This weeks randomly selected card is the Five of Swords depicting an earth worm which has been severed in two….a disturbing and repulsive image in equal measure.
Because swords represent the mind, thoughts and conflict, we can see that this card shows the negative consequences which can result when we become embroiled in power struggles and hostility with others. For me, the phrase which immediately springs to mind is that we may have ‘won the battle but lost the war’. This card can depict a situation where we may want to win at all costs, but end up being the loser because we have alienated and angered others leading to isolation and ostracism. It is vital that we pick our battles and don’t become involved in conflicts simply to get our own way, prove we’re right or because we feel challenged or threatened by another person.
This card symbolises a complete breakdown in communication leading to the severing of ties and relationships. We can also see that the earth worm has been torn asunder; this is not a clean cut but a jagged and messy wound which will take a long time to heal. This is a deep betrayal driven by spite and pettiness leading to loss and defeat. It seems that in our need to win or be right we have become our own worst enemy and quite literally ‘cut off our nose to spite our face’.
The Five of Swords can also point to self destructive behaviour and thoughts. Instead of cutting and aggressive language and communication being directed at another, perhaps we have turned this on ourselves in a self sabotaging, critical diatribe which leaves us cowed and bludgeoned into submission. Examine your self-talk and choices to see if you are indeed betraying yourself and being your own worst enemy.
Today’s randomly drawn card is the Ten of Swords…..a particularly disturbing image, especially in the Wild Unknown deck. Before I go any further I would just like to reiterate that tarot is a metaphorical language, and so although it is an horrific image, it’s purpose is to draw attention to and highlight the darker aspects of human nature and the psyche. If we turn a blind eye to suffering and injustice how can we expect to change it and grow?
There are various ways to see this card. It can be interpreted as a ‘dark night of the soul’, in the sense that we have reached rock bottom and now the only way is up. It reminds me of a quote by Oscar Wilde ~ “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. It can indicate that the lowest point has now been reached. This phase is over and it is time to get ready for something new. We can view this state of affairs as all doom and gloom, or we can adopt the cup half full attitude and choose to believe that the worst is over. Sometimes this card can even be hinting that we are being a touch melodramatic…..are things truly as bad as they seem, or could it be the case that we are not perceiving the problem with clarity? Confusion can make it impossible to see which way to proceed and often we can be blinded by the seeming enormity of issues which appear insurmountable.
Of course it could refer to something altogether darker. As I have already alluded to, tarot is metaphorical, and in this card the bull represents strength, dominance, toughness and ferocity which has been taken down by thoughts, ideas and words symbolised by the swords. This shows the ways in which we hurt each other with our thoughts, judgements and self righteousness, and how we can quash the spirit of others, no matter how strong they may appear on the outside. Human beings have an ugly tendency to gang up on and bully those who are different….who threaten their own sense of self just by being who they are.
This card exposes the darker side of human nature. It shows how we can destroy the spirit of others when we allow the lowest, most base aspect of ourselves to take control, or when we encourage or join forces with others to do the same. This card is a warning that we must not look away; it is only when we acknowledge the worst and recognise it in ourselves and others that we can take action for positive change.
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it” ~ Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin
This card is immediately reminiscent of the zodiac sign of Leo and shares many of the characteristics of people born under this sign, such as loyalty, devotion, generosity, courage and trustworthiness.
The ‘strength’ symbolised in this card represents a gentle fierceness which although extremely powerful uses a softly softly approach to problems and dilemmas. This person will never use a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ although they certainly possess the power to do so if they were so inclined. Instead they will always prefer to use patience, perseverance and kindness rather than strong arm tactics or brute force.
The infinity symbol on the lions forehead shows the infinite wisdom and inner strength to do what is right in any given situation. This person will always find the courage within their heart to follow their intuition even though it may not always be the easiest option.
The lion has mastered his own mind and tamed the beast within, allowing him to always display the utmost self control and mastery, and implicit trust in the guidance of his inner wisdom.
This week, if the situation arises, try to emulate the lion in the Strength card to help you deal successfully with any issues that come up in your life.
The randomly selected card for the upcoming week is the Seven of Wands.
The first thing that comes to mind on studying this card is the need to stand firm in the face of opposition. If you need to defend yourself this week, maintain courage in your convictions and make sure that you remain true to yourself. If you have to stand alone, stand tall and be a beacon in the darkness!
It could also be that you have lost some of the fire in your belly and your fighting spirit? Maybe you need to add a bit of spice to your life and shake up a stale, boring routine. Let your own flame burn brightly and honour your passions. Find the fire and confidence inside either to stand up for your beliefs or who you are as a person, or to find it again when you’re in a dark place.
This card could also indicate that it is your turn to shine and take centre stage in the limelight, and to bask in the admiration and respect of others.
This burning torch will always provide a quiet but powerful light, illuminating our inner guidance, inspiration and direction. Focus on it and forge ahead with faith and self belief.
The tarot suit of Cups is all about emotion, feelings and relationships, and so the Mother of Cups is the queen of this realm. She is powerful and fierce whilst simultaneously being protective and nurturing. She is depicted as a swan in this deck which perfectly describes her ability to be compassionate and empathic, but also extremely aggressive if pushed.
