1.) To initiate movement towards freedom you must… <<<Seven of Cups>>>
There is a choice to be made. Dreams/Visions/Plans. What direction will be pursued? Is there an over abundance of scattered direction, or does one trust how they are moving? There are many cups one can choose from, which one is the correct choice? There is only one cup depicted that stands upright and the rest are upside down. One direction is the higher choice for the querent now, but it is also the highest choice for fulfillment in the longevity of the path. Many choices presenting themselves are illusions and distractions. How will the querent choose the correct path for their unique journey?
We are invited to investigate our life and how we have chosen to walk our path until now. What has been working and what needs to shift in order to be fulfilled in a deep way? Is the vision seen within being expressed in physical form? Or is this vision dancing in ethereal realms not being brought down onto this earthly realm? Now is the time to choose one cup and move fully in that direction. If we take the time to meditate with how we want to move there is a prominent vision that will strike us more than others. This can be an idea that keeps coming back into our life that we cannot ignore. The Seven of Cups speaks to choose wisely and contemplate our unique journey from past to present and consider the most authentic way to navigate and continue moving. As the development of trust grows, movement becomes more clear how to continue forward. This is how we initiate and honor clearer movement towards freedom on our path.
2.) An Obstacle that will grace your path will be… <<Ten of Swords>>
This is a time to check in with attitude. What holds us back from pursuing what we feel attracted to pursue? The root of many doubts and fears can be an underlying blame or victimization for our circumstances. The invitation is to sincerely investigate feelings, thoughts, or belief systems that are empowering feelings of victimization. How are we victims in our own life or how are we blaming others for our situation? When we can clearly look within and see ways in which we have been limiting our own visions and dreams by playing the victim role in our life we can begin to move in a new direction that empowers us and removes deluded thinking. This obstacle of Ten of Swords is connected with the Seven of Cups when it comes to choosing the correct path. If one is stuck in a victimization role, chances are the right choice of what direction to move in will not be chosen. When we are in states of victimhood we are making our daily choices from a space of lack and unclarity feeling as if life is attacking us. When we stand within our being strongly we are able to see and move from a space of love and truth. Once subtleties of victimization are seen it will be painful to feed that type of energy again and will naturally fall away. Once this energy leaves the body/mind/spirit the power that comes into being towards a clear path will reach a new level of fire and momentum.
3.) Moving past that obstacle will require… <<Six of Wands>>
<<Resilience>>To Rise Above>>
A Butterfly flutters above mangled wands entrenched in darkness. What is required to be in the position of lightness and complete transformation is persistent resilience and a movement of love. Life has brought many experiences to each one of us that tests our strength in a multitude of ways. If we have been able to move through the victimization the Ten of Swords brings and honor our path in complete fullness this will open up many doors that were once thought to be closed. The butterfly is the full embodiment of what it is to connect with our essence and fully honoring our unique path. It is light, bright, and free. Not because it hasn’t experienced or touched darkness, but because one has transcended many dark aspects of being to come this far. The darkness is still present within the butterfly, assisting in the recognition of the entirety of being, not only choosing what one prefers to see but being one with the totality of what really is. To move past obstacles that arise on our path we must embody an unwavering resilience that stands firm in the truth of our being. As we rest in this space we are able to move through challenges with grace.
4.) Freedom may look like… <<Daughter of Wands>>
Freedom may look like a wild fire at first glance, but as the path becomes more mature and clear through experience this fire will burn softer and longer with a quieter force. The Daughter of Wands is an exciting energy filled with fire and inspiration. This energy burns hot and fizzles out if not tended to. This energy and excitement must be broken down to everyday practical movements to move this excited fire energy into an actual forward moving direction. Daughter of Swords is a warning of overly high energy that can lose a great deal of direction if not quietly harnessed to allow true growth to occur. The snake is wrapped around the flowering wand in an infinity shape. She is reminding us to harness our energy, bring it down a few notches and cultivate a nurturing space for what we wish to bring into being. Harnessing our fire and creative energy and learning to direct it wisely.
..::..T h r e e o f W a n d s..::..
