Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Embracing the Knight of Swords

The task for Day 28 of the Shadow Work October challenge (hosted on Instagram by @mnomquah) is: 

Caregiver. What do I have to offer? 

Last night I pulled the Prince of Knives from the Tarot of Vampyres and I was mystified. I had just written earlier that same day that I rarely see myself in the Swords courts, and yet there it was. I put it aside. This morning I thought I might see what Morgan Greer would have to say about it, and as I shuffled a card came flying out at me: the Knight of Swords. I laughed. The cards had made their point.
Tarot of Vampyres and Morgan Greer Tarot
I had to sit with this one for a while, but as I delved deeply into the energy of this card I found that I could see myself reflected there - both a surprising and revealing experience for me. I don't love to debate, and I am rarely sharp with my words. I am not reckless, nor do I move particularly quickly.

But there is far more to it than that.

This Knight is intellectual and analytical, articulate and perceptive. He is creative and knowledgeable, honest and clear-minded. He finds solutions and helps others to see past outdated patterns of thought. And as I thought about it I realized that people do come to me for problem solving, and they trust me with advice when it comes to approaching complex matters. They ask for my opinion and believe me to be fair, not influenced by politics or personal preferences. I write, and once in a while I hear from strangers who approach me to let me know that some post helped them understand a card better, or was affirming for them in its openness and honesty. So I suppose that this is what I offer others, though I had never really thought about it this way before... This one deserves some further meditation.....!


  1. What a lovely synchronistic occurrence. Love it when things like this happen while reading our cards. It is great that you have discovered this part of the Knight of Swords in yourself. When we don't like a card or an entire suit we can easily overlook the more positive aspects they represent. I suppose this month has been as revealing for you as it was for me :)

    1. Yes! I love it when my deck gets the point across in this way ;-) It forces me to pay attention. It's easy to say: "Eh, I don't understand this, let me move on.." But we usually miss out on important perspectives when we do that. Even I know this to be true, but it doesn't make me immune from trying to search for another message at times! So yes, this has been a very revealing and good month for me as well :)

  2. I think those 'tundra' moments are where the jewels are. If we can stand the stark landscape of unknowing, feel it in our bodies for a moment or two before jumping in with meanings and interpretations, hold it as a question to live then we allow transformation to work the ambiguous complexity of its magic upon us. Your post illustrates this so beautifully.

    1. Beautiful thoughts, Rose! Thank you, too. I agree.... it is precisely those moments that bring us the most important learning... :)