a Llewellyn mass market edition (2013), but this is the second self-published version from 2010.
Body: Ace of Swords. It's
interesting, the way the young woman stands on this card, holding out a
sword in front of her, yet also holding up her hand as though telling
someone to stop. It's like she is doubly fending people off. Yet her
cream dress and soft expression tell a different story, speaking of a
willingness to open to new ideas and ways of communicating. Although
there may be a bit of defensiveness, a new perspective on our body is
offered by this card. And perhaps, a new way of communicating about it,
to ourselves or with others.
Mind: Ten of Cups. A woman stands in a
field, wearing a blue dress. Around her are arrayed ten cups, filled
with water. The sun shines brightly from directly behind the woman, and
her expression is both radiant and peaceful. While it doesn't show a
traditional family, I love the suggestion that we may find emotional
fulfillment from different sources, which all together create a loving,
Knight of Wands. This mustachioed Knight is rather gung-ho, charging
forward on a narrow cliff with his banner in front of him. It seems to
threaten to trip him up, and obscures his view of the terrain. That
flag he waves represents his beliefs, his hopes, and he holds tight to
them, even though they may not always be appropriate to his situation.
Yet, they are an important part of him, so he can do no differently.
situation, I can't help but read these cards a little differently than I
would for someone else or more generally. In the Ace of Swords for the
body, I see a new perspective, a new truth, in my body once more
harbouring but a single soul. After all, one way or the other this baby
must come out this week. I hope the sword doesn't indicate literal
cutting: surgery. To be honest, I'd more likely suspect that with the
King if Swords, but we'll see.
The Ten of Cups speaks of
thinking about, and perhaps relying on, the support I have around me
from family and friends, and seems a positive sign for a successful
Finally, the Knight of Wands speaks to me of standing
up for what I want from this birth: a natural, joyful occasion rather
than a highly medical one. While I shan't let those beliefs get in the
way of a healthy outcome, the other cards give me hope that the two
don't have to be at cross-purposes.
I am grateful for the many different sources of support I have at this very important time.