The seeds one has been planting with love and energy are creating a strong foundation in ones life, reflecting a polished mirror of inner to outer manifestation. The loving investment of energy into work, relationships, creative visions, and interests have been cultivated and can now be expanded upon. The path is clear and there is unwavering conviction that the way is being paved in a divine harmony. The daily work must continue for the blossoms to fully bloom. The love underlying the movement is purely spirit that is taking on its own life. Three of Wands is a reflection to continue the way of the heart, to trust in fullness of what is present and what is to come. Moving in this way allows pure vision to manifest in magickal ways – even more beautiful than the original vision. High momentum is whirling with grounded energy to stabilize this force. All loving and true energy investment is not wasted. A solid foundation is being created that is not one of solely material foundations. This foundation is built from spirit combining with earth energy – to bring into being what ignites the soul, a bridge of spirit and matter.
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As each unique being honors and acts upon the natural flowing guidance, flowering within expands us to a higher dimension as the old world collapses. We are creators and naturally each have visions and dreams to bring into being, we become weak when we hide away from our natural movement. As energetic momentum in physical action has been lovingly invested in our aspirations, we give shape to new worlds that only we individually can intimately know. As we gain strength in our genuine power and intuitive connectedness we honor each step of our creations. In this way we are not swayed by underdeveloped opinions or misguided energy. Listen to what vision arises within and allow this insight from your own internal navigation to lead the way. Move from your unshakeable depth and draw resources from this infinite well. Continue to embody strength and gentleness if unkind energies arise as doubt. When we have a clear connection inside we will know the way to move, even if that means into the unknown. Always follow the deeper movement of understanding.
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Energies of doubt, fear, or hesitation about what wishes to be pursued are allowed to be present. Everything is a choice, allowed or not. To choose to be inside the essence of oneself will allow these other energies to fall away. Sometimes this requires time and in other instances energies can be fluidly dropped. As your attention is open to seeing what is honest within, these heavier energies will be exposed and released within the cosmic rhythms. The energy in Three of Wands is to trust your way whether fear is present or not and proceed with confidence and daily action. As we give attention to the vibration of being, allow the potency of the inner space to obliterate the small insignificant specks of smallness which limit you. A natural checking in becomes subtly refined and unraveling our highest potentiality. Moving in honest direction of your spirit.
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Many subtleties within are seen that were once overlooked. The depth that has and is being discovered is pouring out to infinite aspects of life. As inner fullness is pouring out into physical reality and creating magick where deserted lands once were.
As inner clarity of spirit is revealed, actions become natural, flowing like a river.
..::.. Five of Wands ..::..
Scattered Energy. Conflict. Confusion. These wands seem to be on entirely different trajectories. Something is being called to the forefront to be looked at more intimately. What is it in this moment that feels out of alignment internally? Energetically there are thoughts of a situation that are in question. Which ways are best to move and what is the highest way to realign with ones unique, natural vibration? Lets bring any outer situation or experience back to internal experience. We begin here, in presence, as this is where all this wildness springs from. Wands are a fire energy of movement, passion, ideas, inspiration, and the creator suit. The Five of Wands seems to be floating out of sync with one another, no color to hint at an energy burning brightly…..somethings gotta shift!
As we begin with ourselves and our internal climate first, where do we go from here? What feels off and what doesn’t feel like it is flowing with other aspects of our life? Once that is seen, feel into it. Is it something new or is it something that has been felt for some time now? Whatever is arising now, it is time to use the fire of the wands to create in the way that feels most in resonance with ones path. This may take some time, sit with what is arising, and to truly feel into ones being. This is a wise time to not distract oneself with other things as that will only delay what wishes to be seen. There could be multiple and valid stories to each of your thoughts or feelings about what is happening. On a deeper level, what rings true for you? Whatever it is you do to gain clarity, do that. There is no road map to create space within your being. Meditation and body movement are incredible tools that can help uncover this natural silent space. However, we are all very unique and tap into our ever present space in different ways. As you are with yourself and inquire, allow yourself to navigate all perspectives and feelings which arise. Explore openly and honestly. At times the different perspectives can also cause even more confusion, especially if there are multiple solid perspectives that all feel as though they can be true. Sitting in the depths of our own being in silence can bring up the most clear answer, we know it when it shows itself. Patience and kindness towards oneself will allow any anxiety and fear to dissipate while looking sincerely within. Our connection to our intuition and our honesty with ourself is important for us to navigate. Allow the power of presence to be felt. Words do not always come with realizations of what to do, but an answer will be felt when given space to arise.
