Swords, being the suit of Air, intelligence, innovation and big ideas, are two-edged double trouble to begin with. The same idea that brings exciting innovation at the same time often ends some long-standing tradition. Bring a couple of these big ideas together and you might expect a clash or two from time to time – but that is not what we observe.
Talk about your mental exercise… Despite the relative calm of all outward appearances, this steady woman is working very hard where you can’t see. The sting of her shoulder and arm muscles while holding the two long, heavy swords is itself part of her meditation.
Because a problem or two must be dealt with, and solutions seem both impossible and irrevocable. The seeker must go within. In strenuous, focused meditation she connects with what is called the super-consciousness, the universal mind and the wisdom of the ages, symbolized by the great waters behind her stone bench.
Her vision is an unseen ideal, the island beyond the waters. It is easy to imagine that anything might happen in that far away place. Except for these two… challenges. Double-edged and more than an little weighty, only the rosy glow of her cheeks gives a hint at her effort, cloaked as she is in a neutral grey gown.
Our lady is at leisure to pursue her mental balancing act until the tide comes in. It may be awkward for her to stay in mental isolation as the realities of life rush relentlessly onward. Someone has to make the tough call, and like a pro – the lady of this card makes it look easy.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.