The Bear: New Spiritual Awakening

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The Bear is the first animal in the Earth element. The Bear represents awakening from a deep slumber, arising from a deep chasm into the light. Once the Bear walks out of the depths of darkness and into the fragrant air, a new spiritual opportunity awaits. There is for us, if we dare to think and belief so, a chance for new breath, new nourishment, new cleansing from the streams, new sounds of the trees to vibrate within us. When the Bear walks out into the warm light of Spring, everything can begin again.

The energy of the Bear is slow. They are shaking off months of darkness and spiritual repression. They have cut themselves off from experiencing winter, and instead tuck themselves into the wombs of the Earth to drift into the polarizing world of the subconscious and creature comforts. In this space there is no higher calling. There is no call to action, or need of something to be done. In this space, there is only the immediate needs.

If you feel that you are worn out, unable to follow through on your spiritual path, perhaps seek the energy of the Bear. Remember that it is okay to step into spiritual darkness for a time to rebirth your divine center in time. We are always spiritual beings, but we do not always have to be acting through spirit or engaging with spirit to be wholesome. It is okay to place a dark distance between the future and the spirit. It is okay to step into the body and fulfill creature comforts. It is okay to not produce anything of spiritual substance for a time.

The key is to be mindful of when these changes occur. The Bear does not need to be told when to awaken for spring. The Bear does not need to be told to hibernate through the Winter. The Bear does so through the ancient line of instinctual knowing. We have the same blood in us. Know when to start and begin with Bear energy. When the presence of new growth and spiritual highs are invigorating you to the bone, it is time to step into the light, and begin again.

Be mindful that the body and the spirit are intertwined, but can move at different paces. The divine center in you may be rushing to reach the drinking water, to taste the sweetness of berries again, or to see the sparkle of fish. Do not overwhelm yourself, or place a burden on your spirit. Come back into the body and into your space through movement and intention. Intentionally push yourself a little more each day. Intentionally write down your goals and validate why you can absolutely achieve them. Intentionally move things out that do not serve you. Breathe. Begin again and again.

 

Much love to you wolfling! Stay wild.

 

December thoughts: Phoenix and Fernia

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Hello Wolflings! I hope that the beginning of this final month has reached you well. December is always (at least in my mind) a month of contrasts. It is a time to recharge, refill ourselves with time, slumber, and some good food. However, this is also the time when we need to be the most vigilant. The things in our lives need tending too if we wish to start the new year with a positive set of intentions. I feel that this time of year is full of vibrations and unseen pushes that call into the deep structures of our bones. Our foundations will either be elated with jubious cheer or brim with recollections of what has passed and desire to move beyond our limits.

December is ambivalence. Both the light and darkness come into play, sometimes drawing the energetic art high into the walls of our weaving days. One thing that is certain is that the year is ending. The curtains are slowly closing in, leaving us to reflect on what has been lost or attained in this year-long dance. This is time to look to karma and new energy to bring in. There is a bounty of energy that has followed us like an obedient dog throughout the year and now, with the end in reach, we can look to what we wish to outgrow, change, or what needs some new breath.

The Phoenix brings some much-needed energy to our ending year. The Phoenix, as I am sure everyone knows, speaks to transformations and rising from our dusty ashes. The Phoenix is the surge from the pit, the fist flying in faith that it will subdue or neutralize. With the Phoenix, we have a chance to change the karma and start to manifest a beauty that rises in us, through us, and because of us. The dying days December unfold like fog to heat, releasing any past resentments or fears.

Use the Phoenix to start your transformation. Unfold yourself into a new body. Become more aligned with what your conscious mind is calling for. Find that beauty in yourself. We cannot be stewards for progressive, social, or greater change until we honor what needs to be released in us. Kim Krans notes that the Phoenix resides in the root chakra. This transformation may not be easy. It will take the blood of the Spirit to start such a shift, but now is the time. Now is the time to change our own karmas, and remind our own bodies that we cannot be ruled by fear or by messy words. We were made to be drunk on starlight. We were made in fire and blood.