Five of Wands is ready to be redirected in action again. Wands are meant to create magic. When wands energy is not balanced and used to full capacity it can feel flighty and directionless. Wands are designed to create, inspire, and create expansive energy within our lives. They are bursting with creation when aligned with the heart. We are constantly carving out our path, each day within our being and the actions that spring forth from our internal self. It ain’t such a bad idea to reflect and contemplate the way in which things are moving. Is one deeply loving the direction of the course, or is it time to make adjustments? We have this incredible freedom to move in the direction of creating and exploring an incredible life. Now is the time to remove that which is not in alignment to move on to a clear trajectory instead of a scattered one. The more tuned into ourselves we are and the more we tap into our depths we will be more fluid with addressing what is out of alignment and what is not. Sometimes…..it takes awhile and that is okay. Eventually we get insight when we are willing to look, when we are honest, and the timing is right. Five of Wands reminds us to dive in, tune in, and don’t get up until you know whats up! Delay will only prolong what is wishing to be seen.
Nine cups are drawn in the shape of a lucky horse shoe with a crescent moon at the top of the card. The moon is depicts the listening to subtle guidance within that has moved one in a way that feels gratitude and contentment for what is. The hues of blue and purple in the background are soothing colors that reflects a being of equanimity and deep rest within. This is a time where one is enjoying the pleasures of life, but not taking life for granted and appreciating deeply what is present. Nine of Cups can feel a bit day dreamy as the cups float against the smooth horizon. The invitation is to allow the daydreaming to be, as this is your inspiration and creativity. However, allow daydreaming and action to merge towards those visions. This will allow dreams to fully take form. There is deep joy in all areas of ones experience now and whatever way you move will be from a place of love, not fear or doubt. This will create tremendous beauty in your wake.
Cups represent the emotional state of being, relationships, self expression, creativity, and moving from the heart. At this time one is overflowing in all areas of life and love is pouring through to all relationships and creations. As you feel the abundance in all aspects of life, worry and fear has left your experience. It simply isn’t there, life is moving you in a way that is most natural to your being. The power of presence is felt instead of the mind ruling your action. Nine of Cups is a natural balance with all of nature where one is not feeling as an outsider in life, but connected to the whole of creation. The magic of what is felt has already flooded through the bloodstream and there is no going back to old ways of being. Like a snake, many skins have been shed and the way in which you feel life is without tension. This moves you to create, play, work, and communicate in ways that are open and fresh. Manipulation, grasping, and wanting life to be different is gone and one is seeing the immensity of beauty that is always here.
Nine of Cups is a card of gratitude. The more gratitude that is felt the less we feel we need to have more. We really begin to experience the fullness of our life emanating from the inside instead of trying to collect things, people, or experience to fulfill inner discontent. Nine of Cups is full of overflowing abundance, this does not necessarily mean one is wealthy in terms of monetary gains. One is fulfilled of the riches of simply being alive. This vibration alone turns everything in gold. All that you place your energy towards come from this clear channel. You are creating beauty, experiencing love, joy, relationships are flourishing, and others you come into contact with are inspired and fulfilling meetings. Any goal you have now will do well if you remain investing your energy in the direction you wish. The Nine of Cups is a time of enjoying beauty in mother earth and your self, delighting in your senses, art, love making, and all that connects you to life. This automatically inspires every movement, all creation, work, and all things birthed from you now.
