Card of the Day: The King of Swords
"Challenging societal assumptions."
The King of Swords appears to be a stern man. In fact for many he is the archetype of "The Man." (The societal structures that unconsciously direct us to assume our place). The King of Swords card asks us to examine how we might be limiting ourselves based on our own prejudices and assumptions.
Are you unconsciously allowing stereotypes to color your view of yourself or others? Do you feel like you are limited and can't get ahead because you're a woman, a minority, gay, poor, disabled or just feel like the deck is stacked against you? Do you look at others that are different from you with assumptions before you really get to know them?
All of us are raised in a world of assumptions, racism, sexism, and phobias. People fear what they don't understand. How can we heal this? Here's how: we challenge our own assumptions. Progress is made everyday by individuals who act with kindness to strangers, with an openess to walking in another's shoes.
The King of Swords is not an evil king. His real interest is preserving the security of the system, which he argues has far more good than bad to it. Although the King looks fixed, look closer... There are butterflies covering his throne. This represents that systems can be changed, societal assumptions can be transformed, divisions can be healed. The King of Swords can actually change his mind! Here's the biggest secret: the King of Swords is actually a part of us. The part that assumes about others, and needs to lose its rigidity.
I don't know how many times as a gay man in rural Iowa I have "assumed" that the thirty-five year old white guy in camo wants to shoot me at the gas station! What I have found is that if I smile, or say something nice, I am almost always smiled back at, or treated with kindness. Sometimes these guys have come to my rescue when my tire blew out on the road, or I was stranded somewhere. Shows what I know!
Today, try smiling at someone different from you. That is where the healing in our world happens. Get out there and look for the "sameness," in your fellow man (woman or gender neutral person). Check your assumptions at the gate. Reach out to others with kindness. Don't assume anyone else is anything before they've actually proven they're an a&@!0#*!
Heal your world, one kindness at a time.