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FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: NINE OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Nine of Swords

(The Mind’s Torment)

Artist’s Notes
 
The Golem was brought to life only to be experimented on by having his brain invaded by fresh steel. Even born into service, he suffers the pain of knowing that it will not end by his plan anyway. Call it a metaphor for what many call the Dark Night of the Soul where we are faced with what appears to be our own inadequacies in achieving our goals and ideas as yet another avenue did not work.
There are three laws of Thermodynamics. The first is the law of Conservation of Energy. This states that energy cannot be created or destroyed but merely transformed. In other words, you never end up with more than you started with, or in other words, you can’t win.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics is the Law of Entropy. That is that in a closed system, things will eventually wind down and decay. In other words, you can’t break even.
 
The Third law is the Conservation of Motion. This states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. In other words, you can’t get out of the game.
 
When facing the Dark Night of the Soul or Nine of Swords, your mind closes in on itself and you feel these three principles acutely. You can’t win. You can’t break even. and You can’t get out of the game. The only way through is by realizing that our minds are not closed systems. We are not our minds and we can always die to our present mindset and open ourselves up to start again.
This card is the culmination of the Swords as in the Ten of Swords there is a release that is denied to the golem here
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. The Nines represent a coming to completion of the energy involved if not the completion itself. These energies come together in that dark night of fear and anxiety. The night that many of us experience when we lay awake with every doubt, fear, and recrimination that we can muster. During these nights we tear apart every event in the past and milk it for shame. We look at tomorrow and see every possible misstep that we can make, every disaster that can happen, and every way in which we feel unsafe. We clutch at straws looking for temporary safety, fully realizing that that is what we do.
 
Eventually, we give up even trying to do that. It seems that the only way through this dark night is eventual resignation to whatever is to come.
 
 
Astrological Correspondence:
 
Mars in Gemini – This energy loves to keep busy. As long as there is a lot to do, Mars in Gemini will run around getting the job done, and figuring out the next step on the fly all while engaging in vigorous debate on any subject with anyone they encounter. It is when it is in rest that the difficulties come. The same mental acuity that is used to get the job done turns inward and enervates itself in downtime. The same rapier that it uses to win discussions and debates becomes poniards with which it stabs itself.
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Nine of Swords turns up in a reading it often points to a lot of anxiety and sleepless nights. It can possibly be pointing to unresolved guilt from the past or a feeling that we deserve whatever abuse has come our way in the past. It can mean that we are going through what is known as the “dark night of the soul” where we are facing our shadow selves the most intensely. It may mean that we are torturing ourselves for the problems that caused a recent relationship to break apart. When this energy comes up for us, the best course of action is to let these feelings flow through because the more we feed them and try to argue against them, the longer and more intense the conflict may become.
 
The Nine of Swords reversed or badly aspected can mean that our inner conflicts have come to an end and we can now give ourselves a bit of a break. It may also mean however that we have been acting cruelly towards others perhaps without even realizing it. The Nine of Swords reversed may also mean that someone with cruel intentions is acting uncharacteristically nice to us to catch us off our guard.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
Bestowed with senses of the highest form the Spider was fraught with visions of his web when he would be away from it to ensure his works went smoothly. How would you cope if the world around you were nothing but endless visions of events that are to come? Always sceptical of his surroundings it is rare to see the spider truly relax as that only happens when he is home on the Web of Fate.
 
Like fate, we are bombarded with lots of stimuli. When this occurs it is important to know your refuge from those thoughts, even if that means doing some serious shadow work to get it, otherwise, they will consume you in the worst way possible. Wake up from your paranoia before it is too late.
–NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: EIGHT OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Eight of Swords

(The Option)

Artist’s Notes:
 
What is a contract anyway? At the end of the day, it is a written agreement stating the benefits that will accrue by sticking with the agreement and the consequences of not doing so. Is one bound to carry out the agreement? If we sign, are we committed for life or for the term of the contract or are we free to walk away? That word free is an interesting one, is it not? Like many words, free has at least two possible meanings. The first meaning refers to cost, as in “Free beer”, “Free love”, and “The first hit is free”. The second has to do with personal liberty and responsibility.
 
