Mostly based on whim, but also because I have a birthday coming up and I thought I’d I’ll draw a single tarot card each day for the next week. Everything through Thursday this week as past/present readings and the weekend (including Friday) for the shape of things to come.
Caveats: See 29 March post for full caveat language. I don’t see use as a divination tool, but as a tool for self-reflection. Interpretations are paraphrased or quoted from biddytarot.com unless I note otherwise. This is not an endorsement of the site or their definitions. Images are Rider Waite for copyright reasons, but I use the Crow Tarot deck in person.
Today is X | Swords (reversed):
One thing I’ve got to commit to with drawing cards in to lay them down and worry less about how they got to the position they are in when down (upright or inverted). I overthink it, honestly and I started to place this one upright because I was not consistent with my draw and placement and I initially laid it down as inverted. I realized that it would have looked different if I had drawn and placed as I did yesterday and started to “correct” the placement — then stopped myself. It is what it is.
Unable or unwilling or resistant to inevitable change. Time to “rip off the bandage and get it over with”. Personal growth and regeneration is on the horizon. Old pains need to be dealt with once and for all so progress can be made. Time to stop dwelling on a painful past and make plans to reshape the self. Forward looking.
Recovery, resistance, regrowth.
“Finally, the Ten of Swords reversed can appear as a welcome sign that the pain and sadness you have been feeling is ending. When upside-down, the swords in the man’s back look to be falling out, releasing him of the pain and hurt he has been suffering. You are releasing the memories of the past and allowing yourself the opportunity to move forward with a sense of renewal and hope for the future.” [Biddy Tarot]
Well, there you are, Swords… I was wondering when you’d show up.
While I know quite a few people consider Swords cards to be unfavorable, I think a large part of that is because they are not ready to accept being told that change is needed and inevitable. I’m not one of those people — my studies into Taoism and Zen Buddhism have prepared me to accept that everything is transient and ephemeral. For instance, I’m one of those strange people who doesn’t see death (the ultimate change for some people, the point of no return) as a finality, but part of a larger cycle. So, I accept the messaging of the Sword cards as being vehicles for change, as painful as it might be.
This message does seem to work hand in hand with yesterday’s Judgment card. Resistance to change, a need for recovery and healing. Then — move forward, even if I’m hesitant to go the direction I am left pointing.
If one looks at this card for direction, I think it tells me to put the past in the past, let it go (pains and transgressions of others and by myself), embrace hope and acceptance, and realize my true potential.