This transformation is the catalyst for where we place ourselves in the new year. This is where Fernia comes in. Fernia is the untamed, but often overlooked, energy in us. Fernia speaks to expectations and needs. When the foliage becomes overgrown, there are those who seek to push it back. There will be those who find no inspiration because it is not colorful and petal-soft. Fernia is the energy in us that is neither overtly beautiful or outward-bound. This is the energy that thrives in the quiet shade of our silence. This is the energy that is ours, and for those who appreciate our quieter selves. This energy speaks to being comfortable in our individual outlines. It is not meant to please others.

As the end of the month draws in, use Fernia to find the energy that is yours. If others love it, beautiful. But do not bypass your sacred space that is off the beaten path because others find it unattainable. Connect to what in you needs to grow and thrive, and nurture it. Tap into what needs to die so that something else can claim the ground and grow.

December clicks to a close, and these two energies are the start of pulling away from the threads that snag on our heartbeats and our rhythmic emotions. The Phoenix is the reckoning, the call deep in the bones to rise to new potentials. Fernia is the aftermath, the tending to that potential because it can be a beautiful garden. The growth may not be to everyone’s liking, but our karma is the first-born. Our karma is the love that from us can be given to others who choose to walk that path, sit in the same, cool shade. This transformation will cleanse and shake our bodies into something shiny and ready. We will not need to don all the armor because we have strengthened something much bigger. We have shed the weight of what did not serve our fight. For the new year, we do not need to fear the flames because we are the tinder. We do not strive to be flowers because we are an endless jungle.

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Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

New Moon: Vulture and the Morrighan

Yesterday, there was a New Moon. This is a time where the darkness folds into itself, breaching the shores of our psyche to find power, to purge what is no longer serving us, and to sit for a moment so we understand what it means to move with a purpose. The New Moon is ample time to brainstorm, to collect your dusty wounds and learn that healing comes with great love and great resilience. The two cards that I have pulled the last two days speak to this cathartic push to start and fill ourselves with the messy bits and brambles of life. They are there. The chaotic chemical formula of our day to day will always be there. The question is: how do we take the normal, frugal breaths and turn them into something that rolls through our experiences and refreshes our strengths?

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The Vulture is a Vegas sign for the misunderstood, the preconceived, and the necessary. Vultures can find nourishment and sustenance in meat that is discarded, rotted, unsuitable for less resilient animals. They help keep diseases at bay because they can feast on the decaying remnants. They recycle, use all that is available to sustain them. Going through metamorphosis, these birds are a beautiful symbol that we must take what we can with what we have. It would be wonderful if our lives were filled with nothing but comfortable, picturesque scenes of stretching landscapes and extending smiles.

However, life is not always that kind. We must sustain and move with what we have. I actually find something so beautiful about the vulture, real and in metaphor. To find the ability to feel full from what is considered gross, or unusable from others means adapting. It means finding the strength in us to dig straight to bone and bedrock. This is not always pleasant. Others may even gawk because they are consistently never satisfied with anything less than something pleasurable, or social-media worthy. I find this to be false, and unfair. We cannot always be engaged in the appeasing. We must be able to tear away the foundation to unleash a ghost. These new boundaries, these cleansings shed our forms and give us new lines to shadow in our shape.

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The Morrighan is the goddess of transitions. It is through her poetic hands that we must submit, falling like sand to build a rudimentary mountain. Because she follows the Vulture, she is the helper in our transitional purge. In this time, while the darkness has its fill, we must take action and start to understand what needs to be purged. Moving with a purpose is the only way we can get to that light that is promised from the Moon. Now is the time to take note of what needs to end, or symbolically die so we are free for a rebirth.

We do not need to know all of the answers right now. Knowing that we are in the midst of a transition while it can feel like we are only lost can shatter our thoughts or hopeful gains. Morrighan tells us that while it is a natural urge to call back those old hurtful losses or memories, it will not serve us. We cannot expect to fulfill our unique prophecies if we do not take action to find what the words mean. Purging and moving forward means that there is some work to be done in this quiet time. We must know what is the first step, clear the path by using the tools we have to pave a way and submitting to the cycle. This is a new turn. We are in the sonata. There is new music coming, but we can only meet it with a vigorous ability to adapt and find the way.