Something to think about in relishing in life is that the ebb and flow is always changing. Now may be all about the pleasures of life and enjoying, but the invitation here is to keep one foot on the ground as you enjoy and to not over indulge in what may “feel good.” The invitation is to be in deep gratitude for what is. When this vibration is present overindulgence will not be an issue and one can fully enjoy the present. Nine of Cups is the wish card of the deck. Not that something will fall out of thin air into your lap, but where your energy is invested will come into full physical being at this time.
Son of Swords has tremendous focus and determination for what he desires to see manifest in his life. Some will view him as obsessed or overly ambitious. Son of Swords sees his movements as a fulfilling way to see something through to completion. He is flying on his sword fiercely, with intense power in one direction and one direction only. He is not on the fence about his quest, but completely throwing himself in without fear. He sees only plan A, no plan B. There are those in his life who will disagree with this seemingly narrow way of moving, but this compulsion to move so confidently in one direction he cannot deny. This is the temperament of his being and he’s riding the wave. Those who wish to agree or disagree may do so freely, he will continue on his journey with high momentum and not lose sleep over opinions.
There are risks and challenges which will show up and confront him along his journey. The Son of Swords seems to disregard all of these future possibilities of failure. His attitude is “I will cross that bridge when it comes.” He does not see dangerous territory he only sees the way he needs to move in his freedom, he is not fearful of may or may not come. There is a pure creative force driving the Son of Swords. He surrenders to the force which is moving him in galaxy strides throughout the cosmos. Where once there was so much resistance within him, now he has surrendered to this grace which has always been guiding him.
Wherever the focus of attention the Son of Swords has put his being towards, there will be great success. There will also be intense learning experiences that are highly challenging because of the nature of his bold movements. In one way it speeds up his learning because of constant challenges that arise which stretch his being. His nature to never play it safe or remain comfortable is always expanding his being. Although his attitude is strong and swift towards his goal, he must be cautious of not rushing. He can still move fiercely with determined and excited power, but he must be aware of the quality of his flight. It is wise for him to be in alignment with each step toward his goal. Not to be so fixed on the end goal but to see each moment as the end goal while he moves toward the bigger picture. The Son of Swords will be misunderstood by those close to him, but the force which moves him is one he trusts greater than the opinions of others. The invitation is to allow the momentum to naturally propel one into the direction you are presently moving. Stay mindful of trying to get anywhere other than where you are, allow your vision to be present and not one which may bind your spirit in time. All tools, resources, and experience are here with you now. When we move with love this will be reflected in the goal. If “the end” is more important than now this will be detrimental to this incredible sharp and present focus of the Son Swords. Fully be in each moment and allow your creativity to seep out of your pores like magic. As you move in this way you will not be fueling your goal with a nervous energy but one that is full, whole, and complete. Your momentum is strong now. Allow it to flow, but do not race or force it. Fully embrace the natural flow that is already moving you.
Five of Swords represents self destruction. A worm or parasite has been cut in half. The “ugly” has come to the surface and self-destructive patterns are coming out of hiding. Patterns are being noticed and looked at more closely than ever before. Where once things could have been set aside or taken lightly, one is now feeling the heaviness of their own self imposed limitations. Although this seems to be a card one wishes to flip over and redraw…it is the perfect opportunity to look at any patterns that are arising and break the ongoing cycle. Reoccurring events that happen in ones life which drain power are dropping hints to navigate in a different way. This could be honest communication with self/others, a carelessness that is effecting you and “other” beings in your life. This can be a number of things which one is acting upon that is not alignment with your integrity. This can arise as something small that grows into a mighty parasite that feeds off you. Five of Swords has been cut, which means whatever this is which is draining energy, it has been exposed. This dark aspect is now out in the open and you are witnessing and acknowledging it instead of ignoring. So although a morbid card the upside is one is actually seeing what has been leaking out energy.
