Tarot Card of the Week: September 7 – September 13
Seven of Swords
This week’s card is the Seven of Swords from Timothy Lantz’s gorgeous Archeon Tarot.
The Seven of Swords requires you to trust in your instincts and stay tuned into your environment. It’s a card of strategy, cunning and ingenuity, which can also translate as conniving and duplicitous.
The Seven of Swords — like all sevens — speaks of difficult choices and moral dilemmas. There are temptations disguised as opportunities, which could turn out to be more than you bargained for in the end.
The raven in this version of the card is perched before the light of a full moon, a glowing sun time-piece dangling from his beak.
A Native American legend tells of a snow white bird who steals the sun and moon and places them in the night sky. The sun is so hot that it chars his white feathers, rendering them permanently black.This becomes the raven.
Notice the four swords piercing the moon and the three that are penetrating the earth below it. The moon represents mystery, illusion and the depths of the human psyche; we can see this as a need to penetrate the veil that obscures our motivations.
The presence of both the Sun and Moon is particularly relevant, as we are coming up on two important eclipses this month. The first one — on the 13th, is a Solar Eclipse (obscuring the light of the Sun) and the second one — a total lunar eclipse on the 28th (obscuring the light of the Moon).
This card reminds us that all that glitters is not gold, and that there are consequences for our actions. The concept of time is also relevant here, as in keeping track of time, not wasting time, and making time for things that are most important.
There are elements of mischief, trickery and even thievery in this card. In fact the Seven of Swords is often referred to as the “Thieve’s card.” And you may be tempted to engage in practices that are not aligned with your principles. Or you may be the recipient of someone else’s duplicity. But these same elements can be used to your benefit.
Remember that the Seven of Swords represents skill and ingenuity as well. You must have a sharp mind and a vigilant approach if you’re to navigate your way through the obstacles before you. Opportunities come your way, but there’s always a catch. Just like the raven whose cunning and prowess has rewarded him with the fiery sun, but whose feathers have become permanently charred in the process.
The Archeon Tarot was published by US Games.
For more information on Timothy Lantz, please visit his website.
Used by generous permission.
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