We are all free to do whatever we want as long as we are willing to be held accountable for our actions. There is a cost to every choice we make, even if that cost is that we don’t end up with the rewards of the roads not taken. No contract is binding on our actions as long as we are willing to pay the cost of breaking it. Using the last example above, the cost of the second hit is the price we pay when we like the first one a bit too much.
 
Also before you sign the contract, consider the implications that may not be stated outright. You can always prepare yourself for the consequences spelt out in the contract. No contract can handle every possibility a
nd the consequences of words unstated can be unsettling.
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Eights deal with the recognition of boundaries and a focus on the energies needed to move on and continue. What happens when thoughts and conflicts get in the way of moving on? We finally have decided to leave our past behind and move on to something new. We gird ourselves to take the first steps. The phone rings. A friend of ours needs our help with a trivial matter. We talk them through it and get ready to get to work. The dogs start barking or the kids need to be picked up at school. We’ll take care of that and get right to what we need to get done. Hmmm, maybe just check our Facebook first. What? How could he say that? After a heated engagement, we once again return and it’s time to make supper. And so it goes. Wow, the whole day has gone by and so little has gotten done? If only there weren’t all these distractions. If only our friends and family could look out for themselves then we could be done with this project already. That is the Eight of Swords energy. We can break our way out of these cycles anytime we want by claiming a space to do the things we need to do and yet we avoid taking the responsibility to do so. This energy also pertains to anytime we use others or our past as an excuse to avoid doing what needs to be done.
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
Jupiter in Gemini – Jupiter in Gemini energy wants to expand all at once in as many different directions as possible. It is highly energized and fantastic at communication and at starting things but quite often there will be a problem with either focusing on one idea or following through even if the focus can be found. Quite often it gives us a wide reach but not a far one. In this case, as in many others, the inherent problems of the aspect also come with a gift. While the focus may be a problem, the Jupiter in Gemini energy does show discernment into what is a minor issue and what is not, allowing us to perceive real issues as opposed to petty concerns.
 
In a Reading:
 
The Eight of Swords in a reading often points out that we are letting ourselves get distracted from what we need to do by minutiae both internal and external. People quite often with the best of intentions might be getting in our way either with advice (either giving or receiving) or with favours that need doing. The distractions may be internal as well as external and this card can often be a call to focus on the important things, freeing ourselves from the things that seek to bind or distract us. When we do find other things or people pulling focus, it is often human nature to blame them rather than take responsibility for our own choices. This card may also mean that we have doubts that we can get the job done even to the point of pretending we don’t care.
 
When the Eight of Swords turns up reversed or badly aspected in a reading, it may mean that we are too focused on the task at hand and need to take a break to return with fresh eyes. It can also mean an even stronger sense of avoiding responsibility and refusing to do what is expected of us even by ourselves. It may mean that we have stopped blaming others for our inability to get things done and have taken the bull by the horns.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
The Spider has earned many names in his existence. Among them, one sits as his honorary title for those who have had the honour of conducting business with him directly, The King of Contractors. The art Daemon kin used to steal valuable souls, Djinn use to expand their vast archives, and many others learned this fabled art from the one who made it. As mysterious as it is to learn, it is just as difficult to grok the limits of it.
There will come a time we are bound to an agreement of some form. Assess what you can control and realize where you put the exit as there will come a time when it will expire. as the Spider once said.
” It’s not what I say…..”
–NF
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FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: SEVEN OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Seven of Swords

(Futility and Mystdirection)

Artist’s Notes:
 
Many of us like to consider ourselves rebels against the order of society. We break a small rule, usually not even out of principle as out of convenience and set ourselves up as champions who have ‘stuck it to the man.’ Most times though, our real motivations are our own dopamine pleasure/pain receptors as much as they are a rational response against the constrictions of society.
 
At this point there are so many laws, many of them obscure that on any given day, the vast majority will have committed at least a few misdemeanours. Most of them are not heavily enforced and the only way we would ever be held accountable for them is if we were under suspicion of doing something far worse and the powers that be were looking for reasons to prosecute. Thus in reality the systems are so rule-bound that most of us could be considered criminals.
 
