Aug 27 2015
Knight of Swords
Today is a day for putting your head down and thinking about the choices you have to make as you plan your next move.
As Mercury moves into Libra, you may be wavering over important decisions. You may be weighing your options or figuring out what your best course of action may be.
The Knight of Swords is traditionally associated quick thinking and quick action. But this is a kinder, gentler version of the card. This version, from Jane Lyle’s Lovers’ Tarot — appears to be lost in thought.
He’s in no hurry to get moving, even though his horse is raring to go. He may be daydreaming about the journey ahead, or he may be contemplating all of the different routes that can lead him to his destination.
As with all court cards this can refer to someone in your life, a frame of mind you need to adopt, or it can refer to you personally. If it’s someone in your life, you will know him by his gentle demeanor and sense of fair play. These are both Mercury in Libra qualities that you’d do well to incorporate in your decision-making today.
The Knight of Swords is known for being frank, blunt and outspoken. And even in this gentler version you can count on him to be honest.
If it takes you a little while to get your bearings today and to make an informed decision, know that there’s a reason for holding back. Mercury in Libra wants to be fair and just. So make sure you have all the facts before you jump to any conclusions.
Jun 14 2015
Knight of Swords
The Sun and Mars come together in Gemini today, and may see you feeling the need to think and act more quickly.
This aspect is good for clearing the air and for getting on with things rather than dwelling on issues that have been holding you back. It’s good for cutting through confusion and uncertainty and just “doing it” rather than perseveration on whatever’s been standing in your way. And it’s a good time to “wing it,”especially if you’ve been caught up in details rather than looking at the big picture.
If you have something to say, now is the time to say it — as long as you temper your words with kindness and diplomacy. This transit (as well as this card — from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot) can be impatient, forceful and aggressive.
The Knight of Swords wants to hit the ground running. Or hit the air flying as is depicted in this card. It’s all about being on the go, getting things done, cutting through the BS, and shooting first and asking questions later.
This Knight is a trailblazer. He slices through the air with his dual (Gemini) swords and moves so fast that he doesn’t even need the propellers that are supposed to keep him aloft. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, faster than the gulls flying behind him. Notice that he’s steering his horse down (toward the earth). He’s not just going somewhere, he’s coming from somewhere too.
This is not the day to be lollygagging around. And it’s not the day to be wishy-washy about your goals. It’s a day for action and energy. Motivation. Movement. Direction. Decisiveness. Take a page from this Knight’s book today and get yourself moving, as you have places to go and people to see.
May 12 2015
Knight of Swords
As Mars moves into Gemini today, you may find yourself needing to think and act more quickly than usual. Gemini is the most restless of all the dual (mutable) signs and with the planet that rules action and energy (Mars) stepping in, you’ll want to be on your toes and prepared to act with lightning speed.
This version of the Knight of Swords — from the wonderful Mythic Tarot — has two Knights not one. These are Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) — known to us as the twin stars in the astronomical constellation Gemini.
The Dioscuri were warrior twins — one mortal and one divine. They spent their days alternating between heaven and earth after Pollux was killed and Castor was stricken with grief.
This is the volatile, unpredictable energy that Mars in Gemini is so well suited for. It requires us to be flexible and adaptable; in fact it embraces constant change.
The Knights in this card appear to be very much in sync. But you can see that there are storm clouds on the horizon. The true test of their allegiance will come when those clouds produce results and threaten to disrupt their world.
This is what you want to be thinking about today when life throws you curveballs. Are you prepared to act quickly and decisively when things don’t go as planned? Or will one minor change in your schedule upset everything and throw you off kilter?
The Knight of Swords encourages you to not only roll with the punches but be open to unanticipated disruptions in your carefully constructed life. These may not only become blessings in disguise, but can also steer you away from pitfalls you might otherwise have not foreseen.
Apr 10 2015
The Sun conjuncts Mercury today (in Aries) — bringing with it the impetus to deliver messages swiftly and with conviction.
You have something to say? now is the time to say it! The Hawk (Knight of Arrows) — Wildwood Tarot’s version of the Knight of Swords — is a messenger bird, said to be the conduit between Sky and Land. It glides swiftly over mountaintops and swoops down deftly over land and sea to capture its prey.
As an animal totem the Hawk is known as the messenger to the Spirit World. It represents focus, vision, dexterity and acumen. It soars to great heights and dives to great depths. It hovers, watches and analyzes before going in for the kill.
