Jul 17 2015
Eight of Swords
You may be thinking about you’ve gotten yourself tangled up in today and how much of it is of your own doing.
The Eight of Swords speaks of being wrapped up in something — often your own misery — to the extent that you’re unable to see a way out.
If you look at the image in this card — from the gorgeous Gypsy Palace Tarot — you can see that the woman could easily extract herself from the serpents that have entwined themselves around her and chained her to the tree.
But she lies there looking almost dumbfounded and doesn’t even try to move. She’s stuck when she doesn’t need to be stuck. She’s allowed herself to become a victim of circumstances.
There’s a definite inability to see the forest for the trees vibe to this card. And that all stems from being too focused on how you might be trapped rather than figuring out ways to get out.
Notice the Sun shining through the clearing on this card. And the pathway which is only partially obscured. If she wanted to plan her escape route, that’s the first place to look, although it doesn’t look like the woman in this card has even bothered.
You’ll have to look at both how you’ve contributed to the situation you find yourself in and the best way to get yourself out of it. At the very least you’ll have to find the motivation to start moving toward a solution.
That solution is likely right there before you, and it may be clear to others even if you can’t see it yourself. You can either unwind yourself from the restrictions that have rendered you immobile, or you can retrace your steps and back yourself out the same way you came.
Jun 29 2015
ARIES: Three of Pentacles
July is a good month to join heads with like-minded people in the spirit of community and cooperation. The Three of Pentacles — this version from the Cheimonette Tarot — is all about team-work, group efforts and collaboration. It’s a reminder that two (3 or 4) heads are better than one and that none of us can achieve alone what we can achieve with others.
Although many aspects of this card emphasize friendship and celebration, this one focuses more on integrating the disparate parts of self. Body, Mind and Spirit come to mind. The Three Pentacles in this version contain a Sun Face, an Eye and a panoramic scene with yogi and horse figures.
The disks are all interconnected with the Sun disk shining a little brighter over the other two. A crescent moon with another eye rests below the three disks. In addition to teamwork and collaboration, the Three of Pentacles also speaks of hitting your stride and seeing the initial results of something you’ve been working hard on.
It speaks of breathing new life into a project or finding the “key” to something that has been puzzling you and holding you back. The Three of Pentacles — like all threes — refers to the initial stages of progress where you’ve taken an idea (the Ace), put it into production (the Two) and are making progress now toward creating something real (the Three).
May 03 2015
Eight of Swords
As Mercury opposes Saturn today, you may need to think about your own limitations, and how you’ve contributed to the obstacles that stand between you and your goals.
The Eight of Swords speaks of self-imposed limitations. You may feel powerless in your current circumstances and may be so caught up in blaming the people or events that have brought you to this that you’re unable to see a way out.
In this version of the card — from the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot — we see a graceful swan rendered almost entirely immobile by a the thorny branches of a blackberry bush. Eight Swords are placed strategically around her, amongst the decaying carcasses of earlier captives.
She longs to break free, but her struggles against the confines of her “cage” cause her to get even more tangled in the bush. A tiny hummingbird flits above her taunting her with its agility.
But look closely at the hummingbird and you can see that it’s not taunting at all. It’s actually showing the swan the way out. It flutters its tiny wings and coaxes her toward the light.
If it can just get the swan to stop panicking and calm down, it can navigate its way through the brambles and disentangle her from the brush.
The Mercury / Saturn opposition can be a tough one. It tends to make things seem much worse than they are. Saturn represents limitations and restrictions, and its opposition to the planet that rules thoughts and ideas (Mercury) can make your situation seem more bleak.
But as always with the Eight of Swords there is a way out. It may require a bit of ingenuity — much like is seen in this card. But it mainly involves simply opening your eyes, changing your perspective and finding a workable solution.
Feb 27 2015
ARIES: Nine of Pentacles
The Nine of Pentacles implies success and satisfaction with career and financial matters. However, take a closer look at the imagery in this particular card and you may find that all is not as it seems. I’m not saying you should not feel more than a bit smug with your achievements but you may find you have an “itch” to try something different.
Do you find thoughts keep coming into your mind that you want to change something? Perhaps your job, your beliefs on success and what it personally means to you? If you look at this card you will see 6 pentacles are on one side (left hand side) and 3 pentacles on the other (right hand side).
Take a sneaky look on the ground under the 6 pentacles — this version from the Golden Universal Tarot — and you will see a snail so perhaps the accumulation of your wealth, knowledge and security is actually making you feel as if your life is moving at a slower pace (a snail’s pace).
