Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Intuitive Tuesday -- Seven of Swords (reversed)

Every Tuesday I select one tarot card and give you my interpretation of it. See how it applies to your life. What messages are here for you?

Each Wednesday I choose one reader's comment from Intuitive Tuesday and pull an additional card for more clarity...so check back on Wednesday (tomorrow) to see what cards come up.

Today's card is the Seven of Swords (reversed). At first it's natural to think something "bad" or think something might be "wrong" when you see a reversed card. Why else would a reversed card come up?

In my tarot classes, we talk about the "good" and "bad" nature of the cards and how even when something feels "bad," it can turn out to be something "good," which usually turns into a discussion on duality. My philosophy is that it's tough to tell whether something is "good" or "bad;" it just IS. And it is our reaction to it that deems it as good or bad.

Today's card is the Seven of Swords (reversed). Sevens can indicate a choice of some sort, vision, a turning point or fate. In numerology, the seven is a very spiritual number. It can refer to looking within, contemplation and choice. Swords typically refer to intellect, mental challenges and/or conflict.

The Seven of Swords in its upright position has to do with being cunning or sneaky. It can mean finding an ingenious way of solving a problem or feeling cheated or uneasy about something you have done. When reversed, it can indicate to allow things to take their own course. It may show that people might change their minds and/or may find a new appreciation for you and your ideas.

When you draw the Seven of Swords reversed, know that if something has been taken from you unfairly, it may be returned. If someone has been mean to you or talking about you behind your back, you may receive an apology.

The feeling of the Seven of Swords (reversed) is one of appreciation for who you are and possibly exoneration. You did what you needed to do and people may not have understood it at the time...but now they do OR it doesn't matter to you or to the situation.

I've said this before, but it's good to reiterate...Remember that right now is just a slice of what's happening. If you get caught up in the fairness of the situation at this point in time, it may affect how you move through what comes next and what comes after that and so on.

Take a moment now to step out of the drama and see that this is just a SLICE of the story. Yesterday someone may have been unfair to you and today someone apologizes to you. Watch the story of your life unfold.

Just as in tarot, life is a series of cycles. When you are able to step out of the drama and see it for what it is, it becomes less of a personal affront and more of a tool for growth. Where are you in the cycle? How can you step back and learn from what's happening right now?


Furrow said...

Is your entire deck upside down? All of the recent cards have been reversed :)

I'm going slightly off track, I think, but what this card is reminding me is that I have a tendency to take things personally, to imagine an affront when it's not intended. Usually, as events unfold, I'll find that what I thought was a slight was simply an oversight. Good thing I'm shy enough not to make an issue of it (most of the time).

Laura Rose said...

This card seems right on for me as it pertains particularly to situations of my choosing to speak up rather than not...and perhaps suffering the consequences of saying what I see. As a Type 3 (The Achiever) in the Enneagram system of personality typing, this is not easy for me. Caring what others think of me has always been an issue and has caused me to swallow my thoughts and feelings rather than express myself. It is easier to speak up on the behalf of others and that is what I have been doing recently, regardless of the personal cost.

Looking forward to tomorrow's card!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

A wise man once taught me: "What kind of sissy word is FAIR?"

It was annoying at the time (as you can imagine!) but I find, in hindsight, that his larger message was to not take the workings of the Universe personally.

I don't THINK I'm in for any corrections, any apologies or retractions. Unless it could be the insurance check that just came to fix the roof that was ruined during the storm.

I loved your discussion on duality.

Martha@A Sense of Humor is Essential said...

This really touches me, Sheri and I usually am pretty skilled and comfortable at living with the "just is". But, I must need to learn these lessons anew.
When my son's replacement bike got stolen from his school, I said to him, "the person who stole it must have needed it more than us." Still sucks. Reality bites and bites back. All I can control is my reaction, and realize after a near miss with a camp stove fire and teen boy issues, I am blessed with our health, a roof over our heads, and food in our pantry. That is my lesson. Thank you.

Jamie said...

Lately, I feel like I have been going from one frustration to another. Buying a new car, problems with the cable/telephone company, problems with our insurance company. Everytime I turn around, there is some unrest, something that needs to be taken care of, another phone call to make.

With the birth of our first child just around the corner and all the uncertainty that come with it, I feel like I am spending my energy on all the wrong stuff.

Thank you for the reminder that this ~is~ just a slice of my life. If I can't control what happens around me, I need to work on controlling my reaction to it.

Phoebe said...

"The feeling of the Seven of Swords (reversed) is one of appreciation for who you are and possibly exoneration. You did what you needed to do and people may not have understood it at the time...but now they do OR it doesn't matter to you or to the situation."

I really related to this paragraph, and the issue is one that relates to the previous week's reading as well of the reversed Tower. I can't really go into the specifics of the issue for me, but this paragraph hit the nail on the head for me.

The more challenging is how this particular happening in my life has affected my personal growth. I do not have an answer for that. I wish I did, so that maybe I could find some good of the horrible situation I was in, but honestly, I still struggle with this question.

suzicremecheeze said...

This one does not fit me as much as last week's did! And I never got a chance to comment on last week's card! Perhaps this one could have meaning in regards to this suggestion

"The feeling of the Seven of Swords (reversed) is one of appreciation for who you are and possibly exoneration. You did what you needed to do and people may not have understood it at the time...but now they do OR it doesn't matter to you or to the situation."

That is the only part of it that might apply... Nothing else really rings true for me...

Keep pulling those cards! I look forward to Intuitive Tuesday every week!!!

Jill McCorrison said...

Ben, my adorable 4-year old, stopped being able to use his left arm almost a month ago due to a virus. It's hard to not get sucked into thinking why him- and to take a step back. This is his journey and I know in my soul he'll have a full recovery in time-it just sucks right now. I do appreciate the insight of the card to remind me that he& I are closer because of this and maybe that's part of my bigger picture. Please send positive energy his way. Thank you!