She is highly sensitive to the vibes around her, so much so that her insightful intuition can border on the prophetic or psychic at times. This gives her a reputation for being deep and mysterious, inhabiting as she does the realms of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Here dreams are dreamt and magic happens.
She is associated with the unknown…..where gut instinct and perceptive hunches are the modus operandi. A place of spirituality and receptivity which is symbolised in this card by the sparkling blue, pink and purple stars which twinkle in the darkness of the night sky behind her.
When this card appears it is time to take note of your dreams and intuition by turning your attention inward. Use creative visualisation and magic to bend reality to mirror your deeply held wishes.
There is a time and place for rationality and logic, but this week tap into the traits of the Mother of Cups within yourself. Use her emotional sensitivity, intuition and empathy and trust that in the situations you encounter this week they will be the way to achieve the best results.
The Daughter of Pentacles holds the energy of curious, alert exploration and discovery and keen instincts. She is sweet natured and kind and although she can be shy and watchful she has an alertness and curiosity which means she is constantly learning about the world around her….not in an intellectual or theoretical sense, but by hands on experience.
This young fawn has much to learn and discover about life, but she is keen to get stuck in. She uses the power of trial and error to experiment with what works and what doesn’t.
Accept where you are in your life and use the resources you’ve got. Where your current approach is working, keep it up! Take ownership of your own progress and development and assess areas where you need to build your skills and confidence further. The rainbow and pentacle towards the top of the card show the enormous potential for growth and development on the material plane.
The Daughter of Pentacles can also signify that a new start, new dreams and greater prosperity may be on the horizon. To draw in the perfect circumstances and opportunities to relaunch your life and bring new inspiration, enthusiasm and passion to a project or experience, it is important to make a plan, stay focused, and make it happen!
She could be described as a child of nature, and this may be a message that it is time to embrace the healing energy of the earth in your own life. Try to get outside and experience the wild, raw energy of the natural world and soak up the healing available when you recalibrate your life and get back in touch with your own sense of wildness.
As always with the tarot the energy of the Daughter of Pentacles could be an energy we need to develop within ourselves, or alternatively it may be that we will be exposed to these character traits within someone we come into contact with this week.
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Seven of Cups, which in The Wild Unknown deck is portrayed as a mind bending optical illusion. Depending on your perspective you might see a pyramid shape with a cup balanced precariously on it’s apex; or looking at it another way, it may appear as a channel or trench with the cup placed at the end.
When this card appears we often have many seemingly interesting and appealing choices. However this card cautions us to take our time and weigh up our options carefully. This could be a classic case of ‘all that glitters is not gold’. Can we trust what is in front of us, or is all not as it seems? Often when there is a plethora of options it can lead to confusion and paralysis making it almost impossible to make a decision.
So this week we need to be very clear on what it is we really want, and beware of being taken in by a mesmerising fantasy which may subsequently crumble to dust. Don’t be tricked into falling for a scenario which turns out to be no more than smoke and mirrors with no real substance.
This weeks randomly selected card is the Father of Wands. As always when working with the energy of the tarot this could relate to a man or a woman, or to qualities within yourself which should be brought to the fore at this time.
The Father of Wands is highly creative, charismatic and intelligent. This person is a natural leader who can inspire, encourage and motivate others. They are very confident in their abilities and extremely ambitious and goal oriented. So much so, that sometimes these traits can be taken a step too far and spill over into ruthlessness or showing off.
It is fair to say that the Father of Wands character is very easily bored so needs constant stoking of the fires of inspiration if they are to maintain long term interest in a project or creative endeavour.
Nothing fazes or scares the Father of Wands, and although this character doesn’t go looking for trouble they can be intimidating and become aggressive if confronted. They certainly have a hot and fiery temper, and a flair for the dramatic! This is definitely someone you do not mess around with as they are more than capable of defending their domain and will not shirk from doing so with vigour.
The Father of Wands is a reminder this week not to shy away from our own power. Be the flamboyant, force of nature that you know you can be! What is it that you want to create in your own life, and which skills and strengths can you utilise to make it happen? Have you got plans that feel both exciting and inspiring but also grounded and workable? If so, try out the Father of Wands approach to life and see what you are capable of manifesting!
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Ace of Swords. In the tarot deck an Ace is akin to a seed which contains the essence of the suit….in this case Swords, which represent ideas, the intellect and communication.
In this card we see a brilliant white sword which stands straight up, piercing the black of the night sky. This symbolises truth and clarity and can indicate that any hidden motives or agendas are about to be exposed, for better or worse.
The white lightening which zigzags across the sky represents those brief moments of illumination and insight when we suddenly see the truth of something, or experience a light-bulb moment. Although these revelations can come and go in a flash, what has been revealed can never be forgotten and remains an everlasting truth in our lives, symbolised by the rainbow coloured lemniscate coiled around the hilt of the sword.
The Ace of Swords also heralds the arrival of inspiration, new ideas and fresh perspectives. However at this stage the insight it brings is just pure potential and it is up to us to put in the work and focus to bring these embryonic beginnings to manifestation and fruition. The lightening in the card can be viewed as both dangerous and inspiring, reflecting the fact that sometimes new and exciting ideas can seem threatening in the way that they often shake up the status quo.
I hope that this week you receive some amazing insights and flashes of illumination which spark off new beginnings in your life! Let us know in the comments below if the Ace of Swords visits you over the upcoming week.