 

**Thank you for reading. This is a strange time, but if we use what we have no matter where we are at, we will see a Full Moon swiftly come. Morrighan teaches us to let go, and move through our transitions. We are no longer the same people. Please let me know how these cards read for you. If you would like to work with please look to my Policies and Code of Ethics, and email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit and Oracle of the Dragonfae. Click here to find The Wild Unknown Animal spirit for purchase, and here for the Oracle of the Dragonfae for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

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Cards of the week: 4 of Swords and The Elder

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“I know you wait for me / at a place I am always seeking. / You are as real as the changelings / in my favorite books, have the tenderness / of the sea on a calm day, and all / the patience of the long invisible.” ~ Linda Pastan In an Unaddressed Envelope

As the seasons change, and the air becomes chilled with the bones of harvesting, it is a good time to take a step back and revisit ourselves. This is an important time to remember what guidance has brought us here. The small voices in our heads produce such a shattering echo. These voices are the ones that found us in a quiet corner of a loud world. They could be familiar, soft as a mother’s hum, or as wild as the sound of trees. Whatever stirred these voices towards our small, dark chambers in not important. As the landscape is woven into gold, it is a good time to reflect on these voices with a calm vibration.

The sweet lamb is completely unencumbered by the dangerous swords that loom so close, almost whispering the strength in their flowing edges. Instead of being perturbed, the precious little lamb channels her vision inward to her third eye, to that space where she can find her higher perceptions. No longer is she the lamb led to slaughter. Now she dwells fully in her space, righteous in her redemption. The swords may hang above, but she wields the more dangerous weapon.

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This subduing of the nagging ego will serve well as we take on the serious task of following our true path. We are beseeched by the voices and guides that have watched over us, tracking each move. As we start to listen more deeply to those ancient councils, our mental space will be more open. The tree does not need hands to extend the invitation of the sweet souls that dwell in these branched heavens.

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The goal for this week should try to be achieving a connection to the guides. This does not have to be a physical conversation, although it could. Much has been lost in the way of words. The goal is about achieving a revelation, a lyric that has been spoken internally is now drawn out to full poetry. This beautiful symphony of wisdom is now a heartbeat, a rhythmic engagement in the core. This pulse connects you more deeply to what has followed you like a gray shadow, showing you the direction of the sun.

In the shadows, these energies can lead to some heavy extremes. On one hand, the experience of this connection can be so rewarding that it becomes hard to process voice from others, from those not in our head or tribe. This connection can lead to arrogance or defiance. It is important to remember that balance between yourself and what is around you. It is all important to remember that this process can be hard. But the moment when you feel like shutting all those voices in the dark is when you need to listen to them most.

The Dark Moon is here and in Virgo. Pay attention to the details, the soft love given this week from your guides. Now is the time to start looking towards new potentials. In a world of constant buzzing, but no words, it is important to take some time to find stillness, to find the foundation of those who have helped get you here. What do your spirit guides look like? This is the week to pay attention. Everything is moving forward, and if we do not heed the lessons, many things will be forgotten or lost.

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Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find the Wild Unknown tarot deck for purchase, and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck for purchase. (These are not affiliate links)

Cards of the Week: Lady Luna’s Magick and Reversed Wheel of Fortune

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“She had never been in a place where the moon blooms, / or bridges lead to mirrors, / where the sky rains colored feathers, and we don’t get wet.” ~ When He Asks about Her Dreams by Lauren Camp

Right now, the world is buzzing, electrified by an energy always in transition. There have been political and social catastrophe’s, a hurricane that reared its wet paw to attack, and a black moon hung in suspense over our single star. There is much going on. In times like this, it can be easy to react outwardly, or to deflect in order to still make sense of things. It is always important to know where we stand. But in order to know where we stand with the circumstances around us, we must know where we stand inside our nerves, inside the cycles and pulses of ourselves. Within our perceptions lie the hidden metaphors and meanings. These ghosts help reveal what’s needed in the business that we must soon attend to. We must understand how things button for us, before we can ever hope to use our leverage to create change.

