Friday, October 12, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Ten of Swords

We've made it all the way to Friday!!!  And Surprise-surprise, it's Tarot Day again!  We're still working out way through the tens.  Today is everyone's favourite:  (What's that?  It's just my favourite?) The Swords!

The Ten of Swords
         "After the contagious joy of the 10 of cups opens your heart, the 10 of swords will either snap it shut again, leave you feeling a little queasy, or maybe both.  A figure lays facedown on the sand, the right hand making a sign of benediction at the querent.  Ten swords pierce the figure’s back from the neck straight down to the thighs.  A red blanket or robe covers the figure’s lower half, but the blood leaking from the wounds is still discernable under the figure’s head.  The ocean is unchanging in the background, the sky just beginning to lighten with the coming dawn.  Maybe going for a late-night walk when you couldn’t sleep in the 9 of swords wasn’t such a good idea.
            This isn’t a very auspicious ending to your quest for ultimate truth, but you had apt warnings along the way to not try to hold on to so many truths at once.  Though the truth was this figure’s downfall, the sign given by the right hand suggests that he bares the world no ill will for his fate.  Perhaps he recognizes it was his own fault, or that it was inevitable.  This subtle detail is the suit’s real triumph.  The figure knew the uselessness of holding onto anger or bitterness, and left this world with positive feelings. 
For all your struggles, and your failures, you can turn what seems like defeat into a tragic triumph by accepting the truths you’ve fought so hard to hold onto.  Truth isn’t meant to be shaken around in other people’s faces.  You have to let it into your heart, scary as that prospect may be.  Yes, the truth will set you free, but probably not in this lifetime, or at least, not in the neat, tidy way that will impress your friends and family.  In this case, it tripped you up, fenced you in, and pinned you down like a butterfly, or at least that’s what it looks like from the outside.  Ok, ok, I’ll say it: “You can’t handle the truth!!!!”
In a reading, consider where in your life you could use this level of gracious acceptance and inner strength.  What are you not allowing to penetrate your understanding out of fear of the ramifications?  Ok.  Fine.  You are allergic to your cat, and it just can’t live with you anymore.  Accept it, and start looking for a good alternative home.  You’re not happy your significant other lost weight and feels amazing; you’re miserable.  Admit it to yourself, and if you want to change your lifestyle, do it."

Sometimes we need to be reminded that this thing we're dealing with is exactly what we wanted all along.  Maybe you need to start all over again on a different path, or maybe you just need a different perspective.  Acupuncture, anyone?



  1. Ah! You've added a new level of depth the this card for me, which I drew earlier in the week. Great post!

  2. That's awesome! I really enjoy reading your posts about your journey through the cards. "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind, there are few." -Buddhist proverb :-)