Horseshoe Express Reading
Seven of Swords
A Few Keywords Pertaining to the Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:
* Lack of conviction
We get the feeling of "in-between-ness" with in the seven of swords Tarot card meaning. Not fully grown into maturity, and not in infancy either.
Traditional Rider-Waite imagery shows the figurehead of the card dancing between two focal points. On his left there is the establishment of a community, where home is. To his right, there is a small cluster of people, seemingly in deep discussion.
Note how our figure points his head (the seat of our senses - hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing - although, note the eyes are closed) to the gaily colored tents - where the community is established. Yet, his entire body points in the opposite direction.
Here we see the first interpretive hit leaning towards impulsivity, and an unheeding nature. We must ask ourselves, why does the figure walk with eyes closed? And why is he moving in the opposite direction of where his senses are pointed?
Do you get the sense of blind indirection in the seven of swords card? Our figure cannot know where he goes without projecting his senses in that direction first. The message: "There is no hope of finding our true path if we give no consideration to the direction we are taking first."
I also call your attention to what the swords are doing in the (Rider-Waite version) card. We have a mind divided (swords representing the thought world).
To wit, right-handedness indicates conscious motivation; left-handedness is symbolic of unconsciousness.
Ergo, two swords in the right hand are symbolic of the conscious need to follow traditional orthodoxy. The line of thinking here is "I know 1+1=2. This is logical, and therefore I must purposefully move in the manner in which I'm most familiar." See also the meaning of number two in Tarot symbolism here.
Three swords in the left hand throw wildness into the once logical equation. Threes speak of creativity, and wielded in the left hand we get this sort of dialogue ?The Unknown + Options = Creative potential, but without current proof.? For more clarity in this concept, I invite you to review the meaning of number three in Tarot symbolism here.
Now we begin understand the juxtaposition. Do we take the path of orthodoxy? The tried and true way? The way yielding expected results? The path we know is safe?
Or, what if we take the dreaming mind's path? What if we hold the thoughts of hearth and home in our consciousness while closing our psychic eyes and conjuring up creativity to be our sole guide on the journey to exotic realms?
Whichever path we take, when this cards shows up in a reading it is essential to make that clear choice first. The high advice of this card is: "Be not of two minds."
Some Symbols Surfacing in the Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:
Cities/Villages: Cities and villages represent centers or gatherings of people, thoughts, energy and ideas. They are a symbol of the culmination of a group that meets for a common goal. They also symbolize protection, harmony, and team-work. When you notice the cities/villages in a reading it indicates a group effort is required, or the querent must tap into some unifiedenergy centers or thought centers to accomplish what he/she must.
Flag: The flag is an announcement to change - something has shifted and a flag makes the world aware of this shift. It is a bright, bold obvious sign that a new day is dawning. This is not about subtle shifts - the flag is about transformation; an event to announce to all who will hear.
Some Questions the Seven of Swords Tarot Card Meaning Prompts:
Am I clear about the choices I'm making? Why am I making these choices?
Am I clear about the direction in which I'm headed?
Is the traditional way always the best way?
Or, can I use traditional methods in innovative ways?
Am I using all my senses to the best benefit of myself and others?
Am I sending mixed signals?
What am I leaving behind?
Do I feel I have to give things up in order to gain? Why?
The Hanged Man
Key Words for the Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings
Just the term "Hanged Man" can be offsetting, and has a tendency to put us ill at ease. However, take a moment to look at our hanged fellow - he shows no sign of struggle on his face. In fact, the whole scene of the card is rather serene with hues of blue covering the card. The Hanged Man's expression is one of complete calm and assurance - not what one would expect at the gallows.
This is precisely the point. There is no expectation with this card. All expectations, along with all actions have been suspended. The Hanged Man is in a state of purposeful, complete surrender, yielding his mind and body to the Universal flow.
When we pull the Hanged Man card it is an indication that we may be "hung up" in our own distracting thoughts, we're complicating things, or we need to step away from something. This card delivers a message that now is the time to ease off from "doing" and simply be for awhile. When we withhold action for awhile, and just take in the events as they happen we allow things to flow more simply. If, on the other hand, we struggle, fight, and insist on control - we are met with restriction and road-blocks every step of the way.