Five of Swords invitation is to identify where this energetic leak seems to be happening and to address it. There are some things by themselves that seem to drop away effortlessly. However, whatever is present now is asking for acknowledgement. This gentle way of seeing and holding space for this to arise will allow it to be released. Some patterns are deeply rooted within us, but we can choose to stop identifying with them and release our grip of identity. You are vast and limitless being, never bound by anything in particular. We alone hold ourself hostage by repeating patterns that no longer serve us. As we inquire into our patterns we can see easily how they are fueling our identification to a certain state of being. We are allowed to give up old stories to allow what is true in the present moment to shine through. We weaken and age ourself on many levels by hanging on to old broken stories about our idea of who we are. Sometimes we do this because we are afraid of the immensity our own freedom. It can be scary at first to feel so open, without identifications to people, stories, wounds, events, etc. On the other side of our self destructive tendencies there is infinite space and possibility, all the magic is present. So whatever pattern is being witnessed now is being seen as it is being kicked out the door. Grace is moving all.
Five of Swords represents defeat. The kind of defeat that must be acknowledged and through this defeat one will rise again stronger than ever. Defeat sounds depressing, but in fact this is exactly what is needed to happen for you to realign with natures harmonic rhythm. There is nothing lost here, only lessons that have been learned. Through ones own experiences and defeats we listen more intuitively in ways we wish to move. We start developing a deeper trust with ourself and our voice. We see we cannot ignore what is felt inside and we align again with our natural movement.
The Empress is the earth mother. She is the feminine that nurtures all of life. She is the beauty seen in nature, art that moves you, music which ignites the fire within. She is fertile with child, and she is birthing creativity and expression. She rules the planet venus and pure evidence that Grace exists. The Empress is the reminder of deep nurturing, love, and growth in the masculine and the feminine presence. The Empress card depicts a white tree glowing in the moonlight with a pink and purple energy emitting from the magic within. A crescent moon shines above, the moon is all that is woman. She represents women from all stages of life, reminding us of the soft yet powerful light the feminine carries. There is something in this feminine presence that seems to remove all doubt, fear, lack, and frustration from ones path. This card can either represent yourself, someone else in your life, or attributes that are reminding you to nurture, love, and care for all you create. Allow anything that is impeding you to be seen as a small bump in the road, or nothing at all. The more we allow this feminine presence to naturally bloom and flourish, we are easily guided on our path. Seeing how all is interconnected, one is never somewhere in life conflicting ones path. The Empress reminds us all stages, phases, growth, death and rebirth unfolding and will continue to cycle naturally.
The Empress is for man or woman nurturing their creative gifts and abilities, giving the full attention and watching them transform quickly and grow beyond anything imaginable. The Empress encourages this creativity to be developed and for all resources to be explored and utilized. The Empress is the divine mother of creation. All that is birthed, is birthed through her. She has no limits to what creations can be brought forth and there is not end to what can be discovered. The Empress takes the creative energy of a child into a mature adult who has experience on this earth. The empress creates from all she has seen and tells stories through her creations. The Empress is not interested in work that is robotic and mundane. She allows life to course through her, spontaneously and alive, fresh in the moment. The Empress ignites a natural life, one that is born from the earth. She is the ancient grandmother tree that contains all wisdom and skill to create what is felt inside. She is the laughter that bursts when we don’t trust our natural process and think in terms of practicality. Her practicality is different from the mainstream world. Her practical nature comes from the knowing that she is one with all of nature, she is nature itself. She knows what comes through her will always be supported by the divine will. As the trees are supported to grow fully and robustly, she too will be supported in all her hearts natural desire to be.
The Empress is grounded in the present plane and simultaneously has access to all other realms. She is traveling in each moment as she is here, she feels/sees how her vibration is traveling through all of time in every moment. The Empress knows that the deep seeds of creation within her have been nurtured deeply. Not only by her own energy on this plane, but the infinite vibration of her expression that travels throughout and beyond time. This immense creative energy cannot fail as it moves, it is the most natural and simple when we allow it to be whatever it wants to be. Is it even up to us? Can a musician not play music? Do they even have a choice? Maybe….but perhaps, food for thought. How can we deny our most intimate natural expression? Does this occur because we feel different or strange, maybe afraid of what others think? All of those are absurd illusions we buy into when we want to believe in our separation from life. This is an intimate part of all of our process. We can try and practically find ways to maneuver out of our naturalness to fit in with a mainstream system. We are free to do so. However, The Empress is the embodiment of full allowance for gifts and magic to flow through her veins. She does not hide who she is. Like the flower that blooms without thinking, this is The Empress. Her natural evolution to embody all of creation without a thought. It simply, must arise from her being.
