Welcome to the Ostara Tarot BlogHop. If you happened to miss the BlogHop posting by Vivianne at Kismet’s Companion, just click the button below to hop back one blog. If you arrived from there, you will find a link to the next blog in the hop at the bottom of the page.
The theme for the Spring Equinox is just as the title reads. Dancing between light and darkness. An equinox occurs twice a year (around 20 March and 22 September), when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator. There is an equal balance between the day and the night, the light and the darkness are the same length. So what, I ask myself, is in that split-hair moment in between? That moment where the dark is no more and light is born.
(drum roll please) My answer: All My Hopes and Fears.
A double edged sword that stands precariously balanced at a tepid point between hot and cold, light and dark, lies and truth, logic and insanity. The Suit of Swords are associated with thought and intellect. Specifically, the Ace speaks to clarity of mind and mental focus, getting to the point or the heart of the matter. It can also be used to cut away the excess “fluff” that can cloud an issue and cause confusion. (Just the facts Ma’am… just the facts) Anytime there is cutting involved though, extra caution should be taken against any accidental wounding. It is a double edged sword after all.
So easily the Sword could become unbalanced and fall either way. And, if you pick it up to wield it to your bidding, then you must accept the responsibility that goes with it. (With great power comes great responsibility, my leetle leapshun)
So, to examine my greatest hopes and fears, I took my queue from the Sword and built from the bottom of the handle up to the very tip.
- What is at the foundation, the base of the sword? The Devil – “Oh happy dagger!” Geesh! And I thought this was going to be a tough reading. Limits is what I see here. Not all limits are necessarily bad, either. Self-imposed limits are needed to keep us from over indulging in things and activities that aren’t good for us – an exercise in will power. But, when those limits become obsessive and stifling, they are counter productive. You see the dilemma.
- What is at the hilt – the cross piece from where the sword can be wielded in any direction? Seven of Swords – The element of surprise. You don’t always know what to expect with this card. Is the energy deceitful and devious, or merely very clever? When dealing with the Devil, clever and cunning is the order of the day. A need to form new ideas and plans of action will go a long way here.
“…consider looking into your shadow, which consists of interests, abilities, and character traits that you have suppressed or left undeveloped. It may be that some neglected or forgotten trait is just the thing you need for your coping strategy.” **
- What is on the Light side of the blade? The Hierophant – Hmmm more limits it seems. This time in the form of traditions. Traditions that may have been handed down from generation to generation. On the other hand, the familiar ones can bring a feeling of comfort and security. Not all traditions will work well today, but the ones that do can act as the glue that holds a community, group, and family together.
- What is on the Dark side of the blade? Nine of Swords – Holding back when action and/or communication is what’s needed to clear the air. Stress, worry, and anxiety can take a toll physically, emotionally, and mentally. My problem is that I don’t feel I’m very tactful (especially with overly sensitive folk) when faced with this type of scenario. And lately, I’ve been faced with it, a lot. A persons tongue can only take so much biting before it’s all chewed up.
- What is at the sword Tip? Six of Wands – Success! Reaching the Tip of the Sword triumphantly was/is my goal. I Danced between the Light and the Darkness up the double edged sword and reached the top. Totally unscathed? No, that would have been too easy, and not nearly as satisfying.
This Dance between Light and Darkness is intricate, precarious, and demanding. But, know, it shall all be worth it.
Happy Ostara everyone! May your dance card be full, your dancing shoes be in demand, and of the non-skid variety.
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*images are from Tarot Leaves by Beth Seilonen
**excerpt from Tarot, Your Everyday Guide by Janina Renee