Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
With a surprising encore in this week of the Sun moving into Gemini, the Full Sagittarius Moon, and (Hallelujah! Finally!) Mercury stationing direct on Sunday, the Ace of Swords is back again. Evidently it is not finished with us yet.
To read my more extensive interpretation from last week, you can visit here.
I am going to keep it brief today, and focus on current events, including the political circus (so if you hate that, run away now!). I will also discuss some important opportunities that this gift offers us.
The Ace of Swords is one of the only Swords cards that is not inherently unhappy. In fact, it features the crown of victory, decorated with a vine of berries and an evergreen bough. These are symbols, respectively, of abundance and triumphant achievement that stand the test of time.
As mentioned before, we also see yods (also seen, as you may recall, in The Tower card from a few weeks ago).
The yod is the small section of the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, usually portrayed in the Tarot as small bits of fire. The yod is, as expert Robert Place notes, “the seminal form of all the other letters in the Hebrew alphabet.”
It is also the first letter of the name of the Abrahamic Supreme Being (YHWH, pronounced “Yahway” or “Jehovah”).
And a yod in astrology is an isosceles triangle formed by two planets sextile (sixty degrees from) each other and both quincunx (one-hundred-fifty degrees from) a third, Fulcrum planet.
It is also called The Finger of God, The Eye of God, or The Finger of Fate. The latter is particularly common, since “yod” is closely related to the Hebrew word for hand (“yad“).
Thus, when yods appear in the Tarot, there is a sense of fate moving, and major forces and life-changing events are in play. Or, from another viewpoint, the Divine is interacting with events, which, either in the short term, or in the long run, will be seen as a blessing.
How might we be called by the sacred one(s) to step up to truth and honesty?
What decision hangs in the balance this week? The Ace of Swords challenges us to wield it, like the sword of Justice, to cut away the lies, deceits, and pretense that traps us.
Truth, Lies, and Infotainment
I find it interesting that even just a few years ago, journalists in the presidential election cycle would be all over every utterance from the candidates — fact-checking and digging up deep background.
No more. The sound-bite du jour, and the spectacular showbiz of illusion and drama have seemingly replaced measured, intelligent scrutiny.
Due diligence and vetting are not usually sexy, and don’t make ratings. They have given way to chasing whatever seems shiny at the moment. The short attention span of the public, the massive dumbing down of our populace, and the struggling, slashed-to-the-bone “serious” media have created a perfect storm for gullible, ignorant voters.
In a chilling but vitally important analysis of how easily democracy can turn to tyranny, and how the rise of Donald Trump is probably, “in terms of our liberal democracy and constitutional order.. an extinction-level event,” Andrew Sullivan writes:
… The web’s algorithms all but removed any editorial judgment, and the effect soon had cable news abandoning even the pretense of asking “Is this relevant?” or “Do we really need to cover this live?” in the rush toward ratings bonanzas.
In the end, all these categories were reduced to one thing: traffic, measured far more accurately than any other medium had ever done before.
And what mainly fuels this is precisely what the Founders [of the United States] feared about democratic culture: feeling, emotion, and narcissism, rather than reason, empiricism, and public-spiritedness.
Online debates become personal, emotional, and irresolvable almost as soon as they begin. Godwin’s Law — it’s only a matter of time before a comments section brings up Hitler — is a reflection of the collapse of the reasoned deliberation the Founders saw as indispensable to a functioning republic.
But this does not have to be the case.
This week, the Ace of Swords comes back and says: DEMAND THE TRUTH. Do not settle for lies or spin. Do not allow ignorance and cheating to win. We must insist on accountability and integrity at every turn.
What You Can Do
Whether it is in the political arena, or some important decision you need to make at work, at home, or with people in your life, now is the time.
Mercury has been fouling up the communication lines, but he will be going direct on Sunday. Expect a disruption as he changes gears, but at least prepare the truths you need to tell. Check and double-check your information and sources.
The Ace means there is a new beginning at hand. The yods assure that you have the support and blessing of divine guidance if you will take matters in hand.
What new idea needs your attention? What is it time to cut out of your life, once and for all? What communication channels are opening, perhaps for the first time?
Speak your truth. Notice who might be skating by on small falsehoods, because Einstein was exactly right.
Small, seemingly insignificant truth-stretching, or Pants On Fire poison our safety and well-being on every level, and must not be given a pass.
There is much too much at stake.