If you are new to the tarot and are looking at triads this is a good way to set them out in your book of records. As you practice and learn more this will be done in your head instantly.
|What elements are present||Air||Water|
|What elements are missing||Fire||Earth|
|Is there an excess of either the elements, majors, courts or pip cards||Major||Court|
|Is there a complete absence of either majors, courts or pip cards.||N/A||N/A|
|How many if any are reversed. (I don’t read reverse cards)||N/A||N/A|
Knight of Swords Air
5 of Cups (Disappointment) Water
Air, Water, Air. Water is fairly strong here as it is supported by the two Air cards.
This is a highly charged emotional position that is not supported by Fire or Earth. It could mean there is no real passion for a long term solution to the problem.
The Knight is significant in this triad, and he is probably causing the sense of disappointment and loss. He is a secretive person whose ideas are often not founded on anything tangible. The adjustment card, balance, harmony, marriage and legal matters, supports the Knight more than the 5 of Cups. I can see much loss here before things begin to improve (Leaves at the top of the card)