~ Discovering the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands ~ Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 6 of Wands. I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However,…
~ Discovering the Wild Unknown 2 of Cups ~ Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 2 of Cups. I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However,…
If you’d like to book a reading with me, use my Contact Page, or find more information on my Reading page. This week’s book review was Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin’s book Secrets of the Celtic Cross, which outlines different techniques with which to…
This is just the basic 2-Card Writing Prompt today, using a starting situation for Card 1 and a problem, which is Card 2. If you’re here for the first time, I usually do what is called the First Operation to determine the context or…
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I wanted to write about this book. I picked up Secrets of the Celtic Cross: The Secret Hisotry of the World’s Most Popular Tarot Spread Featuring New Tarot Reading Methods out of sheer…
~ Observing the 3 of Swords ~ We are now starting the half way point of the 3’s with the 3 of Swords. Last week we finished with the 3 of Cups, and the week before we started with the 3 of Wands. Next…
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 6 of Swords. I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can…
Discovering the Wild Unknown: The Hierophant Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the Hierophant. I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be…
Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is the 4 of Wands. I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to…
The moon makes shadows bolder, and thus outlines the shadow work to be done.
The Orb could represent the Sun, or the sense of Self in Astrology. I Am.
This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:
• Monday Description and Observation
• Tuesday Meditation
• Wednesday Suit/Element and Number
• Thursday Symbolism
After spending time getting to know the 2 of Swords through our own observations and meditations, we began looking at the 2 of Swords in a more ‘universally’ symbolic way, through the numbers, elements and symbols.
Spending time breaking apart the card gives you access to different ways of looking at the card, which will come in handy as it turns up in answer to a variety of questions and a in a variety of positions. Flexibility in understanding is the key to reading Tarot effectively.
Defining the Card
The suit of Swords corresponds to the element of Air, which indicates thinking and communication. The crescent moon in the 2 of Swords reminds us that though the blindfold prevents us from seeing the answer clearly, our intuition has a voice and its own sight.
The 2 is an indication of the duality of the situation, the two options that are to be decided between. Likewise, it’s a reminder of balance. There are two things at play here – thought and communication. Communication can correspond to messages, and thus listening to them. Thus, the 2 takes on another meaning in the 2 of Swords, a balance between thinking and communicating, a balance between communicating and listening.
The 2 of Swords is a blind balance. A figure is in need of putting down the massive swords, but can’t see which one to put down first. Because of the blindfold, she doesn’t know the entirety of her situation, but knows that she must make a decision. The moon calls upon her to use her intuition and to trust herself in knowing what to do. But the pressure of making the wrong decision is causing her turmoil. The grey of the ground and her dress show that it actually doesn’t matter, that no matter what decision she makes, life will move on, it is merely the pressure of having to make the decision that is causing her stress.
The Swords indicate this is an intellectual decision, something that she can only mentally weigh. It is within her to make this decision, no one else, or anything else externally can sway her. The number 2 indicates the balance that is needed.
The 2 of Swords indicates being held motionless at the hand of indecision. It isn’t an easy choice, but it must be made, and no movement can happen until it is. Be aware of deceptions that might lead you astray.
Keywords: stalemate, difficult decision, stagnation, false information.
The Antagonist will have learned from their confrontation with the MC, and because of this, will have at least a little bit of an upper hand. Knowing what the Antagonist values from that interaction will be helpful in generating how their final confrontation goes.
When considering what we need to let go, we need to consider what is damaging our climbing ability.
Despite the simplicity of the images, this deck begs you to delve into them, to spend time with each and every card. It’s not enough to do it at the beginning to get to know the deck, but must be done every time you turn a card. The wealth of the information is situational, and alters each time you read it as your questions change.
Tomorrow we’re going to look at how to construct the climax itself, but today is about that build toward the climax. This means that you need to get the stakes higher, build the tension, make sure the inner conflict is ringing pretty high, and that the external conflict is resonating with that.
But now comes the second display of power, and this happens after the turn. And instead of intimidating your MC and scaring them off, this display of power spurs them on. After this, your MC knows more than ever that they must overcome this antagonist come Hell or High Water (whatever that phrase is), or die trying.
The focus of the 2’s is union, harmony and balance. The element of the Cups is Water, and for this meditation, we’re going to be focussing on how the fluidity of Water, and the parallels we can draw between it and us. You can read more about the actual element itself in tomorrow’s post on Water, the Cups, and the Number 2.
So here is a spread that gives you the basic outline for a backstory. One of the areas has to do with a professional life. If you’re dealing with a young character who might not have experienced a professional life, this can be interchanged with a social life, education, etc. Likewise, if you’re dealing with an older character and you want to include a social and/or education experience, all you have to do is add rows to the spread.
Last week we made our way through the exploration of the 2 of Wands. This week our focus is on the 2 of Cups. On Mondays, our exercise entails simply observing and taking note of our own 2 of Cups’. I encourage you to…