Six Swords: Escape


six swordsSix swords stand incongruously upright in a boat. They must be stuck into the very hull, and one wonders if they will ultimately cause the vessel to sink.

Removing them now surely would. Time enough to deal with plugging holes later, as the boatman risks all to carry his precious cargo, a woman and child – perhaps his very own family – safely to a distant shore.

The destination is neutral and grey in the pre-dawn light. The path across the water is obscured by their cargo, these shielding swords. Yet all aboard are carried over calm waters that symbolize their collective dreams to a place they hope will welcome them. In any case, they will remain there until the boat gets fixed.

What was the strategy behind sticking the swords into the boat anyway? Is it a passive-aggressive attempt to hold helpless others hostage? Or perhaps a moment’s protection from oncoming attack?

They seem to make good time, and perhaps they are on a pleasure cruise after all. Or just lucky to be alive. And the ferryman is in his element, yet how much control has the boatman really? Are they being swept by a larger tide, a deeper current? I’m just asking…

Symbolically, swords represent thoughts. Six is associated with Beauty. These are big, beautiful ideas they carry. Complicated, double-edged ideas.

Ideas worth packing up all you hold dear and leaving in exile to live with. Their journey over water offers opportunity to reflect upon those big ideas, and their current position.

Little good would come of change now. Yet their patience is active, and their escape unhindered by Nature. And it is here we find the Beauty of Thought: in Conscious Reflection.

Smith-Waite Tarot

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. 

 

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