The Six of Swords represents a gateway to new understanding. A door through which we walk when we drop our own bullshit. A choice to release the orchestra that’s playing out a minor harmony of major notes embellished with anxiety, irritability and self-deprecation. When we embrace the Six of Swords, we make a decision to drop whatever is detrimental for us to be obsessing about. Last week, we observed our focus and refrained from flight so we could damn up damaging streams of thought. This week, we’re encouraged to throw them aside altogether.

The Six of Swords is not giving up. It is not quitting. It is not tossing our hands to the sky and screaming and turning around and going home. It is tossing our heads to the sky and asking for help. For the the willingness to move on. For the ability to see new light. To cut the strings of thought holding us like a puppet, tied to outcomes we can’t plan but could die trying.

The Six of Swords does not always immediately offer us joy but it does imply reprieve. It is the act of creating space from our pain. It is putting a buffer between yourself and that which burns you. It is not turning a blind eye to abuse but it is choosing to no longer engage with it. It is not the repression that becomes denial. Rather, it is the natural movement that arises from recognizing we’ve been playing a role in something that doesn’t feel quite right.

This week, when you awaken to the aspect of yourself that is perpetuating misery, practice putting it down. Ask if it’s possible to do away with the pain. Or at least to not steep yourself in further unnecessary suffering. Choose to rest your mind. Turn your eye to beautiful things. To quiet attention on nothing in particular. To the way the light refracts through a thought to which you’re not attached. There are so many ways to process. If the way you are thinking about your problems has you stuck in an incessant and repetitive cycle, make the choice to stop. To find faith in what you don’t know that you don’t know. Look for the relief that rushes in when you turn away from obsessive thinking. Hold hands with grief if it accompanies you when you empty your cerebral space. Let it be the friend that ushers you out of mental obsession and into the possibility provided by divergence. You don’t have to know where to start fresh. You just have to stop getting lost in the sauce. You can trust that whatever space you clear might not need to be filled by you.

WHAT EVEN IS A TAROTSCOPE? We often think of horoscopes as predictions that are specific to each astrological sign. In Ancient Greek, the term horoscope simply means "I watch the hour." To astrologers today, a horoscope is a chart that maps the planetary bodies in the sky. From this chart, we derive meaning that can influence how we work with energy. Regardless of our unique individual charts, we are ALL working with the same energy from above. Each week, I examine this energy, pull a tarot card and write a guided meditation with the collective in mind. My tarotscopes are meant to be read as inspiration. Please note that because we are all operating with our individual energy, some elements will resonate more than others. Take what you like and leave the rest. Tarotscopes are offered freely in an effort to cultivate collective healing. I am always grateful for your support in sharing this work with anyone you think it might help. If you are inspired or find support here, please consider making a donation to help sustain these weekly offerings.