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By Sarah Taylor
We have a revisit to the Six of Swords today — a card we last saw in the same position at right on Sunday, July 5; three weeks ago. We also have a whole lotta swords — which means that there is a whole lotta mental activity going on; a focus on inner vision — or the lack of it; and shifts in ways of thinking and entrenched beliefs.
Today, there is a fight for freedom, from something, or someone — or someone who represents that ‘something’ to which you no longer need to be in disempowered thrall. The solution is to go back: to go back a step from Seven to Six, and to remember back to the beginning of the month and the shift that started then, when you felt that movement from a lack of clarity to illumination.
That illumination is bringing into sharper focus the very thing that was causing your confusion. It is no mistake; you’re now ready for it in a way you’ve never been before.
Remember back to the beginning of this month:
“What had remained unclear in the painful skirmish of the previous card that is implied by the Six’s presence — the Five of Swords — has now had the light of consciousness trained on to it. This consciousness is fearless; it simply wants to see. There is currently in you a willingness to see what The High Priestess knew all along. You are at a point of admitting to yourself and others what you had sensed, and in a way that sets everyone free. This light generates forward movement, the solution to what seemed like an insoluble problem, the ironing out of a wrinkle or two — or three — of misperception.
There is the understanding of something at hand. A “light-bulb” connection is made. New shores beckon.”
Those shores still beckon. They are there, waiting for you; a part of you is there preparing for your arrival. In the meantime, you have unfinished business. You have a dragon to contend with. The thing is this: it is yours, no one else’s; it has been unleashed by the breaking of the bonds that no longer hold you — even if you might believe that they still do. So while at times you may feel decidedly dwarfed by what you feel is facing you down — maw gaping at you, clothed in obligation, resignation, conformity — you have it in your power and wherewithal to step away and choose another direction.
Hint: your body can help you. This reading is all about the mind, and the solution you seek does not lie at the level of the problem. If you feel a visceral contraction under circumstances that tug you back into the past, pay attention. If you feel an expansion, pay attention. Both are paths. One of them you have travelled down many times before. Are you sure you need to go there again?
Maybe you can turn around, step away from an entirely convincing illusion, and into what has been patiently calling you for a while now. This state that calls you makes sense to you in a way that might, at first, confuse you. It holds its own perfect logic — it just might be that it is a land you’ve not travelled before, only hearing about it from other stories, from whispered tales your soul has spoken to you in those subtle spaces that you may be tempted to pass off as meaningless.
But a part of you knows. It is not your mind. It is not even your body — though your body is able to connect to it. It is your intuition, an innate, timeless wisdom that you are able to access and comprehend when your mind is quiet enough to serve as a reliable interpreter.
But first, this dragon: a part of your mind that has created a paper tiger so large that it feels fearful. This is not reliable interpretation. It is a larger-than-life representation of an idea that has fed and grown on your belief that it is real. It has kept you standing there, in front of it, in the hope that you’ll avoid what might happen if you do anything else.
Isn’t that interesting? It doesn’t need to do a thing. It is just there. It is you who holds the key to release. You can either stay there, you can engineer the means to create enough sabotage to believe you have been attacked by it — and so, again, you stay — or you can step away in a moment of gentle, self-loving rebellion.
No need to run at it and scream. You’re simply running and screaming at a mirror. Step away from the mirror and you step away from the game.
Paradoxically, this transforms what once felt oppressive into the means by which you extricate yourself. You, and the force it held, have the potential to (re)unite. A part of you is no longer at war with yourself. You no longer have to project this war onto another.
Remember! Remember your connection to that source of illumination; remember how it is that you are capable of feeling when you care about yourself; remember the wisdom you can access when you tap into a place that lies beyond and beneath your mind and the chatter that resides there.
“There is the understanding of something at hand. A “light-bulb” connection is made. New shores beckon.”
Astrology/Elemental correspondences: Prince of Swords (the airy aspect of air), Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius), Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius)
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