02/17/12: Dual-Edged Sword | 9 of Clouds


“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates

02/17/12: Dual-Edged Sword | 9 of Clouds 1Today’s Tarot is the Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) from the Zodiac Tarot, a deck which focuses exclusively on astrological associations for the cards. As you can see, the difference from the RWS we’re familiar with is rather striking. The Nine of Clouds isn’t nearly as ominous as the angst-ridden woman, waking in the middle of the night.

What is the same is that information is central. For the RWS lady, we’re talking about guilt, hurts, worries that she probably carries quietly and alone. Uncomfortable information. Stabby, cutting (Mars) information (Gemini), perhaps. But definitely, this chick knows something that’s haunting her!

The Zodiac deck’s young man is studying in a library. So he’s also using information, but more as his tool, or maybe a weapon? He’s motivated (Mars) to find the facts (Gemini). He’s working (Mars) gathering information (Gemini). How he uses this, it isn’t clear. Maybe it’s just my bias, but I’m inclined to think Free Will is an important factor.

Know what you know, and more importantly, what you don’t know! Don’t make assumptions based on the always-incorrect premise that others think and feel as you’d expect them to. Fill in informational gaps when it’s helpful and useful in living a better life, in protecting yourself, in adding to your community. But do be aware that nosiness just doesn’t serve well. Use curiosity as impetus to investigate and grow, not as a tool to better manipulate others. It’s a dual-edged sword, man.

What’s your relationship with information seeking?

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by Lo Scarabeo

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01/21/12: World Crashing! | Nine of Swords


“Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.” Christiaan Barnard

My world’s ended many a time. And each time, it’s inordinately painful. And much as I hate to say it, each time, it’s been inordinately necessary, right.

Today’s Tarot is the Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini). This version is compelling, immediately giving the “world comes crashing down” vibe, right long with a dangerous looking snake in the foreground and crumbling buildings in the distance. But the real tell is the sword piercing the man. Calamity has struck! It’s not especially pretty.

01/21/12: World Crashing! | Nine of Swords 3I always think of this card as representing that lonely place where you know, you can’t just “hold it together” any more. Anguish, worry, guilt, fear—all long accompanied by wishing it away, hard!—none of this matters.

And honestly? It’s a relief, to have it out in the open, you know? You can stop worrying about what-if’s and start dealing with what-is. This energy is far from comfortable, but it’s necessary to face. The cleaner you face it, the quicker it’s cleaned up.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, like it’s just too much? Do you have worry, fear and regret? These are Nine of Swords feelings. All I know to move past them is to face it, square on and go from there. That’s what I’ve done with them. (I won’t mention the fact I never ultimately felt I had a choice not to face. That’s beside the point, and doesn’t make it any less brave.)

If you’re in this place, forgive yourself for getting there and let the swords fall. You can’t stop them anyway, so no sense slicing yourself up trying.

You feeling the Nine of Swords? How are you coping?

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by Norbert Losche

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01/02/12: Dark Night of the Soul | Nine of Swords


“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” –Mark Twain

It’s the stuff you don’t talk to anybody about—all while chanting, “It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay,” because you’re trying to convince yourself. It’s the worries and doubt, guilt and fears, that wake you up in the middle of the night.


This is the realm of the Nine of Swords, associated with Mars in Gemini. Think inner conflict (Mars), being of two minds (Gemini). I often see this card when someone is having nightmares or difficulty sleeping, especially stemming from secret worries. It’s a lonely card.

In the Housewives deck, I have to say, that old woman in the corner makes me think of Psycho (Norman’s mom was pretty handy with a knife)! She suggests a guilt trip may be in play—or maybe Mom’s not really so sweet. Har!

What’s getting under your skin? What’s drawing blood in your life? Who can you trust? Maybe the biggest question of all: can you trust yourself? This is where we look for Nine of Swords resolutions.

8_of_Swords10_of_SwordsIn the Eight of Swords, the lady is loosely bound, and risks some nicks if she struggles. She was in every sense a victim.

In the Nine of Swords, she’s dealing with internal conflicts. Where did her judgment and choices fail her? What part of the burden is hers to bear? Is she acting with integrity? Submerging sorrows by day, they revisit at night.

It’s relevant to note the nine leads to the Ten of Swords, where remaining illusions are gone. Betrayals are in plain view, no longer up for obscuring. People hate getting this card because it’s so dark, and I’ll give you that. But for me, it signals a readiness to heal! The worst has hit already; you’ve faced it all. You can make it better and completely, not superficially, courtesy the awareness you earned fighting through the dark night of the soul  the nine conjures.

The angst of the nine is a gift, straight up. It says, kind of loud, something’s amiss, reminding there’s a price tag attached. Our peace of mind has been disturbed! It’s a universal tap on the shoulder Evaluate what serves versus what complicates your life; face up to where you’ve fallen short to decide which direction The Nine of Swords asks us to face our fears to avoid living by default. It can be uncomfortable facing up, but the process gives you power in direct proportion.

What do you relate to the Nine of Swords?

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by Paul Kepple

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11/09/11: Secrets | Reversed Nine of Swords

nine-of-swords-reversedWhenever I see the nine of swords, I think of those times in my life I’ve had secrets…things I didn’t talk to parents or friends or husbands about.  Heaviness I carried around in my chest; the kind that comes to visit when you lie quiet and still and there’s no other noise to fill your mind. 

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Nine of Swords, associated with Mars in Gemini. Think war (Mars) in your head (Gemini)!  I often see this card when someone is having trouble sleeping, especially nightmares, or is dealing with guilt and secret burdens. It’s a very lonely and sometimes dark place. Think Sword of Damocles.  There’s a sense of isolation, often seasoned with some shame or fear.

This is, indeed, one of those cards I prefer reversed, since I’d rather see this energy not expressed full force. It’s ouchy. Today, I’m seeing it as letting go of the old worries, fears, and more than anything, the sense of being alone!

You CAN share. You can unburden (and allow others the same gift). It is a risk, I know.  But if you afford others the respect of granting them the right to feel however they do, knowing you only own yours and being okay with that, you can afford the risk. You may be surprised to find compassion where you thought you’d find condemnation.

Stranger things have happened.

Do you see yourself in the reversed nine of Swords?

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10/12/11: Give it a Rest | Five Wands, Nine Swords


5_of_Wands9_of_SwordsWe’ve got the Five of Wands and Nine of Swords from Shadowscapes. The conflict and struggle gets under your skin. Guilt, worry or a sense of being alone amplify the discomfort. On the plus side, the feelings that visit in the night are internally generated, not from outside yourself. I guess that makes it better. At least, it makes it more managable.

Make sure you’re picking your battles wisely. And get some damn rest already! Not getting enough sleep is making you cranky.

So sayth the Tarot according to Dixie.

How y’all doing?

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by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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Everyday Tarot, 07/25/11: Prisoner of Your Own Mind

daily-tarot-forecastSee the sky for the clouds? I hope so!

Today’s Tarot is a 3-card spread from the Transparent Tarot deck—we have the Devil, the Emperor and the Nine of Swords. And looking at the cards in overlay should tell you right then and there, what’s special about the transparent Tarot.

Let’s do today’s message down and dirty, okay?

The worries, the fear, the sense of being trapped? It’s due to attachment over having everything as you believe it “should be.” You do not control the current environment. You are not in the drivers’ seat when it comes to outside circumstance.

All you can control is you own thinking process. Don’t deny or isolate now, as that grows the fears. Accept and surrender attachment to what you do not control, what doesn’t belong to you, in order to free up your power to impact what does.

You feeling like a prisoner of your own mind lately?

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by Emily Carding

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