Each week, I pull a card from a random Tarot deck to bring us a message or piece of wisdom that we can think about or use in our lives on some level – if not now, we can refer back to it when it seems to be more fitting for us. This is food for thought, and not drawn for any one particular person or situation.
King of Swords (St. Paul)
This is a week in which you will be called to step up and accept responsibility. It’s a time to get serious about your projects or decisions to be made. Essentially, this can put you in the role of leadership on some level – even if it’s leadership of your own life versus the leading of others.
Trust that you would not be called upon to lead if you were not up to the task. Be fair and objective if conflict arises. Listen to all sides of a story, and then strive for a balanced decision that will be in the best interests of the majority. This is a week where logic and analytical thinking is called for. It’s not a time to be wishy-washy or let emotions interfere in decision making.
Put aside drama, and approach situations with a clear frame of mind. Some tough love may be called for, and this might not make you popular, but to maintain proper control of things, you don’t have room to be too soft at this time.
You might also encounter an individual who does not sugar coat words to spare feelings. Try not to take such words as an insult, but look for the constructive criticism that can actually help you. Someone’s intentions are not likely out to “get you” or hurt you . . . but to help you instead. If you can look beyond how messages are delivered and focus on the message itself, you will get a lot more out of it than if you take it all so personally.
If you have a decision to make, don’t allow feelings to get in the way of making the best decisions for your circumstances. Certainly, you should be aware of your feelings, but don’t allow emotions to be a deciding factor. Use your head now rather than your heart to face your choices and make important decisions. Try to put aside emotions that can unnecessarily get your feelings hurt and focus on the business at hand that you must tend to.
This is a time to be original and brainstorm to come up with helpful ideas, concepts, or designs. Keep an open mind and think as clearly as you can. Be ready to share knowledge and teach others what you know, but also be ready to listen and learn, because this two-way intellectual atmosphere can benefit everyone when all contributions of thought are put on the table for consideration. Trust yourself to make wise choices. Before committing to a major decision, think it over carefully. Being prudent, wise, and logical will serve you well . . . and so will honesty, common sense, and fairness.
St. Paul is the saint featured as the King of Swords in “Tarot of the Saints.” Originally, this saint’s name was Saul – at a time when he imprisoned people for Christianity. But after being blinded by a vision of Jesus, he was knocked off his horse. Three days later, he regained his sight and had himself baptized with the name of Paul. From that point, he became as adamant about defending Christianity as he previously had been about attacking it.
St. Paul’s lessons is that the pen is mightier than the sword. Words are more influential than force. He also symbolizes our ability to improve, to become our better self, and to find our destiny.
In what areas would you like to improve your life this week? Do you see how you can accomplish betterment of the self through words than by trying to force yourself or others in a particular direction? What in your life are you defending? Are you defending the things that are true to your nature? These are issues that the King of Swords suggests we should not take lightly.
It’s time to get serious about understanding what we’re all about, and exactly what direction we intend to go. We need to know who or what we are serving, and how that provides benefit to ourselves and others – even if it can sometimes feel a little tough to execute the decisions that might not be popular with everyone else.