You might've noticed that keyword up there: "sacrifice." This strikes some fear into many hearts, but there is no reason for fear. The sacrifice the Hanged Man asks us to make is in the form of giving up things in our lives that do not serve us. By suspending ourselves (thoughts, actions, emotions) we can gain perspective in order to identify the habits we cling to that hinder our progress. Sometimes in a reading the Hanged Man can be a message that we should set aside our own needs for the needs of others around us too.
Key Symbols Relative to Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Hanged Man Tarot card meanings.
Legs: The Hanged man is dangling by his left leg - our left appendages are symbols of higher awareness. We also see the man's legs cross in an odd formation one leg straight and the other crossed at a right angle. This is a symbol of a cross-roads - that our thoughts have bubbled up to a jumble that has got us stuck - we are at a cross-roads and at a loss for decision. This ties in with the Hanged Man's advice to take no action. Rather, calm yourself, be still, and yield to the situation - answers will come when we take the time to be still.
Head: As mentioned earlier, there is no expression of struggle or discomfort on the Hanged Man's face. This is a process of voluntary surrender, and he knows the outcome will lead to benefit. Further, we see a halo at his crown - this is a symbol of enlightenment, and gaining higher awareness and insight.
Ropes: Ropes have long been a symbol of binding or imprisonment. We've all gotten knots in our shoelaces, and we all know what happens when we frustratedly tug and shake at those knots in an effort to loosen their hold. Never works. However, when we take a deep breath, and take the time to slowly pick away and loosen the knot we are finally able to get that knot free. This is the message - the more we struggle and rage against our circumstances, the tighter our knots will be.
Key Questions Relative to the Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings:
When contemplating the Hanged Man Tarot card meanings, ask yourself the following questions:
Are you investing time to relax?
Are you willing to sacrifice your expectations?
Are you struggling with a decision or problem? Can you let it go?
Are you over-extending yourself and need to take a "time-out" break?
Should you wait a bit to make that decision you've been worried about?
What activities in your life can you give up in order to allow more benefits?
What beliefs and thoughts do have that hinder your progress? Can you give them up?
Are there things/people in your life you are trying to control? Can you let go of that need to control?
Hopes and Fears
Key Words for the Temperance Tarot Card Meanings
So many of the Tarot cards (seemingly all of them to one extent or another), deal with balance and its importance in our lives. Yes, certainly the Temperance Tarot card meanings are about balance. But there's more to it than that.
We have to be thoughtful in our appproach to this card because its meaning won't hit us over the head like a ton of bricks. Rather, it's a subtle card that whispers in our ear "come closer."
As we lean in closer to hear with our spiritual ears exactly what Temperance has to say - we find we aren't listening for words at all. What we hear is the tranquil waters running through our spirits. These are cleansing rivers that run through our energies, providing us with peace and healing. Imagine you are diving into the these crystal clear waters. Diving in is an act of connecting to our source and by connecting we find rejuvination in the rhythmic flow of healing waters moving through us. Mesmorizing, isn't it?
There is a lot of power in this card, and the "flow" is the source of that power. The Temperance card is a call for us to recognize the flow in our own lives, and observe the nature of energy. When we pull this card in a reading it is an indication that a healing is in need or is taking place. It is also a sign that subtle shifts are or need to take place in order to gain that peaceful scene we see pictured in this card.
When we quietly and objectively investigate our life's path we begin to see patterns. Temperance encourages us to take these patterns and find a good balance in our lives. Envision the flowing waters of this card and see all the imbalance drifting away in your life. When moderation is put into play, and we connect with a natural flow, then healing begins to occur at all levels.
The keyword chemistry is included here because Temperance deals with mixing the right ingredients in our lives in order to flow easily upon the path of our choosing. It takes a little time to balance the load just right, but once we do we experience some tremendous breakthroughs in our progress.
On a more day-to-day level the Temperance card often indicates a commitment to sobriety, a healing taking place, a need for emotional stability, and a need for self-love. Very often spiritual seekers will pull this card as a promise of new growth after they've experienced spiritual "drought."
