A woman stands in a starlit landscape. Her golden dress swirls around her, and she clasps a double-bladed sword in both hands. Her hair is a dark silver, suggesting wisdom gathered over time. Above her hangs a moon that combines a silver waning with a full moon. She uses both intellect and intuition to cut through the issues that come her way, while the wisdom she has gained allows her to dance lightly, even through hard times.
My experiences last week showed me that rising above certain disputes, not allowing my energy to be sucked into them, was far more helpful than jumping in with two feet. I think this is one of the lessons the Healer of Swords has learned (as opposed to the Knight/Protector who has a tendency to charge into things).
This card suggests I may have need of this again today. It certainly doesn't feel like something that I've got down pat, yet. I read something on-line, and feel instantly criticised even if it isn't directly addressed to me. Part of the lesson, then, is being less quick to rush in, another part is healing my own sense of being judged, of not being good enough. The Healer of Swords cuts through to what is essential and ignores what is not. Self-criticism is definitely part of what isn't essential! Although she doesn't take BS, she's also empathetic, both towards herself and others, and those are another two characteristics I may need to emulate today.
I am grateful for the reminder to think before I speak, and to be as gentle with myself as I would be with a friend.