The Card of the Day: The Ten of Swords (Reversed)
"Stop running and face your fears."
Help! The Ten of Swords looks scary! Are we all going to die?!
Absolutely not! The Tarot has done it again, using potent symbolism to get us to wake up and pay attention to something very important.
The man on the card is face down. All the swords are in his back. Whatever "got him" was chasing him from behind. He was running away. The swords in his back symbolize his irrational fears. They finally caught up with him. But look closer. In his last moment he finally learned to surrender fear. This is symbolized by his right hand opening to Spirit.
What fears are you constantly trying to keep ahead of? Is your day filled with thoughts of terrible things that might happen? Do you try to just "keep busy" so you don't have to face the source of your unease?
Ignoring fear is the same as running from it. It's still there. Lurking about as usual. Often the thing we fear (horrible illnesses, death, poverty, loss) is a distraction from going deeper and listening to our inner spirit. Spirit/God/the Universe/our Higher Power does not want suffering for us. But the only way to be free from needless suffering is to surrender. You aren't surrendering "to" fear. You are surrendering "the" fear. Surrender to actually feeling the fear and then letting it go to God (or a Goddess if you like).
Today, if fear comes from behind, turn around and face it. Tell it, "I'm not running from you today." Give yourself five minutes to feel all the scary things fear is trying spook you with. Set your iphone timer. When the alarm goes off, that's it. Surrender the fear. Let it go and enjoy something about being alive at this moment. Focus on the colors around you. Witness something beautiful. Fear is like the dog that chases the car. When the car stops, the dog doesn't know what to do.
A wise teacher of mine, Nancy Retzlaff, used to have a saying on her dresser that she looked at every morning:
"This is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I won't need any of your help so enjoy your day."
Enjoy your day!
When the Ten of Swords appears reversed it reminds you that amorphous fears usually surround that which is unknown, or not fully understood. Knowing this gives you great power. It means that you can assuage your fears and deepen your understanding of what causes your anxiety by delving further into yourself. Ignorance will keep you in fear. Understanding is your way out. Today, don’t avoid the things that give you anxiety... know them. This anxiety is leading you deeper within yourself to find the answers. “Know thyself” and you will know what to do. Is there a change that needs to be made?
Problems in life do not present themselves to destroy you, but to challenge you to grow beyond current limitations. Stand up to your anxiety in all your radiant light. Go within and connect with your spirit’s awareness of this matter. Look on challenges with the wise eyes of Spirit. You will always see the way out of the maze when viewing it from high above. All that gives you anxiety is merely a puzzle to solve, and to understand yourself better. A maze that leads within, and results in finding your transcendent power. This allows you to grow past former limits, and reach for the stars. Make time to connect with the Wise One within. This part of yourself will help you to surrender the fears and will show you what you are learning. Stop avoiding your growth by “keeping busy.” Distracting yourself will just prolong the transformation process. If you are uncomfortable with an area in your life it’s a good thing...it means that area is growing, and will result in changes for the better.