The symbology in this card is indecision, of being in a situation where we are tugged in two directions or we are faced with two alternatives that offer no clear advantage. This indecision results in a stalemate; just as the schoolgirl's indecision means that she is reading neither of the books, so our position is one in which the dilemma results in inaction.
In a reading, it may stand for a perplexing problem: we want two different things at the same time, but we can't have both of them, and we don't know which one to choose. If we can't resolve the impasse, we will remain deadlocked.
Keywords: Deadlock Indecision Choice
The Four of Books is a card symbolic of failure to prioritize. This card may indicate a situation where we are at an impasse of our own creation. We are spending so much time trying to make everything happen at once that we can't get get anything accomplished at all.
In a reading, it may be a symbol of some situation where we have taken on too many things in a haphazard way, and now they are beginning to tumble down around us; or it may be a reminder to prioritize and work on doing just one thing at a time.
Keywords: Indecision Frustration Deadlock
Sometimes, fate places us in a situation where we have the ability to act, but it's not clear what choice we should make. The Disciple of Tentacles is surprised by the difference she sees in the way people respond to the Tentacle Monsters. She is free to act, but she is not sure what to do.
In a reading, this card indicates that we are in such a place. We have the ability to decide what to do, especially in a situation where our decision may affect the lives of others, but we lack the experience that helps guide the choice. Even though it may seem that the choice is perplexing, there is nothing to do now but to choose.
Keywords: Choice Action Inexperience Indecision