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Tarot Card of the Week, April 12-18, 2021: The Ten of Swords is Back

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Winston Churchill, Nov. 10, 1942

Only a month has passed since this card came visiting. And, yes, it’s been a month that, with the exception of last week’s steadying influence, has been challenging. (If you’ll forgive the horrible pun, it has been pointedly so). At any rate, back again after its Equinox appearance is nobody’s favorite, but yet the very instructive Ten of Swords.

The Ten is the ultimate-and-then-some depiction of what the Swords suit is all about. Ruled by the element of Air, they focus on matters of the mind, like communication, knowledge, truth, and attitudes.

Overkill would be one term. Another might be “stick a fork in it, it’s done,” or the famed Munchkins Coroner’s Wizard of Oz pronouncement,

“I must aver I thoroughly examined her.
And she’s not only merely dead,
She’s really, most sincerely dead.”

Something is as over as can be, and only by that complete finality is there any chance for a new, entirely different chapter.

Since it just turned up last month, if you would like further details of the image itself, you can visit here.

Plutonic Transformations Ahead

It is fascinating how this card’s timing aligns with our friend Lorna Bevan’s predictions for this week:

Pluto’s shamanic drums will be beating loudly and insistently from now until he stations to turn retrograde on April 28th just after the extremely potent Scorpio Super Full Moon. From the 11th to 17th April, Venus, Sun and Mercury conjunct Disruptor Eris in Aries square the Great Eliminator one after the other.

Expect a rise in public protests against the restrictions of governments across the world. Witness it playing out in the reignited street warfare of tribal conflict in Northern Ireland and in the changing power dynamics of Britain’s Royal family following the death of its patriarch.

The week ends on Sunday 18th with a new Sun/Mercury cycle at 28 Aries square Pluto in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Aquarius.

So much has been taken away since the January 2020 Saturn/Pluto Conjunction – lives, jobs, incomes, freedoms – and now it’s time to identify the shape of what’s left and nurture the green shoots that are pushing through the rubble of old lives gone dark.

(Bold emphasis is Lorna’s).

This last paragraph aptly describes the hidden gift of the Ten of Swords. As we assess the recent loss, destruction, and pain we have endured (the tallying being a preoccupation of the Swords-ruled mind), we are given this opportunity to see what’s left. In this cleared space, new life, new ideas, and new attitudes have room to grow. The old makes way for the new. We’re there.

In addition, the always insightful brilliance of Elisabeth Grace reminds us that the extremely important energy of the recent New Moon of Sunday April 11 (Eastern time) is still available for us to “light a candle and set your intentions for the next 28 days.”

She writes, “This New Moon is a potent one, with its closest aspect being a square between Venus and Pluto — exact at 11:20 PM ET — suggesting themes of emotional overkill, purges and/or empowerment, for better or for worse.”

Ummm.. did someone say, “overkill?”

She also notes that, “Humming in the background all week and exact at 9:26 AM ET [Friday] is a square between the Sun and Pluto. Watch for significant news of transitions and power grabs among leaders/CEOs, as well as news from underground.”

A big Pluto influence like this is bound to stir up some theatrics, and the Ten of Swords is without a doubt one of the Tarot’s most dramatic images. But remember, as Tarot legend Rachel Pollack explains, “This card does not represent death, or even especially violence. It signifies more of a reaction to problems than the problems themselves.”

The Phoenix

Two weeks ago, The Tower may have toppled a cherished but unwise or outmoded aspect of our life. This week, we are challenged to acknowledge what is no more. There is no life remaining in that idea, perception, or attitude.

Yet in its place, there is a new day dawning. When you have no choice, the only way is through. This is an opportunity to recognize that we are at the end of the beginning.

Whatever you do, keep the faith. Only from the ashes can the Phoenix rise.

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