With both of those things being said, how do we decide where the line is between what is legal and what is honest? How do we choose where the lines are so that we can add, not only to our own lives but also to the communities in which we live? If reality is whatever we can get away with, what are the choices that will make our realities quality ones to inhabit as opposed to desolate wastelands where nothing can be trusted?
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Sevens represent our desires and wants and the paths and challenges we take to achieve them. It also may represent an excessiveness in the force involved. What do we do when what we want to do conflicts with the framework in which we live?
For many of us living in societies that for various reasons offer less and less freedom, this question is becoming more and more important. It is possible to live conflicted in society and work the system, taking what we can for ourselves but quite often even tho this may mean our needs are met, our lives become more and more unfulfilled. It seems the very act of futility to be shaped by a society that we feel we should be shaping. We run the hamster wheel and yet at the same time, we hope to find a better way of doing things. The gift of this energy may very well be the tenacity to keep on looking for that way and the knowledge that it must exist.
 
Placement Within the Narrative of Swords:
 
Sometimes when we over-identify with a viewpoint or ideology that we have taken on, we may find aspects of it coming into conflict with values that we hold at our core. When this cognitive dissonance happens, we have to decide whether we are going to be true to ourselves or toe the party line. Either way, it can feel like a betrayal.
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
Moon in Aquarius – This energy tends towards intuition and group dynamics. It seems to hold a greater understanding of what is going on yet can be very remote and unfathomable even to itself. The Moon in Aquarius focuses on the greater good. The energy is open to all and disapproves of little yet finds it very hard to connect in a very ‘in the world but not of it’ way. More than anything else this energy needs the freedom to think what it wants and to live as it wants
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Seven of Swords occurs in a reading, it may mean that we are having trouble expressing ourselves in the environment we find ourselves in due to people whom we believe to be in authority over us. We may feel like we are compromising ourselves rather than surrendering who we are. It may also be that we are learning how to maintain our inner beings while living our day-to-day lives. It usually denotes a feeling of isolation and a need for self-reliance. This card may also mean thievery or underhandedness in our environment. It may also mean that someone close to us is hiding their true nature.
 
When the Seven of Swords shows up reversed or badly aspected in a reading, it may mean that rather than only relying on ourselves, we may need to consult others for advice on how to extricate ourselves from a tricky situation. It may also mean that we are finding it difficult to do what we need to do to get out of the troubles in which we find ourselves. It may also mean that we are feeling internal pressure to bring out into the open what we may have felt the need to previously keep hidden.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
While it seems foolish, many have waged war on the Spider. This led to a place where the discarded weapon of the fallen warrior was the only reminder of how pointless a feat it truly was. Regardless this graveyard expands to this day.
 
There are two types of foes we are presented with in life. One is the one we project on others in the absence of productive growth. The other is the expectations we have of the first foe. As we walk through life some will use this to their advantage while others will overdo it to prove their inferior nature. When we take on a foe it is important to understand the objective stance of what we are facing that way we can properly use the second foe to its greatest potential. To overestimate yourself can lead to a bad situation where you lose more than you gain, while the other side is where you think yourself too low to beat what you are presented with. Find your balance of these and you will find true victory.
–NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: SIX OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Six of Swords

(Journey Through Strife)

Artist’s Notes:
 
This ship and the people on it have seen challenges aplenty on its trip through the harbour. Yet through all of its challenges, its captain manages to bring them in safely. It takes both confidence and faith in oneself to not shirk what needs to be done. That, and a willingness to adapt and think outside the box. Of course, sometimes the only way to think outside the box is to break it.
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Sixes represent balance and harmony.
The energy of this card deals with healing from wounds, a guided journey away from where we were hurt to where we can heal and gain perspective over what has caused the wounds in the first place. Once grief has been acknowledged then we can begin the journey away from what has hurt us (carrying the memories, the swords for the lessons we have learned, with us but in a way that is now harmless to us.).
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
Mercury in Aquarius – The Mercury in Aquarius energy is one of both objective logic and intuitive understanding. This gives an amazing ability to contextualize problems in order to begin to move past them. This form of thinking can often come into conflict with that of the status quo, especially where being helpless in the face of problems has become more and more in vogue.
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Six of Swords turns up in a reading, it can mean that the time has come to take stock of a situation and look at it objectively and move onwards. It may also denote a time of healing and moving forwards. In its most literal sense, it could mean a journey over water yet this depending on the other cards in the reading most likely will be in the context of leaving in order to heal. It may also mean that someone in the given situation is twisting their interpretation of the problem to suit their own ends.
 
