Monday, March 26, 2012

Card Du Jour- 8 of Swords

Today's card design comes to us from Steve Dismukes, artist. I chose this one because it seems to pretty well express the message of this card. The Eights in the Tarot are related to the Strength card, and indicate restriction. Restriction often has the purpose of giving structure and imposing limitations where they are needed. Here, though, the card is related to the realm of ideas, and deals with finding yourself in a tough situation. What do you do when you're in a tight spot? Seems like anything you do will end badly- like this figure here, everywhere you turn, and every direction you could take, you're probably going to get cut, metaphorically. The question becomes, in this case, not how to avoid trouble, but rather how to avoid the worst trouble, and find the path of least harm.
The message of this card is not so much avoid all trouble, but rather just to avoid the worst trouble. And almost always that involves moving out of the current situation. If you're surrounded by swords, your best bet is to go stand somewhere else. If you get nicked by a blade on the way over there, it could be worse. The trouble you can imagine is never as bad as the actual trouble you face. So this becomes a message of putting aside fear and doubt, and simply pushing forwards. This is not always the easiest thing to do, and can sometimes be the toughest part of the whole ordeal. The card is in the suit of Swords, which here emphasizes our own thoughts and fears about the situation- we can imagine a great deal of terrible potentials, and those fears can end up paralyzing us, preventing us from moving forwards. This is the message of this card- not to let those fears overcome us, but rather to simply put your shoulder to the wheel and press through it. This message is also reflected in the 9 of Swords as well-
Here the nine swords seem almost to form a prison, or an impenetrable wall. At this point, we've made the move, and set in motion our path. Though those swords may seem confining, things have been set in motion- whatever will happen, it's just going to run its course, and life will go on. Though we can't escape consequence, life will go on. There are very few things in life you can't recover from, and that's an important thing to keep in mind when these cards come up in a reading. We all find ourselves in situations we'd rather not be in now and then- it's how we pick up the pieces and move on that determines success or defeat in the long run.

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