Unlike the organic, leafy contours of the Wands, the promise of succour and satiety of the Cups, the money-like, feminine associations brought up by the Pentacles — Swords are lean and mean.
They are designed to cut; there is an association with death because they are what man has brought into battle from the time of the iron age. Invite them in, feel what it is like for them to cut into your consciousness. Let them go in as far as they want to. And when you have done this, you might feel something else happen; something unexpected.
Beneath that swords energy that is taking up so much attention, there is something altogether… calmer, perhaps? Really quite okay with it all? Swords can represent the beliefs that hold you to ransom, that seemingly plunge everything around you into darkness, that feel like the kind of pain that might be worth avoiding at all costs. However, what we tend to forget is that swords create, sustain and heal too: the blade that whittles a log into a work of art; the knife that cuts open a tough shell to reveal edible flesh inside; the sword that defends rather than attacks; the scalpel that saves lives.
The whole reading seems to me to be happening in the present.
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The Ten of Swords has had its moment, and it is passing. The figure has sustained all that he needs to sustain, and he is still with us, his fingers in a mudra, his head directed towards the clearing skies. However, it is transitory, and it is, in a sense, necessary: Sometimes the only way out is through. The King represents the potential for the highest expression in human form of the Swords suit. His sword represents the blade of insight, wisdom and clarity.
Yes, it can be used in battle, but the King is not dressed for battle. His garments are flowing — a softness juxtaposed with the blade he is holding. Before the court cards, the last time we were in the company of a single sword was in the Ace of Swords. As we have moved through the Swords suit to get to the King, all the dead wood has been trimmed away: the fighting, tension, wounding, emotional pain and defeat.
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The sword that the King holds out to us is the only one that we need. The Knight is not a King, his edges are a bit rough, but of all the Knights he seems the most stable, the most reliable and solid — which is fitting because of the suit with which he is associated. Pentacles follow Swords as the final suit and the highest form of physical manifestation.
When we see the King and the Knight, we are looking at an evolution from one stage of the creative process to the next. This reading is about the process of becoming the ruler of your own domain — what form your expressions will take in the physical world.
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But, first, if we are to become rulers of our domains, we need to surrender everything about ourselves that we think makes us unworthy of the role. The Ten of Swords is, therefore, a key part of this process, helping us to let go of anything that no longer serves us. And your tarot reader is not immune from the message of this reading — or any of the readings for that matter.
My Ten of Swords came over the past few days … well, it has been there for a while, but it is only now that I see the light breaking over the distant mountains.
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I am blessed, blessed, blessed to have the people in my life that I do … and that includes all of you! The soul-ar resonance here blooms as tears of recognition and solace. Through my salt-streaked face I reflect the kaleidescope of perspectives as they reveal depth, courage, community that are the finest nourishment. Thank you all.
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Thanks Sarah — this is one of those readings that was so timely I will print it out to have a tangible reminder to keep with me these days!! For readings about a person who has passed on, you can choose a card from one of Court methods above or if you do not know the birthdate, use the High Priestess. So the question — are they necessary?
Some readers use significators for every reading. I have some spreads where I feel that they are important, but mostly I like to assume the right card will come up to represent the ENERGY the person is transmitting or needing at the time of the reading. The best path: play around with them.
See if they make sense to YOU or if it works in a particular spread. If you like working with them, go ahead and add them to your readings. Check this out: Lisa Boswell has some good info on this topic too. Prefer to listen? I respect your email privacy. Sign up for my newsletter and get free bi-monthly content on tarot, astrology, and more.
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Other thoughts: Sometimes a Major Arcana or other card may be a better representation of a person. For a couple, you may want to choose The Lovers or the Two of Cups. Looking for something?
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