01/19/14: Trouble with Transition / 6 of Swords Rx

6 of Swords RxIn Tarot parlance, the significator represents YOU, the questioner. Paired with the Six of Swords reversed, we’re talking about having difficulty making a transition, leaving a hard time or painful situation behind. Trying to move to something better, but having a rough time staying out of the waves of emotion. Reversed, it’s not too long before the lady falls right out of that boat!

Like in all Tarot Sixes, there is strength in cooperative projects. This card is associated with Mercury in Aquarius, so I’m thinking (Mercury) some detachment (Aquarius) may be in order. Ha!

Consider getting a second opinion! Ask an outsider for perspective if you cannot see your situation objectively. If a safe outside evaluation isn’t available, at the very least try to look at it as someone without your emotional investment might. Pretend, damn it. That “looking in” angle will give you insight needed to get the boat aright without panicking and wearing yourself out, flailing in the water.

Are you having trouble with a transition?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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Deck of 1000 Spreads
by Tierney Sadler

03/02/13: Crazy Ideas / 6 of Clouds


Ack! The snowman’s watching you!

6_of_SwordsThe Six of Swords we’re most accustomed to seeing has people huddled on a boat, undertaking a hard journey but to better shores. Here, the Zodiac Tarot shows us just the astrological association: Mercury in Aquarius. Communication (Mercury) or thinking (Mercury) is liable to be a little detached/cold/weird/ or shocking (Aquarius).

It doesn’t have to be a drawn-out journey, you know. Sudden freedom (Aquarius) is accessible via thinking (Mercury). A single idea is all it takes, if it’s a revolutionary enough idea.

It’s a good time to let yourself think not just outside the box, but outside the house, outside the whole damn neighborhood! Question what you’ve assumed “must be” because magic is available via what “cannot be.” Mercury and Uranus energy combined is an astrological marker for genius. And how many geniuses have made their name as such by doing what everybody else told them was impossible?

Access intuitive leaps by questioning what “everybody knows.” Because everybody isn’t always right! It’s like brainstorming taken to a new level. Crazy ideas are not always so “crazy” as they first appear. Open your mind to the possibilities!

You have any “crazy ideas”?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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10/25/11: Rocky Trip | Rev. Six of Swords


“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” –Carl Sandburg

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Six of Swords or Lord of Earned Success, associated with Mercury in Aquarius. Like all the Tarot sixes,it’s a cooperative effort represented. The demeanor of the woman, huddled up next to her son and sitting behind a stash of swords, suggests a very difficult journey. But is IS a journey—with the help of the rower, they are going to a better place.  And this is the crux of the Six of Swords’ message.

8_of_CupsThis card bears similarities to the Eight of Cups, but unlike the Eight, which is usually a conscious choice to emotionally detach, the losses implied in the Six of Swords may be from outer circumstance or due to unconscious choices.

The Eight of Cups is about leaving an old life. The Six of Swords is focused on approaching a new one. It’s more a trial by fire, enduring what you must in order to keep moving forward.

Inverted, you may be avoiding the necessary action to move forward, or perhaps the journey is nearing it’s end. Maybe it was easier than you anticipated. It could be, if you stay on task and don’t avoid your work.

The inverted Six of Sword reminds me that all difficult transitions end. As you let go of what is gone, you can move forward to what’s next.

How’s your trip?

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

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08/17/11: Heartbreak to Hope | 10 of Swords, 6 of Swords, Page of Cups

IMG_1528In the middle of crisis, every trial feels permanent. Every problem feels insurmountable. And every cloud in the sky looks like a killer storm brewing. It’s not really, but it sure looks that way.

Today’s Tarot forecast is a 3-card spread from the Transparent Tarot that seems to capture that feeling in the air while still suggesting a bright spot to sail toward. I like that!

  • Ten of Swords or Lord of Ruin, associated with Gemini Sun (Sorry, Gemini—it’s not personal!)
  • Six of Swords or Lord of Earned Success, associated with Mercury in Aquarius
  • Page of Cups or Princess of the Waters, associated with Earth of Water

The upshot—yeah, there have been betrayals, overreactions, possibly double-dealing and in general, folks in the vicinity have not always acted in good faith or with your best interests at heart. Whether it was conscious or not is a lot less relevant than we may care to admit.

The worst is definitely over—time to start pulling the swords out and let the healing commence. You are moving toward new shores here, but those wounds are still healing and sometimes, they still hurt.

Know the pain is both temporary and indication of a deeper understanding. Facing up  doesn’t permanently scar emotionally—it allows you to detach so you can sail away.

The best news, though—the Page of Cups promises heartbreak heals. The sense of newness, passion and emotional openness that may seem inaccessible in this moment is coming—that’s the point of all this letting go and moving on stuff, man. That’s how you get there.

Are you feeling this? How’s your trip?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords

daily-tarot-forecast-six-of-swords-morgan-greerTransitions are just…hard. You know? Even necessary transitions, good transitions, moves to something bigger and better and more suited—still, they are just plain hard. I’m feeling this with the move to A Fool’s Journey from writing the Daily Tarot forecast at Elsa’s place now. Sadness is comingled with anticipation. It’s an odd mix, smacking of bittersweet.

Today’s Tarot is the Six of Swords or “Lord of Earned Success,” associated with Mercury in Aquarius. It’s another card people cringe at because of the sad tone, but just as with other challenging cards, it carries blessing in equal proportion to difficulty. Tarot swords can be challenging because so often, something is being cut out so there’s a sense of loss. But also like other Tarot swords, most often the detachment was the rational choice.

When you see the Six of Swords card, know your journey is already well underway. Detach (Aquarius) your thinking (Mercury) from the old way of life because you’re headed to new destinations. It’s perhaps some comfort to know this journey is not made alone, even though it may feel that way. Like all Tarot sixes, this is a cooperative effort even if it’s not immediately obvious, so you’ll have family, friends or some kind of guide along the way to support you. Acknowledge and appreciate the support you’ve got to get more of it.

work-in-progress(By the way—have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate you all following me here? Because I do.)

Despite the darkish mood, I always find the Six of Swords encouraging. By the time it shows up, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve made the changes, cut the ties, rectified the situations that needed altering. In short, you’ve done what needed to be done. What you’ve got left is no longer what you’ve expected for sure, but due the changes you’ve made, it’s what’s needed. I’d rather have what’s needed that what’s expected any day, even if it can be somewhat uncomfortable getting there.

How are your travels going?

The Book of Tarot: Illustrated with the Morgan-Greer Tarot
by Susan Gerulskis-Estes

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