Friday, March 1, 2013

The Omily Tarot: The King of Swords

It's official!  Every single tarot card has been interpreted, and I've worked out the overview for the whole book.  I still have a lot of editing to do, and some appendices and introductions to write, and I may tuck in more fun surprises for you guys...but the book is really on its way!

Today we're going to talk about the King of Swords...and then there's only one week left!  But don't worry.  You'll still be getting three posts a week, and I'll be sure to keep your tarot appetities whetted until my book's available.

The King of Swords
"The King of Swords faces directly forward, unafraid to confront what may come.  It may be easier to be that brave with a sword in your hand, but it’s more than that.  As the masculine side of the most highly developed level of the element of air, the King looks the truth in the face, whether it’s what he wants to hear or not.  The cherub on his crown suggests his third eye is open and alert, too.  His truth comes from within as well as without.  His queen kept her sword upright, a shrine to the ultimate truth, but the king’s is tilted an angle.  As well as knowing and preserving the truth, the king must apply it and act on it, and that means accepting that there are many truths, and different ones fit different circumstances.
The king is the parent who is confident in the decision to treat two children differently instead of ‘fairly.’  Though he applies the law with a holistic awareness of the situation, he’s not one to be lenient toward crimes of passion.
If you are the king of swords in a reading, consider if you’re being overly harsh, or too much of a stickler.  Contrariwise, maybe a healthy dose of firm application of the rules is exactly what’s in order.  If the king of swords represents someone close to you, be aware that it wouldn’t be too hard for you to offend this person, and if you did, he or she might not be quick to forgive and forget.  The king of swords may represent a situation in which even if the rules seem unfair, they are what they are, and you’ve got to work with them.  This may seem frustratingly rigid, but having clear rules you can learn and apply can make things much simpler."

Do you ever feel caught between sticking to exactly what you said, and making an exception?  That's a place of tension the king knows all too well, and he's found a way to embrace it and be comfortable there.  Can you?

~em



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