Weekly Tarot Card – 7 of Swords

A fellow steals away from a battlefield encampment. He is carrying five swords and leaving behind two. He seems very pleased with himself by the smirk on his face. Clearly he feels he’s getting away with something.

Many feel this is the card of betrayal. There’s trickery afoot. The question then becomes are you the one who feels betrayed or are you the fellow in this picture who has betrayed? Time to come to terms with this and make amends or let it go, depending on your position.

Others, like myself, see this as the card of strategy since swords in Tarot have to do with thoughts, the workings of the mind and stratagems. Notice the fellow is bringing five swords and leaving two behind. He knows what to take with him and what to let go of. He is thinking strategically.

Is there an area in your life where you need to re-assess and keep what’s working while leaving behind what isn’t? Think strategically, be a boss, and make the tough decisions. Clear thinking cuts through any ounce of sentimentality. You’ll be glad you did.

Weekly Tarot Card – Three of Swords

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.

Weekly Tarot Card – Six of Swords

A mother and child sit huddled in a boat. Seven swords stand upright in front of them. Swords represent mind and thoughts signifying their victim mindset. They are trapped by their fears and doubts based on their past and present circumstances. HOWEVER, the oarsman is rowing the boat from troubled waters to smooth waters.The vista ahead is a lovely group of islands with clumps of feathery trees. In order to see the bright vision ahead it is sometimes necessary to leave the troubled past behind. This takes some faith and a hopeful mindset. Flip the switch and allow your mind to embrace magical thinking.

Weekly Tarot Card – 5 of Swords Reversed

IMG_1436The time for war is over. In case you didn’t get it before it’s pretty clear now that no one truly wins in a battle. There are always consequences for both sides–the victor and the defeated. The defeated have lain down their swords and turn away. The victor looks over to them, holding two swords upright in one hand and one sword for support as a kind of staff in the other. The sky is dark and foreboding with sharp clouds zig-zagging in an uneasy motion. ┬áIn its upright position this card points to the hollow nature of victories when won by the harsh violence of actual swords or words (swords being the suit of thoughts and communication). We feel that the reversal here enhances the message, as in a strong directive to turn away from battles and come around towards forgiveness and peaceful conflict resolution.

Weekly Tarot Card – Page of Swords

IMG_0752A young person looks in one direction and points their foot in that direction where a sword held in their hands points in the opposite direction as does the rest of their body. The sky is blue with puffs of white clouds, a flock of birds circles in the distance. The figure stands on a green promontory jutting out of a body of water. Mountains and trees appear in the distance. Swords in Tarot usually indicate thoughts, ideas, mental activity. We feel that this young person is curious about the future but with some slight indecision or hesitation. There is a bit of restlessness here with energy scattered in opposite directions. Perhaps a young person will come into your life this week with lots of questions and an unending sense of curiosity. Or perhaps you yourself will embrace that energy of curiosity and follow the inspiration of new ideas, thoughts, concepts.