Friday, March 2, 2012

Card Du Jour- The Three of Swords

One of the reasons for writing this blog is to elucidate some of the cards, so I figured this would make a good weekly (or so) installment. I decided to start with the 'negative' cards, mostly because they have interesting aspects to them. I decided to start with one that seems to be the most famous- the infamous Three of Swords. Today's image comes actually from the Haindl Tarot, a funky deck designed by one Hermann Haindl, and incorporating a variety of different elements, such as the I Ching, Quabalah, and even Native American mythology. 
But enough about the deck. Haindl identifies this card as simply "Sorrow". An interesting interpretation, and as is often the case, a word can speak volumes. As we know, it is tied to the suit of Swords. Swords in turn are related to the element of Air- more symbolically, this deals with communication, ideas and thought. The meaning here is a sorrowful message, or one bringing heartache. Readers might be more familiar with the Rider-Waite version of this card- an ominous sky, gray and cloudy, is behind a heart with three swords piercing it. It tells of suspicions confirmed- we feared the worst, and we were right. Perhaps it seems like the world we knew and trusted in has come crashing down around us.
But the Threes correspond in the Major Arcana to the Empress- a figure of nurturing and sustaining, like a tree draws its sustenance from the earth it is rooted in. How does this correspond with this crushing heartache? Well, this is about moving on. Things may seem bad now, but tomorrow, as the venerable Scarlett informs us in Gone With The Wind, is another day. Not all lessons in life are easy or comfortable- nor are they all academic and intellectual. We all experience heartache and trouble at one time or another in our lives. The real question is, what do we do with that experience? We can be driven back, want to run and hide, and that's okay too. Sometimes we need the help of other people, and a part of this card is knowing when to seek out that help, and where to find it. 
For a moment, consider the idea of a comfort zone. It's composed primarily of habit energy- the things we do, pick up, or look to when trouble comes. Beyond this, it's where we feel comfortable. Sometimes we're thrown out of that comfort zone, and therein lies an opportunity to grow as a person- to become stronger, better, faster than before! Okay, maybe not exactly, but you get the idea. The only constant in this world is change, and that change can serve to make us stronger in the long run. Life is an upward spiral- we go from one set of limitations to slightly larger limitations. A baby first learns to roll over and sit up, then to crawl, then to walk, then to run, then perhaps to ride a bike, then (every parent's nightmare) to drive a car. We move beyond our limitations! This is not always easy- sometimes our pride gets dashed to pieces, and we experience pain and suffering. It hurts like hell! But ultimately we can choose to learn from that lesson- to pick up the pieces and start over, to accept the pain and move on. Now, this is not always easy, and no one says we have to do it all alone. But in the long run- it's worth it. 

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