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Tarot Card of the Week: Jan. 12 – 18, 2009

The Knight of Swords
The aim of military training is not just to prepare men for battle,

but to make them long for it.

Louis Simpson


Here is a first! It’s hard to believe, but it appears that we have never once had a visit from the Knight of Swords in all the years I’ve been pulling our Card of the Week!

Well, he comes charging in now. As you know, the Swords suit corresponds to the element of Air, and is therefore associated with intellect and ideas, as well as the power of thought itself. The knights of the Tarot are the action heroes — questing, seeking, journeying (okay, maybe the Knight of Pentacles is not all that energized, but at least he’s mounted).

The Knight of Swords charges headlong into the storm, his weapon drawn and ready for battle. Fierce, aggressive and convinced he is right, he is clearly eager for the fight. He will not take no for an answer, for although his horse seems to look back at him with trepidation, he is at a dead run. No wonder, for we can clearly see the long, sharp spike that is the knight’s spur.

Robert Place offers additional insight to the Knight of Swords, noting, “He is like a personification of the wind, and he expresses better than any of [Pamela Colman] Smith’s knights the Golden Dawn’s theme for the knights, the ‘power of action.’”

He charges with everything he’s got. He is completely committed to destroying the foe. As long as he has considered carefully his assessment, and is seeing what is true, his is the ultimate in bravery.

But what if he is wrong?

There is no more courageous champion, no hero more brilliant and daring than the Knight of Swords. But his rush to judgment, and his argumentative viewpoint are not always the best way to deal with problems and conflicts. And his dazzling intellect can make him believe he is infallible and superior to others, so he may not heed more tempered opinions. Being extremely smart does not automatically make us wise.

This week, there may be battles ahead. Be alert! A sudden message may wreak havoc with our plans or routine. Or we may face situations where we are called on to summon courage, or respond with rapid intelligence. With Mercury in retrograde, this could be challenging. Be careful of communication glitches and misunderstandings. The power of this knight unleashed wrongly could cause real trouble.

But his daring and his swift, courageous responses can empower us in important ways. It is essential above all, that if we must do battle in some way, we do so with fairness and justice, and not only because of the fearsome habit and dark desire for war.

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  • January 13, 2009, 2:18 am Rena

    There you go again. Wish those in decision-making positions over here subscribed to your blog.

  • January 13, 2009, 2:16 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Rena.. I continue to send you prayers of healing and protection..

    For my other visitors who don’t know, Rena is one of the most aware, deeply compassionate, talented people I know, and she lives in Israel.
    – Beth

  • January 17, 2009, 11:32 am Rena

    Don’t know whether you’re still on this page, Beth, but I’ve thought about it more, and actually the card is quite apt, and it wouldn’t make any difference if our decision-makers read this. Everyone is astoundingly certain that they are right, and justice is a major issue. The only positive thing I can say is that in the midst of all the horror, there are many good initiatives as well, still people who refuse to believe in a future of war, even if this is the present.

    Also, sweet and strange to read your compliments. I am in the midst of a job-search these past few weeks, and despite my skills and competence am definitely having a bottom-of-the-barrel experience – evidently I am highly unemployable…