Names used in these examples are not those of the actual participants.
1. Vision (Positive) - Projected Outcome (Negative)
You're working on your Ph.D. and have set the date for your oral presentation. You do a reading to see how well you are progressing and draw the Six of Wands as Card 5 and the Nine of Swords as Card 10. This pair is giving you a loud wake-up call. You are picturing a triumphant victory parade for yourself, but the projected outcome is the opposite - an anxious experience. You need to take steps to make sure your projected future is more in keeping with your goal.
2. Vision (Negative) - Projected Outcome (Positive)
You've always wanted to quit your job and pursue music, but the reality of the move scares you. You wonder if you will ever have the nerve to try. You draw the Devil as Card 5 and the Three of Wands as Card 10. The Devil shows that even though you feel stuck, you're afraid to change. You think success is out of reach, and you're worried that you could lose everything. The Three of Wands suggests that if you take the leap and leave the secure behind, you may discover a whole new world for yourself.
3. Vision Matches Projected Outcome
You've noticed that Allison, your teenage daughter, has been aloof and secretive lately. You're wondering what's going on. You draw the Seven of Swords as Card 5 and the Tower as Card 10. The Seven shows how worried you are that your daughter is hiding something. The Tower suggests that if you don't talk to Allison soon, the result could be a crisis or angry scene that will be upsetting for everyone.