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~ “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ~

– Anthony Robbins

One of the best ways to determine what a reading about is to ask questions. Questions not only stimulate the energies that reveal a life pattern, but also enable us to break out of the habit of blindly making assumptions and taking things for granted. Even what we deem as a ‘silly question’, can end up revealing a whole lot about a card. For example, if the 9 of Cups is the card of Happiness, why (in the RWS deck) is the man sitting alone with his arms folded (a body language cue that he wants to be left alone)?

In this Step, we need to go back to the description of our chosen card, and based on it, ask any 3 open-ended questions. The best part about this is that we don’t really need to give a ‘correct’ answer! Yes, we can make up our own answer to our own self-imposed open-ended question. After all, we do contain the answers to the universes greatest mysteries within ourselves (we just need to search deeper than we think), so surely answering such questions should be a snap for us!

However, while we do this, we might just be reminded of a past event within our own lives. This ‘snapshot’ memory image could posses vital clues that would not only help us understand our chosen card, but Tarot as a whole.

So let’s go back to the description of our chosen card…

6 of Swords - Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Two people are standing on a boat/vessel that appears to be made of wood with intricate carvings. The woman stands in front, wearing sapphire color robes. Her arm is bare, but is adorned with bracelets around her forearm and bicep. She wears a golden tiara, and her  brown hair, though thick and long, are loosely tied with what appear to be golden beads.

The other figure wears a dark robe with a hood that covers their face, making it all the more difficult to decipher whether it is a man or a woman. Both it’s hands are on the steering rod, from which a chain dangles. Behind this figure is a golden/yellow light orb that though bright, makes it all the more hard to decipher the figure’s gender.

Above them, three swords dangle, suspended with metallic chains. One is right in front of the woman, and one right behind the second figure. The third being the largest of them, dangles in the middle. All three swords have a circular jewel embedded within, which has the purple-ish color of amethyst. Behind the three swords are two chandeliers which hold candles. Behind the middle sword, a bright white light glows.

In the water below, there are three more swords. The one in the middle is closest to the boat, while the other two are spaced further away. The one on the left of the card seems to have a jewel similar to the ones above (we can’t see clearly with the other two swords because that particular area is covered by the water).

The water below is full of ripples, distorting the reflection of the boat, while the walls of the area they are in seem to have carvings of a similar nature on each and everyone of them. Beyond the boat, there seems to be an archway, but due to the darkness we cannot see what’s on the other side clearly.

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Going over this description over and over,  I can think of more than just 3 open ended questions, but if I begin asking them out loud, this would end up being a massive post, and thus would run the risk of boring you (I refuse to let that happen, I care about you, my readers, with all my heart). So hence, will pick the 3 most ‘interesting’ ones of the lot ;).

QUESTION ONE:

“… her  brown hair, though thick and long, are loosely tied with what appear to be golden beads.

Why are her hair loosely tied? And why with golden beads of all things?

Her hair are loosely tied because if they are tied too tight, it might just make it hard for her to think straight. After all, tying hair up too tight would always lead to massive headaches*, and considering where they are, I’m sure the Princess would prefer it if she could think clearly without a headache. However, considering she is a Princess, she would ensure her hair, though loosely tied, would appear neat and well-groomed. The fact that her hair are thick and long, indicates a healthy body,  a tension free mind, and a well-developed crown chakra (seriously, it’s true!). This shows she’s balanced on a body-mind- and soul level (and if you remember in Step 5, the number 6 was a number of ‘Balance and Harmony’ among other things).

The golden beads not only signify her royal heritage, but also her intellectual prowess. Alchemist believed Gold represented the perfection of all matter on any level, including that of the mind, spirit, and soul. Gold is also the most malleable and ductile metal, often made into threads or extremely thin sheets (gold leaf), as well as, intricate ornate jewelry and large bulky slabs and bullion. Thereby symbolizing the incredibly depth, purity, and versatility of the Princess’ mind. gold is a good reflector of electromagnetic radiation such as infrared and visible light as well as radio waves, it is used for the protective coatings on many artificial satellites, in infrared protective faceplates in thermal protection suits and astronauts’ helmets and in electronic warfare planes like the EA-6B Prowler. Thereby indicating that her mind is protected from all outside ‘interference’ and ‘pollutants’, allowing her to remain focused with ‘pure’ intentions.

