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Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 17

June 16, 2009

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone


As I asked when this card last turned  in early May, we all remember the story of the Sword in the stone, right? 

Well, sort of.  Maybe.  A bit.

What’s important for our understanding of the Seven of Swords is to know that the Arthurian legends contain two sword-in-the-stone stories.

This one takes place long after Arthur has become king, and involves the introduction of Galahad to the court of Camelot.  It’s been known and told with many variations.

Here’s the essence of the story as it has come to me in my own Shamanic journeying.

The Camelottish folk were all gathered for the Christian feast of Pentecost (or Whitsun) ~ the 49th/50th day after Easter) when they saw a huge red marble boulder come floating serenely down the river and up to Camelot dock, as it were.  Gleaming and protruding from said red marble boulder was an ornate sword so beautiful it had an aura of its own.

In some versions of the tale the rock is engraved with the words,

“This sword shall only be pulled out by the best of all knights.” 

Of course, pretty much every knight lined up to have a whack at it, jostling, grunting, bragging, swearing, betting, whooping, quietly discussing prostate remedies ~ about what you’d expect of that lot.

After they’d all had a go and failed, a new, unknown young fellow quietly walked up to the stone.  Without a word, a hesitation or a glance in any direction, he took hold of the sword and pulled it from the stone like light piercing shallow water, walked back up to the castle and took a seat at the Round Table.  

Thus was Galahad’s presence and nature made known to all, and thus did he rightfully sit in the Siege Perilous, a seat at the Round Table so strictly reserved that it was fatal to anyone else who sat in it.

Which brings us to the interpretation of the Seven of Swords.  [Finally, huh?] 

Traditional readings of this card are pretty down, with words like “dishonor,” “futility,” and “lone wolf” tossed about. 

I see exactly the opposite in this card, especially as it is portrayed in the Legend deck.  Anna- Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, by the way, sees it as betokening inspiration, enthusiasm, and the instilling of hope, faith and strength.

[Anybody out there NOT up for that?  If so… GET HELP!] 

When I work with a client and we turn this one up (and it’s amazing how often it shows up in the career section of a reading), I say,

Own your power. 




Own it WITHOUT EGO but also WITHOUT APOLOGY to anyone.  Be yourself.  Be who you really are.  And get going at it.”

The Seven of Swords indicates that it’s truly time for you to own your skills, abilities, gifts, potentials, intentions ~ your POWER ~ and let yourself begin to move in a new direction with new purpose.

 As we move into the summer season with all its magic, it is good to remember that we honor our creator and our planet by becoming more and more truly who we are for the highest and best of all.

Own your power.  No ego.  No apology.

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day:   Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.  ~ Carl Jung


         Today’s Weather :  Tuileries and espaliered mungojerries

On This Date: 1462 – Vlad III the Impaler attempts to assassinate  Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

Also: 1579 – Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.