You may feel a sense of urgency to break free from entanglements which have kept you mired in powerlessness and hopelessness for too long. You are coming from a dark, confusing place but know that it is possible to soar clear of all that has been holding you back and shackling you, into the clear sky of clarity and freedom. Up, up and away into the clear blue yonder!
The Three of Swords puts me in mind of an emotional entanglement such as an affair. It is as if three people are bound together in a very painful, tumultuous and confusing situation, and it seems that “three is a crowd”. Although they probably wish they could break free, the emotional ties which bind them together won’t loosen their grip. It is as if they are trapped, suffocated and overwhelmed. The centre of the card is black suggesting that they can’t see a way out of this situation; however the periphery is white which seems to say that there is hope and relief on the horizon.
To me it also speaks of a divorce or separation and the devastating effects this might have on all those involved. This looks like an archetypal ménage a trois situation, where no one is going to emerge unscathed. It could also highlight a familial situation where a child or other innocent party is trapped in the middle between two warring factions. Unfortunately the smallest, most vulnerable sword is the one which is bleeding most profusely, pointing to the fact that the most powerless in these scenarios often come off worst.
Because the suit of swords relates to the mental realm, it has a strong association with the mind-body connection. When we have painful thoughts we feel that pain in our body….hence the word ‘heartbreak’.
This card can therefore speak of the ways in which we create and deepen our pain with thoughts and words. If you are currently experiencing painful thoughts, this card asks you to consider how your thoughts themselves may be exacerbating your struggle.
The card for the upcoming week is the Nine of Cups, also known as the “wish card”.
If you look closely you will see that the cups are arranged in an inverted horseshoe shape, which is traditionally a symbol of good look and prosperity.
The colours graduate from a beautiful serene blue at the bottom of the card, to a gorgeous rosy pink at the top. It puts me in mind of a heavenly sunrise or sunset over a tranquil sea. The colours suggest that everything in the emotional garden is currently rosy and relationships, either familial or romantic are going through a settled and harmonious phase.
If you notice the cups all look full and they are stable and solid rather than teetering on slender stems that may topple over or snap at any moment. In this way they likely mirror a relationship which is rock solid and built on strong foundations. It may not be in the first flush of romance and trying to impress with grand gestures and flashy, extravagant gifts, but it does have the advantage of having moved on to the next level of quiet comfort, warmth and support. This is probably a relationship that you can rely on and trust to be there for you.
So, the romance may have paled somewhat, and perhaps sometimes you look at others and wish that your partner still showered you with gifts and that you were still in the exciting and intoxicatingly first flush of love? However, “be careful what you wish for” as outward appearances can be deceptive, and it is likely that your partnership although it may not be perfect, is the real deal.
The card I drew today from The Wild Unknown is the Six of Cups. This card seems to hark back to a much richer and rosier past. The tangle of multicoloured roots seem to suggest that when we look back with nostalgia, things seem more vibrant and exciting. However, when we don our rose tinted specs sometimes we can have a distorted and skewed vision of what came before, making the present seem dull and lack lustre in comparison. Especially if we had a happy and contented early life, it can seem as if some of the shine is being taken off as we age. Nothing seems as fresh or new anymore and we become jaded and cynical.
However, what we must remember is that all any of us has is the “now”, and if we spend all our time wishing to be transported back to a magical and mythical time of the past, we are in danger of completely missing our present and future.
Of course it’s great to look back on the happy memories of the past; just not so great if we get trapped there and waste the opportunity to make more awesome memories in the here and now.
If after careful and realistic consideration you genuinely believe that all your best times are behind you, then it’s time to reintegrate some of the people, places and activities that used to bring you joy! Think about some of your former passions and how you can reincorporate them into your life today. Start making new memories that you can look back on with warm, fuzzy feelings in years to come.
This weeks randomly drawn card is The Moon. It speaks of the inner landscape of intuition, dreams, the unconscious and the Shadow Self.
This is an untamed landscape which can be scary and where things aren’t always as they seem. If you venture into the woods in the dead of night it can be confusing and difficult to get your bearings. Your imagination can play tricks on you, bringing fears and anxieties to the surface. What is real and what is imagined? It would be easy to descend into a kind of madness in this bewildering world of illusion and deception.
