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Tarot Card of the Week: May 9-15, 2011

Justice belongs to those who claim it, but let the claimant beware lest he create new injustice by his claim and thus set the bloody pendulum of revenge into its inexorable motion.
~ Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series

Back again so soon?

I have to admit, I am not thrilled to see the Ten of Swords return after only about a month. But it is an interesting coincidence, since disturbing cards like this are the subject of the column I am currently writing for the June issue of The Meta Arts.

Since we just received this card only a little over a month ago, I will point you here for a more conventional (and more personally applicable) assessment.

Instead, this week, I can’t help but think of the ongoing repercussions of last week’s killing of Osama bin Laden.

As Tarot scholar Rachel Pollack points out, “This card does not represent death, or even especially violence. It signifies more of a reaction to problems than the problems themselves.”

Thus, we might look at the Ten of Swords as representing the discussions, analysis, controversy, and justification following this momentous event.

The reactions to last week’s raid and death of bin Laden have run the gamut, from macho celebrations, to somber relief, to anger and vows of revenge from his followers.

The American headlines and our president have declared that justice has been served. I am not so sure that is the precise word for it.

But I do believe that this is a case of coming face to face with a deadly enemy who will not surrender. This is what happens in war.

A highly trained, expert team of military operatives took enormous risk and did their sworn duty, under wartime conditions. The head of the enemy has been removed.

Now what?

Is this a mortal blow to a group that was dependent on their charismatic leader? Or will this be a modern day Hydra, where, as one head is cut off, two grow back to replace it?

Only time will tell, of course.

Like the figure in this card, Osama bin Laden is as dead as can be. It is a new day for America, for al Qaeda, and for the war-plagued Middle East.

What opportunity is here? What peace may be possible?

I believe that the Ten of Swords offers us all a chance to be fully present and make intelligent choices in this momentary resolution. We can stop here and decide what our intention shall be.

Who are we at war with now?

Is our next move to bring down every single potential bin Laden in al Qaeda? Is it to eliminate all threats to our oil interests in the Middle East? Is it our mission to bring peace to a region deeply entrenched in an ancient warrior culture?

Perhaps, as the morning sun rises over this very, very dead figure, we can see at last who or what we have eliminated forever. With the downfall of our enemy, who might we now become?

There is light and peace on this horizon. Maybe it is time to call our weary armies home.

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  • May 9, 2011, 11:59 am Athene Nocuta

    For me this card is more personal. I have been arguing w/ a male co-worker, the lone one in my department about our new schedule. He keeps telling me to deal w/ it, ’cause that’s the way it’s done. He’s used to “ruling the roost”, even though he isn’t mine or my other co-workers supervisors. During a training this wknd, I found out the schedule violates the Union contract, at least where it applies to me and also some of my co-workers. Even though I am right, it means everyone’s schedule will have to be moved around, and that male co-worker will be bitchy, pissy, snarky to face and talking behind my back about me for the next 3-5 months. Part of me doesn’t want to bring this issue out, but the reality is I don’t want to work 7-8 days straight.

    I still fear the repercussions of Osama’s death, not just from the Al Qiada, but also because in going into a foreign country and killing someone violates international laws, and basically puts what we did to him, on the same level as what was done to us.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:33 am Maria

    This card also applies to me on a personal level. I had my first reiki session yesterday (Monday), which was amazing. The practitioner was amazed at how much “ick” came out of my chakras, but I wasn’t. My reason for going was that I needed to let go of a lot of pain I’ve been carrying. Last night I had dreams about mourning, letting go, directions that are not longer open to me, situations that no longer serve me. But it doesn’t feel like an ending — my eyes are on the breaking dawn.

    About Osama? You pretty much summed up my feelings about it in your post. Well said.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:52 pm Gaylle

    You’re absolutely right about the hesitancy to declare the west so different from the ‘others’ after the actions taken. You know, the stance taken by President Obama regarding the non-release of the dead bin Ladin pictures was a new fresh way of action by any leader. For the first time, a world leader resisted the easy play and said no to trophy showing. The sunrise on the other side of the ruined man points to this. Let’s all take hope.