Thursday, 10 March 2011

Daily Draw Gratitudes Seven of Knives

The sixth day of drawing from Ian Daniels' Tarot of Vampyres finds the Seven of Knives on the block.

Interesting to me, having blogged about this card before, is that when I looked at it I noticed some elements I didn't see earlier.  This time I am struck by the winged mask hanging over the woman's head, and the seven-pointed star that bars the window, with a star shining in the centre of it, and a brighter star below and to the right.  I also notice her dress seems to be sheer lace on the bodice, with a satin sheen to the material below.

Traditionally, the Seven of Knives (Swords) is often seen as a card of treachery and deception, even back-stabbing and gossip.  On a more positive note, it can be taken as the need to work smarter, not harder.  From this particular card I get the sense that through her actions and words damage has been done (to herself or another? It could be either).  And yet that damage is key to new learning and insights, as it is through conflict that we sometimes grow the most.  The mask makes me think that there is deception here, not showing one's true face.  But I am also reminded that sometimes the most painful deception is of the self.  Now, though, she looks at us directly, with no masks, so perhaps she is ready to leave the hiding behind and own herself and her thoughts, words and deeds.  There is hope here, too, with the seven-pointed star speaking to me of the seven chakras in the body, and the guidance that is found through spirit when we connect through our crown chakra with the wider world.

What, then, of gratitudes?

I am grateful that I feel able to be open with others and myself, even if I don't like everything that I see.

I am thankful for the hope that shines in my life, challenging me to examine what is dark with kind eyes.

I am grateful for past mistakes which bring learning.

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