Storm clouds, pelting rain, three swords stuck through a plump, red heart. This is not a good harbinger for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! In Tarot, swords represent the element of air, thus thoughts, words, communication in general. If you’ve been hurt by someone’s words or if you’ve been the one to lash out, now is the time to come to terms and reconcile. Swords are double-edged–they can vanquish and save the day or they can wreak havoc and destruction. Consider the effect of your words. What kind of communication do you think fosters best results? If you’ve been hurt, try to forgive and move on (it’s best for you to let it go). Maybe try not to take things so personally–we all have our moments. And if you are hurling invective into your universe, check your attitude. There may be better ways for you to communicate your needs. The good news is that storms don’t last forever. The sun will come out and even perhaps a rainbow.
Happy New Year! And we have the ten of swords for our first card of the year. Is this a joke? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s a resounding finish to the year that was. It is a visual to an ending in your life–could be a relationship, a job, a cycle of life. A figure lies prone on the ground in his blood with ten swords in his back. It is over; it is complete. What comes next? A strip of golden light appears in the dark sky pointing to a new beginning on the horizon. Time to pick out the good from the bad, acknowledge what has been learned, bless the past and MOVE ON!
Just in time for Christmas week, the Four of Wands comes in with festive celebration. The castle is decked out with fruits and greenery, four wands are standing in the foreground at the ready for a welcoming home ceremony and a couple cheers and raises their bouquets in a toast. There is stability, harmony, the warmth of the hearth and illumination all around. Brings to mind the Shakespeare verse from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Joy, gentle friends! joy and fresh days of love Accompany your hearts!”
Is it a battle? Is it a game? A competition? Five young men in different colored attire raising their wands with energy and passion. No one looks to be injured but if wands were opinions we could hear the noise. When we are so engrossed in our individual expressions how can we hear what the other people have to say? For a civil society, what good can come from that? The message here is a support of diversity. When we are truly confident in our opinions we don’t feel threatened by differences and can allow for a frank and easy sharing. After all, the end game isn’t to get others to necessarily agree with your opinion but rather to have them hear you express it. They are free to make their own decisions as you are free to make yours.
Although reversals usually indicate blocks and adverse movement, when the Five of Pentacles appears in a reversed position we rejoice because we know we are moving out of victim consciousness and spiritual poverty. The two beggars are upside down and have no where to look but at the brightly lit pentacles in the stained glass windows of the church. The pentacles certainly catch our eye much more in this position than in their background spot when the card is upright. These symbolize resources–financial, inner, any kind that lead to a change in fortune, whether internal such as self-worth or outer such as new job, etc. A perfect card to appear on this week of Thanksgiving where we acknowledge our gratitude for all our blessings.