11/26/13: What Can I Expect? / 2 of Swords

Sometimes when I’m trying to make a decision, I close my eyes and consider each option, looking for a small, physical tug one way or another.

Yes, in public. Nobody notices this ever. Neptune reassured me.

Sometimes I’ll get a tug to one side. Sometimes I get a tug backward (i.e. it doesn’t matter, Dixie). Sometimes, I get nothing. I think that’s when my Spiritual GPS gets bored with my shenanigans, needlessly obsessing over the utterly insignificant.

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” –Aeschylus

In this traditional (albeit glittered up) version of the Two of Swords, a lady-justice-style blindfolded woman carefully weighs options. Those swords look heavy and by her posture, I’d say she’s quite attentive to weighing those options impartially. Hello, Libra!

I’m not seeing it as a division between right and wrong right now. Asking Tarot “Should I?” isn’t going to cut it today.

Rather, ask “What can I expect if…?” That will give you far more useful insight. Your decisions are your own. So man (or woman) up and make them.

What’s more, there is not one true, right path to your ultimate destiny. Some decisions are important and worthy of considered attention. But whatever path you take holds lessons. Look at each option facing you impartially, understanding all the while you have responsibility for choosing yourself.

And that happiness thing? It’s a lot less dependent upon what paths you take than the glasses of perception you use to look upon the path you walk.

Do you obsess over choices?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
by Us Games Systems

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11/10/12: Crossroads Magic | 2 of Clouds


In the Zodiac Tarot, the focus is strictly on the astrology. But even without the traditional trappings of the Two of Swords, the parallels with this version is not hard to see. The courtroom scene shows evidence being weighed—fairly, we would hope as anything but would upset the Moon in Libra!

Especially interesting is that the diagram shows a crossroads. Crossroads have long been recognized as significant, from ancient South American cultures, Greeks, Romans, Native Americans, and more all have ties to the crossroads. Hermes was said to linger at crossroads, as was Hecate, goddess of sorcery. In the African American Hoodoo magical tradition, crossroads are extremely important and you’ll often find references to them in old blues songs (along with other mentions of magical practice). Crossroads were often considered a place where the veil was thin between this world and the spirit world.

Of course here, we are at a decision point. And like the magical crossroads associations of old, these points are places where reality is flexible, where the choices made impact the rest of your journey, so it makes sense to choose wisely. The person who is on the path, learning and growing, will find themselves standing at many crossroads. Always, always, choose wisely.

Recognizing the crossroads is the first part of the equation. The second part is making that decision, of course! Existentialists would tell us, not making a decision IS a decision, you know. It’s that “prison of choices,” there’s no way to avoid it. It is part of being alive. And this is the magic you’re working when you find yourself standing at a crossroads.

My memories of personal crossroads are of intense, highly charged turning points in my life. In some cases, just a few words made a huge impact on the rest of my life. That’s worth considering, every time you see this card or a variation. What you choose here may well be with you for a very long time. Use every bit of honesty and integrity you can must in weighing it out, and you’ll end up with a choice you can live with, we hope!

Are you at a crossroads?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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04/23/12: Crossroads Decisions | Two Swords

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A lot of the people I talk to are facing some significant decision, a turning point. Crossroads clients. They may have a change in circumstance, confusion in direction or a problem to resolve. But no matter the reason, they feel the weight of their situation and are looking for confirmation and insight.

This is the place we find ourselves in today, with the Two of Swords from the astrologically-themed Zodiac Tarot. Appropriate for the eternal judge Libra, this card takes place in a court. The illustrative picture shows a crossroads, one of life’s intersections (perhaps location of a mishap). The man on the stand shows us ourselves—weighing words carefully in making testimony. He knows what he says will have impact. He’s been sworn in, taking an oath to remain true. So too our words, at this time, carry weight, and those who hear them expect them to be rational (Tarot Swords) and true to our feelings (Moon).

Tarot twos speak to duality, polarities and choices. When this card shows up, the decision has not been made. While objective reason is always meaningful for the suit of Swords, this card is associated with the moon. Make sure what you say and subsequently do accurately represent your feelings. Make your words as well as deeds those you can be “at home” with and you shan’t go too far wrong.

Are you facing crossroads decisions?

Zodiac Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo

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Everyday Tarot, 07/23/11: Don’t Have to Force the Issue | Rev 2 of Swords

reversed-two-swords-tarot-forecast I’ve always found emotional energy builds up in physical space. The more emotional torque, the denser and more lingering the after-cloud. Fights, sadness, joy, fear, laughter—it all sticks like a scent that gets into the carpet and drapes. The smell remains remains until it’s either dissipated or absorbed by people passing through it.

Places where the same emotional tone has been repeated over long periods of time or by great numbers of people, the effect is even more striking. That emotional vibration permeates the physical space which contains it and stimulates similar feelings

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Two of Swords, or Lord of Peace Restored, associated with the Moon in Libra. There is always a certain stability around this card, if tension. The polarity of the Tarot twos have a built-in sense of balance—the conflicting forces serve to stabilize one another.

The Moon in Libra would like feelings (Moon) to be pretty (Libra), but is practical enough to know that’s not always the case. Animal nature is part of who we are;  the emotional voice hits a full spectrum of  pitches.

 The reversed Two of Swords suggest we stop stressing about each individual choice point, afraid we won’t measure up. Accept the contradicting pulls as part of the human experience. Shift the freed up energy to taking action that you can feel good about—always looking for whatever light you can contribute to the circumstance.

A more Zen approach lessens the burden and lifts your vibration at the same time. It puts you back in the flow, able to receive guidance and inspiration again. And it leaves you feeling a whole lot happier! Don’t worry about being perfect or making a mistake.  We do the best we can at the time, and look to grow in the process. Just commit to being the happiest, best person you know how to be. Because that’s a good place to live.

How do you do with unresolved decisions?

Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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Everyday Tarot, 06/02/11: Heart-Centered Zen / Rev. 2 of Swords

inverted-two-swords-daily-tarot-forecastConflict happens. Whether it’s who gets the biggest piece of the pie or how you referee the voices in your head, a dilemma will show up for dinner. This is the emotional ebb and flow of living.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Two of Swords or “Lord of Peace Restored,” associated with the moon in Libra. She’s a little reminiscent of lady Justice, with her blindfold and evenly held utensils. She’s going to be impartial in handing out those portions!

Decisions are to be made. Weight them out, sure, but then make your move. Inverted, she’s suggesting not to get stuck in the process—overanalyzing will just leave your dinner getting cold!

Instead, go for efficiency. Understand the facts, but then, go on to make the decision from your heart. Breathe in, call down light, and ask for what’s in the highest good of all concerned to become clear. Let it go, and your answers will find their way to you. You can have you post-turkey nap now.

Where do you find your Zen?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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