Today I have drawn the Four of Swords. So often this card is depicted as a solitary being at rest, whether forced or chosen. There is an angle to this card, one of submission. She trusts him to carry her to where they need to be, she has relinquished control, and to good end, because for this task, he is better prepared than she is. She could plod along on her own two feet, trudging through the mire, or she can allow him to carry her on hooves like the wind, offering speed and protection both. We don't know what it has cost her to admit to needing his help, but she does not seem ill pleased, so this is a beneficial cooperation for both.
He adores her. He relishes her reliance on his strength. She is safe with him.
My shadow card is the Four of Cups. She sits pining over a letter, letting her memories overwhelm and dishearten her. She has not taken the very sage advice of Dr. Suess to heart -
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
I have a tendency to isolate myself when life gets overwhelming, which is, of course, never the right answer. I am the master at beating myself up for not being able to deal with things alone, and some of the things we say to ourselves we would never dare to say to another living person. We should owe ourselves at least the courtesy we would extend a stranger.
These cards remind me to lean on someone who would love for me to do it, when I need to, and to take joy in the memories of what has passed, not wallow in the sorrow of no longer being in those moments, because there are more to come, and this moment is worth cherishing, too, of its' own merit.
These images are from the Heart Tarot by Maria Distefano for Lo Scarabeo.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
They also make me tell you that readings are for entertainment purposes only. I'll tell you on my own that if you change your life based on a few cards something is not right there.
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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith~
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi~
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” ~Marianne Williamson~
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.” ~Kahlil Gibran~
"First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down." ~Ray Bradbury~
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~C.S. Lewis~
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love." ~Rainer Maria Rilke~