Key Symbols Relative to Temperance Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Temperance Tarot card meanings.
Cups: The cups transferring the waters here are a symbol of finding the right mix, keeping in motion, and going with the flow. The cups and the water have also been thought as a biblical symbol reminiscent of Christ turning water into wine. The symbolism here is that we are able to transform any situation into something different by our tempering our thoughts and actions in such a way as to bring about the results we desire.
Feet: Feet are symbolic of a pilgrimage, and make reference to our spiritual walk. The right foot (consciousness) is dipped into the water which is symbolic of the subconscious. This is a signal that our analytical minds need to be hushed for a bit. The left foot (unconsciousness) is settled on land which is a signal to ground ourselves. Again - this card is all about balance. As we align our mind, body and spirit we begin to see amazing results in our lives.
Triangle: In Ancient Egypt the Triangle was seen as a symbol of intelligence and indicated the capacity for love. The Buddhists utilze this geometric pattern in the Sri Yantra mandala as a tool to invoke the energy of love. The triangle also deals with the love represented in the mother, father, child union as well as the holy trinity. As mentioned earlier, as a graphic representation of an inverted triangle, it symbolizes a vessel in which love is poured or carried. Additionally, this symbol has long been recognized as a sign of balance and creativity.
Key Questions Relative to the Temperance Tarot Card Meanings:
When contemplating the Temperance Tarot card meanings, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you go with the flow, or do you struggle with change?
What can you do to create more peace and balance in your life?
Are you on a life path that forks in the road? Are you torn between two paths?
What thoughts, beliefs or actions can you merge together to create harmony in your life?
What would it take for you to get just the right mix or find a happy-medium in your life?
Are you concerned about your health? If so, what steps can you take to strike a healthy balance?
Nine of Swords
Some Keywords for Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:
I love how this imagery is depicted with the vibration of number nine. It gives us insight into the underbelly of the thoughts we'd rather not face, but are there nonetheless. What's more, these suppressed thoughts always return to haunt us when our guard is down.
How am I making this connection? The number nine represents the cycle of returns in numerological philosophy. When we multiply nine by any number, then reduce the result, we always come back to nine, effectually returning back to the source.
Let's test it:
9x8=72, reduced: 7+2= 9
Once more:14218x9=127962. Reduce it:1+2+7+9+6+2=27. Reduce again:2+7=9
Again: 411758x9=3705822, 3+7+0+5+8+2+2=27, 2+7=9
Pretty neat, no? This energetic looping in conjunction with the symbolic suit of swords clues us to the repetitive and cyclical nature of our deeper thoughts.
The figurehead in the nine of swords is traditionally depicted in a bed. This is where we get the symbolism of suppressive and disillusioned thinking. And, as we've all experienced, the thoughts or behaviors we shove beneath the surface often bubble up in our dreaming or less conscious states of awareness.
The figure covering her face confirms this interpretation. She is unwilling to face her fears. She chooses to fall victim to a predatory mind; remaining deluded and ignorant of the potential for freedom.
When the nine of swords comes yawning at us in the dawn of our awareness we must deftly address those unhealthy thoughts we're avoiding (and have typically harbored over a long period of time).
Although these are often deep rooted issues and unsavory bedfellows whom we'd rather not share our lives with, we owe it to ourselves to face them. Just face them. Better yet, treat them like bed bugs. How to deal with nagging, negative bed bug thoughts:
Cleanse them out of your system and environment
Prevent another outburst by replacing these thoughts/beliefs with higher, brighter thoughts.
A last note, just as bed bugs will not respond to poison, neither will an infestation of misaligned thought.
Nature works on an inclusive circuit. Therefore, nurture yourself into alignment, replace ill-mannered thoughts with ones that hold promise and compassion.
Doing so will break the recycling loop of negative thoughts the nine of swords card suggests, while enhancing your divine growth at the same time.
