Today’s simple gift is The Six of Swords. I have a very emotional response to this card because I identify so strongly with the figure of the woman hunched together with her child travelling across the water, moving from a place of rough water to one of calmness and stillness. I’ve looked at this card many times wishing I had someone behind me, strong enough to ferry me across the rough waters.
Today, however, if I look at this card as a gift I see that if I don’t have an actual someone there helping me to cross I do have the ability or the energy guiding me to more peaceful times. And the peaceful times are not far away. This fills me actual hope that a rosier future may not be far away. (something I’ve been sorely lacking recently)
The swords stuck in the boat can represent the need for mental clarity and reason. Or in this case they could indicate that I already have that mental clarity, that it’s served me well and will always be there for me to use. Another interpretation could be seeing the swords as emotional attachments or baggage. I have so many negative attachments, directed towards my ex (anger, outrage, humiliation, abandonment, rejection). I recognise fully the need to let them go. However I’ve learned that telling someone to ‘let it go’ and trying too hard to let it go is the surest way to wind yourself further into the problem. Things have to play their course.
In her great book, The Transformational Truth of Tarot , Tiffany Crosara says of this card ‘Sometime we have to move on with our baggage or we wouldn’t move at all.’