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Tarot Card of the Day by StarzGnosis - Ace of Swords

Jun 23, 2016

Keyword: Clarity Song: "Think for Yourself," by The Beatles

Here there's a hand appearing out from behind a cloud holding the Ace of Swords. There's a crown balancing on the tip of the sword. Several yods fall around the hand.

In the background is a gray sky. The mountains below are even grayer.

You'd think that with a card so steeped in gray that it would be a downer Tarot card. And you'd be right, to a certain extent.

But, look at the Ace of Swords again. There's a crown perched on the tip of that sword.

Why is it there? No other Ace in Tarot has anything but the symbol of the suit, in this case a sword, and a hand coming out of the cloud.

Strange, isn't it? I think it's there to highlight how important your thoughts are. The right thoughts can lead you to victory!

Clarity of mind and mental attitude is everything to success. Crown yourself with positive thoughts.

How do you do that? Think for yourself, that's the first step.

There were a few songs I thought pf before settling on The Beatles "Think for Yourself". Bob Dylan's "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking", or "I Can See Clearly Now" by Jimmy Cliff were my other choices.

In the end, I chose "Think for Yourself" because the Ace of Swords is about decisiveness and clarity. Nothing says that more than this song.

If you haven't heard it, give it a listen. I'll wait.

Back? Awesome!

Look at the chorus: "Do what you want to do. And go where you're going to. Think for yourself."

"'Cause I won't be there with you. Think for yourself. 'Cause I won't be there with you."

The Ace of Swords is about owning your thoughts and changing them. Discovering new ways of thought. Breaking free of old, broken and negative thought patterns.

Today, take the Ace of Swords and cut away the illusions you're under. Remove the chaff to get to the wheat, as it were.

How do you know what's what, though? How do you tell?

Simple, you examine every thought you've ever had about the topic you're investigating. Say that's psychic phenomena.

So, you ask yourself, "What do I believe about psychic stuff?" And you make a list.

That list might have that you believe in ghosts and Tarot but not in reincarnation. Or you might list that you believe in the dead visiting in dreams but not in automatic writing.

Once you made your list, check it. Ask, "Do I believe in ghosts? Why or why not?" Do this for every item on your list.

Changing your thoughts is not easy. Few people do it in their lifetime. If you can do it though, you'll find you'll be living a life that is more true to yourself.

Swords cut to cleanse and to hurt. They are effective and dangerous tools.

Be sure what you're cutting is what you mean to cut. It wouldn't do to cut something that would have better served you whole and intact.

Don't cut other people's ideas just to be spiteful either. If it's not for you, it's not for you.

Be tactful and considerate as you leave certain ideas behind. Don't cause harm.

Mind your thoughts. You are your thoughts.

If you're stuck, break free! Find better ways of thinking. Ones that aren't as harmful or negative.

Surround yourself with other who share your beliefs and ideas. Leave behind those who don't.

The first step is to examine yourself. Let go of the wool covering your eyes and learn to see things as they are.

Be decisive. Be bold! Be a thought leader!

I'm no thought leader. I have had experience leaving certain thoughts and people behind me.

I was a cradle Roman Catholic. My parents emergency baptized me when I was born on the side of the road in an ambulance. Because at 12 weeks premature, I might not have lived long.

That made it rather rough when at 19, I started to see my deceased brother in my dorm room. I was told point blank, "The dead don't come back."

That obviously didn't fit what I was experiencing at the time. So I had two choices: I was crazy. Or, my dead brother was visiting me.

I decided that I was not crazy. And I started to leave all the things I knew to be true about death and dying behind me. Including my Roman Catholic faith.

My leaving Roman Catholicism behind wasn't graceful or neat. It was  messy. I'm not sure I could've done it neatly or cleanly.

To this day, I am not Roman Catholic. I'm more spiritual than religious.

My parents and I don't see eye to eye on this. But we do get visits from my dead brother.

This proves that the dead are better looking past differences than the living. I kid! The living are great at looking beyond differences, too!

It's not always possible to get away clean. But you can do it. Ideas are a messy thing so be as prepared as you possibly can be.

StarzGnosis (KNOW-sis) loves new ideas! She loves learning new things. She loves to understand why others hold the views they do. Even if she doesn't agree with their ideas. Understanding others is the first step to undertanding yourself. 

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