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Ten of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day

January 6, 2012

Ten of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersIn a previous post about this card I talked about reasoning’s dead end and how the end of reasoning is a good thing if it means that we stop over-analyzing everything. This points toward a beautiful interpretation of a card that most people dread, seeing it as failure and ruin. We must remember that this is not a pentacles card; it is not primarily about physical manifestation. Instead, being in the suit of Swords, it is about thought (among other things), so we may see the prostrate and pincushioned man (in the RWS version of the card) symbolically as the end of the tyranny of what is called “Monkey Mind.” (For more about the monkey mind, see my post about the Five of Wands.)

Thus, this card says that when we finally put an end to the tyranny of our thoughts, which should be our servant instead of our master as they usually are, we find silence and stillness. And bliss.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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One Comment
  1. Ending the tyranny of the Monkey Mind….

    I like that! You did a wonderful job of highlighting the different nature of the suite of Penacles/Earth and Swords/Air, and how that forms basis for understanding the nature of the card.

    I’m not sure I’ve thought of this before, but it seems this may be a useful exercise for the entire deck, to consider how the message of each would be changed where it in each of the other suites.

    Thanks!

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