Some key symbols in the Nine of Swords Tarot Card Meaning:
Bed: It's where we're most vulnerable, and let down all our defenses. And so, the symbolic bed infers an awareness we make known to no one (sometimes not even to our conscious selves). Beds can also symbolize our dreaming life, and those thoughts we keep in the realm of fantasy. When the bed unfolds in our awareness in a reading, pull the covers and take a good look at what's going on in the surrounding cards for more clarity. Define the deeper meanings lurking in dreamy themes. Find clarity for the sake of solution.
Black: Logic tells us the presence of black indicates the absence of light. We may be in the dark as to our true understanding of a situation. Or, maybe we don't want to see the light at all, preferring anonymity with ourselves and those around us. Contrarily, black can also provide a theater of expression. With no distraction, complete surrender to the abyss is our only option. Which is the case in your reading?
Questions the Nine of Swords asks of us
What is causing the nightmares to repeat in my life?
What am I avoiding? Why?
What can I gain by suppressing my fears?
If I knew I lived in an inclusive and supportive universe, would I still be ashamed?
Are there reoccurring themes of destruction in my life?
What would happen if I embraced both light and dark sides to my self?
Four of Pentacles
Some Keywords Fitting for Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings:
Line up each suit in chronological order and you'll get a story.
To get a better story of the four of pentacles we back up one chapter. The third pentacle card points out our tremendous commitment to hard work at our craft and/or forging our will.
In fact, we worked so hard that we've manifested some pretty lucrative rewards. The four of pentacles reflects our success and just rewards for all our efforts. At last, we are in the money, in the pink, high on the hill. What's more, we have only ourselves and our own ingenuity to thank for our success.
Or do we?
Our hero isn't smiling, and there's a sense of isolation from community in the card. It's a common trap that many well-meaning, ambitious entrepreneurs or hard-focused individuals fall into.
To be successful, we often need to put blinders on and focus on only the path that leads to results. There's nothing wrong with this, as long as we don't neglect the community we support, and who supports us in return.
In the three of pentacles, we see open communication with that community but somewhere along the way we closed off that correspondence. Ideally, our motivations for success include the well-being of everyone involved. But during months and years of hardnosed focus on the prize, sometimes we lose sight of the needs of the tribe.
When the four of pentacles comes up in a reading we know we've been stingy with our time, or money, and our presence in the lives of those around us. No need to have guilt; it happens.
Just break the wall of isolation and get the flow going again in your life by giving equal or more than what you've received. Remember, this is an inclusive universe. By giving openly, honestly, you're insuring your perpetual gain.
Some Symbols Enhancing the Four of Pentacles Tarot Card Meaning:
City/Village: Cities and villages represent centers or gatherings of people, thoughts, energy and ideas. They are a symbol of the culmination of a group that meets for a common goal. They also symbolize protection, harmony, and team-work. When you notice the cities/villages in a reading it indicates a group effort is required, or the querent must tap into some energy centers or thought centers to accomplish what he/she must.
Walls: Simply put, walls deal with separating one area from another. Why we feel the need to separate oursevles might need to be considered. Walls also symbolize holding ourselves back, or positive events have been prevented from flowing forth due to negative, exclusions or incorrect thinking. When we see the brick wall it is a message we might need to get in a state of allowing in order for the good to shine upon us. It also indicates we mustn't hold ourselves back or sell ourselves short. See also the "wall" symbol meanings.
Some Questions the Four of Pentacles Proposes:
Where are my blockages?
Why am I withholding?
How do I feel about giving?
How do I feel about being of service?
Where is my focus, and do I need to readjust my vision?
Why do I feel isolated?
What is gained from separation?
How is hoarding my resources serving me?
Influence Around You
Key Words for the Chariot Tarot Card Meanings
If you've done a little research on the art of chariot battle, you've observed that it takes a lot of skill, determination and control to manuever a chariot - particularly in the heat of battle. Imagine for a moment controlling two 1,000 pound horses while navigating direction all in the midst of the commotion, noise, and fervor of battle. It makes the head spin. Needless to say the Chariot represents tremendous focus and drive in order to accomplish the goal and win the battle.
