Jan 03 2015
Five of Swords
The Sun conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus today. This is a powerful and intense aspect that can also be incredibly combative.
It can manifest as unpleasant dealings with others — a bully on the job, a loved one who won’t make concessions or admit to being wrong, a “friend” who refuses to take no for an answer, and so on. The possible scenarios are endless but they all have the same theme in common.
Power struggles. A battle of wills. A sense of powerlessness over external (and often oppressive) forces. Being forced to admit defeat.
The Five of Swords — as in this version from the original Mythic Tarot — represents this energy in the story of Orestes and his dealings with the god Apollo as he’s told that he must avenge his father’s death.
He has two choices — to either abide by Apollo’s demands (thus committing matricide and angering the furies) or refuse his obligation and risk Apollo’s wrath. It’s a no win situation, and that’s precisely the predicament to which the Five of Swords refers.
It’s called “Defeat” in some decks, referring to the limitations and obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome.
While you may feel that the odds are stacked against you today, or that everyone and everything is conspiring against you, you would do well to see the Five of Swords as a test of character. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but how you respond is entirely in your hands.
If you’re forced to accept defeat, you can do so with honor and integrity. As Venus is also entering Aquarius today, the potential for finding a graceful solution to your conflicts is not entirely out of reach.
Oct 07 2014
Five of Swords
Are you caught in a battle of words with another person? Such as a quarrel that has gone too far and neither of you want to be the first to admit they are wrong?
With Sun opposite Uranus today this is exactly the kind of situation you could find yourself in. You will have to keep your temper in check and not let anyone else push your buttons.
If you are not careful you may lose the other person from your life. If you are involved in any legal matters then be sure you have all your facts correct and indeed have all the relevant facts of the matter to hand.
The Five of Swords often indicates a situation where someone is not playing fair. If this is the case with you, remember you don’t have to stick around.
Notice the man in the card with the sword raised high in his hands, ready to cut off from the matter, take his losses and leave.
Walking away is always better than engaging in confrontations, especially in this case as there are no winners.
This is a card about words and intellect (as shown by the swords). Often our words can wound another person emotionally and we do not realize we have done so.
Sep 29 2014
Aries: Five of Swords
If you rush into something too quickly this month you may find that it comes back to bite you.
Think of what your Achilles heel is and keep an eye on it because it may not only be you who is affected. Someone will have your back and you need to be aware that your actions do not only affect you but others also.
If you find yourself at odds within a situation do not come out fighting because if you do you may find you have done exactly what the other person wanted all along and as there is total balance in this image you don’t want to go rocking any boats to put yourself at a disadvantage.
It may be that you are on the verge of leaving a relationship, a job or simply have had enough of your life at present and want to throw it all in and start something new.
However, what you do not need is action that is not well thought out… rather you need a plan.
With an eclipse in your sign on the 8th and Mercury retrograde for a large part of the month it will be difficult to see the woods from the trees but if you can imagine glimpses of your wishes coming into reality then you get the idea of what you need to do and why it is so important to hold off for the time being.
Sep 21 2014
Five of Swords
What better card than the Five of Swords for today’s transit involving a t-square between Mars, Moon and Neptune.
Be careful things don’t get out of hand for you today when it comes to arguments and disagreements because this is a day where no one wins.
It is a time when the argument may go around in circles and there is no resolution.
The Moon’s involvement indicates a high chance that the quarrel will be about your relationship and at the same time Neptune clouds your better judgement. It also throws an array of confusion around the situation where neither person can see the whole picture.
It is rather like you are both coming from your own view points and perspectives and speaking of this watch out for force of your words and actions.
Mars’ square to Neptune denotes tension and not just any old tension this is huge tension almost as if there is a power play being acted in the midst of a lof of emotional turbulence. No one is backing down. No one is saying they are wrong.
As the waves (emotions) wash up on to the shore under the cloudy sky you get the general gist of how you may be feeling today. All is grey, all is dismal. You are on your guard. There is no room for movement with the armor you have built up around you.
Jul 31 2014
If you find yourself needing to draw on inner strength this month or gain help from those around you then don’t be afraid to ask.
You are not alone and you have plenty of resources to help you along your path. Even though you cannot see the final outcome you have an inner “knowingness” to help you on your way.
As the month progresses you should be feeling the changes around you as you seem to shed your skin and grow a new one… meaning… the changes you implement around you in your environment are coming from within and yourself as opposed to outside forces.
If there is a relationship you feel has outgrown its purpose and has been holding you back then you are well and truly on the road to releasing yourself from its clutches and what’s more you have the strength and resources to back you up.
Reach out to anyone you think may be of help to you now as you start your new cycle.
The moon in the background of this card may seem to be either in its first or last quarter or if you look at it again it could even be seen as an eclipse… and eclipses mean change!
Jul 14 2014
Five of Swords
Your dealings with others today could be tense. The Five of Swords can manifest as a clash of wills or a heated confrontation that seemingly comes from out of nowhere.
This is one of the most challenging cards in the tarot. It’s called “Defeat” in this deck, referring to the need accept your limitations rather than exacerbating problems by fighting back.
As Fives are all tied to conflict and Swords to communications, it should come as no surprise that your battles won’t be physical ones; they’ll be verbal or written. A negative review at work is one example; a ruling in someone else’s favor is another.
You could be dealing with an unreasonable partner or co-worker — or as is often the case with the Five a Swords — embroiled in legal wranglings or contractual negotiations. Whatever it is, it’s unlikely to be pleasant.
