05/28/12: Brain/Mouth Filter ON! | Knave of Swords reversed


“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” Robert E. Lee

It’s nice to be a dreamer sometimes—head in the clouds, playing “what if,” thinking, thinking, thinking about all sorts of wonderful things. Airy-fairy intellectualization has it’s place in the natural order of the Universe. Ideas ARE important.

But are you getting so caught up in the ideas that you miss the practical (Pentacles), emotional (Cups) or creative (Wands) implications of your ideas (Swords)?

The Knave/Page of Swords is Earth in Air. Air energy can become a little too detached at times, even when the ideas are clear and technically correct.

I often see this guy inverted as a reminder to watch the mouth! The words can carry more weight than you realize, perhaps having an impact that was not intended.

But even more, he can advise us to watch our thoughts! Thought energy is the first ingredient in manifesting reality. It’s lighter and finer than the energy created with words, which in turn is lighter and finer than the energy created with action. All of this is lighter and finer than what we see as physical reality, but it’s all part of the same whole.

If you find yourself with uncomfortable thoughts, look to readjust them. Use the Knave’s intellectual prowess to reframe and redefine. Maybe that sounds lame, but it’s a more powerful technique than most realize.

Filter out thoughts that don’t support the life you want to live, and make sure your words support your thoughts. Make sure your thoughts and words add to what you want, and not inadvertently tear it down.

That helps aright this young fellow so he grows up in the way you’d hope: effective, kind and sharp at a tack. Upright, he can cut through a lot of dredge to find his treasures.

Do you thoughts and words tend to support what you want in your life?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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01/19/12: Hard Enough Already |Rev Queen of Swords, Six of Swords


Today’s Tarot is the reversed Queen of Swords (Water in Air) and the Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius) from the Cosmic Tarot. With two Tarot Swords, we are firmly the Air Element—logic, detachment, communication being some of the main focuses of Air energy.

6_of_SwordsI’m not sure how I feel about this Six of Swords…he doesn’t exactly conjure up feelings similar to the traditional version for me. Which is neither here nor there, I suppose. But he does convey a sense of mastery through discipline. And I can’t help but think he’s probably gotten a few cuts from those swords as he’s practiced, you know?

Perhaps we’re not thinking (or acting) rationally. There could be urges to snipe with cutting remarks—all the more so because there’s some truth to them. You may want to be aware of that. No need to be cold, demanding or so hurtfully honest. This combination doesn’t exactly spell confusion anyway. Chances are there isn’t much you could say that isn’t already well understood.

The way ahead is challenging enough. Face what comes up directly, sure, but do show restraint so as not to make it more painful than it needs to be. Just do the best you can, and trust others are probably doing the same. Most of the time, that’s a safe assumption.

Are you feeling this energy?

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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10/14/11: Emotional Investments | 8 of Cups, Ace of Swords


8_of_CupsToday’s Tarot forecast is the Eight of Cups or Lord of Abandoned Success, associated with Saturn in Pisces, along with the Ace of Swords or Root of the Powers of Air, associated with the Air element. While we’re more familiar with the traditional rendition of the Eight of Cups—leaving!—I like Legacy of the Divine’s version, emphasizing the transformational factors of releasing emotional attachments that sometimes just gets overlooked.

Remember, we have to work (Saturn) to transcend (Pisces). It’s not automatic! Boundaries (Saturn) protect us from becoming swallowed (Pisces) in the emotional stew. We’re in part defining ourselves by what we’re choosing to leave behind. While I often think of the Eight of Cups as a sad card because it can be, it bears minding that it’s also a card of release, relief. Your load is lighter once you walk away, always.

The Ace of Swords would have us being sure choices going forward are conscious, not by default. Reason, ideals, and progression toward defined goals all fit well into the new paradigm. Swords are tools every bit as much as weapons. So use the tools you have at your disposal here, starting with the brain!

You have a choice. It may not be the choice you want mind you, but it’s your choice nonetheless. Instead of attaching energy in hopes of preventing what you don’t want (fear-based approach), try focusing exclusively on what you do want (love-based approach). Both approaches activate the Law of Attraction, you know. So be crystal clear on what you would like to attract. Combined with letting go of emotional investments you’ve outgrown, this is a very powerful combination changing your life.

Are you cashing in any old emotional investments?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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Everyday Tarot, 07/13/11: Fresh Thinking | Ace of Swords

ace-swords-todays-tarot-forecastThere’s the minute, when you really “get” it. A new idea has found it’s way into your sphere of awareness, and all of a sudden, everything  shifts. Snap, click, bam! It takes a bit for your eyes to adjust to the light that’s been flicked on.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Ace of Sword, or Root of the Powers of Air. It’s the essence of the Air Element—thought, reason, and logic. The Ace of Swords makes things conscious. Maybe it’s a new perspective, a new idea, or a new possibility you haven’t been aware of before.  This thought form is young, though, and will require energy to grow.

Swords like unadorned directness, so let’s oblige.

Look at that fresh inspiration—the one that just hit you? It is every bit as valuable as it seems. Run with it! You can take off, if you follow through.

Have any fresh ideas lately?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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Everyday Tarot, 05/08/11: Knight of Swords and his Chaffing Armor


“Just do the best you can, Dixie. Because that’s all you can do.” My parents always told me this, and it was one of the things that stuck, I’m glad to say.

Most do fine with the “doing the best you can” part. It’s the letting it go afterward part that proves challenging. It can become a never-ending game of “What if?” if you’re not careful where you can never win.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Swords, associated with Air in Air. He tends towards an intellectual idealism. Sometimes cutting or sharp towards others, his judgment secretly falls most heavily upon himself when he falls short. Since his standards are based on ideals, he eventually will fall short.  In his black and white worldview, addressing his own fallibility can easily become an Achilles’ heel if he doesn’t learn to grant some latitude.

Ideal and Reality don't always machThe Knight of Sword misses the mark at times, refusing to acknowledge ambiguity. Always full of ideas and logic, life is an equation that doesn’t always add up properly. His ideals serve as a great starting point, a compass and guide, but life is lived in  everyday experience. The two do not necessarily coincide.

Those areas he’s most aggressive about controlling in others are almost always sore spots in his own self image. His armor chafes there, the swell of agitation internally prompted. This is where his sense of himself the ideals he wants to fight for are in conflict.

If you are the Knight of Swords, cut yourself some slack. Look after those raw spots with a little tenderness and care to allow them to heal. Trying to block it off is only rubbing the wound raw so cushion and tend. And if you know the Knight, approach him with the same kindness and compassion he has difficulty showing to himself. He’s demanding, but discerning. He can not only be soothed by your kindness, but learn from it.

Do you know a Knight of Swords?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
by Us Games Systems

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