Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 28

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone

This card last came by just a month ago.   I’m always glad to have it show up right regular, because I think the information and direction in this card is SO tremendously important.  The clients that turn this card in a reading, and really honor what it gives, benefit tremendously.

So −

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.  You think.

What’s important for our understanding of the Seven of Swords is to know that 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 in and told with a number of 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 right up to Camelot dock, as it were.  Gleaming and protruding from said big red stone 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 potency inducers, quietly discussing prostate remedies ~ about what you’d expect of boys in groups.

They all had a go.  And failed.

Then 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.  [You knew I’d get around to it eventually, 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, 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.  Now.  And possibly a side order of 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.

Your. 

Power. 

Own it WITHOUT EGO

but also WITHOUT APOLOGY to anyone.  

Be yourself.  

All of 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.

Now that we are in deep summer with all its magic, it is good to remember that we honor our Creator and the Earth 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:   If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?  ~ Harry Shearer

          Today’s Weather :  Steampunk.  Postulant prunewhip choux.

On This Date:  1540Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day. [Henry opts to go the good taste route and not have the execution as the reception entertainment.]

On the Plus Side: 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is passed, establishing African-American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.

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2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 28”

  1. Catherine Says:

    I love this post, and your take on the 7 of Swords. How different is your interpretation of a reversed 7 of Swords? Is it closer to the established definitions? I always enjoy reading about a new or different take on things and find this one particularly interesting as it’s a 7 and numerologically it’s seen a spiritual card. Your definition (and that of the deck creator) is more in keeping with the universal meaning of the number 7.

    Though it’s quite hard to let go of the ingrained definitions that sit in my mind, I will certainly study this card today, perhaps journey into it to see if I can find such positivity and personal power myself.

    Owning your power is terrific advice for anyone, but I shall take heed particularly today. Thanks for posting this.

    Warm wishes,

    Catherine

    ps – Oliver Cromwell (as in your On This Date) is an historical figure who featured heavily in my own town here in England. He created the first Academy for young men in the country right here, which the building still stands. Still standing also is an old pub where he stayed during the English Civil War.

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Hi, Catherine,

    Thank you for your kind words, and for your very important question about the reversed card.

    This is one of those areas where I go smack up against the, uh, “recommendations” of most of the teachers I’ve had, friends who read cards, etc.

    When I read I work intuitively and shamanically. So I begin each session basically asking Spirit to help provide the information that will yield the most positive possible outcome for the client. Most of the time that means giving the insights about the “up side” of the cards, and such intuitive insights as I can glean about how to go about working with that info.

    Sometimes I am guided to give more downside info. In the case of this card, that would imply having to work MUCH MUCH harder to focus on the point of the card — usually owning power WITHOUT EGO but also without apology. Or perhaps that it will take “longer than normal” for the positive outcome that is possible here — so the querent will need to be faithful to the quest for longer than might be easily happy.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Thanks very much again!

    Blessings,

    Neal

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