11 July 18: Ace of Swords

New horizons. What an amazing card. Once again, how many years have I been reading this card? But I clearly see something I’ve never really focused on before – which is exactly the message of this powerful Ace of Air (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius).

Aces, of course, are the ‘seeds of the suits’, that is, the opportunity and the power entrusted to you to manifest…think of growing a tree. It’s the last seed in the world, and it’s been given to you. You don’t know when you’ll get another seed, and you don’t even know if it’s the kind of tree you even want to grow. You must plant it at the right time in the right place and commit to consistently maintaining and nurturing that seed through all kinds of weather. This seed WILL grow, so we have to make sure it’s in exactly the right place and not going to fuckup the neighbor’s fence or power lines or fall on his car, or us, for that matter, or that it’s not toxic or invasive.

This potentially dangerous Sword, which can be, of course, either a weapon of defense or a weapon of attack, requires and demands clarity of purpose and intention from the ‘swordsman’ (us).

The thing that I’m noticing on this card is the lack of a horizon between the sky and the water. Assuming there is water.The card shows a dreamy blue landscape: blue mountains in the foreground, blue sky, and what may or may not be blue water.  I can’t tell where blue land meets blue sky or blue sky meets blue water or blue water meets blue land,  because that deeper blue below the blue mountains looks sort of like a blue highway, but everything’s so blue I can’t tell. I’m glad I’m not driving. Or flying.

But from out of the ‘blue’ a bank of clouds roll in and we know what that means: SkyHand! From out of the fog and clouds emerges SkyHand over the blue mountains to present us with a sharp, clean, glistening blade encircled with a crown at the top flanked by green fronds on either side that seem to form the shape of a heart but sliced through by the logical Sword, who is not interested in and has no time for all these sloshy, sloppy, watery emotions or ‘feeeeeelings’. Are the fronds ‘coming together’ via the Sword or are the peaceful greens being divided and sliced apart?

But here’s the thing I’ve never really noticed before: slicing through the clouds, the clouds settle on the surface of the water, giving us a horizon line.

Exactly.

We see clearly where we’re going and how to get there. We’re logical and strong-minded. Sharp as the proverbial tack.

 

This is a very powerful Ace and a ‘new horizon’ beckons.

But careful with that axe, Eugene. This is also a new military contract.

 

 

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5 July 18: Eight of Swords

False imprisonment. What a strange way to read this card. This is a ‘jail’ card, but generally speaking only if surrounding cards would support literal ‘jail’ (Justice, Judgement, or a lawyer card, for example) in a reading.

This card of the suit of Air (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini) speaks of imprisonment and restriction. Most of the time it is a ‘prison of our own making’ (again, previously written about in the archives).

‘Air’ in the Tarot is sharp and clean, like the metal of the Swords. What we need is a sharp, clean, clear mind. On this card, the Swords are loosely stuck into the ground in a circle around a blindfolded woman who stands in the center. That’s not what Swords are for..they’re made for action. She is tied up, but there are no knots, and she could easily slip out of her ropes if she tried. The swords that surround her are spaced widely enough apart for her to squeeze out in between them, yet she doesn’t. We see a castle or city behind her in the distance, but not so far away that she can’t get to it.

The mighty number 8 gives her the power and strength to do whatever she/he wants. As a matter of fact, she obviously built her ‘prison’ herself, because the beach where she stands is windblown and desolate, not another soul in sight. She wears a red gown (red = passion) which is being blown and wind-whipped, a bit of her hem even blowing out from between her prison ‘bars’ as if his/her passions are straining to ‘break free’ (Morgan-Greer).

So, we know this is a ‘prison’ of one’s own making.

We know someone is ‘holding themselves hostage’ for some reason.

The question is why. 

This is not a ‘safe’ place. As easily as she can get out, someone else can get in.

Her head.

 

This card also makes me want to look into how August (8th month) will be affecting Air signs (Libra cusp here) and possible areas of restriction –  it’s monsoon season and yes, There Will Be Wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 May 18: 7 of Swords & Knight of Clubs & 8 of Clubs

Secret travel plans. The fired-up Knight of the Wands suit (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries) likes to be always on the move – but he’s generally here and gone pretty quick. In traditional decks, he even looks like he’s having a hard time keeping his rearing horse from bolting out from under him.  He’s the star of this little show at the center of the other 2 cards. His back is to the sneaky, covert 7 of Swords/Air to the left, showing someone making off and away from a town in the background with an armful of swords – nobody’s watching. The card to the right of the Knight is another card of the suit of Fire, the 8 of Wands, showing 8 straight clubs flying through the air in formation. This card is sometimes referred to as ‘arrows of love’ and they do look like arrows descending to their ‘target’ from some distance. This card brings news, announcements, invitations, plane tickets..it’s all about making a move. Between the touch-and-go Knight of Wands and the frequent-flying 8 of Wands, there’s no doubt the time is now for this impatient Knight.

So it would seem that someone has been planning to make some kind of move from behind the scenes for a while. But this is also a card of avoidance and procrastination, no longer possible or desirable. This Knight has been, like his horse, straining at the reins, but either timing wasn’t right or he didn’t have everything he needed in place in order to make his plan work. He is now ready to put his ‘secret plans’ into action.

He’s probably ready to bolt and go his own damn way where he can move at his own (sometimes manic) pace. This fast-moving 8 is telling him to ‘strike while the iron is hot’.

But that 7 of Swords (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius) is the Card of the Thief, and this Knight’s back is to him, so I’m worried. Is someone stealing from him while he’s away or involved and distracted by something at a distance? This is embezzlement as well..we see that the thief is making off with only 5 of the 7 swords, leaving 2 stuck in the ground behind him as he runs off. That was nice of him. Will they even be missed? Is this a one-time thing or is this thief stealing little by little, coming back for the last of them later? Heads up, Sir Knight.

Is this Knight secretly paying somebody off for something, possibly at a distance? He can be a bit of a player..

If you’re traveling, watch your stuff. This thief also will steal your ideas, so be mindful.

It’s time to make your move, if you’ve been planning one. The Sun moving into Gemini out of Taurus in a way sort of feels like Mercury going direct after a retrograde…from Earth to Air.

Something that I notice when I consider this layout in a traditional deck as opposed to the Morgan-Greer: the Knight of Wands usually faces left rather than right and we see him only from the waist up, there is no horse in the picture at all, but his salamander logo is prominent on his yellow sleeve – he’s fireproof, as the salamander was thought to be, or certainly thinks he is. He certainly seems to be.

The thief of the 7 of Swords in traditional images is shown looking back over his shoulder as he steals away alone, in which case he would be face to face with the Knight in the center of the layout who may have just ‘landed’ or returned from a trip to find someone stealing from him, maybe even catching him in the act. This thief has looked back, it’s someone the Knight knows, and he’s not happy about it. How long has this been going on?

Time to make your move, or just make A move..maybe someone will surprise you with plane tickets and a Hawaiian vacation.

(That volcano’s been flowing since the 80’s. We used to watch the lava hit the water and cool and explode into new rocks, it was all very primordial and awesome. It really is something to see, and when we stood on the lava flow, it melted the bottom of our sneakers.)