You may have an important decision to make today and an equally important message to deliver. You may be preparing for a presentation of searching for just the right words.
You’re probably not going to feel too much like dilly-dallying. The Sun / Mercury in Aries is much more inclined to “spit it out” than chew it over.
But keep in mind that this conjunction is also what’s known as “combust” — referring to the phenomenon of the Sun’s bright light obscuring Mercury from view. This can manifest as increased frustration and agitation, especially where communications are concerned.
Much like the Knight of Swords, there’s a sense of impatience or urgency to make things happen and because of this you want to remember to temper your communications today with tact and diplomacy. While you will undoubtedly have much to say, you’ll much better results — and much more cooperation — if you say it with courtesy and sincerity.
Mar 30 2015
You may be called upon this month to reach into your inner reserves of strength and overcome your deepest fears. The Strength card is all about mind over matter and gaining control over the things in your life that are at risk for spiraling out of control.
It could be as simple as a pattern of second guessing yourself or talking yourself out of doing what you know is best for you. And it can be as complicated as upholding your part of a bargain you’ve made with yourself: quitting smoking for example. Dieting. Sticking to an exercise regimen. Holding your ground against temptations to “give in” when you know that doing so is not going to be in your best interests.
The woman in this card — from the Aya Takano Tarot— has managed to tame the beast through kindness and generosity. But she’s not exactly lying down and exposing her underbelly. Her demeanor is both soothing and reverent as she places the wreath of flowers over the lion’s mane. I love the “power” tattoo on her forearm.
Think about how far you’ve come in taming your own inner beasts. If you’re tempted to throw in the towel, remember that doing so will only cause you to lose momentum.
The Strength card encourages you to not only meet your fears head on, but to transform them by neutralizing the power they hold over you. Once you do that you’ll find that they weren’t so frightening after all.
Mar 15 2015
Knight of Swords
You may be find yourself dealing with a relentless individual today; someone who’s forceful, angry, aggressive or even ruthless.
This Knight of Swords means business. He’s not taking any prisoners or suffering any fools. He may be someone you live with, work with, or know casually. Either way this is not someone you’re going to be able to reason with.
The upside of this version of the card — from the Samurai Tarot — is that you won’t have any trouble knowing exactly where you stand with him. But the downside is that he’s spoiling for a fight and not about to let anyone get a word in edgewise.
The Knight of Swords can be a messenger, or a bearer of “news.” In this case it’s probably not going to be good news — notice how dark and ominous the clouds are and how forcefully the warrior slices through the air with his swords.
The reds and golds on the warrior’s tunic represent passion and drive. The Swords refer to communications and ideas. And the lightning bolts emanating from the storm clouds represent energy and electricity. Together they make for a fiery and dynamic energy that can be combative.
You may be the recipient of some not-so-good news today, or you may be on the receiving end of someone else’s tirade. You could also find yourself in the position of having to act as messenger yourself, in which case let’s hope you’re a bit less threatening and a lot more genial.
In whatever form the Knight of Swords appears to you today, know that you have a choice in now you react. Keep in mind that the message may not be nearly as bad as the messenger. You can try to disarm him with kindness and cooperation, or you can try to deflect some of that energy by meeting him head on.
Sep 16 2014
Knight of Swords
You may be feeling a sense of urgency today — to chase after your goals, deliver an important message or reach some objective that you feel time is running out for.
The Knight of Swords is a fearless and driven individual who can be so intent on pursuing his goals that he fails to see any obstacles in his way. In some ways this is a blessing in disguise: in the “what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him” vein.
But the downside of the mind-set is an inability to see what (or whom) he’s trampling over in his single-minded quest to get to the finish line.
The Knight of Swords can be aggressive and abrupt. He’s no-nonsense and no-BS and is unlikely to worry about sparing anyone’s feelings. He’s also not someone you can reason with or who will be deterred by emotional displays.
In this version of the card the Knight and his stallion are both wearing armor — and both cloaked in royal attire. The Knight raises his sword and rears back on his horse in a gesture of defiance. A second Sword has been thrust into the ground in a symbol of triumph. The spoils of war are behind him.
As with all the court cards, this may be someone in your life or it may be a set of attitudes that you need to adopt. If he’s someone in your life — especially someone you’re at odds with — your best bet is to just get out of his way.
He can be combative and contentious, which means that you’re not going to make any headway in getting your views across.