However, this night time world of psychic exploration can also yield pure magic. By diving deep into the domain of the imagination, dreams and intuition it is possible to unearth buried treasure. Often the only way to navigate this world is by being guided only by your inner voice of wisdom and intuition. Even when you have lost your way your inner GPS will bring you safely home and back to yourself.
So, the advice for this week is to listen closely to that ‘still small voice within’. Something may not be as it appears so trust your instincts and hunches. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, and to any flashes of intuition which come out of nowhere. Your inner wisdom will not see you go wrong.
Until next week,
The Sun card in the tarot speaks of joy, radiance and warmth. It is an exceptionally positive, uplifting symbol, illuminating a need to have confidence and optimism in life and in yourself.
The Sun is life giving and life affirming, but in too large a dose is also destructive and harmful. This is a metaphor for maintaining a sense of balance. The Sun’s energy has to work in conjunction with the position of our beautiful blue marble of a planet to create paradise. Any further away and it would be too cold to sustain life, and any nearer and we’d be burnt to a frazzle!
Although we often complain in the UK that we don’t see enough of the sun, this means that it’s imperative to spend as much time as we can outside to bask in the healing energy of the sun whenever the opportunity arises. It gives us a sense of freedom, focus and clarity and helps to illuminate our path. This is a time to make sure that we don’t stray into the darkness, but instead bask in the warmth and radiance of our true light and power. Find your inner peace and then spread joy, peace and love to the four corners of the earth.
The Sun declares that you CAN do whatever your heart desires. At this time, you have the vision, will and confidence to go after your deepest aspirations and passions. So let the sun inspire you and ignite your imagination to create the life you have always craved, and which you so richly deserve.
The randomly drawn card for the upcoming week is Death, which on first impressions can appear to be a very scary prospect indeed! However, please don’t be alarmed as this card can also signify much more positive occurrences. Although the Death card may herald big changes, often unexpected, and may feel as though we are all caught up in the path of events we cannot escape, ultimately it can usher in new ways of being and new possibilities which could never have been envisioned before this cataclysmic, life changing chapter unfolded.
These types of major turning points and times of reckoning also give an amazing opportunity for renewal and transformation. Of course many of us may not have chosen for this situation to occur, but out of this ending can emerge a new beginning…..bigger and better than before, and give birth to something more valuable and powerful. Exercising our creative imaginations will allow us to visualise new possibilities.
During this period of transition it can be difficult to see in which way the jigsaw puzzle is going to fit back together, but soon new constructive patterns will begin to emerge. We are given an opportunity to take a step back before moving forward in our quest to build a better, stronger and more resilient global community.
Out of such profound change will hopefully be born a new paradigm of strength and determination to ensure that what comes next is an improved, inclusive and more positive version of consensus reality.
This card indicates the need for vigilance and awareness of the motives of others. Is everything as it seems, or is someone trying to conceal something or deceive in some way? Equally it could be that we have something to hide or that we are keeping some information under wraps. Sometimes it is necessary to play our cards close to our chest depending on the situation or circumstances we find ourselves in. There are times when a tactical and strategic approach is the way to go.
Well, what can I say about this card? At first sight it looks like the stuff of horror movies, with it’s discombobulated collection of eyeballs, maggots and jaw bone.
When this card comes out it is usually an indication that there is a lot of worrying going on at present. This is the kind of worry that keeps us wide awake at night and seems far worse in the dark than in the light of day. These can be vague fears and worries which gnaw away at us leaving residual anxiety and a sense of vulnerability. Often they are more of an internal product of the mind rather than based on anything real out there in the world, but nevertheless can cause disturbed sleep in the form of insomnia or nightmares and be magnified to frightening proportions. Sometimes problems are over analysed and picked apart causing undue stress and worry. This is the kind of energy which has us embroiled in an overactive imagination which churns out terrifying visions and worst case scenarios.
These deepest, darkest fears can spill over into our everyday lives filling us with a sense of unease and forbodeing.
If you are experiencing this kind of unsettling mental unrest at the moment the best thing to do is to try and get a few good nights sleep ( which I know is easier said than done!). If you can manage this it will help to get these rampaging negative thoughts under control and hopefully give you a sense of perspective. Remember with this card that a lot of the fears and worries are likely to be a product of your own mind and don’t necessarily have any basis in reality. Often our imagination can be our own worst enemy, and if we can avoid getting overtired, over stressed and rundown, then this will go a long way towards curbing these negative excesses of the mind.
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!