An often over-looked item of chariot-battle is that the best plan of attack in a chariot is from the side. This was a common tactic for ancient chariot warriors and is mentioned here for its symbolic meaning. Coming upon our problems from the side - or a different angle will often give us the perspective we need to overcome the obstacle, or give us a different plan of attack for success.
Close your eyes and let your imagination wander to the days of when chariots were the ultimate form of transportation. Consider the skill, focus, balance and determination it would take for one to control that chariot. One false move at a high speed, and the chariot would easily topple. It was not a mode of transportation for the light-hearted. These are the attributes the Chariot card brings to a reading.
Often, the Chariot card shows up when there is an obsession about work, a question about goals, or an issue of over-achieving. When a person is obsessed with climbing the ladder of success - the Charioteer is the one cracking the whip behind the scenes.
The Chariot also embodies motion. Often we pull this card when we are traveling physically, or moving in an emotional direction. It's usually a fast motion too. If we want to get somewhere fast, or a quick change of pace is coming - most assuredly the Chariot will appear in the reading.
Key Symbols Relative to Chariot Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Chariot Tarot card meanings.
Crown: This deck version shows a crown of five pointed stars. These pentacles are symbolic of perfection and also indicate our Charioteer is at his physical peek of perfection. That he is wearing these stars as a crown indicates his thoughts are primarily upon the elements required to get the task at hand accomplished. His thoughts dwell upon his ability to perform to a high level in order to achieve his goals.
Horse: The horse is another symbol of physicality and vitality. The horse is linked with elemental and instinctual powers. They symbolize speed of thought, speed of deed, and speed of action. This horse symbol brings further attention on aspects of motion, transportion, and "reaching the destination" to the Tarot card meanings of the Chariot.
Moons: Moons also deal with motion, influence and development. This card depcts slivered moons on the Charioteer's shoulder and at that top of his staff. These are symbols that indicate we are often driven by unseen forces in matters of obtaining goals or striving for success. Although the Charioteer is very aware of elemental matters and matters of the soul - these moons indicate that more investigation must be made on his motives.
When contemplating the Chariot Tarot card meaning, ask yourself the following questions:
What drives you?
What is your motiviation?
Are your goals reasonable? Obtainable?
What are you trying to control, and why?
Do you have the skills you need to succeed?
Can you try a different approach to reaching your goals?
What would you do if you had a sudden change in direction or location?
King of Pentacles
Some keywords from the King of Pentacles:
* Family man
"I am the King of Pentacles and this is my legend.
My kingdom is at its peak of accomplishment. We live well, but it was not always the case. It took a great deal of planning, determination and hard work to get to our current state of satisfaction.
That is why I the successful and effective King of Pentacles. I believe in obtaining goals by persistence. I am methodical and gain progress one step at a time. Because of my sturdy, steadfast ways, everyone in my kingdom now enjoys a life of plenty.
This pragmatism is probably why I'm gifted in business and finance. I have a knack with money, and I tend to accumulate riches easily. As the King of Pentacles, all the other kings are often seeking me out for funding. Mine is the richest kingdom in the Tarot.
When I am not tending to matters of state, I bask in the glory of nature. I am a gentleman farmer (I don't have to tend to my vineyards for profit, but I fuss over them anyway because I enjoy it), and am often found deep in thought while strolling the fields. I also enjoy hunting and fishing with my son (the Knight of Pentacles).
My son and I are very much alike in our ways. He is pragmatic as I am, and this is why we work well together for the common goal of insuring the bounty of our kingdom. My other child (the Page of Pentacles) do not have the same strength in our relationship. This child tends to be emotional, and I feel as though I am being watched when I am around my youngest. If I do not understand something, or someone, I tend to avoid them.
I adore my wife, and shower her with every treasure my kingdom can provide. I love to see her dressed to the hilt, and covered in refinery. I appreciate how she cares for me and our children. Even if I were not king, she makes me feel like one, and I love her dearly for this. She is a sensual woman, fertile and earthy; I find this to be enchanting. Further, she allows me to explore the realms of arousal; this is good because I have a healthy sexual appetite.
