Cat's Eye Tarot, the Ace of Swords has come out to play.
In this deck, all the Aces show a cat's paw reaching out to a symbol of the suit's element. Here, a dainty siamese paw stretches to catch a loose feather from a white cockatoo. The cockatoo looks on from its window-side perch with some trepidation.
A feather, like an idea, can be hard to get ahold of: it can easily float away, eluding our grasp. Likewise, our words often tumble about, skittering here and there despite our best intentions. And the truth, well, does it even exist as a single thing? Or, like a feather, is it made up of many other smaller bits? And, if looked at in one light it may seem one way, while if seen from another direction it may take on a totally different?
Words and ideas aren't always innocent, either. Even if they are not ill-intentioned, someone else may see them that way, just as the cockatoo here may see the cat's playful batting of a floating feather as a potential threat.
Several months ago, I alienated someone I like and respect through ill-chosen words. Now, I may have the chance to put that right. However, it's a delicate situation, and this card reminds me that I need a light touch. I hope, though, that this card heralds that opportunity, and see it advising me to reach out.
I am grateful for the encouragement to try to right a wrong.