Part 3 of my look at the concept of guilt, and I think my last post on the subject. (Maybe, we will see how this one comes out.) My question as I shuffled was, “Can guilt ever be seen as something positive?”
The suit of Swords we associate with the thinking mind, logic, and intelligence, as well as conflicts (inner and outer) and troubled thoughts. We have the Page of Swords again, and she looks quite dwarfed by the extra large harmonica she is carrying around. Although this depiction is cute, she is having a very hard time of it. Since I am asking a direct question on the subject of guilt, it would seem that this little tyke has more than she can handle. With children, guilt takes the form of shame. If children are taught to be ashamed of certain behaviors or actions, these will carry into adulthood and become feelings of guilt. (These observations are totally my interpretations and opinions and should not be considered otherwise.)
The Page of Pentacles child appears to be a little older than the first, but still very young. The coin she carries, which represents guilt/shame in this scenario, is much more manageable and in proportion to her size and age. She appears happy and more at ease with no apparent struggle as she carries it easily. The suit of Pentacles we associate with more physical aspects like, material goods, the act of learning and applying that knowledge, practical skills and application. A more grounded and well rounded approach to life in general.
The Queen of Wands is her own woman. She is a confident leader and knows how to assert her personal power to get what she wants. She is creative, self-assured, and passionate. At her best, she is witty, articulate, charming and driven. Was she always this way, or is this audaciousness learned and adapted? In the book, Tarot – Your Everyday Guide, Janina Renee (page 169) gives this advice about the Queen of Wands: “To climb out of the abyss, summon all of your energy to act as if you are the Queen of Wands, even though such a high-energy personality may initially be hard to sustain. People think that our moods determine our behavior, but science has discovered that it also works the other way around: our behavior can alter our moods.”
In the real world, the aspects of this queen are only a small part of the puzzle that make-up the whole of a personality. Some people have more of this trait than others. But, in my experience, you will see less of this trait in people who have a low self esteem and lack self confidence due to the effects of excessive guilt. This then leads to self-defeating actions, thoughts, and depression. A horrible vicious cycle I have seen too many times.
Can guilt have a positive effect, or is it always negative? A little guilt keeps us human, excessive guilt, on the other hand, is debilitating.
Well, this has certainly become long winded. I will put off the summary in a fourth (and final, I promise!) post.
(above images are from The Victorian Trade Card Tarot by Marcia McCord.)