I enjoy stability, and have no problem with the responsibility of family and reign. As the King of Pentacles my obligations are infinite. But, I have broad shoulders, and can bear the weight.
I am usually slow to anger, but when I'm pushed to my limit I can be explosive. When I've reached this point, there is no return and it's my way or the highway. I'll eventually calm down, but not without significant brooding (usually by myself so I can methodically consider the situation).
Like my son the Knight, I am very protective of my family and kingdom. I have fortified our borders, and keep a close watch on potential threats on the horizon. Nothing is more important than the safety of my inner sanctum.
I can be stubborn, controlling and overbearing too. I tend to take on all the responsibility, and do not delegate tasks well (because I am quite sure no one can do things as well as I can). I recognize this tendency for me to be headstrong, and it takes persistence, over a long period of time for others to persuade me or change my mind.
My wife says I am strong as a bull, virile and handsome. I keep myself groomed, and I have good taste in clothing. This, probably more than anything else, is why she sees me as attractive. My complexion is dark as are my eyes and hair. My most outstanding traits is my big strong hands, my barrel chest, and I have a stone-block jaw.
When I show up in the cards, I will tell you to enjoy the finer things in life. I will also redirect your attention to matters of business and finance. I will remind you of your enterprising spirit. I will encourage you to make a water-proof plan for your success and urge you to follow that plan point-by-point until you reach victory."
Some symbols in the King of Pentacles Tarot card:
Bull: The Bull is a symbol of power, royalty, stability, force and potence. When we see the bull amongst the cards in a reading we know we are dealing with some powerful forces. It is shown in the World & Wheel card because the bull (Taurus) is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac. The bull (and Taurus) in the King of Pentacles Tarot card also carries symbolic meanings of resistence to change, being stubborn and inflexible. Toro!
Castle: Castle symbol meanings deal with goals. Castles are physical reprsentations of our need to build (block by block) upon a strong foundation in order to obtain our goals. Castles may also deal with sheltering ourselves or limiting ourselves from reaching our goals. They are also a symbol of obtaining our desires. See also the "tower" symbol meaning.
Flowers: As we would guess, flowers possess symbol meanings of joy, beauty, growth, sensitivity and unfolding. They are predominant features on the six of cups and four of rods, but they are seen sprinkled throughout many deck renditions (see also the Sunflower symbol meanings entry). Flowers are all about opening up and receiving the light of love, joy and compassion into our lives. In the King of Pentacles card, they remind us of the better things in life, the good times, the sweet smell of success. They also ask us to see the beauty that surrounds us if only we open up to its presence.
Globes: Often depicted as the world, globes possess symbol meanings of totality - both cosmic and physical. When the globe catches our attention on a card, it is an indication that achievement is imminent; we have the whole world "at our fingertips." It is also a symbol of comprehension, getting the idea - or grasping the "bigger picture." The globe is also a geometric aspect of the circle which deals with infinity, completion, cycles, and again - totality.
Grapes/Grapevines: Symbol meanings of grapes and grapevines deal with fertility, abundance, transformation and blessing. Considered the fruit of the earth in both pagan and Christian circles, the grape is rich in symbolism. Bunches of grapes have long been depicted in funerary art and are symbols of redemption. Grapes and grapevines are also found in Greco-Roman art as symbols of hospitality, bounty and symbolic of youthfulness. All of these attributes come into play when we see these power-packed fruits in the cards.
Yellow: The color yellow is symbolic of intelligence as well as cheer, satisfaction and all-around contentment. Corresponding with the Manipura chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra, yellow is an anchoring hue dealing with core issues in our lives. That which is at our emotional center is worth paying attention to. In the nine of cups, yellow represents our emotional well-being as the King of Pentacles encourages.
Some questions the King of Pentacles asks us:
Are your ready to get serious about your business?
Take a look at my opulence and success. Dreaming about it didn't make it happen. Get serious about your expectations and start doing the work.
Do you have a plan?
Sure and steady is the way. Map out a strategy for your success and stick to it.
How do you spell relief?
If you are like me, spending so much time on protecting my assets and procuring more, it's easy to forget recreation. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Indulge when appropriate.
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