Tarot of the Masters is a rather scary version of the Seven of Swords.
woman carries a basket filled with bread and wine, her apron stuffed
with more goodies. In her other hand she brandishes a sword and she
looks over her shoulder as though afraid of persuers. And well she
might be, given there's a bat above her and a three-headed hound in the
foreground. Is this Cerberos, the Greek and Roman version of a
hell-hound? Is she escaping into or out of the underworld? She might
be entering it, carrying supplies so she won't have to eat or drink from
there and be forced to stay. And why enter in the first place? To
gain some knowledge which others might not want her to have, perhaps?
are certainly other stories that could be seen in this image, and this
may well not be what the original Old Master intended, yet it is what I
see today. A desire for knowledge, and an acknowledgment of the
potential costs of that.
Interestingly, in The Soul's Journey one of the things
that James associates this card with is secrets, and the way they can
control us rather than vice versa. He suggests that: "We think we benefit from keeping our secrets, but... our secrets often control us, and so the way to freedom includes finding a safe way to release them." This involves judicious consideration of who the secret effects and why we are keeping it, as well as bringing us face to face with questions of trust.
I can see both
research (gaining knowledge from sometimes difficult sources) and
secrets in this image today. I'm off on another business trip, and have
some confidential paperwork I need to finish reading. Fortunately,
I'll be travelling with a colleague I trust implicitly, so we'll be able
to discuss the ins and outs of the papers and tomorrow's meeting.
I am grateful for shared trust.