Obstacles and Challenges: Psychic Tarot Reading

Obstacles and Challenges: Psychic Tarot ReadingObstacles and Challenges is connected with conflict, chaos and commotion

Obstacles and Challenges is the card drawn today from The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland. It is the 5th card of the suit spirit from the Minor Arcana. This card is equivalent to the 5 of wands, in a traditional tarot spread.

The number 5 resonates with the vibration of: energy, change, unpredictable, risk-taking, independence, need for change, need for movement, human body, restlessness, resourcefulness, motivation, progress, activity, experience, travel and adventure, sympathy and understanding, sociability and companionability, release and surrender, influence, sensuality, promotion, natural flair, vivacious, courage and being courageous, health and healing, idealism, telepathy,

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The suit of spirit represents the spark of life, aspirations, will power and passion.

Obstacles and challenges have a violet border which denotes: wisdom, beauty, inspiration, creativity, enlightenment and is associated with the crown chakra.

When you see Obstacles and Challenges, it indicates that you are in the middle of conflict, tension and/or competition and it’s impeding your ability to progress. You are coming up against opposition and are constantly being challenged on your point of view. The trouble is that everyone is trying to express their point of view and opinions but no-one is listening, and so there is little progress.

Obstacles and Challenges can be a tricky card to read. On one level, it is an assertive, positive card, full of life and activity, but on another level, it is overpowering, aggressive and challenging, even when upright. Your reaction to this card may bring relief or panic as a situation blows wide open. One may not be sure if it would be best in Reverse as it does suggest more balanced energy.

When confronted with these obstacles and challenges, you will go out of your mind if you try to control everyone’s behaviour

Instead of trying to influence people to your way of thinking, try understanding their needs, motives and desires. Try to put yourself in their shoes, to see things from their perspective. Only in this way will you successfully improve your chances of manoeuvring through the social obstacles in your life.

Other obstacles may be fear of change, fear of failure, lack of knowledge and/or procrastination. Ask yourself if any of these obstacles are currently preventing you from getting what you want most out of life. Your mind is controlled by past experiences and not what is true for you now. Choose today to take control of your thought patterns and begin making better effective decisions.

All challenges in life are just lessons in disguise, obstacles you must face in order to overcome them. Open your mind to see and clarify what has gone wrong. Then decide what to change to move forward in a positive way. Life really is about learning so don’t take it the wrong way, learn from it and move on. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What are my assumptions about this?
  • How are my assumptions contributing to the problem?
  • What is another perspective I haven’t considered?
  • What can I learn from this situation?
  • How can I make amends?


With detachment I don’t mean to give up intention and desire rather than the attachment to the outcome. Attachment is based on restrictions, fear and insecurity. Security is an illusion. It reflects attachment to the past which is the old, the known. On the other hand, detachment is the rich ground of pure creativity and frees your mind. We can float in endless open space with nothing weighing us down. The Buoyancy of Nothing is how I describe it. It is the gateway to adventure, excitement and pleasure. ~ Sabine

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