Four Pillars Tarot : Princess of Swords

Notes on: The Princess of Swords

(Royal Ambition)

Artist’s Notes:
In some ways, referring to this character as a Princess is as unlikely as calling Deadpool one. Yet the princess of swords will always be there in your face, saying exactly what they think. Not necessarily because of their pedigree but simply because they have watched the adult world and they are convinced that most adults are buffoons at the best of times and that they are so much more sensible. The suspicion dawns on many of us that they may be right. Little Goblins all.
About the Archetype:
The suit of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, plans and conflicts. Princesses (or Pages as they are called in many decks) represent the grounding or emergence of the energy involved. What happens when a new idea is born into the world full-blown like Minerva, the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology springing from the forehead of Zeus? There is a thrill of discovery and great enthusiasm to make it a reality. We want everyone to understand and utilize this new thought of ours. We become watchful, ready to take on any challenges or objections that may arise on the way to making our new thought a reality. We may also find ourselves vigilant to make sure someone else doesn’t come along and do it wrong. We move quickly because who knows how long our energy may last or whether we are equal to the task.
The Page of Swords is perceptive and intuitive and full of flashes of insight that he feels the need to make manifest. He may lack the maturity to make it happen, however. He may at his worse have trouble finding the right words to express all that he has to say. He may be over-defensive and may find himself answering challenges with way too much contempt for those whom he feels just do not get it.
Astrological Correspondence:
Winter- One way of breaking down the astrological signs is by their placement within one of the four seasons. The Three signs of Winter are Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, During the winter, things lie building up their potential to burst forth in the Spring. It is a time of transition and death and Cthonic Energy. It is also a time when one rests on previous accomplishments and work.
In a Reading:


Fate’s Whisper:


When the Princess (Page) of Swords turns up in a reading it often has to do with the need to speak our truth even though we may expect opposition. It may refer to a younger person in our environment who is bright and perceptive but who may be dismissed because of their youth. The card may also refer to the news which we may resist because it has the potential to shake up our comfortable lives. The Page of Swords may also refer to someone who has taken an interest in our lives and is trying to learn more about us. It may also be telling us to clear our minds and consider our approach before we try to communicate our ideas.
The reversed or badly aspected Princess of Swords may be telling us that we have become too hyper-vigilant and that we are jumping at shadows, seeing opposition everywhere. Too often there is a tendency to use perceived obstacles as an excuse to not move ahead in our lives. It may also be telling us that we or someone in our environment is either talking or acting without thinking things through. The card may also indicate that we have become too fearful of expressing ourselves either because we have not thought things through first or because we are unprepared.
In the essence of growth, there will come a time when you recognize something others don’t see. To lay claim to it and hold it can be quite the challenge. Especially when it bears no fruit for a long time. What do we do then? Keep watering the seeds in hopes that something grows or walks away. This test of conviction is what makes the difference between those who fail and climb. Can you cherish that one shred of authenticity under the test of time and hardship? Take the hills and mountains of turmoil that will face you as you climb upward. In many ways, this card is a testament to going through this hardship and still fighting.


Tarot Post – Three of Swords

Three of Swords (Sorrow)


Three of SwordsThree of Swords (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


I didn’t want to know.
Separation hurts like hell
Still Healing Begins



None that came
and took the hand
of sorrow’s separation
Bleeding heart releases tears
Not only bloody down
the cheek of one’s soul
but burning holes
in the fabric of real
exposing chaos


What can come
spring forth from loins
of chaos manifestation
Lovely monsters coming through
not only ravishing
the whole of being
but with ecstatic
terrible beauty
exhorting night
–G A Rosenberg


The suit of swords represents thought, 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 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 it 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.


I Ching Correspondence – 33) Tun – Retreat

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The Trigram of the Heavens is over the Trigram of the Mountain  – When you don’t feel like you can interact in a fair way, then there may come a time of retreat or separation from that with which you are engaging. This is necessary in order to preserve your energies and marshall your strength. This does not mean running away as much as retreating from an overwhelming situation.

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 counsel some time needed to reflect and heal.

When the three of swords comes out reversed 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.

Tarot Post – Two of Swords

Two of Swords (Peace)



Two of SwordsTarot – Two of Swords (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


Swords crossed not engaged
I sit with this decision
Until all becomes clear


The Wisdom of Not Choosing

Resolve not to resolve
I know the choices exist
yet choose not to look
lest I come to favour one
and thus negate the other

Within me, I contain universes
They exist in complicit balance
If I strive to want, to hold, to prefer
they pop like bubbles
leaving only that chosen.
Thus the box opens and one more
corpsified feline laid at my feet

Hamlet died by choices made
and choosing I disdain

— G A Rosenberg


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 a total release and peace. Of course then a new antithesis to the synthesis appears and the process continues.

