Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily Draw - Nine of Swords, Ace of Swords, The Emperor

Dark Fairytale Tarot- Nine of Swords, Ace of Swords, Emperor

Have you ever been able to control your dreams?  When you are having a lovely one, can you make it lovelier still by interacting with it?  What about your nightmares?  Are you able to turn them around?

In this set of cards, I see the dreamer in the first card taking a firm grasp on at least one of those Swords that is plaguing her.  She is taking her life back, one way or the other.  The Emperor looks on, because sometimes the most loving act is to let someone deal with their own issues.  That is how we get stronger.  It has been theorized that in our dreams, we play all the roles, and everyone we interact with is an aspect of ourselves.  The Emperor does not lift a hand to help, but is that an act of judgment, or is he granting the girl his trust that she can do it all on her own?  Is your inner Emperor a kind, fatherly figure, who sets loving boundaries, or is he a harsh taskmaster who berates and is all hard edges?  He is likely to resemble your most paternal figure in your mind, and if that figure does not speak to you from a place of love, it's time to remold him into the compassionate man you deserve.  Be kind to yourself.
Dark Fairytale Tarot- Death

The Shadow Card to day is Death, standing by, passing through the veils of this world and the next as easily as if they were mist.  He appears to the dreaming self, scythe at the ready, to expose the Shadow self, the things we need to integrate, the pieces of ourselves we have treated unkindly, or yelled at.  He is the guide between the two worlds, and sometimes we have to plumb the depths of our psyches to go rescue that piece we have shoved away.

These cards are from Dark Fairytale Tarot by Rafaele De Angelis, published by Lo Scarabeo.

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