Reversed or badly aspected, the Six of Swords can represent someone who either feels trapped in a situation or is trapped, unable to see where the escape route is. This could be because of rationalizations but it almost always signifies a need to take stoke of the situation and find some clarity. It can also represent something being offered that may seem like an escape route but will in truth only lead to greater problems.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
” Every empire will fall the same way it came to power.”
When the first passed and empires were in their beginning stages the Spider was stuck will endless visions of war through petty squabble. Having started the cycle of war it was then he decided to create this edict to ensure that war would only become as powerful as the foundation it could establish. This would later extend to the force many refer to as Karma. Named, jokingly as many think, The Law of Irony many began to create these loops of twisted demises as they sought to outwit Fate only to fall victim to their own with while those ignorant of this edict lived very fulfilling lives. Which are you the Fool or the Blind?
–NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: FIVE OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Five of Swords

(Taste of Defeat)

Artist’s Notes:
 
One sword, so long unchallenged that generations of spiders have made their webs around it. The vanquished swords lie on the ground, their owners consigned to dirt and ignominy. Yet what did the victor have to surrender in order to win? How did he compromise himself? Perhaps ultimately his defeated foes lost with greater integrity while he had to become something else in order to emerge victorious. At the end, when all that remains are swords, myths and shadows, who can say who won the greater prize?
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Fives stand for conflict, change, and breaking through to higher thought. The five of swords thus represents defeat, whether in battle or in inner conflicts. It often means the defeat that comes when we realize how much we have betrayed our own principles in the desire to win. Ultimately no matter how the conflict ends, we end up defeated having lost the intent that gave rise to the conflict in the first place.
 
Is winning worth abandoning our principles and corrupting our values?
 
 
Astrological Correspondence:
 
Venus in Aquarius – Venus in Aquarius is innovative in how it chooses to love. Often a loner, it is energy drawn towards the new and different and hates any aspect of getting caught in a rut. This can result in sensitivity to the feelings and desires of others but a tendency to get bored and so they may sabotage their relationships in the search for innovation.
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Five of Swords turns up in a reading, it often refers to a loss, usually one that feels somewhat humiliating. It may also represent a loss when someone has won through unethical or unfair means and has become humiliated because of it. If it refers to an event that has not happened yet, it could be a warning against going into an unwinnable battle or one where winning it will turn into a humiliating defeat
 
When the Five of Swords comes up reversed or bad aspect, it normally refers to losses in the past that the person has not recovered from and still has a lot of energy about that is causing us to be reluctant to reengage.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
How do you defeat a foe that is superior in every fashion? This is the question the Spider has asked many who came to him with their inquiries. Before you live you have been presented a foe that will always be better, no matter how much you grow or the time you spend expanding your horizons. The warriors will use it to become greater versions of themselves while the weak will use it to justify their poor decisions. Regardless of the path, the victory you get from it will always be hollow. When you are presented this foe what will be a victim or muse?
-NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: FOUR OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Four of Swords

(Centered in Between)

Artist’s Notes:
 
A rest between battles can take many forms. Do we spend it catching up on needed sleep with a sword ready to use at our side? Do we sit in reflective contemplation and meditation, replaying the last battles and see how we can improve both our game and the outcome? Do we travel deeply within ourselves until the call comes once before?
 
How do you define a battle? Is it an argument or a skirmish either between us and another one-on-one or between two sides, one of which we are part of? Could it be the simple battle of existence and the calm between battles that we face each night, each day bringing new growth opportunities and new challenges? On a larger scale may it not even be an incarnation, a lifetime of growth with the rest time in between beginning when our bodies expire?
 