Lady Luna’s Magick speaks to drawing inward for understanding. The Moon is the middle between total darkness and light. She is silver radiance, and never still. Her movements are powerful. When we draw and channel this energy, ripples are made. These ripples are encouraged by the reversed Wheel of Fortune. Once they start, they expand, pushing the wheel. Once we start to look inward and synchronize with our inner energy, the motions we set are positive, and contradict all that is happening right now.

In the picture, Lady Luna stands before the silver coin, holding her staff, adorned with a large, Sun-colored crystal. This shows the merging between two worlds, two perceptions. The moon may not always be seen, but it’s power is untarnished. The eclipse was proof of that. Everyone wanted to see and experience the crossing of two paths. A cycle has come full circle after 99 years. The connection to the Wheel of Fortune is clear. The eclipse may be gone, but the energy is still circulating. Even in the picture of the Wheel, the Sun is bright, on top and synchronized with the Moon. These two cards were chosen at random, but are closely bonded.

In the light, these two cards allow us to connect more deeply to the underbelly of our circumstances. We are the pivot between the internal and external cycles and motions. In the light, we could find alignment, experience an unseen eclipse of perspective. Right now, what is needed is positive action towards change. But that means that we as individuals, as families, or in a group need to be that merging. Positive change for status quo is not enough. We must feel the motion in our bones.

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In the darkness, these two energies could start to oppose each other, if allowed. They could offset, cancelling the other into silence. These energies right now are polarizing. What brings them together is that point of singularity, messily made of flesh and fluctuations. In the dark, indifference towards the other could hinder the process. There can be no merging if we refuse to participate.

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For this week, look at what cycles or energies are coming and going. What is being revealed, and what is being set into motion? Cause and causation are stretched out like a band. They can have distance, but they always snap back together, biting down the length. Let the band between internal and external world snap back to center. To you.

 

**Thank you for reading. I have started to add an Oracle card into the conversation. Please let me know how either of these cards come forward for you. My tarot deck is The Wild Unknown by Kim Krans. My Oracle deck is The Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish. If you would like a personal reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com.**

Decks used are The Wild Unknown tarot deck and the Oracle of the Dragonfae oracle deck. Click here to find The Wild Unknown tarot deck and here to find the Oracle of the Dragonfae. (These are not affiliate links)

Card of the week: Reversed Father of Cups

 

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“In the mountains, where the pines bend and sigh like my swans. / At the table, where the teapot presides like my swans, over all lesser things. / My swans were sharp and hungry as desire, and I fed and forgave  /  them too.” ~ Veronica Patterson Where are My Swans?

 

Last week, we were standing on our edge, puncturing the flat surface of our internal lakes to unleash the flowing ripples. Now that the waters have been stirred, now that we have started to form that link between the oceans we endure and the shores we wait on, we need to focus on what that means for our emotions. Letting the creatures surface empowers us to hear that wild call and let our emotions start to shake. This comes with responsibilities. We need to rule with a thick skin, but a warm heart.

The father swan swims alone, black like obsidian. He is apart from the rest. This does not bother him. Behind him is a deluge. Again, he is undeterred. He gracefully floats, comfortable and at ease. He is completely folded in proper corners of awareness and insight. Because the Father of Cups is reversed here, his energy is on the internal level, not quite ready to breach the surface.

In this space, we need to be accountable for the emotions we hold. These emotions could manifest and leave the skin, or they could stay covered, continuing to ride the unseen currents. Wherever they end, these emotions carry weight. Our emotions are part of our cosmic canyons, heavy in consequences and rewards.

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In the light, the reversed Father of Cups speaks to gaining a grip on our emotions, and how it helps us conquer ground. We can internally process and grow, We can ignite the tinder of our circumstances and relationships. Here, we choose what we carry, and let what is important be known to others when the time is right. In this sacred space, there isn’t a need to fight others in pursuit to wave our emotional flags. We can bear the storm of circumstance, take what is given, and melt it down to be reborn again, soft as gold or hard as a diamond. We can be adorned in black feathers in a sea of white, and never feel out of place.

