|Sideshow Tarot ©Kyle Burles|
In this Three of Blades (Swords) we see a woman in a box, apparently being cut into quarters by three blades. Yet she looks towards us, still smiling her Sideshow smile. Once again there is an apparent gender power differential - it is a sly-looking man in a dodgy, spotted tie who wields the blades. Here, though, we know there is no actual danger, that it is all "smoke and mirrors".
Connecting the imagery back to traditional meanings for the Three of Swords, at one level this may suggest a "fake-it-til-you-make-it" attitude to overcoming sorrow. At a deeper level, perhaps it is a reminder that our pains and heartaches, too, are illusory. Sometimes, they are quite literally all in our own minds. Even when they have a real, tangible component, still, as the buddhists would point out, it is only our attachment to a particular outcome that makes us unhappy with what is.
This is a good card for me, today. A reminder to get a little perspective on my woes. While it's not a situation I would wish on my worst enemy, still, it isn't the end of the world, not even the end of my world. It is a reminder that once again I had built a little imaginary world, and started to inhabit it. Back to reality, bub!
I am grateful for a world that keeps spinning, a sun that keeps rising, and life that goes on.