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.
The World symbolises the completion of something and the beginning of something new. Life is an ever evolving spiral dance where we slough off the old in order to embrace the new. The rainbow colours around the outer circle signify positive new developments, and the stars sparkling in the night sky remind us to never lose hope or wonder. Always remember to wish upon a star and have faith that your dreams will come true.
New beginnings in the emotional sphere may become apparent today. Even relationships that you thought had breathed their last might suddenly, miraculously spring back to life, stronger and deeper than they have ever been before. A refreshing wind is blowing through your life and taking any cobwebs and stuck, stale energy away in its wake. Emotional and creative endeavours have the potential to get a whole lot better!
Today amazing things might be right under your nose but you’re just not seeing them. You might even feel bored and disillusioned with life, even though those on the outside looking in may feel quite envious of what you seem to have. Maybe over time you have grown nonchalant and unappreciative of all the good in your life? Today would be a good opportunity to remind yourself how much you have to be grateful for.
Whatever you’re doing today have faith and confidence in yourself. The Mother of Wands epitomises fiery, creative energy; you are more than a match for anyone you come into contact with today who is being difficult or prickly. You won’t stand for any nonsense or disrespect, but then again you aren’t one to go looking for trouble unless it seeks you out. Anyone who decides to take you on today may get more than they bargain for.
Today rise above any difficulties and snags. If you’ve been beset by problems expect to leave these behind now as you soar up up and away into the clear skies that bekon you onwards. This is a time of transformation and fresh starts. If you are looking for a new beginning in any area of life now is the time!
Watch yourself today for self sabotaging or self destructive actions or thoughts. If critical, hateful, self attacking and self denigrating thoughts and ideas come up, cut them off short. Be your own best friend and treat yourself with the kindness and compassion you would naturally extend to a precious loved one or friend.
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
Today requires knuckling down and working methodically through the tasks at hand. The Son of Pentacles is not the most dynamic character but he is dogged and determined and can be relied on to get things done. So, the best way to approach the day is head on and be prepared to get your hands dirty.
Be careful today that you don’t ‘cut your nose off to spite your face’. It would be easy to get embroiled in something which turns out to be self destructive; you may win the battle but end up losing the war. Probably best to walk away from conflict if you can.