Last night, I went to the cinema and saw a beautiful movie based on Tim Conigrave’s memoir entitled ‘Holding the Man’. Being the emotional empath I am I knew it was going to eventuate in me in the cinema blubbering away while trying to hold as much composure as I could. To give you a little background, in 2012 I was in my last year of Drama School and was lucky enough to do a reading of ‘Holding the Man’ for the State Theatre Company of South Australia. I was given the role of Timothy. As soon as I read the play I felt a deep connection to the subject matter, so I knew how much of an impact seeing the movie was going to have. This morning when I woke up I felt quite emotionally drained, both from the movie and the fact that I got a little stuck in thoughts after it about what had been happening in my life over the last five months. This nearly stopped me from picking up my cards for my daily draw, but I held fast and picked up my deck (secretly hoping for a nice calming card such as The Star or something of the sort) and drew.  And what did I receive, why the King of Swords of course 😛

King of Swords – Shadowscapes Tarot


This was definitely not what I was hoping for, but at least it has given me something completely different to think about today 😃.

In traditional interpretations the King of Swords represents a person of great strength and authority, with a highly intellectual mind and a strong ethical backbone. Someone with great analytical powers, able to cut through confusion and mental fog and of a highly articulate persuasion, definitely providing stimulating conversation 😝. Someone who has the wherewithal to remain detached and objective in difficult situations and by doing so finds the truth that may otherwise have stayed hidden. He may seem stern and cold, but he is honest and fair, incorruptible and lives by the highest of standards.

I find the Shadowscapes’ interpretation of the King of Swords much heavier than he is usually seen. There is a real weight to his being and the use of dark purple for the Shadow Ravens adds to this feeling. I don’t know if it is just me, but oftentimes when I encounter someone like this who is able to stay detached from situations, I feel like the energy around them is heavy, weighted in a way, which I see represented in the Shadow Ravens. But I understand now, after spending some time with the card, the benefit of being able to do this, and if we look at the card more deeply you can see that there is definitely a brighter side to this ability. The sun is shining just above his head. The mental clarity that you receive when staying objective and putting emotions to the side is definitely of great worth.

He sits there holding his vertical sword, ready to cut through confusion with the wisdom of the owl perched upon the blade’s tip. Below we see Odin’s twin Ravens, Hugin and Mugin or ‘thought’ and ‘memory’. In the old stories they were sent out into the world to seek out truths, which they then return with to whisper in their master’s ear. This King is someone to go to when you want to here it as it is, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (as some would say 😝).

So what does this mean for me? That once again I’m being told to look at things from a more intellectual standpoint. That I need to stop allowing emotions to get in my way? I don’t know, I think there is definitely part of that here, but what I like most are the contrasts in this card. The heavy shadow of responsibility and detached objectivity, the shining light of mental clarity and articulation; the night wisdom of the Owl, and the truth seeking of the birds of the day! For what is the King of Swords good for if not being able to stay impartial and see both sides of any issue :). And what would the world be like if we all were of the same persuasion. No, I must stop laying so much negative weight upon my emotions, and look at them through the King’s eyes, for if I am completely honest with myself, my emotions are a huge part of who I am, they’re not going anywhere. I just need to work on bringing some other qualities in, which is what the King has made me realise.

What about you? How do you feel when the King of Swords comes knocking?

I for one am happy he came to me today, I think my fears are slowly fading away as each ‘hard’ card comes up and I am able to find something meaningful within it. Thank you tarot 😊.

Until next time, live well x

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