Tarot Card ~ December 18

Ten of Swords




Fortune Cookie: What is the cycle that is completed?  What is the world that should be allowed to fall away, or even to die?  What is the beautiful new world to be born from it?  How do I begin to create that world, for myself and those I love − for the highest and best of all − today?





This card last turned for us about two months ago. I know it can be perceived as a real toughie.  I mean, just LOOK at the thing.





But work with me.  It’s really a superb card.  And, as one or two of you may remember from last time it showed up, I have my own divergent take on it. [What ELSE is new?] 


Camlann, the image in this card, is the place and thus name of the final battle fought by Arthur and his knights.  It’s the battle at which Arthur took his fatal wounds − or rather, the wounds that caused him to be spirited away to Avalon. 


In any case, it’s the battle that (at least according to most opinion) saw the demise of the Round Table, the end of the Pendragon kings and the fall of Camelot.


Most readers see the Ten of Swords as a card of sadness, pain, affliction and desolation.  [Charming! PERFECT for a Holiday Season Saturday!]


Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, writing of her Legend deck, sees it as betokening troubles, conflict, a showdown, or perhaps the climax and end of a chapter.  That last one in particular isn’t necessarily bad, y’know.


When this card turns up for a client, I begin by reminding them of what tens mean to me:


Tens in any Tarot deck betoken the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, or even the end of one way of life and the beginning of another


So, if I were reading for you today and this card came up, I’d ask:


How do the things you have been experiencing – and more importantly, how do the things you have begun to long for in life just now – represent a strong message to you that you must allow yourself to


acknowledge the end of a cycle

and own the great potential for you

to move into something wonderful and powerful and new? 


How can you keep that in front of you not only today, but for some time [like the rest of this year, at least, fer example] to come?


Then I’d say


Beyond that general information about cycles, I believe the Ten of Swords says in no uncertain terms,


You!  You!  You!  Yes.  You. 


At this moment, I require of you some courage and faith.

It is time to allow the old world − the world as you know it, your typical, day to day world − to die, in order that a beautiful new world may be born from it. 


Yeah, it requires some courage, all right. 


But remember the promise: “a beautiful new world to be born from it.”  This is in fact a hopeful card.


In following up with clients for whom this card is prominent in a reading, my sense has become that the changes they will need to make usually begin with a kind of ego death: a realization that the direction they have been firmly, even fanatically committed to really no longer serves them. 


That does NOT mean they are required to throw everything up in the air and rush off in a direction wholly opposite to that which they have known — or in no intelligible direction at all. 


It does mean that they must begin by asking themselves – “What if?” 


What if this path HAS taken me as far as it was meant to go?  And what if that’s a good thing?  What if this potential great change is a perfectly natural evolution?


What if I stand at the birthing place of beautiful new opportunities, beautiful new worlds?  What if I let myself fantasize about what I would wish them to be?


What would I wish them to be?  How would I wish to pursue them, for the highest and best, of course?  What would I do to begin?


What are the baby steps I can take to begin that today?


What is the cycle that is completed?  What is the world that should be allowed to fall away?  What is the beautiful new world to be born from it?  How do I begin to create that world, for myself and those I love − for the highest and best of all − today?


Bright blessings, courage, hope and beautiful dreams! 


Quote for the Day:  We have it in our power to begin the world over again. ~ Thomas Paine


Today’s Waethyr:  Freaking great belches of all kinds of hollyberry stuffness, rampant mistletoe and silver bells. It is the weekend, after all. 


On This Date: 1888Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Colo. 


For those preparing for the coming of Yule [the Winter Solstice, which will occur on December 21 at 6:38 PM EST], I thought this short video had a couple of sweet Yuletide prayers.  Enjoy!





2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ December 18”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Thank you for the beautiful Yuletide video, Neal. The prayers, the candles and the music all soothed my heart.

    ~ ~ Gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Bless you, M’Dear!

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