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The Crystal Tarot shows four swords hanging point up in the air, with clouds floating around. There are two chunks of purple stone beneath them, as well as purple gems in their pommels. The book indicates that the stone is charoite. I wish that the stone was actually identified on the card, as I don't like always having to consult the LWB (though it is quite a nice one, and neither little nor white).
Anyhow, the book informs us: "Charoite makes meditation easier, bringing clarity to the mind and stillness to the body." I like the recommendation to "focus on your heart chakra and use this as a time for healing and rejuvenation".
|©Tierra & Cantin|
Interestingly, then, both versions suggest this is a card of healing, and link it specifically with the chest. I often see the Four of Swords more as being about preparing for what is still to come, but I guess you first need to recover from what has already happened.
I could certainly do with some help sleeping. Though I've been taking 5-HTP (a precursor to naturally occurring melatonin), my sleep has been rather rocky this week. It's not even Big Boy's fault, as he has been sleeping better than I have! I'd never heard of mullein for sleep, having used Valerian and Asphalia before landing on 5-HTP. Maybe I shall have to hunt some out. And I have meditated more this week than last, but slept worse - not a magical cure-all, either :(
The Herbal Tarot's card speaks to me. Even in sleep, the man can't quite let go of the sword in his hand, and the other swords hang over him, as though infesting his dreams. And there's the rub, I do have some stuff on my mind that certainly isn't helping. Not that it's been there in an obvious way, but that I think it's underlying everything, and my mind tries to keep busy with other thoughts so I won't have to think about the stuff that's hard and scary!
So, even more meditation, and perhaps doing a spread to look at my fears... Sounds like a plan :)
I am grateful for the pointed reminder that trying not to think about something rarely works.