The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, April 28, 2013

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By Sarah Taylor

Look at the two outer cards in this week’s spread. It is as if the staffs held by the figures of the punter in the Six of Swords and The Hermit form the boundaries that enclose a particular experience to which our attention is being further drawn by the light from The Hermit’s lantern. The colours in the backdrops to the Six of Swords and The Hermit are also muted, while the card that they flank is colour-full, save for a small section that is significant for its being grey.

Six of Swords, Six of Cups, The Hermit -- RWS Tarot deck.

Six of Swords, Six of Cups, The Hermit from the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot deck, created by A E Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Click on the image for a larger version.

The focal card, by virtue of these observations and its position at centre, is the Six of Cups. But what does the Six of Cups mean in this instance, and how do we identify its appearance in our lives?

Starting at left, the Six of Swords describes the movement from one state to another. This can be a physical journey (although not always by any means), but even if it is, it will have as its foundation a change in how we view things — the leaving behind of an old paradigm and the movement into a new one that is yet to take shape fully. Destination unknown. Except here we have an insight into that destination in the Six of Cups — numerical counterpart, yes, but one that is qualitatively and experientially different.

Swords are thoughts and beliefs; Cups are feelings and the unconscious (which is often revealed to us through our feelings). Thus, we move from a state of thought-based existence to one that is feeling based, and where we have a greater access to the unconscious.

In the Six of Swords, the seated figures’ view is impeded by the swords that stand, point down, in the bow of the punt. In this way, the card is similar to the Eight of Swords: both reflect the ability of our thoughts to obfuscate.

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6 Responses to The Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, April 28, 2013

  1. DivaCarla DivaCarla says:

    This reading coincides with emergence from The Scorpio/Taurus Lunar eclipse.
    The six of swords feels like a surrender to the illusion of powerlessness. The woman and child are dejected, withdrawn, cut off from active desire, intention, direction. Not directing the masculine or interacting with him, beset (in my case) by that fear from the 21st reading. Attempting to escape, or moving passively toward? The male figure can see the deep wisdom guiding in the form of the hermit, and the perfection of the outcome, in the form of the 6 of cups. It’s a necessary soul journey, I bought the ticket. It looks like failure, exile, but it is really preparing to let go, not necessarily because I am willing to, but because … here comes the solar eclipse. What the lunar eclipse wrought can be joyfully embraced, or resisted, but it is inevitable, and necessary, if the 6 of cups is to be felt in my life.

  2. P. Sophia P. Sophia says:

    These are such beautiful cards individually and together in the reading…such a gift Sarah! It’s as if you picked each out and placed to make a perfect story of our miricle. Thank you.

    In the six of swords I love how each part of us lovingly takes care in their particular role. Let me always accept this offering. And the child, in his state of anticipation and excitment you can feel and see. Yes -let this be, and float effortlessly to/in the moment.

    We know we are on the right path as we feel our path illuminated. And it is in the Six of Cups! I read this last night and woke up with the image of that white mitten ditching out. It is the same white as in the blossoming flowers that the child shares is the hand that the other receives. This is such a perfect picture of unconditional love – to give is to receive it is the same, in symmetry…as it should be.

  3. Sarah Taylor Sarah Taylor says:

    Thank you, everyone! Brian, that’s exactly what I thought too :)

  4. Brian says:

    Sarah – the gray male on the left side of the 6 of Cups feels like the same male in the 6 of Swords, but the role is completely different. It feels like the masculine/intellectual is driving in one, but then just a pale, gray shadow in the other. The characters in both 6 cards seem unaware of their ‘alternate selves’, but the Hermit is clearly well aware of both, and trying to assist them.

  5. susan_scheck says:

    Dear Sarah,
    I am in awe of how your reading tells the story of my life at this moment.

    “There is wise magic at play. It knows what to do.”



  6. jinspace says:

    Lovely and so very apropos. Thanks, Sarah.

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