(* The minute I wrote that, I got a ‘Snapshot’ of when I was about 10. I had really long hair back then – long story – and would often try to braid my hair to resemble my sister. I remember I did so too tight, and thus got the worst headache ever! So horrible, that when I was playing on the swings in the park, I got so giddy, that I fell off my swing and hurt myself horribly. Luckily there was soft sand below the swing, so my fall wasn’t as drastic, but the gashes on my arms and legs were horrible.)

QUESTION TWO:

Above them, three swords dangle … In the water below, there are three more swords”

What’s the deal with 3 Swords above and 3 Swords below?

Hmmm… Well, this is a bit of a toughie. However, I’m going to go with a bit of a ‘creative’ take on it.

This reminded me of the old saying, “As above so below”. This phrase is often circulated throughout esoteric texts and has been quoted numerous times. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.”

In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, mental, and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. So if air represents our ‘thoughts’, while water represents our ‘psyche’; the placement of the swords could perhaps represent the connection between our conscious ‘thinking’ mind and our subconscious mind that’s deep like the ocean.

Now, to get a little more creative –  there are 3 swords above and 3 below. Perhaps the 3 of Swords plays an important role. The 3 Swords above could represent the Princess having to deal with numerous issues like heartbreak, betrayal, mourning. And maybe she’s wondering ‘why’ did she have to experience such things. Through her journey, she gets to the psychological root of her issues, and realizes that due to all this conditioning that’s occurred over the years, she’s been inviting all sorts of 3 of Swords like experiences within her life. Thus realizing how the Law of Attraction comes into play*.

(* As I wrote this, I had another ‘Snapshot’ flash before me. Earlier this year, I was totally 3 of Sworded by someone I cared deeply about. So painful the experience was, that I had a major breakdown. It was indeed a dark time within my life. After a few sessions with a spiritual healer and karmic counselor, I not only discovered the psychological and emotional roots of why I invited such an experience within my life, but also discovered the past life connections between us. Doing so gave me a better understanding of the entire situation, and thus helped me move on and heal from the experience.)

QUESTION THREE:

“…boat/vessel that appears to be made of wood…”

Why is the boat/vessel made of wood?

Well, the answer for that comes from Feng Shui. The Wood Element is associated with Spring – The season of new beginnings and renewal. Wood periods are a time for healing, for bestowing favors, for helping others, for beginning projects and time for initial growth both personally and professionally; thus representing the Princess floating away from the ‘winter of her life’ and entering a new phase of her life, filled with a renewed sense of hope. It’s interesting to note that Wood is nourished by Water, but destroyed by Metal (Swords are made of metal), so in a way, this is quite a balancing act of a journey for the Princess.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, Wood rules the Liver, and one of the primary functions of the Liver is ‘detoxification’; thus symbolizing a cleansing  process of sorts. According to various schools of holistic healing, the Liver is considered the ‘seat of anger’, and the primary emotion of Wood is anger as well.* Thus showing the importance of having a healthy way of expressing anger. If suppressed for too long within, it turns toxic for our souls. If expressed carelessly, it could lead to disastrous consequences. Similarly, the vessel needs to be navigated with care, else it could strike against a sword, causing it to sink like the Titanic.

