. Did one card represent the past and the other the future?
That is the beauty of the Tarot.. it speaks of limitless possibilities. The Art of the Reader is to assess the situation, and present those possibilities that are most likely within the context of the entire spread.
If those 2 cards were the entire spread, then what was the question? That will always be your primary guide.
Like all readings, Tarot readings do not happen in a vaccuum... it is not a monologue to show the prescience of the Reader, but a dialogue to help clarify situations for the Querent.
Does that make any sense?