By Sarah Taylor
Taking a look back over recent readings, there are correlations between this reading and two others that are asking for attention: first, with the reading last week (Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015), and, second, with the reading of Dec. 14, 2014. If we approach these as significant, this means that there is a larger story the cards are telling you about your life, from week to week — sometimes focussing on one theme; sometimes returning to another; sometimes bringing in something new.
Last week, the reading held the following cards, from left to right: Justice, Eight of Disks, Princess of Cups (the Page in Rider-Waite Smith-based decks). This week’s reading, from left to right holds: The Hermit, Six of Swords, Princess of Swords. That’s a major arcana, a minor arcana, and a court card respectively — both courts also being Princesses.
Something feels like it is lining up. Two parallel lines; two parallel, yet interconnected, experiences. Both with their roots in a larger life theme (both major arcana cards being those larger life themes, and in the card associated with the past); both applying those themes in the practicalities of the present (the minor arcana cards in the centre position); and both heralding the emergence of a new way of being (the Princesses in the future positions).
I write “a new way of being” because Princesses are the nascent, personality-based expressions of their suit. They are relatively young and inexperienced, yet they are also bold, fearless, and unadulterated (un-adult-erated). They have not yet learned to self-censor in the way that older people do — and more respect to them for being this way. They are the way-showers, the liberators, the renegades and rebels. Their rebellion can be quiet and personal, or loud and provocative. It can be destructive, constructive, or both. One way or another, though, an aspect of self is birthed and makes its presence known — either in you, or through a reflecting back to you from someone else.
Many of us will be trying out our new wings right now, that’s for sure.
So, in the cards this week, we have a time of introspection in the past, which may or may not have been accompanied by feelings and tangible experiences of solitude. This is The Hermit, which is the card that comes after the extroversion of Strength, and indicates moving within. This is a vital aspect of the soul journey, moving within. Without this time, we cannot integrate what we have discovered on the way.
It is often not an easy time. It is often not easy to contend quite as fully with ourselves as The Hermit asks of us. We fight tending the inner fire. We will do much in order not to look into its flames, let alone nurture it. But something has come of this time. Work has been done. The wood has been chopped, the water has been carried.
And now there is a period that you are currently moving into, which was coming up on the horizon in mid-December last year:
“The words on the Six of Swords:
“Differentiation,” “Cognitions,” “ability to analyse.”
Three swords stand, point down, on each side of the card. Balance, yet “differentiation.” Analysis, yet synthesis. This is one of the ‘lightest’ of the Swords cards, and speaks of a transition from the confusion of the Five to a coming together and moving into a new form. It will also frequently speak of a trip across water in the real world. There is a shift to a new state of relating, and relatedness. This is likely to have its origins in you, although it may also play out through the mirror of another, or others, in your life.”
The outcome: freedom. Freedom from a belief that has held you back, freedom from an inability to express yourself, freedom to stand for something that releases you and others, freedom to have your own mind. Again, this is the start of something: the Princess needs time to mature and take her place at the head of court — to integrate and live out her promise fully. But she is there, and she will be heard.
What will come from that assertion is a sense of being unashamedly yourself in how you see and relate to a part of life. Your life.
Astrology/Elemental correspondences: The Hermit (Virgo), Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius), Princess of Swords (the earthy aspect of air)
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