Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Comfort Me- Page of Swords, Seven of Pentacles, Seven of Swords

Lately, I have been trying a new tactic with tarot.  Instead of asking a specific question looking for guidance or a glimpse of the future, tonight I have shuffled simply thinking, "Tell me something comforting."

Page of Swords, Seven of Pentacles, Seven of Swords.  My first thought was, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." which is patently ridiculous since I would never do such a thing.  I guess it's a product of being raised by old people with their sometimes funny phrases.

The Page of Swords is a sweet little girl in this deck, but one should not mistake her cuteness for lack of keen intelligence.  She is a sharp thinker, and a quick study.  On her shadow side, she can be a bit sneaky and devious.  She urges a new way of thinking, and that one should actually think, as opposed to just making decisions based on emotion, or even worse, simply reacting to what is happening around them.

This idea is further enforced to me by the Seven of Pentacles, as the figure carefully gathers up the ripening harvest.  We are able to reap because we have sown, and it's important to remember that the seeds we plant today ripen in time.

The Seven of Swords displays another form of gathering, the figure discarding the Swords that are no longer useful, as we must sometimes abandon thoughts and ideas that no longer serve us well.

Interestingly, both the Swords cards in this reading can often refer to sneakiness and dishonesty, the Page as a bit of a spy or gossip, and the imagery of the Seven of Swords often depicting a theft.  This is an example how phrasing of questions affects a reading.  Since I asked for comfort, I doubt these cards are warning me of dire plans, either my own or someone elses ill wishes for me.  Swords being the realm of thought, I see in these cards the need to carefully cultivate what I allow into my mind and also what I allow out of it, in the form of words I tell myself and others right now.

Sevens are active cards, where things are happening, but the querent is not always in as much control of those things happening as they may wish.  The Wands depicts the coming battle, the Cups with the many choices to be made, the Swords with the warning of possible deceit, and the Pentacles with the harvesting when the plants are ready, not necessarily when we are.  Seven is an inherently magical number, lucky even.

In specific, there is an area of my life that I am very frustrated with, and these cards urge me to begin to actively think differently about it, outside the box, and to be patient while I learn to do that and reap the rewards of my new mindset.

These cards are from the Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding for Schiffer Books.  Pre-order her Tarot of the Sidhe today, too!


  1. This is great advice, especially for a newbie: "This is an example how phrasing of questions affects a reading." And I know there is much discussion on how to phrase questions.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    Much Peace,


  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have found that if I forget the exact phrasing of my question, the reading may not make a lot of sense. I usually write it down for that reason.

    Nice to meet you!