(* At this point, I had another ‘Snapshot’ flash. This was about 18 months ago, when I was initiated into Reiki. During my Level II initiation, I was taught about psycho-somatic causes of all dis-eases, as well as, the various connection between the mind, body, and soul. My Reiki Teacher actually used those very words, “Liver is the seat of anger”, and she spoke of how people with dull brittle nails, excessive restlenessness, menstrual/gynecological problems, and blurry vision/eye disorders, etc have weak livers, and thus either suppress their anger or have a vicious temper. A week later, I had a blind date with someone I met from the internet. Over our chats online, he seemed really sweet, funny, and incredibly grounded. And when we met, he seemed ever so mellow. However, while he got up to excuse himself to go to the men’s room, I noticed he had really dull nails. Even though he manicured them regularly, there was a certain dullness to them. When he returned, I noticed his cuticles were nitpicked intensely. He kept on shifting in his seat, unable to really sit still for a minute. My ZiZi-senses (my own spin on Spidey-Senses) were tingling, and not in a good way. Throughout the evening, he remained quite mellow, leaving me to believe I was just imagining things. However, when it came time to pay the bill and leave, he got into an arguement with our waiter over the silliest of issues. I’m not able to recall what it was all about, but it was definitely something trivial. However, he went on and on and on… shouting angrily and belittling the waiter for no legitimate reason. And as he drove me back home, he kept going on and on, ranting and raving about the incident (and yell out a few choice phrases to other motorists). Needless to say, a second date was out of the question).

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Wow, who knew that just by ‘asking questions’, we could discover so much about a card, and even though it might seem random and out of the blue, the ‘answers’ we receive for our questions might just reveal the answers we’ve been seeking all along!

I hope you all enjoyed this Step. Give it a try sometime. Describe the card as explained in Step 2: Description, and then ask open ended questions. I can guarantee, it will be a fun and revelatory experience!

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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This exercise was taken from Mary K Greer’s fantastic book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card. For more information about the exercises and the various ’steps’ click HERE to purchase a copy of this masterpiece that’s a must have for every one ever acquainted with the Tarot.

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~ “To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop” ~

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

As mentioned in the post, Fucking Courts, court cards are one of the most controversial, as well as, confusing, overwhelming, and overall-stress-inducing modes of a Tarot Deck. Primarily, Court Cards either represent an aspect of us (the seeker) or someone within our lives, particularly someone upon whom we’ve ‘projected’ that part of our personality. However, they can also symbolize timing, qualities to embody, spiritual guides, and even events and situations coming into existence; thus making them all the more complicated to interpret.

The Court of Swords are often associated with the mental realm. These are the thinkers, the talkers, and the socialites in our midst. They tend to be more detached and objective in their association with the world and can often seem both friendly and distant. They have a great capacity to draw groups of people together and often tend to know ‘everyone’ due to their love of connection and interaction. However, whenever there is an overemphasis on the thinking and talking function, the Court of Swords find it all the more difficult to reach deeper levels of emotional sensitivity.

The following are a list of keywords for the Court 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 Court of Swords on its whole. And let’s face it, sometimes relating court cards with Celebrities does help.

  • King of Swords

Christian Bale - King of Swords

    • Element: Air of Air
    • Astrology: Fixed Air – Aquarius
    • Chart Position: 20 Capricorn to 20 Aquarius
    • Dates: January 10th to February 8th
    • Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Sun in Capricorn – 4 of Pentacles – 20 Capricorn to 30 Capricorn
      • Second Decan: Venus in Aquarius – 5 of Swords – 0 Aquarius to 10 Aquarius
      • Third Decan: Mercury in Aquarius – 6 of Swords – 10 Aquarius to 20 Aquarius
    • MBTI: ESTJ (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging)
    • KTS: The Supervisor
    • Celebrity Examples: Christian Bale. Tom Selleck. Richard Dean Anderson. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Thomas Edison. Paul Newman. Clark Gable.
    • Positive Keywords: Precision. Rationality. Articulation. Ethical. Discerning.
    • Negative Keywords: Overly Critical. Dictatorial. Severity. Sadism. Ruthlessness.
    • Career Choices: Judge. Technical Writer. Lawyer. Diplomat. Intelligence Services. Anthropology. Professor. Scientist. Research & Development. Surgeon. Environmentalist/Humanitarian.
    • Sport and Recreation: Ice-Skating. Parachuting. Gliding. Deep Sea Diving. Svaroopa Yoga. All things that allow them to feel free and unrestricted.
    • Affirmation: I live up to my ideals with love and with joy. I confidently stand up for what I truly believe.