In this version of the card we see that the swords that have been lunged at their target — a stone statue of a snarling beast — have broken on impact. They haven’t even made a dent. The I Ching hexagram (47: K’un) at the bottom of the card refers to exhaustion and oppression.
With Mars conjuncting the North Node today, there are also karmic implications to consider. The North Node refers to karma you’re sewing, while the South Node — which Mars is simultaneously opposing — refers to karma you’re reaping. So be mindful of this no matter which end of the sword you’re handed today.
Jul 01 2014
ARIES: The Lovers
Relationships and relationship issues are going to be hands down the biggest area of focus for you this month.
That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. But what it does mean — with Mars (your ruler) moving through your relationship sector and in hard aspect to both Pluto and Uranus — is that it should be “interesting” at the very least.
The Lovers card brings all of your relationship issues to the forefront. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It refers to decisions that must be made — sometimes between two lovers, and sometimes between love and something else — as well as all the temptations, fixations and complications that are a part of that elusive and intoxicating mystery we call Love.
If you’re dealing with challenges in your own relationship, it may just be a matter of getting out of your own way. You don’t want to be creating problems where there are none to begin with. If you’re just now discovering that Love is not all it’s cracked up to be, join the crowd. You would do well though to put your own needs, expectations and agendas aside.
Check out the figures in this card. Who would have thought the Clown and the Bearded Lady could portray such a fantastic representation of Love? Yet all the pieces are there. The comfort, the closeness, the intimacy — even the whole world fading into the background behind them — are all beautifully rendered here. The angel statue blesses their union from above and who are we to question it?
Jun 06 2014
Five of Swords
In line with Mercury turning retrograde we have the Five of Swords which is a card that usually denotes friction, sharp words with others or even legal disputes.
However, the imagery on this version looks as if the friction, negative thoughts or any disputes you are having are within your “self” and it is time to look within for the answers and seek inner clarity.
There is something very “night and day” about this card. It is as if you can just extend your hand through an invisible shield and there you have the opposite thought, feeling or circumstance to what you are experiencing now in the present.
You are poised, you are in alignment, you are concentrating and yet what you see is a mirror image with perhaps no answers just yet in what you are trying to achieve and indeed what you may be trying to achieve is calmness and contemplation itself without the need to act or speak out.
To just let all around you take its course while you remain calm and untouched yet always with the awareness of what is going on without and within you.
This is a card you can come back to again and again over the next 5 weeks as Mercury turns retrograde, stations and then turns direct to travel through degrees in Cancer and Gemini. During this process, Mercury moves beyond the actual retrograde into what’s call its “shadow period,” which is also reflected in the imagery of this card.
May 31 2014
What decisions have you been needing to make and perhaps been putting off for a while.
You seem to be very clear in what you are thinking but perhaps the outcome you are hoping to achieve seems out of your reach as different aspects of it come to mind and your clear thinking is not correlating with the clear actions you need to take to reach your goal.
This is such a beautiful card… it is a card to get “lost” in whilst you take a step back in order to clarify what you really want to do.
Your mind looks so busy covered in a red hood, the creatures of the sea, both mythical and not, dance around you almost daring you to take your eye of your goal and come and play with them for a while.
Perhaps this is what you really need… to take yourself out of such serious contemplation of decision making and throw yourself into a little bit of fun and playfulness for a while. By doing so you may distract yourself to the point that the answers come more clearly to you.
Feb 11 2014
Five of Swords
Today you may need to look at all the different aspects of an argument or disagreement and decide your next move. Do you surrender? Finish off your opponent? Turn and walk away? Or do you go back in and clean up the spoils in the hopes that there’s something left to be salvaged?
The Five of Swords is traditionally associated with conflict and turmoil, not seeing eye to eye, and fighting for the sake of fighting. There are elements of ego, pride and “reputation” in the mix — not wanting to give in or to admit to being wrong — these are what keep the conflict alive.
In this version of the card we see a pair of eagles involved in a skirmish, and while one appears to be “winning” at the moment it’s apparent that that could easily change. Five Swords are lined up behind them, three of them broken and two still intact.
If you think about the disagreements in your own life, you’ll see that Ego is almost always to blame. The “death before dishonor” aspect of this archetype is so beautifully rendered here, right down to the Sun and Moon in the background and the Ouroboros (or World Serpent) behind the battling birds.
Jan 05 2014
My client came to me with a question that I hear all too often. A relationship that’s hit a road block and seems impossible to repair, despite both people still professing love for one another.
In this case though, it’s far more complicated. Not only are they married, but they have a small child — less than 2 years old.
I want to preface this article with my views on this type of question, as as I explained to her: while I can tell her exactly what I see, in the end I wouldn’t trust such an important decision on the tarot alone and neither should she. I advised her to seek counseling and think long and hard about this before coming to any concrete decision.
Jul 30 2013
Is there something you have been wishing, praying and hoping for?
The card of the Star shows that you can have what you want and possibly without putting too much effort into it as long as you don’t start worrying, striving and generally putting your thoughts and emotions into a state of unbalance.
The Star is a card of happiness… of wishes coming true. Think of the saying “wish upon a star” and keep it in your mind as you go after your dreams.
The halo of doves and stars surrounding the woman in the card as she simultaneously fills one water urn and lets the other urn flow out depicts a balance in not holding on too tightly to something and trusting that what you want shall be fulfilled.
The reflection within the water shows what happens if you go against this balance with the red, amber tones standing for anger, frustration and a general blockage to getting what you want.