Astrological Correspondance – Moon in Libra – The Moon in Libra is all about peaceful aesthetics. People with their Moons in Libra tend to be aware of all sides of a situation and are able to find compromise (synthesis) with all. Again tho this synthesis comes from a full understanding of all sides of the equation
I Ching Correspondance – 11) T’ai – Peace

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This hexagram shows the trigram K’UN (earth)  above the creative CH’IEN (Heaven). Since the natural place of K’UN is to  below and CH’IEN above they harmonize well (again the idea of synthesis)


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 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 the the Two of Wands which suggests immediate action)

When the Two of Swords shows up reversed in a reading then the weight of the decision has become too much. Either matters have fallen out of our hands or things have collapsed because of the inherent tension.

Tarot Post – Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords


Ace of SwordTarot- Ace of Swords (Revised) by G A Rosenberg


A new thought’s dawning

Separate from past errors

Embrace future’s hope.


I drew you in the darkness
when I had lost my way
With no hope
one road looks much like another
Now I have drawn you
and all false paths fade away
and my destiny is clear


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 and new insights into which way to go.  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.


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.


When reversed the clarity of the sword has been obscured. There may be confusion where the path cannot be seen. The Ace reversed can also represent delusional thinking where our prejudices and preconceptions are interfering with clear thought.

Six of Swords – Redux

The Ferryman

Mute, I watch your arrival
You climb onto my boat
unsure as you press this coin into my hand
You may smile or give a small laugh
but that stops when you notice
my eyes and my silence.


We start off
You seem surprised by the number of
rocks and debris in the water
You wonder about safety.
Oh Dear one
I know the way
as only one who has scraped
his bow on every single obstacle can
After awhile you start to know the signs
the childhood baggage, the failed marriages
Every time you denied the spark
in yourself (or in others)
they’re all here
and like I said
I know the way thoroughly


Though each route is different
I have known much the same
the odd twists and turns that obsession
and self-importance can place in one’s path
Intuition guides me through
the straits of old frustration
and intellect tells me
how deep they go.


You leave the boat
relieved of coin and burden
ready to survey your new landscape.
I push off.
You turn back to ask what they all do
but I am gone
Sailing. Home..
— G A Rosenberg



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Six of Swords by G A Roseberg

Quote of the Day – February 7 2012

“The truth will not necessarily set you free, but truthfulness will.”
— Ken Wilber

Authenticity. What does it mean to be your authentic self. Can you be authentic without revealing a lot of yourself? How much trust does it take to be authentic?
Not only of other people but to be able to be open takes a lot of trust in oneself. If I open myself up and reveal my honest self then I have to believe that what I have to show is worth seeing. Also to accept that people will see the me who i am today as a snapshot not as the movie. I have not yet shown the fullness of who I may become even to myself. Namaste, G

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Four of Swords by G A Rosenberg

Tantric Gateway by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Card of the Day – November 25 2010

“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.”

–Paulo Coelho

Five of Swords

Venus in Aquarius

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Five of Swords – Defeat by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Card of the Day — November 10 2010

Eight of Swords – Interference

“I never told a victim story about my imprisonment. Instead, I told a transformation story – about how prison changed my outlook, about how I saw that communication, truth, and trust are at the heart of power.
–Fernando Flores

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Eight of Swords- Interference by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Card of the Day – August 11 2010

Queen of Swords

Water of Air
21 ° Virgo (♍) to 20 ° Libra (♎)

I first saw her
seated on her throne
clothed only in starlight
Lured by a beauty
that can only be experienced
I approached
At that moment
not only did I loose my heart to her service
but everything until then I
believed myself to be
Nothing did I hold back
and nothing did she leave me
as with the sword of her regard
she began to slice
everything false in my existence
As I dissolve
I cry out
in exquisite being / not
spiritual discorporation.
With her I remain
and continue on…

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Queen of Swords by G A Rosenberg

I Ching Hexagram  28 Tậ Kwo

Preponderance of the Great
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The way that Aleister Crowley describes this hexagram in the context of this card is fascinating. He suggest that overall the structure is that of a ‘weak beam’ but describes someone who’s true will is to go off on quests with disparate companions on quests that will enable growth but are doomed to failure even tho going on them was apparently the right thing to do….