August 5

Muddy, Cutting Communication – Page of Swords


Lots of Swords energy lately. I pulled this one up from my writing archives.

Even when Mercury’s retrograde, the world goes on. For some, it’s business as (mostly) usual and for others, it’s just another reason to worry. I want to land somewhere in the middle. There is still business to be done, a life to live, during these weeks; there is also reasonable caution in approaching that business.

Here we have the inverted Page of Swords, associated with Earth in Air. Swords can sometimes be a challenging suit, as pure intellectualism can be harsh. I often see this card appear to reference contracts or formal agreements but really, this page can bear any sort of news. As we’re in the suit of swords, we’re dealing in cold, hard facts.  This page is a precocious young man, so inverted, I’d warn not to be overconfident and double-check your assumptions.

You can control what you say, but not what others hear. You can keep your own intent in check, but not be sure of perceptions, your own or anyone else’s. Your best defense during this time is careful focus—know what you’re trying to do clearly, and keep reviewing your progress to make sure you’re still moving in that direction. Touch base frequently: with others, with your priorities, and with the fruit of your labors. Don’t take anything for granted.

And watch snap conclusions, okay? Just because you’re HEARING a cutting message doesn’t mean that’s the intended delivery. Grant everyone, including yourself, extra slack now if you can.  Many are stressed and short-tempered and sometimes, that emotion gets leaky. Keep your own reasoning under scrutiny and step back from flawed reasoning you may see elsewhere. It’s not your job to set ’em all straight right now, even with all the Aries. It’s your job to set YOU straight. The rest will either follow along, or not.

Are you seeing muddied communications?

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Mercury Rx, Page of Swords

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