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  • Queen of Swords

Susan Sarandon - Queen of Swords

    • Element: Water of Air
    • Astrology: Cardinal Air – Libra
    • Chart Position: 20 Virgo to 20 Libra
    • Dates: September 12th to October 12th
    • Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Mercury in Virgo – 10 of Pentacles – 20 Virgo to 30 Virgo
      • Second Decan: Moon in Libra – 2 of Swords – 0 Libra to 10 Libra
      • Third Decan: Saturn in Libra – 3 of Swords – 10 Libra to 20 Libra
    • MBTI: ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging)
    • KTS: The Inspector
    • Celebrity Examples: Barbara Walters. Sigourney Weaver. Heather Locklear. Olivia Newton-John. Julie Andrews. Kelly Rippa. Susan Sarandon.
    • Positive Keywords: Strong Willed. Frankness. Independence. Observant. Self-Disciplined.
    • Negative Keywords: Bitchy. Hypercritical. Vindictive. Hurtful. Dismissive.
    • Career Choices: Academician. Conceptualizer. Writer. Negotiator. Editor. Physicist. Aesthetician. Economist. Scientist. Department Store Buyer.
    • Sport & Recreation: Tennis. Dancing. Kripalu Yoga. Aerobics. Pilates. All things that can be done in groups or with a partner.
    • Affirmation: I am balanced and harmonized with life, and am safe and secure in my expression of love.

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  • Knight of Swords

Zachary Quinto - Knight of Swords

    • Element: Fire of Air
    • Astrology: Mutable Air – Gemini
    • Chart Position: 20 Taurus to 20 Gemini
    • Dates: May 11th to June 10th
    • Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Saturn in Taurus – 7 of Pentacles – 20 Taurus to 30 Taurus
      • Second Decan: Jupiter in Gemini  – 8 of Swords – 0 Gemini to 10 Gemini
      • Third Decan: Mars in Gemini – 9 of Swords – 10 Gemini to 20 Gemini
    • MBTI: ESTP (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Promoter
    • Celebrity Examples: Anderson Cooper. Pete Wentz. Zachary Quinto. Liam Neeson. Laurence Olivier. Mike Myers. Wentworth Miller.
    • Positive Keywords: Analytical. Quick-Witted. Sharp-Minded. Mental Stimulation. Skillful.
    • Negative Keywords: Impatience. Insensitivity. Arrogant. Cynical. Intolerant.
    • Career Choices: Copywriter. Marketing/Sales. Concierge. Debater. Illustrator. Journalist. Linguist. Information Technology. Analyst.
    • Sport and Recreation: Running. Squash. Cycling/Spinning. Skiing. Rollerblading. Anything that’s playful, exciting, and gives them a thrill.
    • Affirmation: I boldly express myself in a unique and creative manner.

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  • Page of Swords

Paris Hilton - Page of Swords

    • Element: Earth of Air
    • Astrology: The Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces Quadrant of the Zodiac
    • Chart Position: 0 Capricorn to 30 Pisces
    • Dates: September 23rd to November 22nd
    • Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • MBTI: ISTP (Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Crafter
    • Celebrity Examples: Taylor Lautner. Mischa Barton. Natalie Portman. Paris Hilton. Ashlee Simpson. Elijah Wood. Shia LaBeouf.
    • Positive Keywords: Clever. Vigilant. Objective. Practical. Alertness.
    • Negative Keywords: Gossip. Defensive. Scathing. Sneaky. Caustic.
    • Career Choices: Student of Law, Science, Anthropology, and Medicine. Computer Programmer. Dispatcher. Telemarketer. Receptionist. Mail Carrier. Playwright. Orator. Driver.
    • Sport & Recreation: Dancing. Gymnastics. Martial Arts. Chess. Tai Chi. Anything that helps them balance their mind, body, and soul.
    • Affirmation: I handle all ideas with love and with ease.

Hope you enjoyed the Keywords for the Court of Swords.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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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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