In the shadows, these emotions can turn toxic if we let them. Instead of using our emotions to buoy us, we can make them an anchor to take us down, believing we made a difference. It is normal to want our emotions to carry us across the waves, but we need to take point. We need to harbor ourselves ashore and safeguard the provisions we have. Emotions can be a beast to bear, becoming overwhelmed is an incredibly normal feeling, especially in the time and social climate we are in. But instead of trying to bargain our emotions for a physical reward, we should assume the role of beast and stand firm in the darkest nights. It could be easy to become a victim of our emotions, but where would we be if we let that happen?

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For this week, turn inward. Observe what emotions you carry or consume. Seek control and lead yourself through each day. If there is an obstacle, find a way through it. If there is someone or a situation that stands against you, clearly decide if your emotional fight is worth the battle scar. Let the emotions be fluid and reside in your internal house. The reversed Father of Cups shows us that we can maintain dominion, and fill ourselves to the ribs with good and bad emotions. They are a catalyst for beauty and war, and all the rolling thunder in between. What we take and give is a choice.

 

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Card of the Week: The Emperor

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“The Buck stops here.”

The Emperor is steeped in reason and rationality. In the Wild Unknown deck (my deck), illustrated by Kim Krans, he stands a giant tree, a looming figure in domain over his canopy. When I look at this picture, I think of the beautiful redwood trees. Their presence and power is unmatched. Those around them can only look upwards, humbled by size. The Sun shines in the background, a symbol of the fiery power of the conscious mind. The Emperor’s commanding presence places a stronghold on himself, yet he safeguards the space because he knows that he was not randomly placed into power. He exercised power with the logistics of his experiences.

The Emperor can either be a positive force, or a formidable foe. He emulates authority, an energy that I sometimes struggle with. When he comes for me, I can hear his voice calling me to see my surroundings, and reminds that my mind is precise. It is a stronger weapon than I know, yet I carry it always. I have learned that through this card, the trust is being placed on me to wield my mental power. It alone has already helped to this precious space that I hold.

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In the light, the Emperor shows us that reason and logic allow for the bigger picture to be palpable. The experiences of the world are a test. Conquering each one is a victory, and proof that we are in control of our own destinies. Our lives do not happen to, or in spite of us. Our lives happen through us, by us, and because of us. Our choices, when made with reason and intent, unfold the world like a desert flower. Despite of the conditions, we can bloom into favor and good fortune.

In the shadow, he forces us to place an uncomfortable distance with our emotions. Emotions are not logical. They are not meant to be. One of the beautiful, but harsh truths about being human is that we are messy creatures, prone to fear and doubt. But our emotions allow us another way to cope with this imperfect place. To find meaning despite a shitty circumstance is poetic; it is a testament that our emotions lead us beyond our spaces. The Emperor doesn’t leave a lot of room for that. He, instead, requires a removal of this process. This has its benefits, but it is not easy.

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For this week, seek to find how you can lead your life with authority. Things are attainable if you apply your force of will. You will need to find the balance, and not over exert yourself. The Emperor did not claim his throne by always exerting his will. He knew when and where to do it. The political backlash of the United States, and treasonous Trump, shows just what can happen when one leads power-drunk. For this week, seek a logical and reasonable balance. Do not lay blame towards others. Hold yourself accountable. Good things come when the fire of the mind takes its grip.

