The Fourteen Paths Of The Swords...
The Minor Arcana represents your choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny. The Swords represent your mental outlook with respect to communication and thought. The Swords usually indicates a struggle or conflict, a possible decision about separating from your past attachments. There is a desire to find the truth that will shed light on your situation so you can act on it and find closure.
#1 – The Ace of Swords: The Leap Forward... The Ace of Swords represents that you are thinking about a new beginning and new direction. Your mind is full of thought about the looming choices you want to make with a burning passion to leap forward and break away and start anew.
Reverse: You are not ready to leap forward. Your new beginning and direction is delayed.
#2 – The Two of Swords: The Cross Roads – A Big Heartfelt Decision Is On The Horizon... The Two of Swords represents that you are at the cross roads in your life and want to be alone to evaluate your current situation. You need to make a heartfelt decision whether to accept your situation or formulate a new plan to separate from your past attachments.
Reverse: You feel stuck in your situation, and your mind is full of confusion about what you need to do. You cannot make a decision.
#3 – The Three of Swords: The Bleeding Heart – Betrayal... The Three of Swords represents a painful love triangle that ends in sorrow, disappointment, separation, betrayal, abandonment and rejection. You continually think about your experience and cannot let go.
Reverse: You are ready to prepare for a more fulfilling future and let the past go, despite the lingering hurt your mind is going through.
#4 – The Four of Swords: Time To Rest And Recover... The Four of Swords represents a period in your life when you need to rest and recover after going through a difficult experience with heavy emotional trauma. You may have experienced a breakdown in your relationship, troubled times, excessive worry, or a possible operation or major illness. Your mind is so cluttered with thought, and you cannot see things clearly, and failure to stop stressing could make you ill.
Reverse: You are unable to rest. This is a time when you feel burned out because your mind is cluttered with thought and will not let you recuperate and rest.
#5 – The Five of Swords: The Bully And Bad Behavior... The Five of Swords represents that you want to win at all costs. You are overstepping your boundaries with your friends or the people around you and possibly betraying your friends to get ahead.
Reversed: You have pushed too hard and now you feel ashamed because of your erratic attempts to control the situation. You realize the damage is done and you need to work on your bad behavior.
#6 – The Six of Swords: Time to Move Away From Your Environment... The Six of Swords represents traveling away from your problems and difficulties. Your mind is cluttered with sadness and needs to heal and recover. The only way that you will succeed is to avoid stagnation by changing your environment along with its problems. You feel a need to change the scenery and your surroundings to heal your mind and see things differently. This card suggests that there has been depression, listlessness, and difficulties just in getting through the day.
Reverse: You cannot move away because you are carrying too much baggage. You cannot handle change, so you resist it and have reached a point of stagnation in your life.
#7 – The Seven of Swords: Watch Your Back – The Thief Is Close... The Seven of Swords represents that you need to be cautious because another person may be tempted to do something that is not right. Someone is going to take something or betray the confidence of someone to get ahead. It can also mean that you are running away from an issue that you are not willing to resolve yet, and you want to be sly and devious about it.
Reverse: You may receive an apology or you will apologize to someone. A wrong will be made right, and if there was something that was taken from you, it will be returned; or you will return something to another person.
#8 – The Eight of Swords: The Phoenix – Breaking Free And Rising From The Ashes Of Defeat... The Eight of Swords represents bondage of one’s thoughts imposed or caused by outside sources. The story of the Phoenix sums up this situation nicely. The Phoenix, an Egyptian mythological bird, represents rebirth and resurrection. The bird built its own funeral pyre and died, later rising from the ashes to start life all over again.
You may feel restricted, in limbo, and imprisoned by your surroundings. You may have a problem that you are facing, and it is not with yourself, but rather with others. You are at the ending to this unfortunate time in your life when you felt restricted and tied to the people around you. You are at the end of your struggles and will soon break free and see your new path ahead, stretching away from your former environment and the people that made you feel restricted. You will break free and make a fresh start, just like the Phoenix.
Reverse: You are still tied to the ball and chain that restricts you. You feel stuck in your situation and you cannot move forward.
#9 – The Nine of Swords: The Nightmare – Unfulfilled Wishes... The Nine of Swords represents the nightmare has come true. The Nine of Swords signifies the regret that one feels and the impossibility of going back to fix what has happened. The regret causes the nightmares. The number nine means there is an ending, and when this card comes out in the past position, there are deep issues that you felt responsible for. In the past, something went wrong. You know you cannot fix it, and you are still feeling the sadness from that time in your life.
