Daily Tarot ~ January 7

Three of Swords


Fortune Cookie: Release 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!

Hmmm… We last saw this card the day after Thanksgiving. But it’s certainly an apt card for this particular point in the deep winter. 

Sorry.  Couldn’t help myself.


This is another one of those cards (in almost any deck) where clients see the illustration, gasp, blanch and look around for another Tarot reader.  Then they look at me as if to implore, “Say it ain’t so.”

Okay. Right outta the box:


Now pay attention here.  And note that, as often occurs, this is a card where my interpretation veers a tad from what may be typical.

So, for starts: 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. You’ll need to know that later.]

~ 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, squishy 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 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 I wasn’t alone,” 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 bad it sucks to be me?”


The Three of Swords says

Don’t get stuck in the disappointment; don’t get caught in the heartbreak or emotional blackmail games!  [And for pity’s sake, be aware of whether YOU’RE the one doing the blackmailing, especially if you’re balckmailing yourself!]

Release the old stuff as you would to 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 & stuff of the past and moving on − will bring the hoped-for wonderfulness to you more quickly.

Bright blessings, peace, hope and release!

Quote for the Day: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.~ Lao Tzu

And:the only way never to do the wrong thing is never to do anything. ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather:  Walrus tourmaline melding into disappointed bridges. Jocose clouds embalmed in spring-dreaming spices. A Rackham.     

On This Date: 1948Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mantell


4 Responses to “Daily Tarot ~ January 7”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    GREAT winter pictures, Neal — BOTH of them. 🙂

    A couple weeks ago, Spirit clearly told me to “ENJOY winter.” The message helped me to shift my thinking…and…well,…so far, so good!

    Thanks! Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Enjoy winter…

    That would mean buying property in Australia?

  3. Donna Allen Says:

    In defense of winter in Ohio…

    The windows don’t need washin’.
    The grass doesn’t need mowin’.
    The garden doesn’t need a weedin’.
    Longer guiltless sleep is wonderful.
    Snow angels are a possibility.
    The crunchy, crispy snow is fun to walk in.
    (Gots to be careful on the ice, for sure!)
    Snow-covered pine trees are gorgeous.
    Our little Ben Franklin stove is cozy.
    Mr. Tabby spends less time outside,
    so I worry less about him.
    Perhaps corny sounding…but all true for me. 🙂

  4. shamanspath Says:


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