Journey of the Swords of the Minor Arcana -Tarot
by Bonnie Moss(c) 2003
Swords depict stress, conflict,turmoil. As well, it indicates discriminating thought process.
It incites decisive action,logic empowerment to liberate self-imposed limitations. It is
a gift of awareness.
If I turn up,I bring to you the power of discernment,a release of great force.Conquest is awaiting,
but you have to put up an impressive fight. You can put an end to prolonged stress, overcome
stubborn obstacles. The decision is yours. Decisive action is yours to take to bring triumph.
You have a chance at a new beginning.
However,if I come in reverse, caution, you are being too forceful, too pushy, adding more
conflict to an already stressful situation, even stir violence. This is not the time for
Do you choose to cloud your perception with your blindfold? Lose your foresight, you think
all the solutions are compromises. You must realize the stalemate is circumstancial.You are
strong, but you need to
;dig in your heels. Look at the ocean and the moon in the
background, realize this relates to your soul, to your psyche. It is the thin line between
the conscious and sub-conscious. The situation is calling for a decision- deal with your fears,
and pains. Listen to your inner self, therein lies the solution.
In reverse,you may see a resolution of the conflict, but be cautious,you may be misled by
false information. Be wary of deceit and ulterior motives. Be discerning.
Such is the pain you feel, emotions highly charged. You endure torment, crisis in relationship-
a divorce,a triangle.You feel victimized. Past hurts and pain haunt you. Ask yourself what do
need to express your love, your hate. Think. You have the mental courage. This is the time to
express yourself. You will experience relief when your heart is again free and ready to
communicate. Remember, number three denotes statement.
As a Sword, I do not always bring pain and sorrow- if I come in reverse, know that you
are on the road to recovery. Whatever your hurt, your grief, your pain maybe, there is a time
to heal. I am the messenger of resolution- it is time to let go. It may not be as painful as you
fear. Free yourself from the pain and chains that bind you. You alone can do this.
You have known such pain and stress, take the time to recharge your energies.Give yourself
a break. You need time to heal, your mind, your body and your soul. How can you search deep
within if peace has eluded you? You might even consider a vacation. This is not running away,
your woes are still hovering over you. Get away from the source of conflict to gain a
Now I turn up in reverse, in this position, I brighten up things.You have had that much needed
recuperation. You are ready to get back to your former level of energy.
How unstable this number is.I warn you of insincerity, jealousy ,slander and even sabotage
from those you deal with. I hate to be the messenger of doom and gloom- but my friend,take heed,
and be cautious. Not that you should be suspicious of everyone you deal with. What is your
focus at this time,the most important undertaking on your plate? Be on your guard!
I bring more peaceful news in the reverse. There is a chance of clearing up the air; still,
there can be deception. Yes, this is an emotional time.
Nothing in life is permanent- you have suffered enough. I bring relief, like a bridge over
troubled waters. You do not have to bear your pain alone. Good counsel from well-meaning
people around you will help .As I ferry you across the waters, be aware what lies ahead is unknown.
But with your mental courage and strength, your suffering has brought,what awaits may be
better than what you leave behind.
As I come in the reverse, go deep within your soul, your spirit. This is a time to seek
spiritual guidance. Think carefully with an open mind. Things may not go as you plan. Delays
may be inevitable and answers elude you. Have faith.
As a number, I represent unexpected change, perception and insight.You do not trust anyone.
From the instability of the Five, you travel to unknown shore in the Six. Now in Seven,
your Faith is wavering. Yes, be cautious, be on guard. There is always an alternative. Have
a plan. Be resourceful. Remember, this is a suit of mental strength. Believe in yourself,
this is your greatest tool amid conflict.
Now I present myself in the reverse- surprise. Things are not all that bad! Have faith in
yourself and victory is yours.
Blindfold in the Two, your hands were free, you had strength. In the Eight, you are not only
in blindfold, your hands are bound behind you, and intimidating swords surround you. You feel
trapped- is this for real, or on your mind? Sometimes you are your worst enemy- you limit yourself
by your self-imposed restrictions.Cut yourself loose. As you reached the shore of the unknown
in Six, you may not realize your level of perception is heightened. Number eight brings control
and power. It is yours to put to good use. Do a deep self-analysis.
This chance I bring to you as you turn me up in the reverse.You are free, step outside the
self-imposed restrictions. New insights and perception awaits.
How dark the night is. You can not even seek refuge in the darkness of the night. Your
fears haunt you and torment you. Why suffer alone? The pain and sorrow is too much for
you to bear- comprehend the incomprehensible. All is not lost, see the light as night turns
into day. As you go deep into your mind, new understanding may surface. Be creative in
You long for that light at the end of the tunnel in reverse. This is my message. Oh, it is
good to be the messenger of good tidings. It is time to snap out of the depression and be an
active member of this wonderful world again.
Is this the ultimate disaster orcalamity? Lost hopes and broken dreams comes as the main course.
But should it be? They say, cut your losses and be done with it. This may be the solution. Learn
from your mistakes. What is important is to rise again after a fall. Just do not fall over the
same issue over and over. Caution: from the entrapment of Eight, the deep pain of Nine, into the
Ten, all three do not bode well. Watch that this is not so. For illness may ensue.
Finally, again, I am reversed, be glad. The worst is over. You learned your lesson, you
acquired inner strength. You survived with flying colors. From here on, there is very little left
Such is the lesson of the Ten of Swords.
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