Posted on 2 Comments

Card of the week: Son of Swords

 

Image result for son of swords

“We gather words that shape seasons. Time-and-place, turning/ earth: Diurnal, heliotropic. Wax and wane. / Front, equinox. Constellate.” ~ Becka Mara McKay

 

When we have taken down morsels into the opening of our bellies we can start to move on our plans. We are able to create new intentions with strategy and purpose. The time may not be right to manifest, but the whirring mechanisms inside our minds are ablaze with new possibilities.

For this week place your priorities. Make a list, make time, make sense of them into the bigger picture of your place. Place them in your nest. The Mother from last week will help them harden. These projects or missions will quickly take shape. Soon they will be ready to leave their casings and create conquests in the world.

When you have determined what it is you want to pursue, speak to and about these thoughts. Place words in your mouth like a cube of sugar. Direct these words to action through communication, with others and yourself. Write them down, and do not judge. Be honest and honorable with others.

Image result for lady of the lake

If you are not yet sure what your thoughts are begging for, get aggressive. Be diligent about ways to find out these answers. Thoughts rarely stop, so if you hit a wall, find the weak spot and go forward with a new thought. The Son of Swords teaches us that we will continuously be bombarded with false, negative, or misleading intentions. We must combat these with clear and powerful acts of the mind.

We have to be warriors in this time. I do not mean going around and fighting with everyone. I mean warriors in the sense of searching and protecting what we value, or want to see. We have to place our thoughts, our words, and our truths up on a mantle that we have made from the bare bones of an idea. They need to be a bell that others will hear.

 

**Thank you for reading! Please let me know your thoughts or comments about the Son of Swords. Follow me if you like what you read and would like more. If you would like a personal tarot reading please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com.**

Posted on 7 Comments

Card of the Week: Reversed Ace of Swords

reversed ace of swords

“The abyss doesn’t divide us. / The abyss surrounds us.” ~ Wislawa Szymborska

 

Last week there was ambiguity, doubt, and a simplistic singularity in our focus.  This energy was reserved and drawn inward.  Now the energy moves, perhaps violently, towards complications. Those doubts and insecurities are met with confusion, aggression, and even more uncertainty. The reversed Ace of Swords speaks to our unchecked momentum caused by defense mechanisms, and attempts to try and right the wrongs.

Deeper concerns, or unhealed pains, can fester like a splinter begging to rise above the skin.  If we do not carefully pluck those thoughts that can infect us, there will be a larger wound to clean. In the immediate, this is the card that forces us to at least check in with ourselves. If we keep moving, but haven’t realized that all we are making is right turns, now we have to back track.

Instead of retracing the steps that have already been made, it is more effective to re-draw our lines mentally. This is not easy. Right now, there is so much going on personally and publicly that it can be easy to put ourselves in auto-pilot. But our brains are still taking in and distributing out our reactions and intentions. If these are not understood, there can be unreasonable expectations and anger towards our surroundings and others.

The reversed Ace of Swords speaks to our shadow selves. The dense underbelly of our existence is where the havoc of our own individual conditions dwell. The memories we try to forget, the outlines of the demons that shift, and the cavernous voice of our ego are all in this space. We cannot run from ourselves. An ego cannot be checked with more pride.

This in the internal landfill, and more trash thrown away will not clear our minds because there is no away. It goes somewhere. If that space is back into the subconscious, or outwards towards others, it can still take shape and weaken our stance. For this week fight dominance and excess with innovative energy. Take the sheet of your own darkness and face it against the draft.

 

**Thank you so much for reading. I would love to hear how you deal with the reversed Ace of Swords, or any other questions or comments. If you would like a tarot reading, please email ashliefae26@comcast.net. Stay weird!**

Posted on 1 Comment

Card of the week: Daughter of Swords

daughter of swords

“I want a net made of iron to hold /  what I am. I love artifice.” ~ Linda Gregg Aphrodite and the Nature of Art

She is an overwhelming breath of opposites. The daughter of swords is agile, but insecure, strong but small, confident but inexperienced, and wise but young. She is wide open to the world, but that also makes her vulnerable. The energy for this week is similar to the reversed son of swords. It is quick to move, but slow to process. However, there is less aggression, or force with this card.

