At its best, it is an enriching experience that may hold a Shadow element. At its worst, it is displacement, acting out, or a flight into health, which can result in re-traumatization in an environment that is not equipped either to recognise true Shadow when it emerges, or to deal with it. A
You are now in a phase where you are trying to separate truth from fiction. The Seven of Swords was the moment where you saw your situation clearly: that you didn’t have to continue choosing what you were choosing. The Moon is now the time where you get to decipher where the path for you really lies.
This is the start of a journey. This is a moment when something steps into existence. It is neutral, this energy. It is our own subjective response to it that attaches a particular judgement, whether that is positive or negative. What is certain is that there is an air of the new, a beginning.
How you see your life is enmeshed deeply with how you learned to view it growing up: your conditioned thoughts about how life works, what you can expect of it, and the threatened consequences of even questioning that learning, let alone trying to undo it.
The Hanged Man appears when your old tricks and get-out clauses no longer work. He is the advent of suspension — that moment where we are held to account for our lives, where life speeds past us while we (often infuriatingly) are left to deal with our unfinished business:
Can working with tarot, and can working with counselling, allow for what so many other modalities — the scientific method, in particular — already allow for: being human? Being limited? In
The cards are asking you to look at the details this week. This will not only assist you in getting clear about what’s going on. It will also help you to navigate your way through the tension of two states that seem to be closing in on you, vying for your attention.
Trying to unpick the kind of thoughts that meet you on your path in the Eight of Swords is to entertain an unwelcome guest who’s never going to let you go to bed. Trying to do this is trying to reason with a lack of reason,
Though this reading is about the falling away of something as represented by The Tower, it is also about redemption. Profound redemption. A re-encounter with something that is true, and inextricably a part of you.
“Grace under pressure.” These three words define this today’s reading — which feels perfect as we enter a week where the cards tally with a meeting of two powerful planets: a conjunction between Mars and Saturn.