Personal Tarot Traits – Four of Swords validates the Hush of May

Personal Tarot Traits – Relating Personal Daily Experiences to a Daily Tarot Card

4 of swordsYou remember that ’60’s song, “There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World” –??  Life sort of feels like THAT lately in a good way.  It relates to the 4 of Swords.  I’ve always wondered if this is the real Death card of Tarot in disguise.  So is he dead or just napping or perhaps meditating?  Either way, this card screams out “Take a breather!” and “Hush!”

Mercury has just turned retrograde (May 18, 20105), maybe the 4 of Swords is in alignment with that vibe.  Nevertheless, I was just sayen’ yesterday (in fact) how the energy is a bit funky–incommunicado; like everyone is on the far side of the Moon where we don’t get the transmissions.  It didn’t take long for me to connect the dots after drawing this card relating it to what I was just sayen’  about work this month.  I have looked for other connections as I reviewed my day yesterday and that’s the only connection there seems to be.  So I’ll go with it and write about it.

My work has been very slow so far this month; my email has been mostly spam in May and my voice mailbox has been unusually quiet too.  Used to be that this worried the heck outta’ me but I’ve gotten accustomed to these kinds of doldrums and tend to think of it as The Universe (or Divine Intelligence — you name it) giving me time off for good behavior.  AKA a vacation!  Being forced in some way to “take a breather”; to chill~ax.

In most cards depictions of the 4 of swords, the swords are seen being put aside.  Work/ action/ socialization is being put aside in favor of retreat, rest, recovery and/or recuperation and vacation in some way.

There is a need for being grounded — that’s another archetype of this card.  In the herbal tarot deck this is depicted so clearly as the human is laying on the ground with his head and shoulders against a rock; a very grounding image.

The other obvious message of this card is not to struggle against whatever is going on in the life now and be open to insight.

For me right now it is a reminder to be flexible with the ups and downs of life.  I get better at it all the time.

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching.  Folks are planning a long weekend  and with the weather warmer and vacation time just ’round the corner, kids about out of school, graduation time at hand for many, it’s just a switch in the focus of energy.

There’s a kind of hush…. in a good way.  It’s time for a breather for all of us and after very busy times,  it’s best to rest while one can (and enjoy it!) because “sure as shooten'” as the saying goes (without a doubt) the pace will pick up again; that’s how life goes!

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In the morning when I first awaken, I let guidance come in and do a waking dream for the day ahead. On one of these occasions recently I received a directive in the form of an idea laced with intensity. “Draw a card at the beginning of the day and reflect on its meaning and then revisit it at day’s end correlating the day’s experiences with the card.” That’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow so-to-speak. Doing so gives insight into the world of divination for the purpose of adding layers or additional traits to the tarot card meaning. This deeper understanding to the cards can be applied for use when doing future readings. It’s like letting Life Itself teach us the cards.

Daily Divination April 13, 2008; Inner Identity Theft and Taking a Breather;4 of Swords is Jupiter in Libra

It’s time to take a breather!  Give yourself time to rest and recuperate today and be open to the guidance that comes to you. Rest:  is that with or without physical movement?  Today’s message also relates to “identity theft” –inner identity.

I’m struck, first of all, as I look at the inspiration for today’s divination message (4 of swords, tarot card) of the contrast between meditative prayer or meditative contemplation and its opposite–movement and action.  Sometimes, it’s better to engage in physical movement than to become immobilized.  Besides, some of my best meditations and dialogues with higher mind have occurred while gardening or hiking here in the mountains.   Yet, sometimes we have to sit quietly at first until our body and higher mind tell us what to do next.  That’s how it works for me anyway.  When it feels like I’m vacillating or in a confused state about what to do, I sit quietly and then either remain that way because that’s what’s needed in that moment OP (and this is more often the case) there’s a burst of energy accompanied by a knowing.  And then spontaneous action occurs with an inner, “NOW, I know what to do!” and off I go and do it and usually that involves some sort of action—taking that walk, or working in the outdoors or maybe even writing a blog post!  When there is too much disharmony, thinking, restlessness or confusion, the best way (IMHO) is to put down the sword of the moment and take a breather—switch out the energy in other words.  When you don’t know what to do next,  first center which helps you gain strength and enables you to make a new plan.

Do you just need a moment today (or in the spirit of divine order—whenever you read this) to regroup and notice where you are not allowing yourself to have freedom of expression in positive ways?   Deep breathing can help to open up and feel free to express yourself  in new (and more productive) ways.  Opening up the lungs and letting the life force flow in helps to release negative thoughts and re-energize if you have been involved with an inner struggle or conflict.

You may kindly say that the struggle or conflict has been outer world “stuff” having nothing to do with the inner world—and if that is the case, the suggestion coming with today’s divination message is to consider that the outer world actually ‘is’ a reflection of the inner or what is going on inside of YOU!  And right away, we get out of any blame-game or victimization and take responsibility for our lives again.  And it’s vital (IMHO) to do that without guilt–no guilt or self-recrimination.

If you feel like you need to get something off your chest today, you probably do—and the best way to do that is through the breath first.  Deep breathing in meditation or a vigorous walk outdoors first and then you will feel clear and balanced so that the next action you take will be coming from a place of centeredness.  (That’s my own plan for the day actually—it’s a beautiful spring day in the mountains and I’ve planned a hike followed by a trip to the grocery afterwards.)

This card relates to the archetypical energy of Jupiter in Libra.  Jupiter:  big, wide, and expansive.  With a side order of Libra:  a need for harmony and balance.  Libra is about fairness, but also about taking action.  When Libra energy is afflicted, especially in relationships with others, sick Libra energy manifests as a “fear to take action” because of not wanting to “rock the boat” and this results in trying to fulfill expectations that others have of us (people-pleasing) while one’s own needs are ignored, and this creates a false-identity.  After many years in a relationship, it amounts to “living a lie” and not knowing who one ‘is’ anymore.   Jupiter is about truthfulness and honestly and when we combine the two energies, relating it to this tarot card 4 of Swords, this message would also have to be given today:

Sometimes it is necessary to withdraw or step away from situations in which we, for way too long, have not been true to one’s own self-identity.  It’s time to stop living the lie in any areas that you have been doing that and re-examine your belief’s (Jupiter) about your life.  Reclaim your Self!  You don’t have to kick everyone out of your life permanently to do this—just take a breather, get clear and ask where you may have been giving too much of yourself (Aries polarity to Libra)  away simply because you were avoiding confrontation (Libra). 

If  identity theft has occurred in your relationships (and it’s YOU who has allowed that) it’s time for you to file a claim and recover it.