This is a reading for a someone who is going though a severe bout of depression.
There are many reasons one may get depressed. Tarot has the ability to focus directly on the most important factor that needs attention.
What is at the center of his depression? What is the essence of the situation or central issue around which both the problem and the solution revolve?
His depression revolves around the need to end something. The need to discard what does not serve him any longer. The process of elimination is central.
What is his obstacle in dealing with, inviting or performing this elimination?
ANSWER: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
His obstacle is an inability to leave repeating habits. Inability to change. Difficulty in approaching what is new and unknown.
What is needed to help the situation?
ANSWER: PAGE OF WANDS INVERSE
The Page of Wands upright shows he has a view of his aim but is cautious, or over-cautious, before action. In the reverse we are being told that action is needed. The time to act has come.
Here we can begin to build a picture of someone who is being prompted to change his life circumstance but is resisting change and therefore is depressed about the situation.
What realm is this change or action to be manifested in? Emotional, creative, intellectual or material?
The suit is all I am interested in. It does not matter what card shows up. Pentacles tells me that he must act and change his material circumstance. What is it? Health? Money?
At this point he told me that he is having a career crisis. His present career does not allow him to have a comfortable life and is causing him much financial hardship.
Tarot could not be sharper than this.
He needs to change careers. And his depression will likely go away or subside significantly.
What factor will help him in this quest?
ANSWER: SEVEN OF SWORDS INVERSE
Focus and determination. Tarot could easily say: you will meet someone who will help you, or you will receive an inheritance, or a gift. No. Tarot is saying: focus and determination; the ball is in your court. The reverse position emphasizes that the action is internal first of all and any action against oneself must be overcome first. The main focus is to explore options and overcome sluggishness and the fear of change. Notice the flowers growing out of the swords. That is, there will be fruits if action is taken.
I also did an astrological reading for him, which reveals details that Tarot did not reveal using the line of questioning above. Of particular note is the fact that he is experiencing and severe excess of the earth element (black choler or melancholy) in his life right now. This is typical of depression and the inability to change. Like a rock, he cannot move.
Remarkably, the solution given by the Tarot is the opposite element to Earth: Air. The Seven of Swords. The rigidity and immutability of earth is balanced by the airy mental activity in the form of focus and determination.