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~ “A world ends when its metaphor has died.” ~

— Archibald MacLeish

According to Dictionary.com, A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison. It is also applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. “All the world’s a stage”

In her book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Mary K Greer states that “Tarot imparts information via symbol and metaphor – the stock-in-trade of a reading. Metaphors express what cannot be told in any other way, prompting pictures that trigger the imagistic unconscious mind and bypass the critical conscious mind. As a basic mechanism for understanding our experience, metaphors convey in very few words the essence of a card meaning by evoking emotions, sensations, and memories.”

In other words, we tend to experience metaphors on a physical, emotional, mental, and sometimes even spiritual level. For example, with a phrase like, “The Boy Next Door”, we imagine a young boy in his late teens to early twenties, with the most dreamiest smile ever. A slight blush appears on our cheeks as our lips curl into a shy yet naughty grin, and for some reason, no matter how old we are, we still feel like a young girl crushing away. However, with a phrase like, “Prima Donna”, immediately roll our eyes as we imagine this beautiful yet over-the-top-drama-queen that believes the world revolves around her, and everything that happens is always all about her.

So in this step, we learn how to access symbolic information embedded in cliches, aphorisms, puns, song lyrics, proverbs, and even movie quotes; for they can evoke personal experiences and trigger remembrances that vary from person to person and change with changing circumstances, but can serve us very well when reading a Tarot Card. For example, “I was your fortress you had to burn” from Madonna’s Power of Goodbye can so be used for “The Tower”. Or the phrase, “Crying over spilled milk” is so very “5 of Cups”.

So without any further delay, let us list as many metaphors we can with our chosen card – The 6 of Swords

6 of Swords - Legacy of the Divine Tarot

6 of Swords

Go with the flow

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Obstacle Course

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Piercing Depths

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Sailing through troubled waters

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Labyrinth of the human mind

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Moving to calmer waters

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Guiding Light

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Navigating by Heart-Light

(Suggested by Lisa Lloyd)

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Ripple-Effect/Ripples in Time

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Leaving on a Jet-Plane

(Suggested by Submerina)

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Like a bridge over troubled waters

(Suggested by Submerina)

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The Windmills of the Mind

(Suggested by Helen)

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How do we use metaphors to understand the card better, and also apply it to our reading? Well, the best example I can cite is my own personal experience with not just the 6 of Swords, but with exploring all the various steps within my journey. As mentioned in Step 1, the card chose me, I didn’t choose the card. So in a way, the message I got from the card was –

“I shall be your guiding light throughout your journey. I shall help you sail through the troubled waters within the labyrinth of your human mind.”

Pretty cool huh?

Can you think of some more metaphors for the 6 of Swords?

Can you think of some metaphors for your chosen card?

Give it a try, and have as much fun as you can :D.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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~ “A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.” ~

— Guillaume Apollinaire

In the previous steps in our jouney, we’ve been focusing mostly on intuitive methods of reading a Tarot Card. While, those are wonderful ways of not only enhancing our understanding and appreciation of the Tarot, as well as, expanding our own intuitive abilities; it’s also important for us to understand the basic structure of a Tarot Card. By ‘structure’, I mean the card’s Number, Mode, Suit, and Element.

Reading a card on an ‘intuitive’ level does bring an extra depth to a reading, however, sometimes even the most intuitive of readers tend to blank out in the middle of a reading because they are just unable to ‘get’ a card. It’s normal – we’re human beings. We have our moments. Also, not all readings require us to go ever so deep into a card. A quick, no frills, blunt interpretation of the card at times is more appreciated than a long detailed descriptive one that we’ve ‘channeled’. It’s kinda like those days when you just crave a Big Mac and fries, and know that Fois Gras or Coq au Vin can’t satisfy you.

In her book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Mary K Greer has dedicated two separate chapters on exploring the structure of a card. One entirely focusing on the card’s Number, while the second focusing on the card’s Mode, Suit, and Element. I however, have decided to include them within a single posting, mainly because at this point, I’m only focusing on the ‘Way of the Apprentice’ exercises, as well as, I feel that each aspect is essential to the card’s structural make-up, and thus enable us to enhance our understanding of the card when applied together, than separately.

So without further delay, let’s delve into the structural aspect of our given card – The 6 of Swords

6 of Swords - Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Number

The number of our given card is ‘6’. Six is the number of equilibrium, as well as, balance, harmony, health, and time. Pythagoras considered the number 6 as the form of forms, the perfection of all the parts, and associated it with immortality. In Christian symbolism, 6 is also considered as the number of perfection, as God created the world in 6 days. According to the Kabbalah, 6 represents beauty and creation (Tiphareth). According to the Chaldean system of Numerology, 6 is associated with the planet Venus, and thus represents a feminine/yin energy that is pleasant, harmonious, settled, and peaceful, and emphasizes on love, beauty, relationships, diplomacy, and resolution.

