|Thoth, Crowley & Harris|
If I didn't give up at once and go get out a deck that featured scenes with people in them, I would stare at the card and try to 'read intuitively', as I'd heard so many readers do, which to me meant just to look at the card and make something up, or just say whatever popped into my head. I soon found that I couldn't do that. (And to be honest, I don't think 'intuitive' readers actually do it either. I'm not saying there's no such thing as 'psychic' readers, but it's my belief that all the information that people take in about tarot, together with all the ideas about shapes, colours, numbers, symbols, planets, and everything else out there that they've ever heard, gets inside our subconscious mind and pops out during a reading. So people who think they are reading based on their intuition and not on things they have learned, just don't realise they are bringing everything they have ever learned into their interpretations. And the more they learn about numerology, colour symbolism, and so on, the easier their 'intuitive' reading becomes. Some would deny this, but this is what I think about it.)
This card has the key word 'Success', which right away is going to affect the way it's read. Plus, I already associate the number 6 with success or achievement, based on what I've learned about basic numerology. Then we know (or soon find out) that the disk (or coin, or pentacle) suit is about material, physical, financial matters. The interpretation begins to take shape. Considering the question, in what ways could there be a manifestation of success in a material, physical, financial way? It's at this point, I feel, that most readers begin to scan the images of the cards, waiting for something they see to trigger possible answers. This is the most mysterious and magical time of the tarot card reading. This is where things pop into my head that I don't know where they came from because they're not written in any book I've ever read anywhere, the very specific examples and suggestions that I begin to throw out there. Some of this might springboard from other symbols I see on the card, which I might or might not know the deck creator's interpretation of, like the rosy cross, or the planetary symbols. For example, I know that the symbols at the top and bottom of the card are the moon and Taurus. I don't know what it means for the moon to be in Taurus, according to astrology, but something might pop into my mind based on my associations with the moon and with Taurus, which I know is the sign of the bull. I might pop out with something like, 'past confusion suddenly finds direction, and you feel ready to charge into something. The card suggests it is a good time to go for it'.
Now, why did that just pop into my head? Maybe because today I have an intention to do something which will require a fair bit of physical discipline, but will have important benefits to my health. The card is telling me that today is a good day to try it because I have the determination of a bull. :)
Whether I am successful is entirely up to to me and the choices I make today, but the card says today is a good day to try -- that if I continue to move in the direction of my intention, with the energy of the bull, there's no reason why I won't be successful. Unless I just decide to give up.
Today may I be brave like a bull, and smash through my personal obstacles (actually, now the image suddenly looks a bit like a crashing explosion! Roar!)