The reversed son of swords allowed all of us, man or woman, to tap into deeper masculine energy. The daughter, or known as the page in many decks, represents a call to the feminine or androgynous. Despite the potential recklessness of this card, there is still something wonderfully organic about it. This is energy that can, if channeled properly, help us go into our intuition, or our natural impulses.

For this week, the focus should be on finding balance between the naïve and learned practices of thought. In a sense, this is balancing who we are with who we maybe were at some point. When I was younger (especially in high school) my mind was everywhere, but my thoughts were strong. Stronger in some areas than I am today. I said what I thought, and never worried about consequences. I was mentally free to think anything at any time.

I still have those same freedoms; I am capable of thinking and maneuvering myself in any situation, but now I restrain myself much more. I have learned over the years that thoughts and practicalities are not the same thing. I am more mindful of my words to others, but the words I say to myself can be stifling. I talk myself out of many things because my priorities are no longer the same.

This is the balance to reach for. How can we be mentally free, but able to live within the diameter of reality. Saying whatever is on our minds is not always helpful, but how do we co-exist and communicate purely if we do not beseech our thoughts into actions. This is not easy. It never was. But finding balance here is honoring our true intentions with our words.

For this week see what thoughts stick with you. Not every thought needs or deserves an action, but our bodies have a way of subliminally telling us over and over again the things that we NEED to pay attention to. A dream journal is a helpful guide, or having a junk journal. This is a journal just for random thoughts throughout the day. In my journal, some of these thoughts have been treasures, and others were fleeting.

To me, the daughter of swords represents opening the raw viscos of thought. For this week, see what is there and if harmony can be had. These thoughts will grow and mature, and or will hold nothing and shed into dust. Listen and learn what these thoughts are, or what they could become. Be practical, but above all let your brain do its magic.

Some further tips:

Scents: Sage or Lemongrass

Stones: Labradorite

Spirit animals: Owl or Hawk

 

Please hit FOLLOW if you like what you see, and I hope you do. I will be starting a new post on Tuesdays called CREEPY AND TEA TUESDAYS. If you have any requests, please let me know. If you would like to inquire about tarot readings in person, or online please email me at ashliefae26@comcast. Stay weird!!

Posted on 1 Comment

Card of the week: Reversed Son of Swords

reversed son of swords

Powered by intellect, but cloaked in turbulence, this week the energy is going to hit hard. This is the card that brings to surface the unbalanced, proud, and hasty aspects of our lives and of those around us. The Court cards many times can be representations of other people, and the type of relationships we have with them. For this week, ask yourself if this card represents you or someone you know.

If this card represents you, take care to find balance. Call on your center, and determine what it is you need and want for the week. This is the time to practice patience. Hasty decisions are not the best way to bring about lasting and positive change. For this week do not put your ego, your health, your money, or your relationships in jeopardy.

All of these are connected, and if one is out of balance the others also start to droop. If these, and other, aspects of our lives co-exist peacefully, our center will always be blossoming. But arrogance and instability will kill our spirit slowly. Focus on practices that will bring a sense of calm. There is so much that we could fight, argue, and lash out at. But if we do not pick our battles, or if we always react first and think second, we will always lose.

If this card or energy could be someone you know, or just met, act with caution. I do not mean run away and never look back. I mean: assess the dialog, actions, and situations around people who may exhibit this behavior. Of course all of us can be the reversed son of swords at times, but the ones who embody this lifestyle day and night are difficult to have lasting relationships with.

This card is not negative down to the bones, but the energy is intense and unleashed. It is not easy to be mindful most of the time, but this week is a good place to start. Think before saying something that could be hurtful. Think before acting if this is where your energy belongs. Think before purchasing if this is something you really want. Be mindful of and for others. Use boundaries to stop others who want to cause trouble. Speak to your truth, even if others do not like it.

This is time to find power, but not volatility. Find peace, but do not be a sign post with your message. Above all, find balance. Find what resonates between struggle and aggression, and how it can be used to build you up. Find what drives you, but do not become a hustler for it.

 

Some further tips:

Scents: Chamomile, Neroli, Bergamot. **With these, find any way that works with you. Essential oils are the most versatile, but candles, incense, and perfumes can help set the tone.**

Stones: Aquamarine

Animal Spirits: The Bobcat. Known for it ability to remain unseen for a lifespan, the Bobcat is the face of patience. This giant feline is also extremely powerful, and strategic.

: bobcat