June 29

06/29/12: Shadows in the Night | Nine of Swords


shadowscapes-9-of-swordsIt’s too much to handle alone, but too ugly to share with anyone—your deep dark secret. We all have them, or have, or will.

The Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) is seldom a welcome guest, but like every card with challenging energy, it has it’s time and place. I get the traditional version of this card a lot to denote issues with sleeping or bad dreams, since the figure is often pictured sitting up in bed, with face in hands.

In keeping with the astrological association, I find we often see this energy with an internal conflict (Mars) afoot, where the querent is of two minds (Gemini). The nice news is that being one of the Tarot Nines, this energy is mature and not far from being resolved (although I will admit the Ten of Swords isn’t necessarily the most fun follow-up). Worth noting on the Shadowscapes version, the bird on the man’s shoulder will offer assistance if he’s able to listen.

The hardest part of this energy is the loneliness—the worries and fears and guilt that come visiting are seldom shared with another. So the assistance arriving on cue especially welcome.

Make right what you can, and share what’s left over. Pray, seek counsel, and look for friends to help you find your way out of your conundrum. Maybe you are alone, but you probably don’t have to be.

How do you deal with “Shadows in the night”?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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