Favorable: This is a card of material possessions - not to
excess, but that which one does have may be dearly guarded. It
may also indicate a love of mundane power, perhaps to inordinate
degree. O ne reference suggests physical health, as well.
I do like Waite's suggestion that it may mean, "For a bachelor,
pleasant news from a lady." I've never found it to apply, but I
think it's charming.
Unfavorable: Delay in obtaining material possessions, perhaps
the inevitable period between the time one purchases that lottery
ticket and publication of the numbers drawn or, less charitably, the
period of waiting for an ailing relative to die so one may gain one's
inheritance. Loss, delay, opposition, disorder in one's
Favorable: Solitude, a hermit's retreat from society, exile;
rest, enforced idleness, convalescence.
Unfavorable: Activity, involvement - but since the suit is
Swords, circumspection and caution are advised; the healing process
is not yet complete, and undue activity might lead to a setback.
Favorable: Dissatisfaction with the pleasures of the senses,
re-evaluation of mundane achievements. World-weariness,
Unfavorable: Novelty, new instruction, new vigor in pursuing
one's affairs, new relationships.
Favorable: Oddly, according to some references, the best card
in the Tarot is a pip card, not a Triumph: its bright meanings
are not altered by being placed in an unfavorable position (this also
agrees with my experience). This is the bounty of the harvest
home, a perfect haven and refuge, harmony, peace and prosperity
"and," Waite adds, "the perfected work of these."
Unfavorable: Prosperity, increase, bounty, happiness to the
point of bliss.