I wanted to set a tone for the week, a theme, an intention, something I could hold onto for seven whole days.
I drew the Daughter of Swords, from Thea’s Tarot.
She is smiling (unlike the traditional Queen of Swords, to which this card corresponds). No throne, no crown. She is squatting, hooded, bare-toed – yet she still feels like a queen. It’s a humbling image.
This woman grips her sword in her hands – grips the blade itself with her bare fingers. If a sword is wisdom, truth and experience, she is unafraid. She brings this wisdom down from the mountaintop and crouches with it, observing, balanced. For me, there is a feeling here of knowning herself well, and being unafraid of that truth.
Acknowledging who we are is the hardest truth of all.
Accepting all of our imperfections, all of our mistakes, all of the harsh realities that come from being human, holding that truth in our hands, not as a weapon (which is a source of weakness) but as a lesson (which is a source of strength).
Over the weekend, I made a conscious decision to be more in the present. I don’t struggle with being present in the moment, but I do have trouble being present in the week, or the month. I’m too full of plans, ideas, excitement for the future, I struggle to ground.
This queen, this Daughter of Swords is grounded. Though her element is air, she crouches on the ground, bringing the sword of foresight, planning and truth right down almost to touch the earth.
This week, I will look for ways to bring my ideas down to earth. And to bring more honesty to those ideas. I will blend an understanding of the past with my excitement about the future, and be with that moment where both energies meet – here, in the present.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.