Each level reflects those below and those above. Still, rest is a good thing.
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Fours express stability and the manifestation of the energy involved.
There are times when our thoughts become too much for us and the inherent conflicts and battles that arise feel like a never-ending battle. We need to establish a truce, a withdrawal from conflict to meditate and be silent within ourselves, to gain further energy with which we will return and find resolution or synthesis of the ongoing struggle. The four of swords represent this time of withdrawal and meditation.
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
Jupiter in Libra- The Jupiter in Libra energy is impartial, fair and open-minded, and willing to consider all sides. It seeks harmony and resolution but at times can become indecisive when there is not a clear solution that will benefit all. Jupiter wishes to expand truthfully while the Libra energy tends to be diplomatic and wants everyone to be happy. These two energies can often bring one to a deadlock at which time it benefits one to meditate on the solution
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Four of Swords occurs in a reading, a moment of rest occurs in a conflict. This does not mean that the conflict has gone away as much as that it is time to take stock and look at possible outcomes and solutions before the battle starts up again. It is best not to fool oneself that things have resolved as this card does not mean peace but a brief pause for healing and reflection. Further effort will be necessary
 
When the Four of Swords shows up reversed or badly aspected,, it may mean that the truce is over and that it is time to return and resolve the conflicts at hand. If the inner work has been done during the truce time then the resolution will be possible.
–GAR
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
In a time when divination wasn’t born what defined fate? In the words of the Spider, he would say this.
 
“Purpose and conviction are two sides of the same coin. Both entail a concept greater than what we can grok. Time may assist at times but True Fate is timeless. You may postpone what i weave but that doesn’t mean you are home-free. Fate waits for when you forget even if that means waiting till your higher self forces this burden on you. After all the more you fight the more energy you waste.”
 
To be held captive by our conviction is the greatest gift and curse that has been bestowed on those tied to fate. The more we sit in our power the more we achieve but we are held responsible for the personal gains as well. Each life will define its karmic weight through its actions. So what will you do? Become a legend puppet or and waste of thread?
–NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: THREE OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Three of Swords

(The Last Connection)

Artist’s Notes:
 
Two beings are in conflict and then a third decisively ends it, severing the strong negative attraction. Still, both beings are feeling somewhat bereft. They might not understand why it had to end.
Yet, from the point of view of fate, everything happens in its time. We are left to pick up the pieces when the bubble pops. The best way is by looking at the attachment dispassionately. Was it necessary to have that conflict in our lives? It was definitely intense and few things are as drug-like as strong emotions. A period of reflection to understand the nature of the connection and how to form new ones without toxicity might be in order. One question to ask always is whether the lesson was worth the price. We don’t ask this to recriminate or obsess over the past as much as to understand and develop our own values.
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans, and conflicts. Threes deal with maturity, accomplishment, and transmission of the energy involved. Thought separates one thing from another for the purposes of comparing and contrasting, breaking down, and analyzing. What is that energy of separation in its maturity but that of sorrow and loss? When we find separation from those we loved and cherished we feel grief. When we find that we can no longer hold on to things we once innocently believed there is grief as well. Knowledge replaces faith and we grow wiser but sometimes it hurts. In the long run, the separation itself is an illusion tho. Every relationship (whether it be with beliefs, places, or people) still exists and we still learn from it. They have just moved into the past.
 
 
Astrological Correspondence:
 
Saturn in Libra- Saturn is the planet of hard lessons and when in Libra, the focus of the lessons is our relationships and partnerships. When our relationships come under scrutiny, then we notice the flaws, and what we need to learn from them becomes apparent. This can often result in learning the lesson and moving on or learning the lesson and rebuilding the relationship using what we have learned.
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Three of Swords comes up in a reading, it often means separating from something or someone the querent has loved and the ensuing grief that that provides. Heartache. It may be helpful to give some time needed to reflect and heal.
Threes can also represent a balance. In this case, if there is an imbalance between two plans, ideas, or people and a tendency for one to be subsumed within the other, the Three of Swords can clearly if painfully state “This is your stuff and this is mine and this is what we need to work on before harmony can happen”
When the Three of Swords comes out reversed or badly aspected in a reading, it may mean a clinging to old hurts and separations and an inability to move on and put them in the past. It can show someone who has not yet accepted the ‘gift’ of insight the separation gives.
The Inversed Three may also mean that one is trying so hard to keep a bad relationship going that they are subsuming themselves rather than showing who they honestly are. This in the long term is seldom healthy.
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
The weight of our burdens will come crashing down one day whether we like it or not. This moment when the line was crossed for the Spider was when his life mate was murdered in the first dragon war. In the pits of all his despair for the loss of his only anchor, the first horror of Magick was born, the Word of Power Death. A single utterance gave awareness and power to a new force, mortality, in a world thought to be undying.
 
