The Tarotcast – Week of May 30, 2016

There’s a well-known saying (well-known in these parts, anyway) by Scottish poet Robbie Burns that I’m going to quote here in its original vernacular:

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley”


Prince of Disks, Ten of Swords, Justice from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig, © US Games Inc.

Or, to put it another way, with all the planning in the world, there are still times when you find yourself up shit creek without a paddle.

This circumstance describes the intersection between the first two cards in this week’s reading: the Prince of Disks on the left, and the Ten of Swords to his right.

But what’s really going on here? And what is it reflecting about where you are — or where you believe you are, intrepid one?

Because you are pretty damned intrepid, make no mistake about that. The Prince of Disks in the foundation position suggests meticulous attention-to-detail; an unwavering commitment to a vision; a creativity that is also pragmatic.

These all add up to a facility in you to pin dreams on to the canvas of reality — to bring things down to fine detail so that they can be implemented practically.

You are an architect in whatever area of your life the Prince is expressing himself — and I’d suggest applying that title broadly. Disks are the physical world; you have been constructing something (possibly internally), you have been hatching a cunning plan.

One minute you had far-reaching designs.

The next, however, you find yourself in the Ten of Swords, all off-kilter at centre, looking something altogether different in the eyes. And it’s looking back at you. You may well feel more Frankenstein than da Vinci. The finely-drawn, light-infused amphitheatre in the mind of the Prince has, in the Ten, turned to a semi-circle of inward-pointing swords caught in a background of black, their tips tinged with a blood-red fog.

“What the fuck happened?”

I use those words mindfully and specifically: “What the fuck”. They’re words that might not be strangers to you right now.

The Ten of Swords is the insanity of a belief brought to its ultimate, technicolor, ludicrous conclusion.

The Ten of Swords is the mind in overdrive; it is what happens when we create the perfect circumstances to divorce us from our bodily wisdom and from our hearts; it is a magnified, hall-of-mirror-warped statement that seeps into reality and sets up home there.

The Ten of Swords is the bottoming out of a thought or a belief concrete enough that you built a chamber out of it and held yourself in there — window-less, door-less — without the light of awareness to guide you. Your meticulous planning, your beautiful talent for bringing a vision into reality, were instead perverted and channeled into an old thought that has become so over-inflated that there’s little space for anything else.

Ah, there’s nothing like a dose of sabotage when you’re on the verge of creating beauty.

So let’s go back to “What the fuck happened?” The interesting thing about “What the fuck?” is that it implies there’s a part of you that’s looking at all of this in disbelief. As well you might be. Are you starting to feel and hear the rusty squeak of cogs turning on your mental machinations? Is there a creeping awareness that what you’re facing down doesn’t look entirely grounded in reality?

Are you starting to see through a belief that, quite frankly, reeks of bullshit?

Bullshit creek. No paddle needed. Because you don’t have to be there.

It’s all about the eyes in this reading. The light-infused vision of the Prince (whose true focus is not towards the Ten of Swords); the three-eyed grotesquerie that bears down on you in the Ten; and, finally, the blindfolded eyes of Justice, whose vision is enwrapped by the cosmos.

Justice is not involved in the card to her left; she is disinterested. Not “uninterested,” but rather impartial: her vision is not subject to the whims of our entirely human minds. She is a pure archetype, here to restore balance, one way or another, depending on which way her scales are tilting. She is not here to judge, but to adjust. Plain and simple.

What does feel clear is that something is calling for balance in your life: a surfeit of mind over matter, where mind has been permitted to run riot. There is lack of cohesion that has caused your plans to gang a-gley.

The lunatics have been in charge of the asylum, and things are due for a change.

Change, in fact, is inevitable: the Ten of Swords is the end of the line for this particular experience, and a shift into the 11 of Justice has the ability to connect you to something larger — something that lies beyond the once-convincing illusion of the chamber of horrors that has quite possibly taken up a lot of your energy recently. She is nothing if not fair; she is nothing but fair — whatever “fair” is.

And what of the Prince of Disks? In this reader’s estimation, I do believe this adjustment will involve the freeing of a creative will that can flourish and focus on the business of building something that reflects an altogether different world than the one you feel caught in now.

You are not your thoughts. That might count for little when a beady, blood-shot eye is bearing down on you insisting otherwise.

Justice, though, will have her day.

Astrology Correspondences: Prince of Disks (the airy aspect of earth), Ten of Swords (Sun in Gemini), Justice (Libra)

The Tarotcast – Week of May 30, 2016


  1. Veneda Gabourel on 30 May 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Wow! so very right on. and comparable to my own reading. thanks

    • Integrated Tarot on 2 June 2016 at 8:22 pm

      You’re welcome, Veneda. As I’m frequently saying, “Don’t you just love a bit of synchronicity?” 🙂

  2. Leannne on 31 May 2016 at 8:26 am

    (((Sarah))) Many Thanks! And Venenda ditto ..Wow!

    What’s the opposite of Ruin? SUCCESS!! : D

    How are we given, in the spiritual sense in asking for our purpose and our power through prayer, the opportunity and blessing to to find our own way out of Ruin? A way through discernment, and courage to get to our creative power and then naturally onto our sucess of course.

    Reclaiming that power that was denied. That Prince, turned away shows and knows in our core it was never in anyone’s athority to take our power away. Only in self denying that was past down through the anscestors did we faulsly attach to and belive we also owned.

    Separating from those deep ingrained patterns (that STUFF, is not me!) and only returns to be re-cognized and released to say a final goodbye. Unattached now, swords down, lightly holding the scale.. to accept what is real.

    That is Justice!

    Blind and gifted in knowing the empowering truth. The other has been, and always was the lie.

    Incredibly i not only personally feel this deeply this week, but just reflected in your offered reading it also relates to the current Jupiter position Sabian Symbol, Degrees: Virgo 14+ and to it’s Quest degree in a few days, Virgo 15. Both speak of the “Man of Culture”, and Characterization.

    “One returns to the roots in order to produce the flowering of personality, if this flower is to bring forth a living seed. ROOT POWER is essential to seed-achievement.”

    “Root strength produces beautiful flowers. The neophyte who acts with determination, courage and discrimination while following “in the footsteps” of his predecessors receives a symbolic prize from the Brotherhood ready to welcome him when he has fully proven himself on the battlefield where he meets his past, which tries to block his way. The mystic Beloved hands him what she has woven for him out of spiritual threads.”

    • Integrated Tarot on 2 June 2016 at 8:27 pm

      To go back to one’s roots to flower uniquely. First, that statement feels like a paradox; and then it makes perfect sense. It’s interesting how many times I’ve had to read it to reach a fleeting sense of knowingness, which tells me I’m right up against myself. The perfect place to grow 🙂

      Thank you so much, Leannne!

  3. Leanne on 4 June 2016 at 1:09 am

    ROOT POWER is essential to seed-achievement.” i think my understanding is it is in the ‘reclaiming’ of our power which IS, the only truth. Always was at the root level..and sometime you may have to go back dig through the ruin to get to that gem/creativity.

    Its incredible Sarah, when further thinking about it this week, the reading, and what’s at the core/root..the opposite of ruin…success) is so much inline with what Eris represents especially in her current position and conjunction with Uranus commencing as we speak. Very reclaiming of power, the balancing of Karma, Justice! Well that’s the overall broad message i am feeling, and picking up of this moment in time, cosmically. Thanks for your incredible gift and for helping that shift along for us all.