Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

By Sarah Taylor

There have been a lot of Sword cards in recent readings. That means a lot of “mind”: your thoughts, your beliefs, your self-talk, the rules and regulations — official and unofficial — you set up with yourself and others.

Stay with me here as we move into Qabalah 101 — this reading gets a little technical, but I believe it’s worth the time spent on it.


Two of Swords, Ace of Disks, Ten of Swords from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig. Click on the image for a larger version.

Swords govern the plane of the intellect and how you express that in words. Exercised with grace and elegance, you get insightful observation, discernment, negotiation, and wisdom. In other words, when it’s informed by your creative capacity (the Wands as an initiating force), and delivered with heart (the Cups that follow on from Wands), then Swords as the third suit is an expression of your inner alignment.

But, being the third suit along, there’s so much more to reckon with when you arrive in the land of the blade: the balancing act gets more demanding. It asks you for skillful precision if you are to keep that alignment of creativity, heart and mind. Think of the shift between juggling with two balls, and then adding a third. It tends to up the stakes a little.

Today, that balancing act is expressed in these three cards. The first card and the third card are the first and last active Swords cards: they run the range of experiences you can have with your mind, Two through Ten. They also flank the Ace of Disks: the potential that is birthed from your thoughts, as the first card of the fourth and final suit, Disks — the one that deals with material reality.

Disks are “earth”; they are the descent into matter. All of the other suits are the ingredients that you’ve mixed together to be able to experience yourself as a body interacting with a world.

So. You know that saying about your thoughts creating your reality? You are slap-bang in the middle of being able to see this, to understand this, to live it out. You may not know it, but you are the magician of your own life. And as a magician, you are not simply passive: you have agency.

And you’re being asked to assume that agency. As the third suit in the tarot deck, Swords are denser, and so they are more obvious. You can access Swords much more easily than you can Wands or Cups. And there’s a downside to this: it is far easier to neglect the presence of Wands and Cups in your life than it is Swords. Mind seems to rule if it is left unchecked. It can dampen your energy; it can interfere with your heart. To take back your agency, today’s reading is saying this to you:

Stop relying exclusively on your mind. You cannot think your way into this one, or out of it. You can go for “Peace,” you can go for “Ruin.” Or you can choose not to identify fully with either, and understand that they are simply one part of a far larger experience.

The possibility exists that you can acknowledge and embrace every aspect of your mind without holding it as the only thing that matters.

Where is the energy that moves through your body, the initiator of everything? Can you let it run free, knowing it moves with its own wisdom? Where is the space that you give to your feelings — the ones that make themselves known before you have time to label and pigeon-hole them? Can you feel them without needing to know what you’re feeling?

And then, finally, can you use your mind as a collaborator with your creativity and your heart, to express the truth of both without distorting them? To honour their integrity with no need to second-guess them out of existence?

To speak your truth, even if it makes you tremble?

To give shape to your world, even if it asks more of you than you thought (note: thought) possible?

There is a time for Peace and a time for Ruin. But no creation of yours needs to be caught up exclusively in either. That’s not what your mind is there for. Your mind is there to sift and make sense of something that has already been called into existence. Your mind is there to discern and then to direct, not judge and coerce.

The Ace of Disks holds a significant amount of potential. It is no less than the sum total of what was called into existence through you some time ago. The mind has its role to play, but it is by no means the headlining act. This is an ensemble piece rather than a star vehicle for your mental gymnastics.

When your mind grasps because it absolutely has to know! — step back and see if your heart has something to say. If your mind wants to turn on you, and tell you that you’re a failure, disengage if you can and track the flow of your energy.

When that moment comes that everything falls into place — when it not only makes sense, but you feel sense — you don’t have to be moved into action by a fear that you have somehow missed out or that you’re letting things slip through your fingers. No. Find a higher ground; a higher vision. Find that star that has been calling to you through space and time. You can’t command it to come to you, and you don’t need to.

You, and it, are one and the same thing. Separation has only ever been a mental construct.

Astrology/Elemental correspondences: Two of Swords (Moon in Libra), Ace of Disks (the pure, limitless potential of earth), Ten of Swords (Sun in Gemini)

If you want to experiment with tarot cards and don’t have any, we provide a free tarot spread generator using the Celtic Wings spread, which is based on the traditional Celtic Cross spread. This article explains how to use the spread.

6 thoughts on “Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

  1. Dorothy Rodriguez

    One of your absolute best Sarah, hands down. At a pivotal moment, no less. Your reading today helps me to regroup and start afresh and once again, continue on and make this my very own moment. By staying the course I “called into existence some time ago” with the energy of my spirit and heart. Yes, I can acknowledge the monkey mind the swords will bring me as I set off once again, but I don’t have to be ruled by that mentality. Sometimes, I do so much better just feeling my way through; kind of like my love for these hills and canyons, here in Cali, that guide me. Thank you Sarah.

  2. jasonboyd

    Very nice piece. Thank you Sarah. Easily applied to my own process. I feel the potential and/or available freedom suggested in this passage:
    ” There is a time for Peace and a time for Ruin. But no creation of yours needs to be caught up exclusively in either. That’s not what your mind is there for. Your mind is there to sift and make sense of something that has already been called into existence. Your mind is there to discern and then to direct, not judge and coerce.”

  3. P. Sophia

    Sarah, thank you! This was a tough one to work through as you said. Finally, I was struck with the action and potential building and offered through the balance and grouping the cards, and also in it’s full completion, i now see the way forward; fullfillment found the Ace of Disks.

    I wanted to share a Crystal reading here I pulled on Saturday, that i find seems to echo your reading, leading to Higher Self.

    Amazonite – Personal Truth
    Water Element
    Heart & Throat Chakra
    That which is on the inside is exhibited on the outside, reflected back from all that is in your environment. The stones energy is linked to the oceans; air and water in it’s freest form,  primal creation. It is in first forms of life, with Oxygen and the breath of life that we express our deepest selves and emotions. Water makes up a large percentage of our bodies. The s pirit of water. Amazonite activates expressive capabilites and encourages us to speak our higher mind. In declaring your mind and heart, your path will be made clear.

    Petrified Wood – Beginnings
    Earth Element
    Root Chakra
    Source of the universe. Trees symbolize deep and ancient beginnings of all things. Knowledge and understanding is preserved in the energy patterning of the plant that has fossilized in stone taking form. In awareness, acessing beginnings, at the DNA, cellular level we draw strength and knowledge from with in our linage nourish deeply to release the old. While at the same time, recognize a new path in our life.

    Selenite – Higher Self
    Wind/Air Element
    Crown – 12th Chakra
    Selenite crystalline structure allows it to move energy easily throughout it’s form. Clear, sweet and high energy evoking air and water elements. Movement encouraging health and en-light-enment of each of our cells.  Activated physical vehicle we are able to allow our highest visions to enter the physical world. Bringing humanity into resonance, with earth and then the universe.  This stone’s energy  is a doorway through which the vibration of our Higher Self can enter into our consciousness and physical systems.  Being connected to our Higher Self, our physical body and manifestations become direct consciousness tools for Divine expression in our life.

  4. Gwen

    Mind directs The Sword: “Come out swingin!”
    Heart directs The Sword: “Cut out the stinging!”
    Creative directs The Sword: “Keep on singing!”

    By George, I think I’ve got it! Thanks Sarah! I needed this!

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