When I pulled this card, it surprised me. The Knight of Swords can portend the arrival of a message (an aggressive one, one you probably won’t like… and it’s coming your way.) It didn't make sense because things have actually been pretty smooth around here for the last few days or so. I do pull these cards for the collective, but inevitably the messaging always seems directly related to me and what’s happening in my life (as many of you who read my blog report as well; “It’s almost as if you're speaking directly to me, Natha!”) So this card caught me off guard.
This Knight can be kind of harsh. I mean, look at that face. He’s charging in with a snarl, like he doesn’t care. He’s holding that sword like he wants to hurt someone. The sword cards represent intellect and the workings of the mind, but what could possibly be cruel about the mind? The Judge of course, The Superego. As with all Court cards, we can assume that this card represents someone you know, or else yourself. In the case of the Knight of Swords (if you feel he references you) it oftentimes means your Inner Critic is at large and wreaking havoc.
Wouldn't you know it, a few hours after I pulled the card- my message showed up! The message came from a person I barely know, but I’m sure this persons heart was hurting. Oftentimes when we feel hurt, we mask it with anger and then we act from a passive aggressive place. So this person with his message showed up unexpectedly and caught me off guard. Then my own inner critic grabbed ahold of it and turned the interaction into a complete story about how I was the cause and I was the bad guy etc. Do you ever do that? Write an instant yet complete narrative in your head about something and then just believe it to be true? Talk about alternative facts!
Now, the flip side of the Knight of Swords is that while he can be tactless and rude, he can also be clear and honest. Where he can be domineering, he can also be a good leader. So here’s the trick: if you too find that the Knight comes riding in guns blazing, bearing messages of bitterness, anger or sarcasm, the remedy is to play to the higher side. Become the one with keen judgement. Become the one that’s sharp and alert and reasons clearly. When your mind starts spinning alternative facts, wave your proverbial finger in the air and gently tell that voice “no, no,no, we’re not going there” Just because someone (whether it be an actual person, or your Superego (or both!)) knocks on your door and tries to ruin your day, it doesn’t mean you have to let them in.
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