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Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown tarot deck. Click here to go the website for this deck, and the whole collection from The Wild Unknown. (This is not an affiliate link)

Card of the week: Reversed Ace of Wands

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“An altar dignifying the god of chance. / What is beautiful it cautions, / Is found accidentally and not sought after. / What is beautiful is easily lost.” ~ The Altar Charles Simic

Last week we were forced to bring ourselves into awareness that the mental cycles we were carrying were only crippling us. We had to surrender our damaged ego into the deluge, and recognize the mental plateaus that bound us into circles. While hard, the beauty in letting go is that we can delete old processes to make way for new possibilities that stem from deep inside our inner chasms

The reversed Ave of Wands lets us know that this is week that new dreams will start to germinate. New creative ambitions are possible, and we can start to envision the vast growth about to take place. Being forced to remove our jaded mental ideas reminds us that sometimes when we are forced into something it is exactly what we need to move forward. The card shows a small black wand, with white flowers blooming. The border is fiery, full of tiny vibrant rivers. This is a reminder that the color inside of us must come from within. The river must start in our internal high ground. From there it will collect and find the cliff, where we act on and cherish this internal spectacle. It is only inside of us that we can find a source to harbor such a positive rage.

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In the light, the reversed Ace of Wands speaks to the internal dreams and poetry we never stop creating. Soon, a sonnet will come out and speak the syllables of the path we are meant to wander on. Here, we can see our intentions siphon out what will or won’t work for us. In this internal space, there is no judgment. There is only constant creation and tender migrations. We can only find the source of water once we instinctively know where to go.

In the shadow, this card embodies the internal cliché of putting your cart before your horse. It is beautiful to dream big, and imagine the reservoir as an ocean. But we must remain present and pragmatic in our planning. We cannot work with what we do not have. It can be detrimental to place such huge expectations on something that is just starting to take shape.

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For this week, dream hard for what and where you want to be. Let your mind harbor any ship that seeks a certain destination, then plan on how to get there if that is where you need to go. Do not be afraid to seek a treasure, just be ready to face a storm.

 

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Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown tarot deck. Click here to go to the website for this deck, and the whole collection from The Wild Unknown. (This is not an affiliate link)

Card of the week: Reversed 10 of Swords

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“There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”

~ Samwise Gamgee

 

I missed last week due to the holiday festivities, and I hope that you all had a good holiday. Two weeks ago we were dealing with the 7 of Cups, and the plethora of choices that bled between the external and internal orbit of our emotions. Now we are moving into the reversed 10 of Swords. In the reversed position, I usually read these cards as internal, and not yet ready or active in the physical world.

A bull lays skewered in the ground. Nine swords penetrate his flanks and back. The tenth sword has been pushed through both eyes. It also appears that there is a heavy rain, surrounding and seeping the bull into invisibility. The whole scene is violent, and quite sad. This image resonates that in the internal mental space sometimes we are the one holding the sword, ready to attack and destroy for no reason. Other times, we are the bull, a victim of a cruel game. Whether this game is perceived or real does not actually matter. If we allow ourselves to become the victim, real or imaginary, we are now part of that cruel and violent spot.

On the surface this card speaks to an abrupt finality in our mental cycles. There is pain, trauma, and past weight that bears down on us, keeping us fixed in one space. With the reversed 10 of Swords, there is a warning given that we must end our internal cycles, processes, and old focuses. If we let the ego continue to hold it’s stance in the same terrible position, we will continuously endure the same dreaded fate, and we can never transform.

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In the light though, internal transformation is one of the biggest declarations of this card. We endure and carry so much mental weight and blistering judgments. However, there is room for a promise here. In our endurance, we find our strength. We become mentally unyielding, less likely to succumb or kneel. Now, we have let old parts of ourselves die, old illnesses in the ego that were crumbling into dust. This is where we internally set new boundaries, and take control of our lives. We will not be the victim, nor the jester to make the sick and twisted cheer. We are in control, and unencumbered.

On the shadow side, the pain and trauma could leave us more bitter and less willing to fight. Internally, we feel shaken, beat down, and impoverished. Because this card is reversed, this could also point to the fact than many times we bear a smile, and an empty victory in our fists, but deep down we are still the victim stuck in the deluge of our doubts. The only way that we can truly move forward, and claim a new mental space is to be open and honest. The pain may be unbearable, but we truly have nowhere to go but up.

 

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Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown tarot deck. Click here to go The Wild Unknown website for their full collection. (This is not an affiliate link).