This was only the beginning, however. In a short span of time, all began to age as time gained an immense foothold and importance in reality as it affect both mortal and immortal alike.
 
When that last straw falls and it breaks your back you are forced to act to ensure you will live on. Claw your true power out of the hole you left it in. Take the blood, sweat, and tears and swallow your pride for even the greatest forces must act when it is their time. So what will you do crumble or perish?

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: TWO OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Two of Swords

(Held to Truth)

Artist’s Notes:
A Male Figure with the head of fox spars with his reflection in a cavern. He is working at conceiving of and countering any move that an opponent may utilize against him. In a very literal sense, he has his sword at his own neck, ever seeking to improve his skills and his strategy so that when the time comes he will know when to act and the best way in which to do so. Above him is the i Ching hexagram which corresponds to this energy T’ai or Peace where both the Earth trigram and the Heaven Trigram are in balance in each other’s natural place.
It often feels in these times as if life is pushing us not to act in ways that would be beneficial to our progress and growth, but to react, following other people’s agendas and not our own.
It helps then, to prepare ourselves and challenge ourselves each step of the way. Is this really the time to act? Is this what I want to do? Will this benefit me and others in the long run or is it just surrender to Adrenaline and the mood of the moment?
Sometimes, the best course of action is to not act until the time is absolutely right and then to act fearlessly without any self-doubt whatsoever.
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thought, ideas, and plans. Twos represent duality, subject, and object. What do we do when two separate ideas are presented to us. We can let them battle themselves into the ground and engage in endless debate or we can sit with them first contemplating one and then the other, thesis and antithesis until we reach a synthesis that integrates the best aspects of both. The forming of this synthesis can bring total release and peace. Of course, then a new antithesis to the synthesis appears and the process continues.
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
Moon in Libra – The Moon in Libra is all about peaceful aesthetics. People with this placement tend to be aware of all sides of a situation and are able to find a compromise (synthesis) with all. Again though this synthesis comes from a full understanding of all sides of the equation.
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Two of Swords shows up in a reading things are at an impasse and it might be time to withdraw and consider both paths. There is an inherent tension between Thesis and Antithesis so eventually, it will need to resolve but time can be taken to look at both and arrive at the optimum solution. (Compare this then the Two of Wands which suggests immediate action)
When the Two of Swords shows up reversed or badly aspected in reading then the weight of the decision has become too much. Either matter have fallen out of our hands or things have collapsed because of the inherent tension.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
The Spider once told me that his definition of friendship was someone who always had his sword at your throat forcing you to grow.
Another time he told me that this symbolized the three points of the friendship sword and that friends should have swords at the heart and groin as well.
The Spider doesn’t have many friends.
Nor is he wrong.
–NF
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: ACE OF SWORDS

Notes on: The Ace of Swords

(Seed of Fate and Air)

Artist’s Notes:
 
There are few things as mighty as a new idea or viewpoint. Indeed it shines as a beacon in the night as it looks to either become part of the collective web of thoughts out there or to break through. Each must stand or fall according to its own merit though some may be helped along by the encouragement of various beings.
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suit of swords represents thought, ideas, and plans. The Ace of Swords reveals a new way of thinking and a clear direction. It represents discernment, new insights, and new direction. In discernment, we transcend duality. No matter how clear the path our discernment shows us we still need to follow through. The aces are after all but seeds. How well we are prepared and whether we find our way to its end is up to us.
 
 
Astrological Correspondence:
 
Swords represent the element of air. Air both represents thought and intellect as well as communication of all kinds. It tends to be a swift-moving, aloof element. The three air signs are Gemini, which tends to be pure intellect, Libra, which represents aesthetic intellect, and Aquarius which is involved with social construction and breaking away from what has come before.
 