Now look at the side of the card with the 3 pentacles and you’ll notice an almost mirrored version of the lefthand side… the difference being there is less on the right hand side (3 pentacles) which implies if you make a decision to go in a different direction you will have less in some ways but you may actually gain in other ways.
Perhaps the biggest indicator in this imagery that speaks out but is easily overlooked is the direction of the foot on the ground… the little bird whispers in your ear to make a change and almost without knowing it you are turning your foot to begin a new direction in your life.
And now here is a conundrum for you… I have not given out which foot I am interpreting as being the one that is “changing directions”… that part of the equation is up to you…. listen with your heart for the answers.
Feb 07 2015
Eight of Swords
You may be feeling stuck or trapped in a situation that is largely of your own doing. This can be a real eye-opener for you, as it’s much easier to blame someone or something else (outside circumstances) when we find ourselves stuck in what seems like an impossible predicament.
It may seem like there’s no way out — in fact in many decks this card is shown with the bound woman wearing a blind-fold, hence the inability to “see” other options.
But in this rendition — from Timothy Lantz’s gorgeous Archeon Tarot — it’s only her hair that obscures her vision, while the moon in the background provides just enough light to illuminate how many options there really are.
You may feel powerless in your current circumstances and may be so caught up in blaming the people or events that have brought you to this that you’re unable to see a way out.
But this card encourages you to open your eyes, change your perspective and find a solution so that you can break free.
You may feel like you’re beating your head against a wall or like all of your efforts are being met with resistance. You may question whether the Universe is telling you to fight or to accept defeat — although neither of these is going to be the right course of action.
Seven of the Swords in this card appear to be slightly out reach. But the eighth — the most important one — is not only right there behind her, but looks to be already within her grasp, an indication of how simple the way out is if only she’s willing to take it.
The Eight of Swords calls for awareness, perspective and acceptance or responsibility. Only once you have achieved all three can you truly break free of the ties that bind you.
Dec 30 2014
Eight of Swords
Are you feeling blocked or stuck in a situation or within yourself and unable to decide what to do?
The Eight of Swords often implies you are not seeing the full picture and from this image you can see you are perhaps a little confused in what you are seeing and also how you are reacting to things.
When you look in the mirror or when you look at yourself you may not be given yourself enough credit in being able to act in your own best interests.
The image of the tree in the mirror is like a barrier which gives the message that anything you do will not work as there is a problem no matter what you try thus keeping you trapped.
This sense of feeling trapped though is usually of your own doing as Swords stand for thoughts and ways of thinking.
There are images of wisdom in this image alongside what looks like two blades coming out of the woman’s back.
Do you feel as if someone has stabbed you in the back and you are unsure who you can trust?
Perhaps you need to look inside to your own inner wisdom and strength to carry you out of your self imposed prison as there is no one else in this image who can do it for you.
The beautiful green/blue hues of this card speak of healing and communication which means if you change your thoughts you can change the world around you and release yourself from whatever is holding you back and keeping you stuck.
Oct 30 2014
ARIES: King of Swords
This month you’re likely to be thinking more about doing business and finding your place in the world than anything else.
With a line-up of planets moving through your 8th house — the area associated with joint resources and other people’s money — as well as Mars (your ruler) joining Pluto in your public sector, the focus is going to be more on career and professional achievements.
The King of Swords is all about power and authority. Success, Accomplishment. Strategy. Intelligence. You’ll have all of these things at your fingertips and should be taking advantage of them — particularly in the first two weeks of the month.
This is a time for putting your ideas out there — verbally or in writing — and communicating them to others. It’s not the time for ambivalence or uncertainty.
Look at the King in this card. He’s a bit more colorful and flamboyant than we’re using to seeing with the King of Swords. He’s usually rather stoic and somber.
But this whimsical version is just spirited enough to capture the dynamic and playful Uranus in Aries transit you’re dealing with and just dignified enough to capture the Mars in Capricorn transit you’ve got moving through your 10th house.
This King says you can have the best of both worlds. It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. And you won’t get anywhere if it’s all play and no work.
Sep 01 2014
ARIES: The Sun
This month should see you feeling a sense of satisfaction and contentment over recent accomplishments.
The Sun card is traditionally associated with vitality, warmth and a sense of feeling particularly “alive.” But in this version the focus is just as much on taking care of yourself and manifesting that vitality through soaking in the Sun’s rays and recharging your batteries.
