Thursday, 5 December 2013

Patience and Strength

Spoke too soon, it's back to the suit of swords for us today.  At least this time it's a Court card, to give this week's perusal of the Otherworld Tarot (Schiffer, 2010) a bit more variety...

Here we have the Queen of Swords.  One of the things I really like about the Court cards in this deck is that they each have a little description underneath, which are often quite intriguing.  Take today's sentence for the Queen of Swords: Patience and Strength.  I can see how patience fits with the idea of someone who has been through quite a bit, analysed it, and now understands better life's situations.  And, describing her that way, you can see how it might take strength, too, to continue on after those experiences, to keep being open to life.

As for the visual, the Queen sits on a grey throne, with a blue dress for communication.  There are pink butterflies, suggestive of transformation, around her, and an orange sun over the green field behind her.  Yet, the Queen looks at none of this, seeming instead to focus on the large sword she holds point-down in front of her.  It seems almost too heavy for her to lift, and her face seems rather drawn.  The ideas we carry around from the past can be a heavey burden to bear, yet they are also what give us the strength and patience to deal with current trials and tribulations.

It's interesting, thinking about lessons from the past and patience.  Today, Big Boy has gone to school (hurray) and my Dear One and I are going to check out a possible nursery for number 2.  I actually went there back in the day with Big Boy, but despite "Equal Opportunities" messages, it quickly became clear that they were in no way willing or able to deal with a child with his level of special needs.  Despite that, they have a stirling reputation for regular kids, and lots of good resources, as well as being within a 15 minute walk of home.  So, we'll give them another look.  I may have to be patient, as I've been there before, but my Dear One hasn't.  Perhaps, too, if the person giving the tour starts talking about their so-called equal opportunities "policy"...

I am grateful that Big Boy is well enough to go to school!

4 comments:

  1. I am happy for both of you!
    The queen of swords is the queen with whom I identify the most. Making the right decision gets easier the more you've been through and had to decide.

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    1. Very good point, Ellen. Though I sometimes wonder if we can ever have enough information to make the "right" decision. We just decide the best we can in the moment... :)

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  2. "The ideas we carry around from the past can be a heavy burden to bear, yet they are also what give us the strength and patience to deal with current trials and tribulations." -- such a perfect summary for the Queen of Swords! She uses her past sorrows and losses to fortify her as she moves forward.

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    1. Yes, I have a soft spot for the Queen of Swords. She is the voice of experience processed through our thoughts :)

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