Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 1

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone

This card shows up just about monthly.  It’s one of those cyclical reminders I’m grateful to see, because I think the information and direction in this card is SO tremendously important for all of us.  The clients that have turned this card in a reading, and really honored what it gives, have benefitted tremendously.

So −

As I now ask whenever this card turns for us,

We all remember the story of the Sword In the Stone, right? 

 [Aw, MAN!  Not THAT kind of stone!]

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, passing around copies of PlayKnight, quietly discussing horseback hemorrhoid remedies ~ about what you’d expect of boys in chain mail 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.  Then he quietly 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.  (There were a few bozos who tried.)

Which brings us to the interpretation of the Seven of Swords.  [You trusted 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 into the autumn with all its weirdling magics, 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:    There’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot. ~ Scott Adams  [Aw, thanks!]

Today’s Weather :  Stale yet tasteful wyrdliness.  Wilted spitunias.

On This Date:  331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. [Yeah, Neal.  Like we didn’t know this ALREADY!]

And:  959 – Edgar the Peaceable becomes King of all England.  [After seizing the kingdom from his older brother Eadwig.]

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2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 1”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    THANK YOU, Neal, for a message that I can’t hear often enough…No ego. No apologies.

    And, THANK YOU, for the fun….especially the pothead pic and [Aw, thanks!] with the “…resourceful idiot” quote. (The word actually “idiot/idiote” sounds quite funny in French.)

    Have a great day. The sun is out!! 🙂

    ~ ~ Bright blessings, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Back at ya!

    Blessings,

    Neal

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