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Posted on May 2, 2015
Oh, would that there were an easier path. Not so much this month.
We’ve got a combination here that indicates a whole lot of hard work. And that’s the positive possibility.
On the negative side, we’ve got a bunch of rigid, dogmatic individuals butting heads, with no one ready to back down. We’ll be up against the kettle of fish we’ve put ourselves into as a species. It’s time to deal with the places that we were total slackers, expecting others to handle the issues. Reckoning time, so to speak.
Everyone’s up against their limitations, especially those they’ve created themselves. Obstinacy is the bugaboo of the month. The year, in general, brings out abilities to take charge and move forward. But those abilities are severely hindered by obstinate individuality, by connection to detail rather than the big picture. I rarely suggest that you stop hugging trees, but this month I will. Instead, hug the whole dang forest.
Those who accept responsibility for their part in the difficult situations will be the ones who can move things forward. They’ll be doing more than their share, but they’ll be making use of the positive possibilities this month. All that detail work and organization has to happen (remember, we’re all making up for lost time), but it will happen successfully only with constant input and with constant attention to the big picture.
I know it’s not an easy environment to be in the midst of, but use the energies to clean up old stuff when it presents itself. Overspending, letting others handle what you should be managing, selfish bulldozing of others needs are all areas that come up for management. It’s nose to the grindstone to handle the cleanup, but there’s deep progress to be made.
If it feels like a prison sentence, at least it’s a short 31-day sentence. The alternative is a much higher pile of, er, poop to clean up next time this sort of energy cycles around.
Numerology is one of the especially helpful tools for making the best use of energies we’d rather skip. Get in touch when you need.
Posted on May 1, 2015
And here, at the 3 of Swords, we’re encountering sorrow at a very personal level. How much more clear an illustration of heartache can we get? Since we can’t spit it out, how do we deal with this distasteful card?
Look back to the heartaches in your life. What brought them on? Loss of a love? Loss of social standing? Loss of a cherished pet? Loss all around, isn’t it? Nothing we would have asked for.
Then again, when have you heard yourself say “he certainly asked for that one”? We could look at any situation and see how the ending had its seeds in the beginning. Heartless as it is, I’ve had people tell me that I was just asking for trouble by living in an hurricane evacuation zone.
And there’s the opportunity in the 3 of Swords. We’re putting our mind – the mental world of the swords – into our hearts. Rather than dissociating our thoughts from our humanity, we come to a deeper understanding of why it’s worth making connections regardless of the inevitability of endings.
For a writer or an artist, this can be a brilliant opportunity, this meeting of intellect with emotion. What needs to be expressed? Is there a story to tell? Is there a sorrow to be danced, painted or composed?
For the rest of us, the lemonade out of lemons involves developing compassion. For ourselves. For others who’ve travelled a similar path. And that requires taking heart in the positive sense: courage. Courage to believe in a life that continues. Courage to look outside ourselves again.
But how do we deal with the pain? You’ve got lots of clues in the multiple images for the 3 of Swords. The sad grey puss in the Baroque Bohemian Cat image finds the pain too difficult to take in. She has her angel holding the pierced heart. It’s still close at paw, but she’s got assistance. Who are your angels?
The Haindl Tarot image speaks to the isolation that pain can bring. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Time alone to mourn the loss, to replace what’s no longer there with tears, is a healing action. Recognize where your paradise has come to an end and grieve. It’s not necessarily fun, but healthy grief helps us move forward, back into life and connectedness.
By getting to the heart of our sorrow, by understanding what happened and who we’re becoming as a result of our loss, the Gilded Tarot image offers us the possibility of enlightenment. Our old way of thinking, our old way of expressing ourselves has cut us to the heart. As we recognize the old ways, we can move into the light of the new.
But not too quickly, says the Contemplative Tarot image. Life is possible, says the vine around the bleeding heart – and life with love, says the heart shape in the vine. It’s even going on around us. But so is the fish out of water, belly up in the cloudy sky. It speaks to the discomfort of no longer being the self we recognize. Allow the new life of connection to grow out of the wounded self, in its own time.
In your own life this week, what has pierced you right at the quick? How can you use your mind to get to the heart of the matter? And how can you express yourself about it all?
Let your mind and heart work together to keep compassion in the foreground this week.
Posted on April 27, 2015
Posted on April 23, 2015
Who is this chick and how do we stay as far away from her as possible??!
Look back at that visit for a moment (don’t worry, the link will open in a new tab/window).
So what the hell happened between then and now? How did we get from “brilliant mind” to “off with his head” and full body armour?
Here we’re dealing with the bias and symbolism that are elements as we move from deck to deck. Remember that each card has energy that runs on a spectrum from weak (and unbalanced) through balanced to over-used (and unbalanced). Some artists view the strong point of a particular card more toward one end of the spectrum than the centre.
Remember that the Queen is emotional, even though she’s Queen of Swords, dealing with the mind and rationality. So one end of the spectrum (actually two spectra working together) is going to be highly emotional with limited rationality. You can probably relate to times when you’d like to have taken someone’s head off.
At another unbalanced point, there’s severely limited ability to connect with others along with cold rationality. We’ve got lots of examples of the total lack of compassion with a logic that says, “we need to kill you to – fill in agenda here –“. Many of them fit into the headings of Crime or War.
Since we know this deck is based on the symbolism of the Golden Dawn, we can come up with another explanation if we do a little research. Here’s where study of the history and traditions of Tarot can be very useful. In this case, that severed head symbolizes our own egos (in the arrogant, ignorant, negative sense). The Queen of Swords uses her clear mind to cut through self-deception, “killing” the delusions that cloud our perception.
So which one is the “right” interpretation? All of them can be true in various circumstances. On a single card draw, I suggest going with your gut response to the image on the card. In a multiple card spread, note the influences of the other cards. Is the “Swordness” strengthened or weakened by the cards around the Queen of Swords? How about the emotionality and connectedness of the Queen (read her energy as Cups or water)?
At face value this week . . .
Watch your temper!