01/17/12: Hope from Within | Eight of Swords

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“I think it’s a mistake to ever look for hope outside of one’s self.” Arthur Miller

Today’s Tarot is the Eight of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini). In a classic case of missing the point, this woman remains trapped despite the fact she could easily free herself. Her home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html castle isn’t even a long walk away! But she doesn’t, for fear of being cut in the process. She doesn’t even want to look, because the entire situation depresses her.

I’ve grown to like this lady, and that’s a really good thing—she shows up for me regularly! Who am I kidding? She IS me, more often than I’d care to admit. Maybe it’s my own Jupiter in Gemini. I can get distracted (Gemini) with massive (Jupiter) detail (Gemini)! But luck (Jupiter) is offered via expanding  perspective (Jupiter). But even if you don’t relate to her regularly, we all have some “Eight of Swords moments.”

Consider her arrival a prod to evaluate areas you feel trapped, restrained and stuck. Question your assumptions. Specifically, whatever has seemed impossible, too painful, too difficult, unlikely to succeed? Yeah, that. Because your assumptions about the escape are a lot darker than the actual escape route. That water in the background hints it’s an emotional experience, but this woman is not drowning. She’s on solid ground and can walk away with a minimum of struggle. She just has to figure that out. Enter Tarot, to point the way.

The thing I love about this card is the confirmation that the future is in YOUR OWN hands. Her cage only works because she complies with her captors—and where are they now, by the way? The facts (Tarot Swords) may be cold and hard, but they are not sufficient to cage her. That requires complicity. So if you want hope, there you go.

This is a card of power waiting to be reclaimed. If it helps, I can promise you that it’s a lot easier to get it than you’ve been imagining. So why not give it a go?

Can you relate to the Eight of Swords?

01/17/12: Hope from Within | Eight of Swords 1 Mystic Dreamer Tarot
by Heidi Darras

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01/03/12: Craftsmanship Shows | Five of Swords

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“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” –Albert Ellis

Today’s Tarot is the perfectly dressed Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius).  You’ve been battling to get this dress put together, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. But it’s come together and the remaining loose threads are being snipped.

And you know what? It’s beautiful. Just exactly as it should be.

Don’t kick yourself, for how long it’s taken or how hard you had to fight in order to SEE, to get where you are now. It doesn’t matter if it took 10 seconds or 10 days or 10 decades.  Don’t you see? That doesn’t mean you’ve failed anything. The only way to fail is to give up. But you’re still here.

You are in the perfect place at the perfect time, doing the perfect thing for the whatever ways you need to learn and grow. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. Keep snipping threads where you see them, but in the meantime, be grateful you’re finding them to snip.

It may have been a lot of work. But the work shows. The more joy you take in it, the more it’s turned up. How cool is that?!

Where do you see the Five 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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10/11/11: Litmus Test for Dead Weight | Page of Swords

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“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” –Albert Einstein

Today’s Tarot is the Page of Swords or  Princess of the Rushing Winds, associated with Earth in Air. I sometimes see this young man heralding formal agreements, new ideas, or advising to apply reason to the task at hand. But we’ve been talking about taking care of ourselves. Representing Earth, the page is concerned with practical details of our daily lives. In Air, we want to use the sword of reason to detach from concerns that don’t belong to us. Cut out what doesn’t contribute to the bottom line.

In some ways, that IS psychic self-defense. But it’s also managing resources. You want to be clear on your mission. Then, you can use that clarity as a Litmus test to help making decisions. He’s giving us permission to choose for ourselves what we want, and the tools for living in accordance with that choice.

This isn’t about selfishness. Some goals may be about supporting others. But knowing your aims, you can choose only to do those things that actually DO help, not acting unconsciously and possibly contribute to dysfunction.

Does a decision support your core values? Good expenditure of your energy. Otherwise? Not such a good investment. We’ve only got so much time, energy…life, to spend creating here. There are only so many lives we’ll be touching, so many days we’ll be getting up to greet the sun, you know? Make the most of what you’ve got. Anything less is a waste.

The Page of Swords doesn’t tote old baggage. He doesn’t repeat old news, or care about how things used to be. He’s clear on what he wants, and thinks carefully on how best to achieve his aims. It’s not that he doesn’t support others. He’s just discriminating, because he wants to make the most impact through his decisions. Put your energy behind what you can support, what reflects your core values and convictions, and let go (with good intent) what  does not fit. Your load will be lighter and you’ll create a lot more without the drag.

Do you have clear mission(s)?

10/11/11: Litmus Test for Dead Weight | Page of Swords 3 Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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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.

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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?

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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?

Everyday Tarot, 07/13/11: Fresh Thinking | Ace of Swords 6 Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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