Applying it to the card:- Seeking calmer waters. Releasing Tension. Moving away from chaos and anxiety and entering a more peaceful state where balance and harmony are restored.

Mode

In Tarot, Modes are the four unit divisions of the deck; i.e. Majors/Trumps, Court Cards, Aces, and Minor Pips (Numbered cards from 2 – 10). The 6 of Swords is a Minor Pip card, which represents the ‘What?’. They describe the situation and events that are occuring within our lives, as well as, what exactly we are dealing with and what action we can take to deal with it.

Applying it to the card:- Journey. Travel. Transition. Change. Progress.

Suit

The given card belongs to the Suit of Swords. Swords represent the qualities necessary to survive, especially boldness, dexterity, efficiency, alertness, and courage. They also allow us to observe scenes from our life without emotion and somewhat detached, critical, and allow us to discriminate fairly. Swords are also indicative of struggles or conflict, and point to a need for making decisions to shape our lives. They cut through all the drama and BS surrounding us, offering us clarity.

Applying it to the card:- Detaching ourselves emotionally as we release the past and enter our future. In order to sail through a time of struggle and difficulty, we need to detach ourselves from all the BS and focus on the things that matter. Critical and objective reflection is required in order to gain an understanding of our situation and achieve clarity.

Element

The given card belongs to the element of Air. Air represents our mind, intellect, logic, reason, rationality, and our ability to communicate. In a psychological context, Air corresponds to nimble analysis, flexible discrimination, and therefore to ideas, ideals, and knowledge acquired through study and education.

Applying it to the card:- Transferring ideas, data, and thoughts. Channel of Communication. Education helps us move from the ‘dark’ and into the ‘light’ by opening our minds and expanding our horizons.

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As you can see, just by examining the various aspects of the overall structure of the card, we discover quick and to-the-point interpretations of the given card. This way, whenever we go through an ‘intuitive dry-spell’, we can still tap into the wisdom within the card and gain the answers we seek. In a way, it almost gives us a ‘scientific’ way of analyzing and interpreting the Tarot.

Stay tuned for Step 7: Synthesis, where we shall combine the various structural aspects of the card and expand on our abilities of interpretation.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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~ “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.” ~

–Gautama  Buddha

The Suit of Swords is associated with the element of Air. Swords represent the qualities necessary to survive the constant struggles we face in life. It also is a suit of mental energies, reason, logic, and judgment – all things that stand separate and distinct from our emotions. A desire for truth and a need for discrimination and intellectual analysis are often indicated by this suit. Within a reading, an excess of Swords could represent things like detachment, emotional-coldness, anxiety, restlessness; as well as, insomnia, hyper-metabolism, and insensitivity. A lack or absence of Swords could represent listlessness, fatigue, dullness, stagnation, blocked communication, as well as, an inability to express oneself.

The following are a list of keywords for the suit of Swords. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the suit of Cups on its whole.

  • SWORDS:

    • Alternative Titles: Blades, Spades, Knives, Scimitars, Arrows, Feathers.
    • Element: Air
    • Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini.
    • Planets: Mercury, Uranus.
    • Style: Storming, Freezing, Striving, Communicating, Cutting, Confronting
    • Jungian Function: Thinking
    • Colors: Sky-Blue, Grey, White.
    • Season: Spring (some sources say autumn as it represents the sign of Libra)
    • Direction: East
    • Time of Day: Dawn
    • Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.
    • Keywords: Strife. Tension. Conflict. Struggle. Communication. Travel. Powerful. Intelligence. Foresight. Boldness. Reason. Logic. Sarcasm. Threats. Legal Actions. Surgery. Cutting. Accidents. Justice. Truth. Detachments. Separations. Moving On. Mental Activity.

 

  • ACE OF SWORDS

    Ace of Swords - Archeon Tarot

The Root of the Powers of Air

    • Astrology: The Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces Quadrant of the Zodiac.
    • Chart Position: 0 Capricorn to 30 Pisces
    • Dates: December 22nd to March 21st
    • Qabalah: Kether (Crown) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Power. Courage. Fresh Ideas. Authority
    • Negative Keywords: Threats. Sarcasm. Pessimism. Cynicism.
    • Affirmation: I am a channel of Divine Expression. It is my birthright to live life fully and communicate freely. I now take charge of my life.

