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Tarot Card of the Week: December 7 – 13

Two of SwordsThe man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world.
— Ayn Rand

This week, we have the somewhat rare return of the Two of Swords. The twos are duality, often about choices, and the Swords in the Tarot are the element of Air: the mind, intellect, attitude, and communication.

This is another of artist Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. It appears that the figure is on an artificial stage platform, and behind her, the scene could be a theatrical backdrop. Although her position is stable for now, the swords she holds are enormous, and certainly she won’t be able to maintain that position for very long.

The figure has often been compared to the Justice card. But unlike Justice, the woman in the Two of Swords is blindfolded, choosing not to see. And she does not hold the scales of balanced evaluation. Instead, her arms are crossed defensively in front of her heart, cutting off her feelings, allowing nothing to come in or go out. It is a perfect portrait of analysis paralysis.

The timing is quite fascinating, as this week, the future of human civilization may well be hanging in the balance, depending on what is, or is not, accomplished in Copenhagen.  Global climate change is already catastrophic. While people argue about who is to blame, and how to address it without disturbing the economy, the damage is well underway, destroying lives and resources beyond count. Will our leaders continue to dither, counting pennies, while annihilation breathes down the necks of countless species, including our own?

On a more personal level, this week, you may also find yourself “between a rock and a hard place.” Are you feeling like you need to make a difficult choice you wish you didn’t have to? In what ways might over-analysis be contributing to indecision? Are all your lists of pros and cons distracting you from seeing with your heart the real knowledge that you need? Our mind is a great gift, but it is only one tool we are given, for navigating our life’s journey. Sometimes it is the wrong one. (Yes, I can hear Ayn Rand spinning in her grave over this idea. But what is she doing, reading a Tarot article anyway? ;-))

Choose something. Or perhaps let go of choosing altogether. What would happen if you stopped worrying and just let it be?

Could it be that this is but a bit of drama, a scene being played out for effect? If so, then who is the audience that must be impressed? And what is really going on “backstage?”

Fearful indecision is a slow but certain poison. Drop your weapons. Open your eyes. Most important, open your heart. See what happens.

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  • December 7, 2009, 11:00 am Rick Loftus, M.D.

    As usual, Beth, exactly what I needed to hear today. I will open my heart and take myself out of my quandry…. Thanks!

  • December 7, 2009, 12:35 pm Alexandra Telluselle

    Great contribution today! Yes, what can be done in Copenhagen and what can be done by us, and what is only in the power of Mother Earth and natural events? Lots to ponder, but surely opening our eyes is the first most important step.
    Aloha,
    /Alexandra

  • December 7, 2009, 3:05 pm Arie

    The worst place to be, is not being able to decide, between two options, or maybe more. Once a decision is made a lot of energy is released.
    I’ve signed a Greenpeace petition for our Prime Minister to go to Copenhagen. In the meantime he hasn’t decided yet. The Goverment seems to be going forward for another coal power station.
    May there be wisdom and action in Copenhagen.
    Arie

  • December 7, 2009, 9:59 pm Caitlyn

    Amazing Beth. Literally as always, I can’t believe your weekly Tarot readings. It feels like each week they are spot on for me. Amazing how cosmically united we all are! Thank you for week after week of reassurance and clarity!!!

  • December 8, 2009, 4:51 am Lyon Mercaeant

    Thank you so much for this. There aren’t any words for how grateful I am to you for sharing this.

  • December 8, 2009, 7:51 am term papers

    Very inspiring post Beth. You are really amazing! Thanks for this very informative and knowledgeable post. I’ll watch out for more.