The Tarotcast – Week of October 3, 2016

So. Do you still feel that sense of futility nipping at your heels in the form of the Seven of Swords at centre? Stretching its neck out towards you and breathing its turgid, heartless breath of despondency and defeat so that you feel it push you backwards, as if your progress is being resisted, your path blocked?

And it’s significant, the power it holds. It’s impressive enough to be impacting not only your thoughts, but your beliefs too, which lie deeper than thought and are harder to get to or to reason with.


Three of Cups, Seven of Swords, Ace of Disks from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.

Remember where the Seven of Swords appeared last week, to the right of The Hanged Man? It represented everything you were getting to contemplate while you were held in suspension. There, upside down, where you were more receptive to noticing what was out of consciousness before, you could see the Seven of Swords in action from an angle that let you into the workings behind it.

For a moment, perhaps, you could see it for what it was: a compelling voice that told you to conform, and to turn away from the freedom you were contemplating. Freedom from obsolete obligation, from allegiances to causes that no longer nourished you, which wanted only your time and your energy.

The kicker about the Seven of Swords is the realisation that there is no outside entity needed to enforce this obligation; you’re doing most of the leg-work yourself. Yes, that voice may manifest in an outer figure — an employer or an organisation, a promise you made, an unwritten agreement or code, an allegiance that lost its lustre and relevance some time ago — but it’s you who took it, internalised it, and ran with it, obedient to its every whim or command, cowed into submission by — what? Fear?

And if so, is it fear of what is to come?

Or is it fear of something that has already happened?

The Sevens are spiritual struggles. They represent a moment of choice on which much hinges. In essence, they are a turning point, or they are a decision to keep going as you’ve always done.

Here, your choice point is how you choose to view your life. This is enmeshed deeply with how you learned to view it growing up and the circumstances you have unconsciously created that have reinforced your learning — your conditioned thoughts about how life works, what you can expect of it, and the threatened consequences (they don’t even have to be real to be effective) of even questioning that learning, let alone trying to undo it.

I am inviting you to look at that beast in the Seven of Swords and link it to a thought, a repeating experience, a deep-seated understanding that “things just simply work this way.”

You need do nothing more than that. Awareness by itself is a greatly underestimated force. Just awareness — for as long as you can hold it, and that might only be for an instant. It may stay with you; it may disappear. If it seems to slip out of your grasp, then, like that proverbial butterfly, wait for it to come back to you. It will at the right time.

In the meantime, look at what else is present to you in the form of the two cards flanking the Seven of Swords: the Three of Cups to the left, and the Ace of Disks to the right.

The Three of Cups is also called Abundance, and represents the idea of fertility, fecundity, gatherings — and so community. It is the celebration of the Two of Cups — the idea of love mirrored back to you from someone else — as it expands further out into your world. The third cup above the waterfall is yet to be filled, but it is there, and waiting. Perhaps it is yours.

The Three of Cups here suggests that alongside Futility there is a place of rich rebirth, nurturing, and a sense of connection rather than separation. This is what you can reach for — a feeling of belonging that lies beyond thought. It is where your heart can rest, held by others who can give to you in those moments where you are not always able to give to yourself. This connection is exchange and flow. It is not needy, grasping, or conditional. The flow is not based on being worthy. It is given freely. It can come from friends, from family (biological or of one’s choosing), or a trusted confidant such as a therapist.

If you question whether you are deserving, you’re not in the land of the Three of Cups, but back in the Seven. Abundance means “enough.” There is enough. You are enough. Whether you believe it (Swords = beliefs) or not.

On the other side of the Seven of Swords is what lies in potential, and that is the Ace of Disks. Aces are non-manifest but available to the extent that you meet them halfway, e.g. ask for them, move towards them in an act of faith, or find them within.

The Ace of Disks is the potential to bring something into physical reality — so anything you can touch, taste, hear, smell, or see.

Generally though, what you have been looking for out there is often closer than you thought. Far closer. In fact, right here, in the bedrock of your experience.

The Ace is a resource you already have — a skill, perhaps, or an asset — or one that you can ask for. Its purpose is to connect you more clearly with a vision that opens your world up, rather than shuts it, and you, down.

When you’re there contending with the beast in the Seven of Swords, things are too close to see; there is too much interference from what is seething from its jaws. When you reconnect with a support system, you also gift yourself with the opportunity to connect with something valuable to you that offers you the kind of return that money alone can neither barter nor buy.

First, though, that awareness of what tells you differently in the central card, what hisses that things will never change, and you will never be enough.

Can you stop buying that story for a moment?

How about looking at it this way: What is it about you that is so valuable to it, or what is it that you have that is so threatening, that it needs to keep you in your place and believing the yarns it is spinning you?

Maybe it’s the very fact that you have support and that you have resources that it jealously guards your allegiance. Because maybe if you found you had both, and you used them, your codependent relationship with a belief that you feed with your attention, and that threatens you into compliance, may be dismantled.

Then what might you have to do with your life? Surely not live it?

Now there’s a thought.

Astrology Correspondences: Three of Cups (Mercury in Cancer), Seven of Swords (Moon in Aquarius), Ace of Disks (the pure, limitless potential of Earth)

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The Tarotcast – Week of October 3, 2016


  1. Rhonda Spano on 4 October 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Oh my! I tried the shadow exercises you suggested in your emails last night. There were tears. Then this follows right along from there. I definitely feel like I’m on the right path. Thank you Sarah.
    Rhonda x

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 October 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Keep working with tarot, Rhonda, and you’ll keep getting led back to your path. It is a phenomenal tool! Thank you for your comment!