 

  • TWO OF SWORDS

    2 of Swords - Archeon Tarot

Lord of Peace Restored

    • Astrology: Moon in Libra
    • Chart Position: 0 Libra to 10 Libra
    • Dates: September  23rd to October 2nd
    • Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Making Peace. Compromise. Equilibrium. Self-Protective.
    • Negative Keywords: Blocked Emotions. Uncertainty. Procrastination. Delays.
    • Affirmation: I am in perfect harmony and balance with myself and the world around me. I am safe and secure within my skin.

 

  • THREE OF SWORDS

    3 of Swords - Archeon Tarot

Lord of Sorrow

    • Astrology: Saturn in Libra
    • Chart Position: 10 Libra to 20 Libra
    • Dates: October 2nd to October 12th
    • Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Recovery. Karmic Lessons. Wisdom from Pain. Coming to Terms.
    • Negative Keywords: Heartbreak. Disharmony. Rejection. Mourning.
    • Affirmation: I dissolve all past problems with ease. Only love is real.

 

  • FOUR OF SWORDS

    4 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Rest from Strife

    • Astrology: Jupiter in Libra
    • Chart Position: 20 Libra to 30 Libra
    • Dates: October 13th to October 22nd
    • Qabalah: Chesed (Mercy) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Recuperation. Introspection. Healing. Meditation.
    • Negative Keywords: Isolation. Discontent. Banishments. Detention.
    • Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.

 

  • FIVE OF SWORDS

    5 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Defeat

    • Astrology: Venus in Aquarius
    • Chart Position: 0 Aquarius to 10 Aquarius
    • Dates: January 20th to January 29th
    • Qabalah: Geburah (Severity) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Letting Go. End of Attacks. Treachery Revealed. Detachment from Negativity.
    • Negative Keywords: Malice. Ridicule. False Pride. Negativity.
    • Affirmation: It is safe for me to experience joy in every area of my life. I love life.

 

  • SIX OF SWORDS

    6 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Earned Success

    • Astrology: Mercury in Aquarius
    • Chart Position: 10 Aquarius to 20 Aquarius
    • Dates: January 30th to February 8th
    • Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Moving on. Smooth Sailing. Beneficial Changes. Travel.
    • Negative Keywords: Tentative. Fearful. Standstill. Postponements.
    • Affirmation: I open my heart and create only loving communication. I am safe. I am well.

 

  • SEVEN OF SWORDS

    7 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Unstable Effort

    • Astrology: Moon in Aquarius
    • Chart Position: 20 Aquarius to 30 Aquarius
    • Dates: February 9th to February 18th
    • Qabalah: Netzach (Victory) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Apology. Constructive Criticism. Wit. ‘Coming Out’.
    • Negative Keywords: Guile. Thievery. Futility. Deception.
    • Affirmation: I am true to others. I am true to myself. I now lead a life of truth and authenticity. The truth sets me free.

 

  • EIGHT OF SWORDS

    8 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Shortened Force

    • Astrology: Jupiter in Gemini
    • Chart Position: 0 Gemini to 10 Gemini
    • Dates: May 21st to May 31st
    • Qabalah: Hod (Splendor) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Transcending Destiny. Overcoming Obstacles through hard work. Release.
    • Negative Keywords: Interference. Entrapment. Blockage. Viscous Circle.
    • Affirmation: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of Life. I lovingly live life to the fullest.

 

  • NINE OF SWORDS

    9 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Despair and Cruelty

    • Astrology: Mars in Gemini
    • Chart Position: 10 Gemini to 20 Gemini
    • Dates: June 1st to June 10th
    • Qabalah: Yesod (Foundation) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: Soul-Searching. Shadow-Work. Prayer. Mind-Healing.
    • Negative Keywords: Nightmares. Guilt. Suffering. Depression.
    • Affirmation: I declare peace and harmony within me and around me. All is well.

 

  • TEN OF SWORDS

    10 of Swords - The Archeon Tarot

Lord of Ruin

    • Astrology: Sun in Gemini
    • Chart Position: 20 Gemini to 30 Gemini
    • Dates: June 11th to June 20th
    • Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Positive Keywords: New Beginnings. Rebirth. Liberation. Silver-Lining.
    • Negative Keywords: Failure. Hitting Rock-Bottom. Affliction. Back-Stabbing
    • Affirmation: As I love and approve of myself, I create a joyful, peaceful world to live in.

All card images are from The Archeon Tarot by Tim Lantz. Pleace click HERE to purchase this hauntingly lovely deck.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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