Here are your cards for the week of September 8th – 14th.
The young man in the 3 of Swords stands beneath stormy clouds. From under a band-aid, his heart bleeds for all to see. He has visibly been hurt by another.
The energy of this card can often be brought about by argument and disagreement. Do you remember that thing we used to say when we were kids? – that sticks and stones can break our bones but names can never hurt us? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Harsh words can cause as much damage as any stick, stone or blade. They can lead to quarrels, upset, and as a worst-case-scenario, separation.
Is the 3 of Swords as harmful as it looks? Don’t underestimate its power, but be aware that it’s energy will eventually heal. We should take responsibility for the words we speak, but not everybody does. Are you taking the words of someone else personally? Can you think for a second before you say something to another which could be potentially hurtful? The results of our words and actions may be farther reaching than we imagine when they leave our lips.
Amongst the night, the figure in this illustration tiptoes away from the moonlit tents. In the darkness, he has stolen five of the seven swords. This card suggests deceit and the untrustworthy.
Is there situation in your week which you are finding difficult to trust? Have you got a feeling that someone doesn’t have your best interests at heart and is being insincere? As the second challenging card of the week, the 7 of Swords alerts you to those things which and those people who may be underhand. Be more alert and keep your eye’s open. This is a time for reading the small print, examining contracts with a fine-toothed comb and taking extra care of your possessions. This card could represent something as simple as being talked about in a bad light. If you feel that someone cannot be trusted, you will do well to trust your hunches and behave accordingly this week.
This trio of cards are not the easiest to work with. Are they connected? They could represent three different aspects of the week, but due to their challenges, they do fit together. The first two certainly flesh out the darker aspects of the Queen of Wands.
The Queen of Wands stands in front of the scorching sun with her cat. This is a strong lady, who is an undisputed force within her community and social groups. She is influential in both work and play. Through her, the element of fire can either warm or burn those who come into contact with her.
Is this woman someone in your personal environment? Could she represent the person involved in arguments or squabbles at the beginning of the week or is it her you do not trust? Be wary of this woman and fight fire with fire. As the week draws to a close, you must be strong and able to stand up to those around you, should you need to be. This is not a time to let situations get to you or allow others to overpower your influence or put out your own individual fire.
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2014
All illustrations by Steven Bright