The Ring goes beyond everyday relationships to represent strong bonds and commitments. It’s normally associated with serious and committed love, like marriage or relationships on that level, but can also indicate ties in other areas like professional partnerships and family relations. It can further refer to deep involvements, contractual agreements, or legally binding commitments in the context of work, business, and other areas.
The Ring has a sense of togetherness, so it suggests being part of a group or joining a circle, often an exclusive one. The Ring’s shape further alludes to completion and “closing the loop,” but also to ideas of repetition and routines.
IN THE PORTRAIT & GRAND TABLEAU
On the first or central card of the nine-card portrait, one or more relationships are of major significance to the query. It can also point to love or a deep desire for a relationship. The advice of the card is to honor our relationships and maintain our commitments, and surrounding cards offer insight into what area of life they’re about. In other words, whatever it is, it’s not the time to back out, unless of course, the Scythe or Whip shows up as well, in which case separation is probably advised.
When near, the Ring brings happy and close relationships, but when far, relationships are distant and separations are possible. Additionally, the Ring to the right of the significator is sometimes taken to mean a sincere intent to commitment or a happy marriage. But when it’s to the left of the significator, it suggests that the other person is attached so a relationship with them may not possible, or that it doesn’t turn out as we’d hoped. But this also depends on nearby cards.
The Ring advises us to keep our promises, commit to our responsibilities, and maintain loyalty toward loved ones. It can also suggest that we prioritize some relationships or commitments over others. Especially with positive cards nearby, it asks us to be genuine and typically encourages us to get serious about the relationship. This is true of business and other commitments as well.
THE COMBINATION MEANS...
Commitment, trust, serious relationship.
Tense relationships, negotiations.
A promise, a proposal, sometimes of marriage.
Non-committal, doubts, and insecurity.
Separation, end of a relationship, time apart.
Romance, love growing out of a friendship.
Financial commitments, business transactions, can mean customers.
A wedding or engagement ceremony, meeting with someone important.
Family, relatives, close ties.
Broken promise, not honoring commitments.