Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 26

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone

This card last showed up exactly ten days ago.  Maybe, because it’s a Saturday this time, we’ll all take a few minutes to really get into the card and see what it has to offer us specifically today.

As I now ask whenever this card turns for us, 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 a story that has 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 heave at it, jostling, grunting, bragging, swearing, betting, whooping, loudly discussing, uh, potency inducers, quietly discussing prostate remedies ~ about what you’d expect of boys in groups.

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 stature 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.  Some readers talk about a person who is intelligent but unorthodox, or suggest that it recommends vigilance against unexpected danger.

Me, I see wonderful and positive things in this card, 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, and possibly an exorcism!] 

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 deep 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  who we truly are for the highest and best of all.

Own your power.  No ego.  No apology.

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day:   He not busy being born is busy dying. ~ Bob Dylan

          Today’s Weather :  Wackadoos, folk singers and marmosets.

On This Date:  1880 – Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist is born.  [Talk about OWNING YOUR POWER!]


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