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

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“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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Comments

  1. Thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes! Mine was low key, but quite nice. Hope everyone else fared well.

  2. I recently realized that I am the knight of swords… so I’m daily working on mending my ways. And I’m happier and more relaxed now, so I think I’m making progress. Happy Mother’s day Dixie.

  3. ScorpioMoonGirl says

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Dixie!

  4. Happy Mother’s Day sweet Dixie!!!

    I’m off to go be kind to some Knights/Queens….

  5. Ok…still getting publishing bugs worked out on the time. But I’m getting there. Happy Mother’s Day, one and all! ♥

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