SIX OF SWORDS
How can I improve my relationship to sexuality? 6 of Swords.
This card showed up on Day 5 in the position of present. I called it "the walk of shame card" because it came right after the Devil card. This message continues here.
Guilt and shame are emotions I have definitely experienced. When I was younger I felt ashamed for master-bating and being attracted to men. More recently I feel guilty when my actions don't line up with my ideologies. But feeling ashamed and guilty dam the natural flow of sexuality. If we feel guilty about what we're doing, how can we fully enjoy it? So, whenever I feel this way, I sort of shrug it off, and tell myself, "if it's not hurting anyone, it's okay." This card is sending another message. The Six of Swords says, "there is a healthy place for guilt and shame." When you feel this way, examine your actions and motives. Guilt and shame can be a window into our beliefs and desires. When we examine these feelings we can begin to shift our lives so they fall into alignment with our higher path. Guilt and shame are not enemies, but rather guides like the figure shown in the card rowing the parent and child (the guilt and shame you feel as an adult and from childhood). If guilt or shame become internalized or excessive out of habit, it can be very toxic to our sexuality. But completely discarding it is just as dangerous.
The Six of Swords says, "Be open to feelings of guilt and shame. Allow them to teach you and guide you to peaceful water."
The Empress question: "How can I connect and be of highest service to the planet?" ✨This card gently fell out of the deck while shuffling. 😊 ✨Be a trusted guide to others. Recall the times when you felt cut off from your sense of personal Truth. Use this experience to empathize and fully see others who are in need of help. ✨Know there will be times when it may seem like you aren't doing enough to serve the planet, or that the work you're doing isn't progressing as fast as you would like. This is because you deeply sense how much healing is needed. Stay present with who and what's in front of you. One row at a time, fully listen and support those in need of gentle guidance and care. Through your love, patience, and persistence to be of service to others, you will create a ripple effect of healing and peace.
6 of Swords Rx paired w/ Iron Quartz indicates a great deal of spiritual debris from the past is ready to be released! In the same way leaves are being kicked up by cool autumn wind, your internal world may be experiencing similar shifts. If old hurts + deep wounds resurface, rest easy knowing this is a cleansing process. If you feel stuck or lost, you may greatly benefit from a trusted guide: a friend, mentor, or even therapist. With their help, you'll better sift through long-held murky feelings of shame, guilt, grief, or regret. This will calm the waters of your emotions, so you can lovingly align yourself on a path that is best for your overall well-being.
6 of Swords.
Fully feel the heaviness of this horrendous act of violence. Seek support from COMMUNITY. We see here those mourning being rowed to calmer shores by a guide. It's through others that we will heal. Share your emotions + fears with those who SUPPORT you. Make yourself available in anyway you know how. Spread your love. Share your magic. *If you have no one to talk to, I'm here.
6 of Swords: seeing this card after the Devil makes this the "walk of shame" card. The feeling of embarrassment and sadness when you realize the situation you've been in is no longer supporting you and you actually physically have to walk away...or in this case row or be rowed away.
So what is shame? Where does it come from? Anodea Judith in "Eastern Body, Western Mind" explains guilt as "I DID something wrong," and shame as the internalized mantra "I AM wrong. There's something wrong with ME." So whether through trauma or external expectations, this turns into the belief "I'm not good enough" and that belief then manifests in the world as none of your desires actualizing.
The "walk of shame" refers to a sexual encounter, but it can really be any desire. (see Day 4 for desires and day 3 for more shame). So whether you ate that giant delicious scuttlebutt sandwich from Saltie even though you're "gluten-free," #guilty or you wanted to marry that dude you only met once on tinder and then he rejected you. Whoops probably #guiltyagain but #soareyou. The grief of losing what you THOUGHT you wanted can be very painful, but what you THOUGHT you wanted isn't actually in align with your path. You see? There's peaceful water ahead.
Seeing this card directly after the Devil is giving a clear message.
1. Don't look back. What's happened has happened. Learn from it. Enjoy the ride. Move on.
2. You can't do it alone. Home girl sitting there all gloomy-like in her cloak with a child (hmm maybe a shamed inner-child) is getting rowed by what I like to think of as a spirit guide, but for you more cynical ones... a teacher or friend will do.
3. Once you get to the other side, reevaluate your DESIRES. Stay away from THINKING about what you want. Swords represent thought or intellect in the tarot, and are the darkest suit. Instead, let go, FEEL what you want. Be like the water that surrounds and flow.