Here’s the plan: grab the swords and run!
In this card we see a daring young man sneaking away from the campsite with a bunch of swords, as many as he can carry.
It was, of course, the perfect idea and it looks as if he might get away clean, too. But two swords remain, and despite success we wonder, “What went wrong?”
The suit of Swords represents the element of Air, symbolizing thought, knowledge, curiosity and all things new. Seven is the number of Perfection, and anything ‘perfect’ has its shadow.
In one way, this could be the success of an opportunity snatched as our bold hero makes three-steps out the door with his prize.
And what is the prize? If swords represent ideas, could it be this youth is stealing someone else’s ideas to call his own?
Our young man is so sure of the plan, that he doesn’t have a way to carry all the swords – his success is self-limited by not thinking things through.
And we see the same trouble foreshadowed again as he does not even look where he is going next. This is arrogance too.
Runners in a competition will not look back. In a race, looking back is distracting and slows you down. It also pulls your head and twists your torso in the wrong direction making it difficult to stay on course.
Still so smug, he smiles at his apparent success, and we are with him here. Hoping against the odds that he will make his getaway before anyone wakes up. Little good worry would do him now, but he is also unlikely to learn the lesson from this close escape.
It was hard to tell Evel Knievel that jumping buses on a motorcycle was a bad idea. Even though he had a careful plan, sometimes things didn’t go so well. Still, how can you tell him not to do it again after he’s made that successful jump?
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.