Sunday, 30 December 2012

hold your own hand

One of the most distinct images of anguish, frustration and pain in Tarot is the Nine of Swords. Varying from deck to deck, the image is representative of someone waking from a nightmare, enduring an attack of anxiety, embroiled in the pit of despair or terrified for their life. This card doesn't exist to scare a seeker out of their wits, however. It's a necessary card because it directly reflects a very real aspect of the human experience and, when it appears in a reading, it can often act as an empathetic message of the need for hope and strength during a difficult time. When the Nine of Swords appears it sends a clear signal about the dangers of negativity and of perceiving your reality in a way that hinders you. Your life is what you make of it and even the most tumultuous times can be used to your advantage and valued for the lessons they offer - it's all about perception.

The Nine of Swords is telling you to change your way of looking at what's happening. It is telling you that you need to comfort yourself, fortify yourself with good counsel and see your challenges as opportunities. It's possible that you're working yourself into an unnecessary frenzy over something that can be worked out calmly. You may be colouring your situation in an overtly negative light without realising how it could be helpful to you in the long run. You may be concentrating too much on the future and convincing yourself that it's going to be horrible. Fixating on an abstract point in time which hasn't yet come to pass is dangerous because it takes your focus away from the here and now, which is the only time at which you can actually act. Worry and despair often serves to make your situation worse. What you should be doing is working out how to change what's not working and address your pain in a way that promotes forward motion.

If you're blaming yourself for something all the time, stop. If you're talking down to yourself or convincing yourself that you can't have the life you want, stop. This is no time to be your own worst enemy. Hold your own hand and see yourself through.