KNIGHT OF SWORDS
What nourishes you most?
Long walks along the water. ::eyeroll:: But no really, most mornings I walk along the Hudson River. Its pretty obvious the reasons why this might be nourishing, so I'll skip the kumbaya post listing off the healing benefits. 😂
What is really so deeply nourishing about this... it's a sacred ritual passed down to me from my Grandpa Stick. He was awarded numerous medals from WWII. But just like many veterans, the honor never truly outweighs the trauma.
After returning home he drank heavily and from what my mom's briefly shared, she remembers being very terrified of the power he possessed during this time of his life. Luckily, he had the support of community and the love of my bad ass grandma Helen. He pulled his life together and was apart of AA for over 40 years as a mentor and leader.
Part of his journey with sobriety involved long walks. Whenever I'd visit as a kid in Greensboro, NC, I remember he'd teach me how to skip rocks, whistle at birds, and speak dog language. He also shared his story about his mom dying when he was 8 after she gave birth to his little bro. He was passed around as an orphan until he went off on his own.
The King of Swords.
In tarot readings, court cards can indicate qualities you hold, but other times they represent people in your life. In this case, the King of Swords = Grandpa Stick.
This King represents a man with unwavering strength and power. When reversed this can be militant, angry and controlling (my grandfather when alcoholic). But when the card shows upright, the King of Swords represents a powerful leader. With a firm grasp on life, he's committed to transformation (see the butterflies on his throne) and is connected to Spirit (see the angel inscribed on the stone behind his left ear). He passes his knowledge down to those in his kingdom.
My grandfather gifted me the sobering ritual of long walks. I am so grateful for the leadership and guidance he gave to me. He passed away in '07, but I still carry his story and strength with me every day when I walk by the water.
Mars is the planet of action, and greatly influences how we move about physically. With Mars in Aquarius, your mind may feel scattered or urgent in your pursuit of your ideals. If you're not careful, this may lead to a drainage of your physical energy. The Knight of Swords paired w/ tourmaline reminds you to focus your attention towards uniting the Solar Plexus and Crown chakras. Breathe in these Sacred Truths, "I have a right to learn. I keep an open-mind to new ways of seeing the world. I honor the power of my wisdom." Fiercely stand by these words as you navigate the next 5 weeks. When you do, you protect your vitality so you can continue on a path of evolution.
Knight of Swords paired w/ Rose Quartz indicates that now is a powerful time for the development of confidence in regards to your thoughts for the future. Whatever innovative ideas you've been coming up with, fiercely pursue them over the coming weeks. Keep your ventures on course, projects on schedule, and life on track. Renew your commitment to a higher purpose. Focus your attention on how your pursuits will bring more love and beauty into the world, and you may just find your experience being all the more magical and enjoyable, inspiring a feeling of lightness, even humor, and renewing a sense of optimism, joy and hope. Enjoy the ride!
NEW MOON. What seeds am I planting on this new moon?
King of Swords.
I pulled this card yesterday for Day 10 and the King of Swords showed up as my Grandpa Stick. This is a cool example of the way Court Cards can represent people in your life, and other times represent aspects of yourself.
When meditating on cards, I allow my eyes to focus on one area of the image. This will be different each time you see the card, which makes for a very versatile experience. I've been working with the tarot for years, and I'll notice some new minute detail almost everyday.
Yesterday, when pulling the King of Swords, my eyes gravitated to the two birds flying in the sky. This to me reminding me of the presence of my grandfather and the relationship we shared. He also taught me how to whistle and sing with the birds.
Today when I pulled this card my eyes gravitated towards the sword. If you'll notice the sword isn't pointing straight up (like the Justice card or the Queen of Swords). His sword points to the right (the yang or masculine side of the body) representing a CALL TO ACTION. This is telling me to not just have knowledge for knowledge sake, but to take what I've learned, apply it and share it.
Today the King of Swords is directing me to nurture the qualities he possesses for this next 28 day moon cycle. He uses his knowledge for leadership (Swords represent intellect, and kings represent authority). The next New Moon in January is the week the Brooklyn Fools Tarot Journey begins, so he's reminding me to stay focus on the task at hand, and to continue to plan and refresh my tarot knowledge. I am also in the process of designing an online format to bring the Brooklyn Fools Tarot Journey to a wider community than just NYC. The King of Swords, even though I want to get caught up in this Sagittarius energy and the beautiful weather, tells me to stay focused on the task at hand (notice his focused gaze). More to come!
Day 1: mind/forefront of consciousness: knight of swords. Lots on my mind right now, lots i am excited about. Card comes up for me very often. So not too surprised to see him. I see him as taking charge fearlessly, but the flip side to that, in "78 Degrees of Wisdom," Pollack says, "his bravery, his skill, his readiness to charge all problems, can sometimes contain a fear of disbelief in himself." I recently downsized my Dogwalking biz to only a select few walks a day to leave more space for tarot reading and workshop planning. This card is a reminder to believe in my skills and keep pushing forward. The candle in the picture is the #thirdeye intention candle from #chakrashots that I carved in "trust completely" which the card is echoing.