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Tarot Card of the Week: March 22-28, 2010

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy power which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates…

— Percy Shelley

So far, this seems to be a year in which many of our new beginnings are tinged with sadness. For our first week of Spring, we are greeted by the Nine of Swords. This is obviously a card of sorrow, and the anguish we sometimes feel in our dark hours alone.

Nines are the completion of the cycle, the fulfillment of the energy of the suit.  And of course, Swords are the suit of the mind, communication, memory, intellect, attitude and perception.  Notice that the carving on the bed is of a conflict, where one figure is defeated, awaiting the final blow. On the blanket, we see red roses – symbol of love and passion – interwoven with the signs of the zodiac, which points to the inclusion of others.

Thus, I believe that that this card speaks just as often to our suffering on behalf of those we love, as it does of our own pain or fears. This is also one of the few Tarot cards in the R-W-S deck, in which the central figure is of unclear gender – pointing to the universal nature of this situation.

Perhaps the person shown has had a terrible premonition in her or his dreams. Perhaps they are feeling regret, guilt or doubt concerning a loved one.

The Nine of Swords points to a time to pause and look honestly at the grief or fears you may have been closing your eyes to. That which you refuse to acknowledge in the light of day may appear to you in the cloak of night.

What fear or regrets do you need to face? Is this a decision that is now causing unhappy second thoughts and doubts? What troubling news have you received?  What forgiveness is needed?  What insistently calls to you in your dreams, though you wish it would not? What wrong needs to be put right?

There is great love behind this disturbing image – and therefore, there is hope. For while this is not the cheeriest card in the Tarot, it speaks to the deepest and loneliest places in the human heart.

Be honest with yourself. While, in the light of day, we can wear our game face and deny the things that trouble us, our dreams in the night are not fooled.  Conversely, who may be in need of your reassurance and comfort?  Just remember that sometimes, our darkest fears and worries may well dissolve in the light of day, for as it is told in the old faerie tale of Vasilisa and the Baba Yaga, “the morning is cleverer than the evening.”

This week, examine your situation carefully.  Perhaps unburdening your heart with a trusted ally could bring clarity.  At least be open to messages from dreams and Shadow, as challenging as they might be.  And take your time before you make the choices that lie before you.  Allow the dawning to come, for that could make all the difference.

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  • March 22, 2010, 10:40 am Della

    Hi Beth,
    Thanks for this thoughtful,balanced card read. It’s confirming for me as i was reflecting along these lines this morning. My brother-in-law is in the last days/moments of making his transition and I have been looking at what denied fears and concerns this stimulates in me, for me, as well as for others in the family. The fears of being alone in times of grief seems to be built in to the human condition. It is, however, in facing them that we defuse them and release them freeing us to be in the moment and to treat ourselves and others gently. lovingly.

  • March 22, 2010, 11:14 am Louise

    Hi Beth,

    Thank you for your insightful and wise interpretation of this card. My mother passed away two weeks ago, and I’m in the midst of all the details and preparations connected with that. I do take time to grieve, but this morning was awakened by a dream of my mother that made me cry anew. Tears can be healing, and in the shedding of tears, I find it lifts some of the weight of the grief.

    My heart goes out to you, Della, at this time. May you find comfort and healing.

  • March 22, 2010, 1:40 pm Beth

    Oh, these are such hard, hard places to be, Louise and Della. I’m sending much comfort and healing to both of you, as well as to your families.
    – Beth

  • March 24, 2010, 9:57 am Della

    Well, my brother in law is off on his new adventure having transitioned peacefully and painlessly. Thanks for your kind responses earlier.
    I pulled out this quote which has resonated with me for a long time in hope that it will be a comfort to my sister. I thought it might be for you as well, Louise.
    “Life is eternal and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”—Rossiter W. Raymond.

  • March 24, 2010, 5:01 pm Beth

    Oh, Della… May his journey be blessed, and may your heart be comforted as you have offered this lovely solace.
    – Beth