Today I’m using my Robin Wood Tarot, the first deck I ever owned. It’s a great beginner’s deck, especially if you are not into the traditional Christian-based imagery for some of the Major Arcana in the RWS deck. Robin took a more pagan perspective on some cards while still expressing the “spirit” of the card’s archetypal meanings.
Since there is no specific question or area of concern for these readings, my interpretation will be very general in nature, based on my sense of what the Tarot itself is addressing and the general energy potentials for the week.
Let’s do a chronological look first, and then we’ll use some mirrored pairs to round out the message.
The Timeline View
We begin this week with a serious challenge and an end to things. Interesting that this Ten of Swords follows from the Ten of Pentacles from the end of last week’s draw. So, even though things may have seemed to end well last week, there’s something we didn’t take into account that is causing a loss to start the new week. This card makes me think of the Major Arcana Death card, which calls for taking a bigger loss whether we like it or not. I know the 10 of S looks quite devastating in Robin Wood’s depiction, but as a Minor Arcana card, it still doesn’t pack quite the punch of the Death card, and the loss won’t last as long. And it looks like things get better later, as the yellow dawn behind our prone figure hints at. Looks like the beginnings of a resolution of this painful start will involve reconnecting with someone from the past (Six of Cups), who will bring some good feeling back to your world.
By midweek, you have the strength to take a stand against any further challenges to your goals (Seven of Wands); you really do have the “higher ground” to make your case from.
Moving toward the end of the week, looks like you’ll have all sorts of help coming to the rescue in the form of quick movement toward a positive conclusion to the week. Couple of younger folks with lots of energy will cut through the problems (Knight of Swords), and charm your opponents into surrender (Knight of Wands). Just keep an eye on your situation and don’t let these Knights jump to conclusions too fast. Ask good questions to make sure they stay focused.
The Mirrored Tarot Pairs
The focal point for this view of your cards is the power of having the higher ground (Seven of Wands). If you are trying to get something done, spend this week in confidence that you have the strength to succeed, even though you may face opposition.
Now let’s pair the outer cards up to see how they might inform your situation. This pairing of the Ten of Swords with the Knight of Wands forms a cautionary tale. Although our timeline version showed this Knight seeming to back up the Knight of Swords, pairing him with the 10 of S leaves us with a message of caution about taking this Knight’s approach to the situation. Seems like we won’t be able to rely purely on the charm factor, and we’ll need to avoid jumping to conclusions.
The inner pair works well together to support your efforts to overcome obstacles. Maybe the Knight of Swords is a younger person from the past who has come in to clear up a situation or provide an innovative solution. Whatever he’s doing will make things feel a lot better for you this week.
Cosmic Whisper of the Week
I love Little Red Tarot and its wonderful owner, Beth Maiden. Great writing about all things Tarot and about her own life adventures as well. We are just past the First Quarter of the moon, with half of the full disk in shadow and half in light. Beth has written a great article on the Moon Tarot card and well explores its depth and mystery. Check it out here.