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Card Comparison: 2 of Swords

2 of swords comparison

This month has been a deep dive into the 2 of Swords, which can be a challenging card. It is a card of layers, of merging and morphing multiple energies into a streamline of conscious action that initiates a change. What this means is that the card resembles and holds multiple energies at once. These energies can be challenges, calls to action, or reminders. Because there is so much to this card, it is interesting to see how the images are depicted to convey these dualities.

These two cards come from The Wild Unknown Tarot (depicted on the right), and the Ostara Tarot (depicted on the left). If you have multiple decks and are struggling to learn a card, compare the two. Sometimes seeing the multiple interpretations can help spark insight. If you do not have multiple decks, you can reach out and ask me to put up a picture, or use Google.

The Ostara Tarot shows a blindfolded blue jay perched on her nest, which has been created by using the two crossed swords as scaffolding. The swords seem to block a path that transitions from flat and easy to rocky terrain in the distance. As with all cards there is both light and shadow shown. This card shows that there can be comfort in the midst of a daunting setting. If we can come to terms with our thoughts becoming action or creations in the midst of an uncomfortable setting, then we can truly thrive in adaptability. We can use that which could be a setback or a threat, and turn it into a foundation.

This card also shows how strong instinct is, and how our mind can be channeled to create and compete, even when the cards are stacked against us. This Blue Jay was able to create her nest blindfolded and without damage done to her beautiful body. The instinct to create her home is so strong that it can be done no matter the cost. But this also opens the shadow side. Why would she create her nest here? It is admirable that she abilities are unchanged when she loses sight, but her home will never be free from danger. If she wishes to build a foundation free from any danger she will have to leave this place, and start down the path set for her towards new unknowns and new challenges.

This shadow side shows us that even when we achieve mental clarity from the Ace there can be residue from our former selves that we have to leave behind. This comes with intellectual honesty. We cannot be in the same routines to create change. If we receive inspiration and a new path, we must make the decision to shed our former habits and admit there is more to learn for integration. There is more that lies ahead, but we must be willing to lighten the load and act accordingly.

The 2 of Swords from The Wild Unknown also shows two crossed swords and in the middle of the V is a solar eclipse. A bright and fiery sun is concealed by the moon. This softens the harsh lights, but it conceals needed things. This, like the other card, shows an element of danger. If we attempt to stare head on at this occurrence we are both physical and metaphorically blinded. We need the sun to shine light on reality, to expose all that is around us so we can accurately act. But we need the influence of the Moon, with all its fluidity and watery pull.

This card shows that we need to work with both elements. We need to be willing to see reality for what is, but we need our intuition to guide us accurately. Intuition is a powerful thing. Just like any warrior who fights with these formidable blades, we need to move like in a dance. We need to be one with our thoughts and action, but that requires a compass of honesty and truth. The two crossed swords can be both a stance of protection and attack. This stance can protect us against coming attacks, but it can also be a combustion of strength and power.

What is needed is action. This card shows that indecision is a greater threat than an attack against us. We cannot hold this pose for long. We must move to honor our new path, otherwise we yield to stagnation. We could potentially stay here longer than welcome, but we would tire and succumb to neither victory or defeat. Both of these carry needed lessons if we are to grow.

Please let me know your thoughts on 2 of Swords. It is a card that combines a lot of energy. Take things slow. We are just at the beginning of new mental ground. It can be scary and elevating at the same time. Stay wild Wolflings!

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Card Profile: The High Priestess

 

Card 2 – The High Priestess

Perhaps one of the most mysterious cards, the High Priestess here is depicted as a white tiger (which is meant to denote a rarity because they are hardly seen in nature. The white tiger is seen as a high status commodity in the private and public eye due to the Captive Wildlife Crisis but I digress….). She sits in the darkness of night, with a crescent moon in the background. In between her paws is a crystal ball, an illumination of the veil between the worlds. She is in a state of BE-ing, and it acts to radiate her light outward, reaching up to the Moon. Both entities promise a bringing forth, and new creation.

Although the elemental nature of the High Priestess is highly feminine, it can be hard to describe in physical language what her nature is. This is because the High Priestess is extremely internal. She is constantly sensing, observing, and feeling. She harnesses everything around her without judgement, because there is always something to learn, to understand, or to use as a form of growth. To and through the High Priestess, everything is sacred. Everything serves a role. Even the bad, the minuscule, or misunderstood. When one of these elements surfaces in our lives, it is the High Priestess who urges us to go deeper, to not be afraid, and to comfort in our sacred selves within the good, the bad, the ugly. When we can find the sacred in these forms, we find more sacredness in our very bones.