  2. C G on 4 October 2016 at 9:18 pm

    These readings have been so helpful in getting at the felt sense of these unconscious limiting beliefs. Thank you!

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 October 2016 at 10:02 pm

      You are so very welcome, C G!

  3. Jim on 4 October 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Today is one of those days where the heaviness of just standing in defiance of the beast feels futile and reaching for higher feeling thoughts provides temporary distraction but no real relief. I am feeling overwhelmed with the heavy pressure of the structure that i have thought for two decades to dismantle. I feel like a hopeless dreamer coming to terms with reality. I feel certain now that nothing that I do will ever be enough to liberate me from the grip of this dark lord. It grins at me and backs up a bit. My rebellion is ended. I am this man with apparent options as your reading shows but i guess i just have no true will to overcome. Its a hard reality but i am done fighting and i am done pretending. Whatever happens next is beyond me. Depressing yes but somehow liberating as well. I finish this thought looking up hoping for a savior. I really have no bravado left and the self pity i despise so much is only experienced when I want more than I’m allowed. I know that this too shall pass but what the fuck is the use. nothing ever changes. its just a cycle from high to low to lower to higher and where i get off i dont yet know. Tomorrow i may feel myself high and freely alive unrestricted and beautiful – but that too shall pass. I assume myself a beautiful fallen angle doomed by my own choices.

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 October 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Jim. Don’t look up – it’s not there and never will be. Look in, and if you see nothing, then find yourself someone who can reflect yourself back to you so that you do see what’s there.

      We need connection. It is the one thing that defies the voice that tells us it’s all hopeless. As a loner myself, it has been the one thing that’s eluded me more than anything – and I have learned that my childhood was a very effective teacher in that respect. I learned “disconnect” way before I had to learn “connect” – and learning “connect” was like trying to learn to walk again. There is nothing remotely romantic or elevated about it.

      Truly, this has been my realisation: therapy has been my saving grace. I needed to have that constancy, reflection, unconditional support in order to rebuild myself.

      Get in touch privately if you need to, Jim. My contact form is the best way to do that if you feel moved to do so.

  4. Tracy Barnes on 4 October 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Sarah your tarotcasts just get better and better each week. I am so glad you are going to focus on your writing – it is an amazing gift you have to explain concepts, emotions, sysmbols ( all things! ) in such a beautiful and accessible way. How is it that all of us who read your weekly spread can relate to it so deeply. I know how it is *technically* possible but it still seems like a miracle. This week’s was a corker! Thank you

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 October 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Tracy, you are one of my inspirations to write, whether you know it or not. Your support has made all the difference – and I cannot express my thanks enough to you!

      It’s also been so valuable to realise that what feels like breathing to me (concepts, emotions, symbols) might not be quite so intuitive to others. If that sounds like false modesty, I assure you it isn’t. It’s been *me* who’s been slow on the uptake!

      As for the weekly reading and how it feels relevant when it’s a group reading: I can only attribute it to that intention that I always set: that it speaks to those who come to find it 🙂


  5. Caradene Hannan on 4 October 2016 at 10:13 pm

    This reading is a comfort on a very difficult day for me. It confirms that reaching out to a trusted support network is helpful. It also confirms that if I choose to follow my heart and believe in the abundance of life energy, then that unlimited potential is available for me to tap into.
    Thank you Sarah.

    • Integrated Tarot on 4 October 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Any time, Caradene. A trusted support network trumps the Seven of Swords any time.

      • Caradene Hannan on 5 October 2016 at 12:26 am

        The positioning of the cards suggests to me that when we’re stuck in the despair and defeat created by our negative belief systems, love, support, abundance and potential are still there all around us. That is so helpful!

        • Integrated Tarot on 5 October 2016 at 5:18 pm

          That is absolutely one way to see it, Caradene, yes.

  6. Kelly Grace Smith on 5 October 2016 at 1:27 am

    So, ummm….

    I didn’t fully resonate with last week’s reading…until this week! (and I am pretty perceptive, having been a very genuine coach/mentor/healer of 20+ years!)

    However, I did “get it” this week.

    And this is the question I presented myself, coached w/my Self this week…

    “Do I choose to make my mistakes from standing in Fear?
    Or, do I choose to make my mistakes from standing in learning and growth = courage = love.

    Really, it does = love.
    Love of one’s Self.

    Thank you Sarah…Kelly Grace Smith

    • Integrated Tarot on 5 October 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Any time, Kelly – and what a great question to ask! Thank you for your contribution.

  7. Leanne on 5 October 2016 at 5:03 am

    Glory Days!!!

    Thank you Sarah for the right on reading.

    Swinging left. Swinging right. Floating above the abyss that can no longer hold me.l! You on onti the same. Its hete. So in love with life and all the potential it holds, here, now. We recieve on all humility and appreciation, in All Ways, always.


    • Integrated Tarot on 5 October 2016 at 5:21 pm


  8. Leannne on 6 October 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Again Sarh. And very Ace of pentacles . I just realized with my two new rescue adoptee kitties arriving to there new forever home today…. More blessons abound. I think our dog is most excited. So sweet! The Universe is being very giving; in our allowing to recieve! #love.

  9. Leannne on 6 October 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I’ll send u a photo.. And speaking of recieving, I still will sign up for your consultation. I am very much looking forward to it. I so much appreciate your much valued gift and expertise. xo

    • Integrated Tarot on 7 October 2016 at 12:52 pm

      I’m looking forward to it, Leannne! And enjoy your Ace-of-Pentacle kitties! I’d love to see a photo if you’re able to 🙂