Today’s meditation was skipped, although I did soak in the tub this morning… so there’s that. I’m sure my downstairs neighbors were absolutely thrilled to hear me filling up the tub around 3:30am then draining it and taking a shower around 4:30am.
Today’s draw is the Ten of Swords, which is traditionally a representation of “coming to the end of the line” on a journey of hardships and struggle. This card is about endings, but of the painful variety.
I am personally a fan of the Ten of Swords, and in most cases consider it’s appearance a good thing. It means something I’ve been struggling through or hurting over is drawing to a close. It’s going to hurt, but it’s also going to be the end. Sometimes? All that pain is worth it if you finally get to the end.
What really stands out to me today in the imagery of this card is the fact that a number of those blades have not yet pierced the flesh. This feels like it reverses the meaning of the card backward by just a slight half step. They are also symmetrical, with matching swords on either side of the spine/body like some sort of ultra dangerous set of wings. In fact, the only blades actually piercing through flesh are where wings would be anchored to the body.
It feels like a display of that one breathless moment just before you can break free. That one fraction of a second where you know the end is near… right there… filled with both hope and pain, anticipation and fear. These blades look like an unlikely and unwieldy set of wings, and yet they represent a release that has the potential to let the figure obtain the freedom to fly, even if not physically.
The message here in today’s card is to focus on the release to come. Don’t focus on your current misery and don’t fear what comes after, just focus on the release from your current chains, and foster the hope and the eagerness for that release. The holiday rush is more than half over now. I’ll be released soon enough.
DECK USED: JAPANESE TRADITIONAL TAROT
#DiscordTarotolicsDec2020 Challenge Prompt
Question: What is it that I’m burying that needs to be set free?
Reading Summary: This is about finding a happy medium (Ten of Cups). I am trying to suppressing my inner drive (Ace of Wands) with moderation… and unintentionally suppressing a fuller view of perspectives and the world (The Hanged Man) with personal spirituality (Spiritual Cleansing).
Take Away: Neither moderation or spirituality is a bad thing. Neither that inner drive, nor the seeking of diverse perspectives and opinions is a bad thing either. But in order to find emotional completion and contentment, you have to make room for all of them, not allowing some to overshadow the others but rather allowing them all to work both independently… and together without stepping on each other’s toes.