There is peace in silence. Calm in curiosity. Pride in whatever can be perceived in a moment. An opening in the offering of what is in front of you. 

In a world where hurts get passed around mostly unconsciously, the Daughter of Swords brings the power of innocence to every exchange. In her innocence there can be willingness. In her innocence there can be kindness. In her innocence there can be ease in checking yourself; safety in reflecting on your part without handing yourself an unnecessary blow. 

As our society gathers for the many kinds of festivities that surround a turning year, we arrive in spaces that may be familiar but not always comfortable. Or uncomfortable in their lack of familiarity. Or easeful in our opportunity to be new and anonymous. Or exhausting in our perceived need to prove ourselves. 

The Daughter of Swords is the question of perception. She is not the answer. She engages in dialogue but arrives, ultimately, in the unknown space between separate and connected. She returns, reliably, to the question. With anyone we meet, we will find similarity. There will also be differences. There will be questions of privilege and power, desire for presence and determination to distinguish ourselves.

As someone who is constantly measuring the world’s relationship to caring for humanity, it is difficult sometimes to see where activism is most constructive in personal affairs. It’s easy to promote principles of listening, kindness, respect and the effort of checking one’s privilege. It’s quite simple to talk about having confidence in the skillset we work so hard to cultivate. But it’s terribly tough to practice our principles in spaces that activate triggers. Confusing because the triggers are, due to love or familiarity of circumstance, almost invisible. We become so accustomed to the ways we’ve trained ourselves to “show up” that when we try to shift, we fumble and royally “fuck it up.” We are so focused on what we want to get from our experiences with others that we can’t see what’s available. And we miss, often, some of the most potent opportunities to practice, grow and expand our integration of our own ideals.

The Daughter of Swords asks us to go into situations this week with the objective of personal progress in mind. She wants us to look at ourselves. To watch how we show up. To refrain from blame of others. To cut the judgement of self when we don’t do it the way we want to. To accept and honor that we desire to do it differently. To receive ourselves at whatever level of “ready” we are. We might only be ready to see. We might only be ready to make a mess of it. A mountain out of a molehill. A missile out of a message. Or we might be ready to do stretch seamlessly into new behavior. Wherever we are, she encourages strength of focus on our side of the street. She restrains our criticism of others until we’ve aligned with our own integrity. She asks we extend our honest expression as the individuals we want to be, no matter who we are with and what they are doing. 

Keep your moral code to yourself. Keep it in your pocket. Under your sleeve. Over your heart. A filter in the lens through which you orient yourself in the world. Keep it and don’t forget to use it. Celebrate the subtle change it helps you unlock and know that its more than enough in the moment.

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