This week’s cards are the Eight of Wands, the Nine of Swords and the Page of Swords.
The message in the bottle reads:-
“You Are Not Your Fear”
There seems to be an enormous amount of energy in these cards. Fire and Air are on friendly terms with each other and there is a sense of progression as we move up the numbered cards and end in a court card.
The Eight of Wands often comes up in my own readings to represent the internet but it can signify any situation where there is a sudden up-rush of energy and ideas. The Eight is a rapid flow of information, a source of inspiration. It can signify speedy developments and sudden opportunities that need a fast answer and quick action. Astrologically the card relates to Mercury in Sagittarius. The internet is a vast pool of collective thoughts and beliefs from across the world. It is worldwide connections, multiple languages, the willingness to go far, to travel, to share the word.
Sometimes when I see this card I am reminded of moments when I look at the huge amount of emails I have to process – communication from friends, notifications of new blog posts, interesting newsletters, queries and requests. Then there are the updated feeds that I want to read, podcasts I want to listen to, the endless notes made as I come across this and that on the net that captures my interest, warrants further investigation and has potential for…well something…And I haven’t even mentioned Facebook yet…
The point with the Eight is yes it is wonderful to feel inspired and to have a spring in your step. The sky is clear, nothing stands in your way, buds (ideas) are growing. But the wands are still up in the air, they haven’t fallen to earth yet and when they do, inevitably some ideas will prove lost or unworkable.
And then sometimes, even when everything looks wonderful in daylight, when night falls it finds us sleepless and fretful. The Nine of Swords is a grim looking card indeed however I find it almost always suggests that our anxieties are far worse than the actual situation.
The swords hanging above the central character seem like a prison cell. The figures on the base of the bed look like they are fighting a duel. But notice that the blanket is bright and covered with astrological symbols. In sleep we connect with the universe. Nightmares are never welcome but they do tell us the truth. In fact, nightmares can be the universe’s way of screaming the truth at us so we finally listen.
The Nine of Swords shows how we lose connection with our own source of wisdom by worrying too much, by feeling hopeless, by fearing what lies ahead. ‘Mental anguish’ is often the phrase used for this card. It can relate to guilt (misplaced or not), self-punishment and anxiety connected to depression. Astrologically Mars is Gemini dissipates energy, not knowing in which direction to move.
The Page of Swords stands nimbly at the end. The wind billows around him, birds fly above him. He has his sword at the ready. His weight is on his left foot whilst his right remains flexible to shift to rebalance if necessary. His sharp eyes miss nothing. This youngster only wants to know the truth and he will keep listening until he finds the nuggets of information he was looking for. Occasionally he doesn’t hear correctly and Chinese whispers ensure. Occasionally he hears things he shouldn’t. We can admire him for standing up for what he thinks is right but because he is still young, he sometimes gets it wrong. Sometimes he says too much and people get hurt, other times he seems like all talk and not enough action.
The Page and the Eight of Wands seem to be ganging up on the Nine of Swords. It feels as though we are being asked to cut through our fears because there simply isn’t the time to engage them. There is an urgent need to root out the problem, to lay to rest the issue, to let go of it, to simply stop beating ourselves up on what we did or didn’t do. Release and reconnect. There is a need to take a step back and b-r-e-a-t-h-e. I am drawn to write that we may be called upon to defend our ideas but we must choose wisely which to defend and which battles to let go. We must challenge those fears that get in the way of us acting on our inspiration.
The release of fear is often accompanied by a huge boost in energy. Last week I finally made myself go to the dentist after experiencing nightmares about my teeth falling out for the past year. Well aware of the more subtle meanings to this common dream, I also knew that it was very literal. I’ve only been to the dentist once in my adult life due to being terrified of them! Well, I was terrified of them. My spirit eventually forced home the message that I was far more frightened of losing my teeth than of the dentist and it really was time to face my fear. The Nine of Swords came up in my own reading to tell me to stop fearing the worst and trust myself (and the dentist)! The universe answered my prayers by showing me the way to a lovely new dentist who could not have been kinder or more compassionate if he tried (that and the prayer of no-fillings please!).
So coming home with a head full of sparkling, clean teeth I felt an overwhelming sense of release. The fear I have lived with for many years has finally dissipated leaving me feeling lighter and more energetic.
We need to be free to act and have space to move. We need to really listen to all the options and discern what is right for us. We need to sift the wheat from the chaff and stop tormenting ourselves over what may or may not happen. Stand tall and stay flexible, the winds of change are blowing…