I got the BLANK rune today. And according to www.tarahill.com/runes/aett_3.html it’s a redundant/made-up rune. So, I’m just going to assume it’s going to be "one of those days". Oh yay!
Five cards popped out. Just to explain that, I shuffle the deck, thinking of my question and keep shuffling until a card flips over, falls out, sticks out, or won’t go back in the deck. Some days, it’s just one card, some days it’s multiple. It works for me. 🙂
- Use Your Mind
- analyze the problem
use logic and reason
develop an idea or plan
study or research the facts
learn or teach
think everything through
- Be Truthful
- act honestly
face the facts
clear up any confusion
expose what is hidden
- Be Just
- right a wrong
treat others equally
champion a cause
try to be fair
do what you know is right
acknowledge the other point of view
- Have Fortitude
- face problems squarely
refuse to be discouraged
meet setbacks with renewed energy
keep a firm resolve
move out of depression
keep your chin up and head high
The Page of Swords is a messenger bringing you challenges. He suggests that an opportunity for growth may come your way in the guise of a problem or dilemma. These challenges may not be your favorites. In fact, you probably will want to say "Thanks…but no thanks."
The Page of Swords asks you to embrace these difficult situations. Think of them as trials designed to test your mettle. If you accept and prevail, you will become stronger and more resilient. In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit – honest, reason, integrity and fortitude.
The Page of Swords can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is likely to be troubled or difficult in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.
Sometimes the Page of Swords implies that your entire situation is one suffused with the spirit of learning, discovery, and mental activities of all kinds. At such times, use your mind and enjoy the delights of the intellect.
- trying to do too much
refusing to say "no"
taking all the blame
assuming another’s debt
doing the lion’s share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load
- feeling burdened
- never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag
- fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can’t even see where he’s going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.
In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it’s all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.
The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion’s share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.
The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don’t have to handle everything yourself.
- making a connection
- joining with another
celebrating a marriage or union
cementing a friendship
establishing a partnership
helping and being helped
- calling a truce
- healing a severed relationship
bringing together opposites
letting bygones be bygones
coming to a satisfactory agreement
forgiving and forgetting
- acknowledging an attraction
- recognizing a bond that is developing
accepting your preferences
letting yourself be drawn in
feeling a positive response
To understand the 2 of Cups, all you have to do is look at its image. A man and a woman are gazing at each other, ready to share their cups (emotions). Here is the very picture of romantic and sexual attraction. The energy between these two is almost palpable. The Two of Cups shows the beauty and power that is created when two come together. This is the card that lovers want to see, and, in fact, the Two of Cups is the minor arcana equivalent of the Lovers in many ways.
The Two of Cups has a deeper meaning as well. Whenever two forces are drawn together, there is the potential for bonding. This card can stand for the union of any two entities – people, groups, ideas, or talents. In readings, the Two of Cups tells you to look for connections in your life, especially those that are one-on-one. Now is not the time to separate or stay apart. It is the time to join with another and work as a partnership. If you are in conflict, look for truce and the chance to forgive and be forgiven. If you are struggling with two choices or tendencies within yourself, seek to reconcile them.
Usually, the Two of Cups is welcome in a reading, but it can also sound a note of warning. The energy of Two can be very compelling. If you have ever stood next to two people in love, you know what I’m talking about. They create between themselves a world of their own that can feel exclusionary to outsiders. "Two’s company; three’s a crowd." Make sure that the tendency to pair off is not creating disharmony in your situation.
- taking a break
giving your body time to heal
finding peace and quiet
relaxing body and soul
taking life easy
- gaining a better perspective
listening for your Inner Voice
taking time alone to think
standing back from the situation
examining your motivations
reviewing where you are
- quietly preparing
- consolidating inner resources
making sure your base is secure
getting ready for the future
coming to terms with what is
tieing up loose ends
The Swords cards all stand for trials of some kind, but the Four suggests feelings of peace and stillness. Why is this card different? Because it represents the challenge to be quiet! Sometimes resting and doing nothing is the ultimate challenge. Activity can be a habit that is very difficult to break. There is always so much to do, and modern society beguiles us with its attractions and distractions. The result is we forget to stop and be still.
In readings, the Four of Swords is often a sign that you need to slow down and get some rest. If you are recovering from an illness, allow yourself quiet time to heal. Even if you feel completely healthy, you are risking getting sick if you don’t take a break.
The Four of Swords also represents taking the time to think things over without hurry. It is important to step back and gain perspective. This is especially true when you are facing an ordeal or big event. You need quiet preparation time to gather your strength and center your energy. Picture an Olympic diver on the high board. She doesn’t climb the ladder and then dash out. She stops, motionless as she readies herself for the burst of activity to come. This is the only way to bring the best to our endeavors.
Sometimes the Four of Swords implies that you are or could be shifting focus from the external to the internal. When we are silent, we can more easily go within. The knight in the picture appears to be praying or meditating deeply. Actually, he appears to be dead! For those who are addicted to activity, rest and quiet can seem like death, but that is certainly not the case. Stillness holds its own rewards, but they must be recognized and sought.
- idealizes love……….lacks self-restraint
emphasizes feelings……….is often jealous
concentrates on the poetry of life……….tends to be gushy and melodramatic
remembers special occasions……….blows hot and cold in affections
expresses sentiments beautifully……….brings flowers, but forgets to put gas in the car
- can tap the fertile unconscious……….indulges in idle daydreams
looks beyond the obvious……….has big ideas that come to nothing
never takes the mundane path……….has an unrealistic approach
spins marvelous tales……….has an overactive imagination
is visionary……….can shade the truth
- is aware of moods and feelings……….is prone to mood swings
helps others open up……….can be petulant and sulky
responds deeply to life……….gels melancholy and depressed
understands the pains of others……….broods excessively
is tactful and diplomatic……….takes offense easily
- appreciates beauty in all forms……….leaves dirty work to others
seeks the finest……….can’t face unpleasantness
creates a pleasing environment……….lacks robust good health
understands subtlety……….emphasizes style over substance
is suave and gracious……….gets overwhelmed by pressure
- values the inner life……….focuses inward to excess
tries to understand why……….avoids active participation
questions motivations……….is driven to self-examination
seeks self-improvement……….exaggerates personal failings
sees below the surface……….can’t relax around others
On the positive side, the Knight of Cups is a sensitive soul. He is a poet – a lover of all things romantic and refined. He uses his imagination in wondrous ways and taps the deepest levels of emotion. He knows how to create beauty and share it with others. On the negative side, this Knight is prone to flights of fancy and illusion. His melodramatic moods are legendary, and his emotions often get the better of him. He’s too temperamental and takes offense easily. He can’t stand unpleasantness and will always let others deal with it.
In readings, a Knight of Cups shows that his sensitive style is involved in the situation as an aspect of you, someone else or the atmosphere in general. You need to ask yourself, "Is this Knight’s energy helping or hurting?"
If his style is evident, then balance is needed. Are your feelings appropriate or excessive? Are your daydreams unrealistic? Is someone’s moodiness driving you crazy? Is your home life ruled by emotion rather than common sense? It may be time for a change.
If this Knight’s energy is missing, a dose of poetry may be called for. Are you too restrained? Express your feelings. Do you always make the most practical choice? Go for the extravagant one instead. Do you avoid introspection? Take some time to look within and think about your life. Let the Knight of Cups introduce you to his world of romance and beauty.