Reverse: You may feel depressed and stuck with hopeless feelings that are preventing you from moving forward.
#10 – The Ten of Swords: Stabbed in The Back – A Very Important Dream That Never Manifested – You Are Stuck In The Baleful Ghosts Of The Past... The Ten of Swords signifies that you are suffering in your thoughts about your situation which is about a loss or an ending that was extremely painful, and you are suffering mentally. Complete release and acceptance is necessary, a realization everything had gone as far as it could go. An insurmountable barrier marked an ending, and nothing could change the outcome. There is no reason to hang on to something that was never going to work. An entire dream shattered as a goal became destined to never reach fulfillment. The painful ending required help to overcome, in the form of friends and possibly even a professional.
Reverse: You are stuck in the baleful ghosts of your past and cannot move forward. Your mind is over-thinking and will not let go of what has happened. It is necessary to regroup and find the courage to start living again.
The Court Cards: The Sword Court cards represent the Page, Knight, Queen and King. They represent people and outside influences, possibly a friend, lover, boss, or enemy. The Court card personalities are more complex because they are two-sided. They can go from positive to negative in a flash. Highly intellectual, they feel that they are always right. They may be flirty or sarcastic, impatient or flighty, secretively spiteful or debating, romantic or shockingly independent.
#11 – The Page of Swords: Unwelcomed Trouble – The Box Of Chocolates That Forest Gump Talked About, And He Said, “You Never Know What You Are Gonna Get!”... The Page of Swords represents a strong, independent, restless young man on a mission to achieve his goals as a messenger. He is very frank with his words and moves rapidly to deliver his message. He can suddenly bring out the truth very unpleasantly with a warning about something that you are overlooking, or he can bring unwelcome news about a situation that you do not want to hear.
Reverse: You may receive a message that you did not expect which indicates you have received an unwelcomed surprise or cancelation. Something that you did not anticipate has occurred and has disrupted your life and feels like troubled times.
#12 – The Knight of Swords: Always Ready To Travel – You May Be Swept Off Your Feet – Beware – All Is Not What It Seems To Be... The appearance of the Knight of Swords represents there will be a big change coming into your life, which will be fast, and the person who enters your life may vanish as fast as he entered. He is a person who works alone and cannot be tied down; he has to be free like the mysterious black bird. He also represents the beginning of something that will bring monumental changes in your life. He may come into your life to aid you, but once he has completed the task, he is off and running again. This means that if he comes into your life as a romantic relationship; know that he will not stay long because other thoughts and desires are pulling him away.
Reverse: You are experiencing the consequences of getting too close to a person that is extreme, reckless, impatient, and has an impulsive personality. He is a person with excessive energy, a good talker who can be very persuasive. It is not a good idea to let him get close to you because it will end in a disaster and a possibly heartbreaking experience.
#13 – The Queen of Swords: The Timing Of Truth – Time To Call Another Person’s Bluff And Stand Up For What You Believe In... The Queen of Swords is numerated number thirteen. When you see the number 13, you may think of bad luck, black cats, broken mirrors and Friday the 13th.
The number 13 is a number that represents transformation; the end of an old, outdated way of thinking or of a lifestyle that has been outgrown. There is going to be a major, unexpected turn in your life. This phase will show you what is not working; occasioning a shift that will transform and restructure your path with the truth so you can make the right decisions!
The Queen needs to balance the situation, but she wants to do so in her own way and only believes in her morals and beliefs. The Queen has acquired vast knowledge through her life experiences and is a good counselor.
Reverse: You are thinking more with your heart than her head. You have become dishonest, bitter, intolerant and unreliable. You cannot see things clearly because you are more emotional and cannot face the truth about what is going on around you and you have no respect for others.
#14 – The King of Swords: Mystery – The Blackbird – The King Keeps You Waiting – Timing Is The Queen’s Job... The King of Swords represents a person with knowledge, power, and courage. The King is a very detached person due to his desire to see things clearly and he does not rule with his emotions. He rules with his mind, which enables him to discern the truth. He is a stern and rigid person who insists upon being in charge, handling pressures and making the right decisions. The King will not inspire you, however; rather, he will tell you what he wants you to do, and his subordinates always obey him. The decisions that he makes are usually correct and in everyone’s best interest.
Reverse: The King is using manipulation and abusing his power to get what he wants. He will use his great intelligence by making others feel bad. He is too critical and willfully diminishes people with his words.
With Love and Joy,
© Safina 2013
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