Intuition is the vein that taps into the pay-dirt of this card. Intuition is something we are all given, which strengthens the notion that we and everything are sacred. Intuition is the ability to understand something, without having the physical proof, or need for proof. Intuition is the pull on us when something or someone is not as they seem. Intuition is the voice that urges us to do or act on something because it feels right. The High Priestess is the embodiment of this gift because there is a sense of ownership with her. She is not relying on the crystal ball, the cosmos, or the veil to channel her ability of understanding. Those messages are, and have always been there. But because she is able to harness those messages uniquely to her through intuition, she is equipped to utilize both the messages and the tools.

As mentioned, all of us have intuition. We all have the ability to go deeper into the shadows. She did not just attain this ability, and that is not what is portrayed when this card is pulled. The use of practice, process, or ritual is paramount with this card and her energy. Because the High Priestess is in the balance between internal recognition and external sources, it takes times to really go deep. One does not sit down for one meditation and suddenly become enlightened. It takes practice, process, or ritual to really start building the links between the internal and the external.

As beautiful, rare, or exotic the High Priestess looks, she is not portrayed in a world of glitz, fortune, or fame. Everything in her energy is very subtle. Her rarity comes from the fact that she can alter the energy around her. She can take in messages from the Universe and write her narrative of intention. She is present for the energy of the Universe. This is her presence. She is present. She is sensing the the subtle fingers of all the creatures that share this globe. She is creating a river of energy from the messages around her. Her intuition guides her forward.

How does your intuition guide you? When you have you stopped for a few moments and just held your form? Do you remember the sound of trees, the smell of Earth, the light of the Moon? Take time to connect deep into the skeleton of your sacred self, and into the skeleton of the Earth. The High Priestess reminds us that everything is a river that flows into the ocean of our mind.

 

**Tarot card pictured is from The Wild Unknown deck, and can be found at http://www.thewildunknown.com. This is not an affiliate link**

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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.

oorequiemoo:  Moon priestess Surrealistic French Postcard by Arjalew, Paris, ca 1900

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.

Planetary Smash-Up “This artist’s concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few...

 

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)

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Card of the week: The Moon

 

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“Moonlight drowns out all the brightest stars.” ~ J.R.R Tolkien The Lord of the Rings

When we were full on the Emperor, there was authority, leadership, and the ability to create a host of experiences in our lives through reason. There was individual conquering, allowing us to drink our power to the brim. We will need that individual conquering because this week we will be illuminated with the Moon, the beautiful and illusive phantom that hangs like a gleaming pendant in the sky.

The Moon is the widening lake of the unconscious, the unknown pieces of ourselves that mold and work us into our outer lives. We know that the Moon is responsible for the change in tides, due to the unseen pull of gravity. We cannot see this force, but we know it exists. The same can be said for the unconscious, but it is there pushing and pulling the shores into awareness and movement.

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Lunacy and lunatic share the same root word: LUNA. This means Moon. The Moon with that same cycle, that same strong pull on the blue orb that we rest on, was (and is still) thought by many to manipulate our minds into crazed delusions and fantasies. The Moon does not make us crazy, but it does give off an old and wild energy. This energy cannot be dethroned, or humiliated. The Moon gives us a raw and almost feral permission to feel deeply. We can unleash our own wild magic, and walk through the barrier between expectations and instincts.

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In the light, the Moon gently pulls us towards introspection. We cannot create change and engage with the world if we are functioning at half of our awareness. Now, this is not to say that the Moon requires us to fully open our unconsciousness all the time. We cannot physically pull that off. The Moon calls us to look deep into our wells and examine small pieces that may be important, but have been submerged under the water. In the light, this card allows us to more fully understand certain elements, circumstances, or aspects of ourselves that we can use to positively embellish our decisions and actions.

In the shadows, this energy can be difficult to burden, and the energy can go across the spectrum. On one side, there is a reaction of judgement, doubt, or assumptions. We think we know the deeper reflective surfaces of ourselves, so we critique anything that comes up and swiftly push it away. It is uncomfortable to fall down our individual rabbit holes, but it is the only to authentically look at our internal cosmos. On the other side, we cannot lose ourselves in the mist. We cannot constantly pull something out of us and still be efficient. We must be able to pull ourselves back into the real world again. We are needed there. Those who constantly dwell in this darkness can never fully appreciate the movement of change.

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For this week, start to look at what pulls and pushes on the deeper layers of yourself. Look at current or past circumstances, actions, choices, or relationships. They all your force pulling at them. What are the underlying meanings of any these scenarios? Do they have or need meaning? Take some time to dwell in this place, and allow thoughts or feelings to expand. The Moon is the link between our consciousness, and our surroundings. These all swing in the cycles, so take some time to let your wildling nature come out.

 

**Thank you for reading. Please let me know how the Moon affects you, physically and energetically. Hit Follow, and become part of my wolf pack. If you would like a personal tarot reading, please email me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com**

Tarot card is from The Wild Unknown deck. Click here to go The Wild Unknown website and shop. (This is not an affiliate link)