Tarot Card of the Solar Eclipse, New Moon Week, June 7-13, 2021: Ten of Swords

We have certainly gotten lots of messages about endings and beginnings since its last appearance in mid-April. After all the recent support from the Ace of Pentacles and The Fool, this week it appears we are also challenged to a big letting go.

And what better time than this week that features a powerful Solar Eclipse-fueled New Moon?

As I’ve explained many times, this grisly looking card is not about physical death, but about the ending of some mental construct: an idea, a persona, a perception, an attitude, or a way of thinking.

Clearly, this is not a champagne-toasting, dance in the streets kind of ending, so fasten your seat belts, dear friends; it could be a bumpy week.

The Tens of each suit are the overflowing of that suit’s energy. With the Cups, for instance, it is the overflow, the zenith and then some, of love, emotional harmony and happiness. In the Ten of Swords, we have the over-the-top challenge of the Swords. One sword is quite enough to kill someone. Ten swords, stuck in the back, no less… well, you might say, “over-kill.”

The Ten of Swords depicts complete, absolute collapse.

Overwhelmed at last, despite our best efforts, we face the utter ending, dead as can be, of an idea, relationship, plan, communications, or a situation with which we have probably struggled.

There can be no doubt, no revival, no spin, no restoration or repackaging. This card tells us to let it go; it’s really, really over. But remember that Swords correspond to the Element of Air.  They tell us about our thoughts – not physical reality. They are about perception, attitude, and how we interpret the world around us.

Thus, painful as it may be, with this final surrender, you will receive the secret gift within this card.

For notice, that, unlike other Swords cards that feature turbulent, stormy waters, the lake or river in the background is peaceful. And, in contrast with, say, the Nine’s completely black background, here the storm here has passed, and day is breaking.

Even more telling, the victim’s right hand is making a sign of benediction and peace. In the last throes of this brutal death, forgiveness was given, understanding was reached.

When we have no choice, the only way is through.

With the potent Gemini energy of the Solar Eclipse, we have the chance to make essential changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle. For some of us, circumstances are such that we need to pay more attention to these matters. Flaws in a fundamental system in our lives reveal themselves around the time of the eclipse, prompting us to redo or start fresh. Something ends for something else to start anew. We may be called to give up something to move forward into a new chapter in our lives.

Although the “new” may be unrecognizable, it is crucial to surrender to the unknown. Knowledge and diversity motivate us with the Sun in Gemini. Of course, Gemini is an Air sign, right in line with Swords. And a “fundamental systems” reevaluation could not possibly be more Ten of Swords-y.

Question: How many personal contacts, social media “friends”, teachers, gurus have you already instinctively unfollowed, unsubscribed from, or lost sight of so far in 2021 because your wavelength no longer matches theirs?

This all points directly to our thoughts and our projections. Clearly, the eclipse and the Tarot agree that much of who and what we listen to, who our teachers are, and where our allegiances lie (all Swords again!) is due for a dust-up and departure.

Tarot Card of the Week

Tarot Card of the Week, May 31-June 5, 2021: The Ace of Pentacles Returns

We have a return visit from the Ace of Pentacles.The Ace of Pentacles presents great possibilities, in the area of prosperity, abundance, trust, security, and groundedness. In readings, it shows that a seed of productivity has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it.When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a feeling of centeredness, desire for results or need to focus on practical matters. In addition, it could indicate an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.

The Stars Reflecting the Circled Star. I love that, for this first full week of Mercury’s retrograde, we are receiving a RE-run visit from a recent card of the week. Clearly, there is something tremendously vital going on, as Aces are second only to the Major Arcana in the breadth and depth of their messages for us.

So, it appears that the multiverse is asking us to RE-view this card’s meaning, and how we apply its gifts in our lives.This year the month of June begins with a Mercury retrograde review of all things Gemini! This retrograde will find us “pruning and shaping” our expression, getting a new look and new understanding of the last half of Gemini and our response to that part of our chart as prelude to a transformation of “life into mind” after Mercury goes direct in late June…Mercury, “the Guide of Souls,” when retrograde, indicates a great time for taking a new look at recent developments, with an eye to a different perspective which can round out our view and opinion of any given thing.As I said last month, Saturn has also just begun its retrograde period on a degree which offers us techniques of direct accomplishment and the ability to accelerate the evolutionary potential once we have a vision, a plan, and a good time to execute the procedure…… 2020 was momentous because it began a new 20 year Aquarian Era, launched as a long term wave form at the Grand Mutation last December. That Jupiter conjunction with Saturn also set a new 200 year Era into motion, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air.

That implies we’re moving out of the materialism of the past 200 years, and have entered two centuries of the qualities of Air, with the associated qualities of relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.What might the Ace of Pentacles represent in a post-materialist culture?As this tremendous Era change begins to gain momentum, it would appear this retrograde period and the current eclipse midpoint offer an opportunity to open and change our minds: about what well-being really means, about how much is enough, about how to flourish within a sustainable, mindful paradigm.For instance, how has the pandemic changed forever our post WWII, militaristic model of hierarchical “chain of command” workplaces?

And how do we give and receive material support in a fair, balanced, and healthful way?It’s time. It’s really time.