The Empress is the mother of the moon. She opens for you if you share your presence with her. She drinks you inside until you completely merge with her. Her femininity wraps you in her velvet cloak and embraces you and encourages you to deeply follow the secret longings of your heart. She comes to you in the night with a spark of an idea, a fire felt inside, music to be played, places for you to discover within and without. She is the birth of all of life and reminds you of the miraculous nature you are. Anything you wish to create she shows is possible. She encourages one to witness the power of attention put into any creation and the fruits of the work one will discover. This springs from an idea, but can also die as an idea. Only with energy put into action will this birth take the embodiment of life.
A butterfly, tightly wrapped in itself hangs from a sword. She is surrounded by seven swords which are not touching her, but if she opens her wings would tear her to pieces. It appears there is no way of expanding. The butterfly is stuck and unable to open her wings in fear of what may happen. The energy of the card is frozen and unable to make any movement. The Butterfly cannot see as she is hidden within herself and this does not allow for even the slightest movement keeping her where she is. What is it that keeps the butterfly bound? Surely, there is a way to expand. What is keeping her from finding a way? Her sight is showing to be completely blinded keeping her immobile and fragile.
The Eight of Swords is inviting one to look at the current experience from a different angle, because the current way of seeing isn’t making any progress. Any feeling of being the victim of experience is what will keep one bound not allowing movement within the being or the mind to see other possible solutions for current experience. There cannot be any healthy movement when the belief of victimhood is at play. We remain blinded to the possibility of numerous options for ourselves. If there is a feeling of being stuck there is surely a victim role playing that is inhibiting one from seeing clearly and choosing a healthy option from the infinite options that are always available. It is only when we have created self imposed limitation that we feel as though there is no way out. Before taking any action we most remove our blindfold that keeps us small and limited so we can take right action and not action based on our perceived limitations.
There is a powerlessness present with the Eight of Swords. No where to move, no where to go. This is an illusion that has created a self imposed prison. There is no savior that can come from the outside to carve the way for us. This is a time acknowledge illusions and see how they have been at play. When these are seen one can step back into their own power and activate once again right choice and action from a healthy space. We always have choices and we always have options. When we feel stuck we have given up our power to an outside source. This is a time pay attention and to not ignore what is going on. Time to step into oneself acknowledging what has been ignored, neglected, or murdered certain aspects of self and regain strength once again. This will open up what has been a closed box and bring the breath of life, choice, right action, and vibrancy into being. It is a powerful time because coming out of this one will see they can never give up their power in this way again. As negative as this card feels it is truly a powerful time of immense transformation and growth when seeing through the veils of self imposed illusion.
As one becomes honest and transparent with what the current experience, this will open many doors. When we truly want to see our experience for what it is we will be able to see how our actions gave birth to our present moment experience. We are constantly saying yes and no to life which is opening doors and closing others. What is it that you would like to say yes and no to within your experience? Sometimes we can allow things into our life that isn’t healthy for our well being. When this happens this is how we learn to say no instead of yes. We are constantly learning, growing, and changing what we will allow into our lives as we mature. The Eight of Swords is saying be honest with yourself and allow what is healthy for you to be of high value. If you are being faced with a choice or a new transition in life allow what you value to be held highly so you do not entrap yourself in situations or experiences that are out of alignment with your values. There are no closed doors here even if it may seem that way. This is simply a time for realigning your values, honoring them and not settling for anything less. Allow your actions and movements to be honored by what you value most highly, and do not allow yourself to be swayed by those who oppose you. As ones heart is sincere and always open to learning and growing there will be others who do not agree with you. Let those who do not value what you value fall away and allow life to bring those that are in alignment with you to be by your side. At the end of each day if we feel we are making choices with honor and respecting ourselves and all of life as a whole, we cannot go wrong. Now is the time for a deep checking in and profound honesty with oneself.