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2 of Swords -The Star -Queen of Swords

There are two swords cards flanking a major suggesting an issue of importance which is impacting on a mental level.

The 2 of Swords is static, in a state of suspension. A choice is implicated but there is no way of moving. This card brings a temporary sense of peace – for the moment at least, mental anguish is stilled and a quiet reflection is achieved. However, this may in part be due to the blindfold and a wilful desire not to look at the things which will disturb the peace.

The Star brings hope, healing and guidance. It is a glimmer of light in the darkness. If we can just fix on the star which is our destiny, help is available to get us there. However, these possibilities lie in the distance and will not manifest immediately. All that is available now is peace and healing.

The Queen of Swords has her back turned to the previous two. She is seated on her throne and looks in command. She seems to have evolved from the woman in the Two of Swords. Now her blindfold is off, she has taken up one sword and made her choice. She can leave the past behind and focus firmly on the future.


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Yesterday I received a package in the post – the Dark Crystal Illuminated tarot by Carol Herzer. I’ve wanted one of Carol’s tarots for a long time and finally had the opportunity and funds to get one.

I like the wintery feel of this deck with its hues of blue and swirling whites. It seems the perfect accompaniment as we head towards the darkest part of the year.

What opportunity is knocking at my door? Page of Cups

I always get a sense of youthful enthusiasm from the pages and here this page is listening intently to the fish. It doesn’t seem at all strange that there is a fish in a cup and that it appears to be whispering something. It can be a message of the heart or something creative and imaginative. There is an opportunity to experience a child-like wonder and a fresh, unjaded perspective.

What will I potentially risk if I open the door? 9 of Wands

There is a risk that I will be on my guard. The person in the 9 of Wands has erected a barrier and is keepinga watchful eye. Any threats are kept well away. There is a danger that if I open the door, my own barriers will be down and I risk letting something more threatening through. At least, this is how I percieve it. I have my guard up a lot of the time and it is possible that this defensiveness is leading to missed opportunities.

What will I gain if I open the door? The Devil

Well, what could be more scary than opening the door to the Devil! 🙂 I always think of the Thoth devil when I interpret this card as I don’t tend to see our material existence as some kind of terrible bondage full of things which tempt and trap us in a prison of flesh. So for me this indicates a gaining in the enjoyment of the material pleasures of existence. Allowing the creative life force to flow and seeing past the illusions that have kept me trapped. This links with the previous card in that the guard is shutting something out based on his illusionary fears of a threat. By opening the door, I will gain an understanding of what the illusion is which keeps me fearful of opening up.

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