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Tarot Card of the Week: Feb. 4-10, 2008

Seven of Swords
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

— from As You Like It, by William Shakespeare

This is a first for us, since I started my Card of the Week in 2005. Not the most pleasant card in the deck, we see a young man rushing away from a military camp, carrying five swords, leaving two stuck in the ground behind him. He seems to be smiling, and looks over his shoulder in a way that indicates he is acting in haste and stealth. He seems rather pleased with himself. But mid-stride, he does not see what lies before him.

Interestingly, like last week’s offering, we have another of Pixie Smith’s “stage” cards, in that there is a horizontal line going across the width of the card. This hints that whatever is playing out before us is some kind of act, or that there is more going on than we (the audience) may know.

In the far left background, the soldiers of the camp are encircled around a fire. Who are they? What are they planning and who are they fighting?

Although the man in the foreground is clearly tiptoeing away with most of their weapons, we do not know who he is, or why he is stealing from them. Perhaps he is a deserter. Maybe he is a pacifist trying to prevent bloodshed.

As Tarot author Robert Place notes, “He is a thief, but the interpretation of his action depends on the nature of his motivation and the motivation of the army. Like numerous characters in plays, he may be a trickster hero. This card may be of dishonesty or of heroism.”

In any case, apparently he’s doing something he knows he shouldn‘t be doing, and is attempting to get away with it anyway.

While I would hope he is acting with noble intentions, it is also true that the road to hell can be paved with those good intentions. I am reminded of a message I received recently from the political action group, While the spotlight is on “Super Tuesday,” and all the media drama churning around Hillary, Obama, Mitt and John, we musn’t forget that a lame duck with a long pattern of stealth, deceit, lies and a fondness for war is still running the show. I also can’t help but think of the two swords left behind as the cheap payoff ($600) to “stimulate our economy,” after seven years of swindling us blind, and getting away with it.

All the world’s a stage, and this week I would encourage you to pay close attention to the actors. What is the real truth of the situation you are facing? Who has real integrity, and who is play-acting? What is being shown to you, and what is hidden? And, most of all, why?

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  • February 4, 2008, 3:18 pm earthreflection

    Hi Beth,
    Appreciated your comments about awareness of the big picture, beyond what is seen. And a reminder when we are not mindful of our resources we leave them vulnerable.

    I have a couple of questions when you have time. Was wondering what your thoughts were regarding “7 of Swords” card and the upcoming solar eclipse? Also was wondering about your thoughts regarding the significance of the 5/2 split of the number 7: ie 5 swords being carried away with 2 left behind. And “lastly” are the swords/camp viewed only within miltary agressive and defensive terms or could the camp be a hunters camp and the swords seen be the tools of food gathers?


  • February 4, 2008, 4:41 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Hmmm… Had not considered the 7 of Swords in terms of the solar eclipse on Wednesday. What were you thinking?

    I would say, yes, there is a lot of interesting energy about the 5/2 split. For instance, the two left behind could be interpreted as some kind of token, ie, so that the act of thievery is not as serious? Or perhaps they connect this card with the 5 of Swords, which is also about conflict. Perhaps this is how he takes his revenge on the unfair defeat that played out in the 5.

    Obviously, he can barely handle the five that he has. And the two in the ground seem like sentinels of some sort, don’t they?

    To address your last comment, I would be surprised to see such swords being used for hunting (I don’t hunt, but personally, I don’t think I’d want to go hunting with a sword, as opposed to a bow and arrow and then a hunting knife for the close-up dirty work).

    The banners and insignia on the tents sure look to me like militia. Though perhaps they could be a traveling fair, and (to go back to the artwork that makes it a theatre stage), perhaps he is running off with the props from someone’s circus act!

    But really, I’d say that’s kind of stretching it. 🙂

    Thanks so much for your questions! They’re really juicy food for thought! I’d love to know what you think!
    – Beth

  • February 5, 2008, 2:48 am earthreflection

    “I would be surprised to see such swords being used for hunting…”

    Well that would be odd wouldn’t it… hunting with swords… sheesh. Ok scratch that idea… although I do like your image of theatre props, as much of a stretch as it may seem in this week’s climate. But then again if life is but a dream…

    Anyway, going back to the solar eclipse~aquarian new moon and your thoughts about the 5-2 split of swords.

    Perhaps for this week, building on your initial thoughts, this card represents a syncronistic Aquarian new moon reminder of the power of the individual in initiating change. Through voting in super tuesday or some other Aquarian creative action to restore balance.

    Perhaps in this week, the thief is on an Aquarian mission of removing conflict (5 swords) with the intent of restoring balance (2 swords). Perhaps a reminder that on our Aquarian Mystical journey (7 the mystical number) is ultimately not attained through the use of swords or military conflict. Balance yes, (the 2 left behind, or 2 sentinels/guardians?) in order to have a secure foundation or guidance to work from, but our spiritual path needs more beyond what the swords appear to offer.

    And perhaps the power of this Aquarian new moon solar eclipse energy is to make sure we don’t get or stay stuck in an old worn out path. To give the individual, or the thief in this card, the burst of energy and imaginative insight to believe the impossible mission of restoring balance is possible.


    Will be fun to see what shakes loose! Cheers!

  • February 5, 2008, 12:32 pm Anonymous

    My firts thought was also political. I think voting is very important and it only works properly if everybody does it. But here is so much going on around the politicians, it’s actually like a circus. How can you see clearly what the message is. To make the right choice will take serious time and effort. To plow through all the nonsense and find the person that fits your ideas.
    To link back to the 5/2 split, maybe this seven is helping out. Somebody will clear the way (maybe not in a very proper way) and leave the bare minimum so it will become clear what all the intentions are.