Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Knight of Swords

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!  We just picked out our tree; it'll be delivered around 4, and I cannot wait to see what our kitten thinks of it!  Today is a belated tarot day.  You'll be happy to know I'm getting my act together (for realz) and working on the Major Arcana.  I'm getting really excited to start the editing and laying out process of this project.  How excited?  Well, let's take a look at the Knight of Swords, shall we?

The Knight of Swords

            "You may have thought the knight of staves was exciting, but the knight of swords is so intense, even his own horse looks a little wary.  And no wonder.  If we worried about that young page swinging a sword, how much scarier is it for a still immature figure to be charging in at top speed swinging one?  Don’t think you’re too good for this character, though.  We’ve all lost an argument or felt foolish because we’ve acted like this figure in the heat of the moment. 
            The knight of swords isn’t all shadow side, though.  The sword he holds aloft is, in its highest manifestation, truth, and sometimes the truth has to be fought for.  In moments where the lie is popular, it is this knight who gives us the courage and determination to stand by what we know to be right instead of going with the crowd.  The knight of swords will never be too shy to correct someone who has his name wrong.
            In a reading, consider what higher truths you hold dear to your heart.  What causes or situations are you willing to fight for, in spite of propaganda, or pleasant lies that would suggest that thing doesn’t matter.  If this card points to your own behavior, consider carefully who or what is in need of such intensity in your life, and if the answer is nobody, you’d better rein it in."

 Ok, so maybe I'm not quite THAT excited.  In fact, while this is an easy attitude to adopt as a tarot reader, it's not ultimately very helpful.  The ultimate truth is always inside your querent, and your job is to direct them to recognize it, not to feed them your own truth.  It's not always easy to tell the difference, but when in doubt, rein your horse in!

~em



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