Sunday, 11 November 2012

standing on the threshold

We've all experienced that exhilarating moment when we're right on the verge of something new, purposeful and exciting. It's a place between fear and joy, where butterflies invade the stomach in gangs and have no consideration for the fact that you just ate. It's a great place to be because it makes us feel alive and it keeps us in touch with our ability to enjoy life and to genuinely surprise ourselves. Positive beginnings are kick-started into space with a healthy dose of self-belief. The Ace of Swords is a symbol of personal power which is just beginning to unfold and lend itself to something marvellous. It's the first tentative appearance of confidence and intention. It may not be going at full speed, but it definitely can't be ignored anymore. Since Swords are the suit of matters of the mind in Tarot, the Ace of Swords is a message of knowing your own mind well enough to act on it. Self-knowledge is paramount at this crucial stage. How does your attitude help or hinder your progress? Do you have unbiased perspective? Do you encourage and support yourself, or do you constantly think about failure and disappointment? Do you have limiting thoughts which tend to recur and hold you back?

Harnessing your positive energy and directing it towards a worthwhile project is difficult to do if you're working with the belief that you won't get what you want or that you don't deserve what you desire. The forward motion and fresh energy represented by the Ace may need to be placed on hold until you've analysed why you appear to be sabotaging your own progress. If you're not willing to celebrate your choices and cheer yourself on, how can you expect others to do it? The seed of success has to be planted in your own mind.

We possess far more personal power than we think we do. We tend to deny the autonomy we have over every aspect of our lives so that we don't have to undertake the hard work that comes with changing our situation. For example, someone may complain constantly that they dislike their job and that they resent the pressure it places onto them. What they don't do is accept that they have the inner power to turn their job into a challenge to their personal progress through a simple shift in perception. They can take control of their issue with their employment, either by looking for work elsewhere or by deciding to view work in a new light and turn it into something that can propel them forward. It's always easier to sit back and insist we're trapped and unhappy - that's like eating McDonalds and complaining that it doesn't give you the same energy boost as a power salad! How about instead you try taking positive action to alter your reality? A lot more effort in the short-term, but the long-term nourishment is undeniable. The Ace of Swords is a card which often shows up to tell you that you hold your personal power in your hands. You didn't lose it down the back of the sofa and it didn't abandon you in your hour of need - it's actually right there in your grasp. Acknowledge it and use it to embark on something incredible.