Don’t settle. We’re in real-time today. After drawing a couple cards and getting my coffee thing together I started receiving a stream of texts from a friend who is in one mother of a shitty divorce with a tweaker who needs time on ice or a beatdown or both. Not her, him.
The Eight of Swords (by this time, I think every card is described in the archives somewhere, but like little actors their roles are somewhat changeable depending on the movie and who else is in it) is a picture of a woman standing on a desolate beach, blindfolded. She is bound in ropes, but loosely bound, and we can see that she could just drop them if she wanted to and we wonder why she doesn’t. Stuck in the sand are 8 swords that form a circle around her, forming sort of a cage. This is commonly known as a ‘jail card’ and can literally mean jail, but more often this is a card of self-imprisonment or self-imposed restriction, a prison of your own making in your own mind (swords = air = Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). No one is restricting her, the ropes are loose. Her gown is red, the color of passion, here restrained. Part of her crimson dress is blowing through the ‘prison bars’ as if wanting to break free, yet she does not. When this card comes up we have to consider where we’re holding ourselves back and why.
Ah, but the second card, the glorious Ace of Coins, being an Ace, announces an offer of a new beginning. Coins are of the Earth (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and refer to the material world in general. We’re talking serious ‘abundance’ here, all the riches this planet has to offer. The huge, shiny gold coin is being offered to our blindfolded friend from a bank of white clouds from which a giant hand extends to present us with a pizza-sized gold disc. No limit here, this is the jackpot.
This card could be the offer of a lifetime, basically, and can even be a ring. So now we know what she’s been ‘holding out’ for. She deserves the best, she knows it, she waited for it, and here it is.
She/he didn’t settle, and it will have been worth it. Timing is everything, it’s Virgo/Libra season.
Maybe she’s on strike, and got what she wanted.
Or: is it right in front of her and she’s so ‘trapped’ in her own mind she doesn’t see it, and the Skyhand, facing away from her, may be about to give it to someone else?