The Sun, Mercury and Venus all move through your 6th house this month — the area associated with work and with self-improvement, which includes your physical and mental well-being. Rest and relaxation is just as essential to that process as are work and productivity.
The “Sun” in this card appears to be setting. It casts its rays onto the ocean in the background, shining across the surface like molten gold.
The image of the woman sleeping comfortably without a worry in the world perfectly captures the essence of the Sun. There’s a sense of effortlessness that’s associated with this card, even as the world keeps on turning around you.
Your ruler (Mars) moves into Sag this month (on the 13th) and into your 9th house — the area associated with personal growth and expansion. After that point there will be plenty of time to spread your wings and fly.
Aug 22 2014
Eight of Swords
Do you ever have a day when what you see isn’t necessarily what you get?
Today may be one of those days as the Moon is Void of Course in Cancer for most of the day, until it moves into Leo in the late afternoon (Eastern time). Mercury and Neptune are still in wide opposition, clouding what is around for you, messing with communications and just generally leading to miscommunications and possibly conflict if you do not make a point of checking the facts of a matter out thoroughly.
Look at the image in this card. The “real life” woman in this image does not correlate at all to the image in the mirror. How often do you find yourself not fitting into an image of yourself that you show to others or that others perceive you to be?
This is the message of the Eight of Swords… to free yourself of the bonds that bind you to what you are thinking of yourself (or a situation you are in) whilst at the same time not taking on the projections and judgements of others or “owning” them as though they were true.
Look to where your thoughts are taking over your reality of who you really are and what you can do.
Apr 20 2014
Eight of Swords
You look as if you have gone and got yourself tied up in knots over something and don’t know what to do about it. While you are in this state you will not be able to see clearly or navigate a path towards safety and/or peace of mind.
Swords denote mental energy and in the 8 swords this energy is directed inwards without much room for moving in any direction be it forwards or backwards. Even the swords form a line on either side of the woman in the card to block her exit from her self imposed prison. I call it self imposed because those bonds surrounding her are loosely bound, they are also red and this implies she is angry about her situation but perhaps caught up a bit too much in her anger to see her way out of it.
If she would just ease herself out of them she would then be able to take off the blindfold and see her way clear from the precarious position she holds on the tiny bit of land that is left to her. Behind her is a raging sea yet the water to either side of her feet is relatively calm… almost acting like a mirror for her to self examine her own emotions and behaviour.
The image on this card shows that you may think you are not out of a bad situation yet but you may be further out of it than you know. One last piece of strength is needed for you to take action and extricate yourself from the clutches of someone else’s power and you will be free. If you stay where you are now you will find yourself not knowing what is going on, not seeing things clearly or for what they are and generally beating yourself up for something that is more than likely not your fault.
Jan 23 2014
Eight of Swords
Today you may be dealing with a sense of impotence or immobility. The Eight of Swords speaks of feeling trapped, powerless, blinded by fear, unable to move or to even see that there’s a way out.
Most decks show a figure (woman usually) who is blindfolded and trapped within the confines of 8 swords. The woman in this rendition is a bit different though: here she seems almost reconciled to her immobility.
She’s slumped forward on her seat, perhaps in resignation or grieving. She oblivious to the butterfly perched on her lap or the castle in the air behind her. Instead she bows her head and looks down.
The Eight of Swords in this context is all about a sense of powerlessness brought on by external conflicts and obstacles. But it’s impossible to see it that way when you’re busy beating yourself up over it.
Consider how much of your current predicament has been outside of your control and how much has been self imposed.
It takes a lot more courage to break free from the latter than it does the former. The way out though is right there before you; you just need to open your eyes.
Today’s card — Eight of Swords – is part of the Dali Universal tarot by Salvador Dali and and Juan Llarch, and published by US Games. This deck is out of print and has become very hard to find but is occasionally available through Amazon.com.
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Nov 27 2013
This past August, my client Karen* was blind-sided (her words) by a breakup with her long-term lover Paul.*
They had been together for six years and had discussed marriage. But she started to feel him pulling away after a business trip in the summer and even went so far as to accuse him of having an affair. It turns out her instincts were right. Paul is now seeing the other woman and Karen is struggling with the emotional backlash.
While she’s still reeling from the breakup, and still dealing with a variety of uncomfortable emotions (feeling angry, hurt, confused and betrayed), she realizes she still loves him.