 
In a Reading:
 
In a reading, the Ace of Swords can represent both a new way of looking at things or seeing something that we were missing before. It can show a new clarity of thought or perception. It can also represent a new conflict that has arisen and a new challenge to be faced. It can represent something new that we are attempting to learn.
 
There may also be some kind of message or communication that is coming to us from a new source or direction.
When reversed or badly aspected, the clarity of the sword has been obscured. It may feel like the path ahead cannot be seen clearly. The Ace reversed can also represent delusional thinking where our prejudices and preconceptions are interfering with clear thought. It can also refer to someone trying to change their outlook or learning something new but hitting roadblocks.
–GAR
 
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
Among the pillars, it was the Spider who held the most malice. It was he who started the cycle of war by breaking the peace the other Pillars held. Pledged to end cycles and start new one he became bound to the force we call Fate. The father of magick and language he holds the communication of reality together with his fabled web. Little is known of its power but it is reported by the other pillars that purpose only came after he made it.
 
Every cycle must start to ensure new ideas can come into being. Bound tightly to our greater purpose, we all are bound to Fate’s web. Though it is important we take our first step on that journey. How will you start yours?
–NF

FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: PRINCESS OF CUPS

Notes on: The Princess of Cups

(Open to Wonder)

Artist’s Notes:
 
A Young water elemental looks on, interested in everything that goes on around her. Around her, there are the natural treasures of the deep, golden and blue flowers and green coral. Fish swim around and in every direction lie new things to invoke one’s sense of wonder.
 
In this card, the boundary between innocence and inner sense dissolves.
 
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suite of Cups deals with our emotional nature including love, both that in a relationship between two (and rarely more) people and that of friends and companions.
Princesses represent the grounding or emergence of the energy involved. Water is the medium for crystallization. When enough of a substance is combined with water it crystallizes and a new substance is born. The questions that come from an innocent mind can often form new realizations in even the most jaded of hearts.
 
The Princess of Cups has many of the best qualities we associate with childhood. She is open-hearted and imaginative, sympathetic, and seeking to understand and learn. Often they exhibit psychic abilities and can be very dreamlike. The archetype that springs immediately to mind is The Little Prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book of the same name. There is much inspiration and realizations sparked by the questions and play of our inner child if we were to listen.
 
 
Astrological Correspondence:
 
(Earth of Water) -When water becomes laden with enough particles, crystalization occurs. In a similar way when our emotional natures become too intense, there is bound to be some acting out or concrete behavioural episode that will result. This can result in something beautiful or artistic or some horrifying act.
As the seed of water, we can find within the Princess of Cups, elements of the signs of Cancer, (Nurturing), Scorpio (Protection), and Pisces (Psychic, Dreamlike awareness).
 
 
In a Reading:
 
When the Princess of Cups is seen in a reading, it often tells us that we need to access the child within and take time out to dream and play. It may also be telling us that we need to rely on our intuition and what’s more to trust it. The card may also be suggesting that it is time to gain a greater spiritual understanding either within the system we followed when we were younger or in a new direction that will re-spark our inner life. The Princess of Cups may refer to a child coming into our lives who will reawaken our sense of wonder.
 
The Princess of Cups reversed or badly aspected in a reading may refer to a time when we have let ourselves play a little too much. Perhaps we have confused our inner and outer realities and have caused discomfort to ourselves and others. We may be acting impulsively and ignoring some of the consequences of our actions. The card may also refer to either ourselves or someone around us becoming disturbed by psychic flashes or visions that they are having. It indicates that it is a good time for a reality check.
–GAR
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
The bias of time is one of the 4 Absolute energy biases to form before creation was formed. While many would say it is cruel, this bias is the one that is constantly making everything move. Cracking the whip at every turn it moulds the flow of reality so that the lesser biases act accordingly. It expresses its absolute desire to always stay moving regardless of the hurt or joy we are feeling. This endless motion is the reason for its powerful healing properties.
 
We all have the ability to move on from an injury. To drop the torch we once held and move to another that is better for us. Step forward till it hurts no more and let the damage pass. In due time all vanishes after all this is the true essence of time.
–NF