Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 25


Three of Swords


This is another one of those cards where clients see the illustration, gasp, blanch and look at me as if to implore, “Say it ain’t so.”  Okay.  Right outta the box. IT AIN’T SO.  Now pay attention here.

As often occurs, this is a card where my interpretation veers a tad from what may be typical. 

In any case, dealing with some power issues are we, my pretty?   

As I’ve noted here before, a lot, I believe that a three in any Tarot deck indicates that the question being explored has to do with issues of power:

 ~ beware of power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power  −

   or, better,






~ have a care against disempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others,  or by your own action

   or inaction  [This is the fourth element.]

~ refuse to submit to ploys that would

   deny power you have earned

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning all of

   what you are and who you can be

It’s the fourth element of that list that I perceive to be most important in the Three of Swords.  When this card comes up for a client, regardless of the subject matter we are exploring, I usually say something like:

“Look, it’s tremendously important that you not get stuck in old emotions about this situation.  Let go of the old stuff.  Get grounded.  Stay in the moment, stay in the now. Get focused, hold your head up, and move into your future without whatever wet, heavy, ancient baggage is trying to sink you at the moment.” 

That’s not always an easy thing to hear, let alone to do.  For most of us, the current choices we would like to make as we move forward seem most likely seem absolutely valid and maybe even perfectly right. 

But each of those transformations can be torpedoed by old emotional clottage like, “Oh, everyone will think I’m a complete flake,” or, “It’s crummy all right but at least it’s secure,” or “He was crummy all right but at least he was there,” or just plain, “I’m miserable. I’m miserable.  I’m miserable.  By the way, did I tell you I’m miserable?  Oh.  Well did I tell you how miserable I am?”

The Three of Swords says, don’t get stuck in the disappointment, don’t get caught in the heartbreak!  Release the old stuff as you would cleanse the poison from a wound, and move on to beauty, hope, joy, creativity and healing.  MOVE ON TO LIFE!

Know that there are beautiful things to come, and that releasing − really releasing the emotions of the past and moving on − will bring the wonderfulness to you more quickly.

Bright blessings, peace, hope and release!

Quote for the Day:  The trick is in what one emphasizes.  We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same. ~ Carlos Castaneda

Today’s Weather:  Wylie perusals with possible tousled cetaceans.  

On This Date: 1593 −Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.  [He is known for two famous sayings.  One, about his conversion, is “Paris is well worth a mass.”  The other, which reflects his awareness of the importance of the common economy, is “If God spares me, I will ensure that there is no working man in my kingdom who does not have the means to have a chicken in the pot every Sunday!”]

And: The Furinalia were Roman festivals instituted in honor of Furrina, the goddess of robbers among the Romans; they took place on July 25. This goddess had a temple at Rome, and was served by a particular priest, who was one of the fifteen Flamens, a name given to a priest assigned to a state-supported god or goddess in Roman religion.


4 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 25”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Somehow I’ve never heard that first part of the Carlos Castaneda: The trick is in what one emphasizes.

    Hmmmm….The word “trick” reminds me of a magician — perhaps even Merlin. Hmmm…perhaps we need to be tricksters in this life — emphasizing/seeing what we want more of. And there’s something fun about “tricking”…it’s fun as well as magical.

    Thanks for giving me something to play with!

    ~ ~ Gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Trick or treat?

  3. Donna Allen Says:

    Ohhh..that’s fun, too! Talk about playing with words (not to mention DEEP metaphysical stuff) to bring magic to our everyday lives.

    The treat is in what one emphasizes. 🙂

    Thank you, Mr. Magician!

  4. shamanspath Says:

    Shazayim, y’all!

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