This weeks cards are the Two of Swords, The Wheel of Fortune and the Ten of Pentacles.
Each of these cards in on friendly terms with its neighbour. The Wheel of Fortune as the trump card is the strongest in the set.
Immediately in this spread we see that both of the minor arcana card characters have their eyes covered.
The Two of Swords is a fascinating card and one that I personally find frustrating! Whenever it comes up in my own readings there is a sense that I am looking and looking but not really seeing. The information I am requesting from the universe is already clearly there but for some reason I’m blind to it. There can also be an element of not wanting to see what you don’t want to see.
But if we look at the card closely we see that it is guiding us very specifically. A woman in white sits upon a stone pedestal. Her arms are crossed over her chest and she holds two swords.
Represented astrologically by the Moon in Libra, this character seems to evoke a sense of balance. Whilst the swords appear heavy, she seems to have found her centre so that they do not weigh her down or knock her off balance. The sea and rocks behind her depict a sense of emotional disturbance. The moon is out, it is night and she seems to be weighing up a difficult decision. Her pale dress suggests that she is attempting to appear neutral, the blindfold stops her from judging with her eyes instead of her heart. The presence of the sea and the moon along with the blindfold all show that the message of the card is that this decision requires you to consult your feelings. This is one of those times where logic and a list of pros and cons won’t work. You must tune in to what you really feel in order to come to the correct decision.
And sometimes this is where we get stuck because our emotions are tricky, chaotic and can seemingly lead us astray. Sometimes they are just too overwhelming and we don’t know what lurks beneath.
The Two of Swords can indicate you are living a lie. When we lie to ourselves we tune out our screaming emotions that know only too well what the truth is. Forced out of play, it becomes harder to trust that we are making the right decision about anything else in our lives. When you live a lie, the part of you that knows will shout constantly. It’s like living near a noisy road. Over time you stop hearing the traffic. When you stop listening to yourself however the unheard voice becomes more and more insistent, working its way into your dreams and fears and sometimes into your body to manifest as dis-ease.
What are you not seeing? What is the truth?
The Ten of Wands has a different quality but a similar theme. Here we have Saturn in Sagittarius. The bouncy exuberance of Sagittarius has been held down by Saturn.
In the picture we see a man stumbling ahead blindly carrying a huge pile of batons. All of them show fresh growth so whilst he is weighed down he has also been very productive. This card shows up when you have many projects happening all at once, when your boss asks you to take on a project that no one else wants to do. It’s there when you find yourself saying you’d rather do it yourself to make sure it’s done properly. It’s a writer overwhelmed with stories, poems, articles and script ideas. It does seem like he is going to make it home despite the situation but we want to shout at him to put the burden down!
But perhaps he can’t because then he’d have to see what’s around him. Maybe this guy needs to bury himself in his work so that he doesn’t have to feel (avoiding the Two of Swords). Maybe he cannot let go because he’s too afraid of losing something or missing out. Maybe he is just blind to the possibility of what could happen if he lightened the load. Maybe he’s afraid of being seen as a failure (a very Saturnian thought).
The sphinx in the Wheel of Fortune catches my eye. Sometimes this card to me is like an old stone full of fossils and crystals. Turning it one way and another I see different things depending on the light. Traditionally this card is like the great time keeper of the Tarot. Ruled by Jupiter it indicates that time and the Fates are in fact working always for our benefit. Jupiter is the great benefic, the guru, a wise professor who shows us the way when we are ready for it. Sometimes this card can indicate the time is right to make a change.
What I notice today is that the sphinx has her sword pointed to the eagle in the top right hand corner of the card. The eagle represents Scorpio. Scorpio
is about letting go, analysing one’s mind, not being afraid to chart murky waters in order to get the truth. Scorpio is a truth seeker.
Notice how each of the symbols of the cardinal signs (and the four archangels) have a book of knowledge at their fingertips. What we need to know is available to us if we choose to listen.
I notice also that there are two number 10′ in this reading. 10 is an unusual number because it is both culmination and beginning. 1 + 0 = 1. Once we complete a cycle we simply start a new one. As the wheel indicates, time doesn’t stop – the earth doesn’t stop turning, everything changes.
Both the Two of Swords and the Ten of Wands are cards of transition. Whilst the Two of Swords may indicate a stalemate even this too will be broken. Nothing can stay the same forever. The man in the Ten of Wands cannot carry his heavy burden much longer. He may be ok now but over time his health will suffer and he may be forced to lay down his load or ask for help.
For time will change everything. The question is whether you choose to change it yourself or whether the universe will change it for you. The latter option can be the action of the Wheel of Fortune. Luck, Fate, Karma are words we use to describe this kind of intervention from on high.
If you don’t know what to do, sit quietly and turn within. Put down your responsibilities for just 20 minutes and quietly ask
What is the truth?
Close your eyes and let your inner guru guide you.
“When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.”
Sunset meditation photo by HaPe_Gera on Flickr