From The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica Macbeth

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Honesty in a reading speaks, unsurprisingly, of the need for straight dealing and truth in representation. We need to be scrupulously honest here, making certain that there is no room for confusion or misunderstanding, no fuzzy edges. Both written and verbal agreements need to be completely clear. Assumptions may not be as well understood by all parties as we are assuming and they need to be tested for comprehension.

On a personal level, Honesty reminds us not only to be clear in what we say and do, but also to act and speak with compassion and tact. Brutal honesty is not usually true honesty at all, but somehow slanted toward the worst. Dishonesty, even in the name of tact, is not helpful either. Balancing on that fine line of loving honesty may take some effort, but it will provide rich rewards. Honest humility, idealism and clarity of mind are some of the advantages of honesty.

Equally, Honesty may be asking us if we are being truly honest with ourselves? Sometimes when this card shows up, it is an indication that we may be deceiving ourselves in some way. We need to look carefully at our attitudes and beliefs, especially where our emotions are strongly involved. We may even need objective, clear-sighted assistance from others in looking at this. Self-deceit leads to anxiety, confusion, a complicated life and behaving with unfairness or injustice towards oneself and others.

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