Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

0 2504

The Ace of Swords

Iconography

ace of swordsThe image on the Ace of Swords portrays an ominous hand wrapped around a single sword which is adorned with a crown. The crown bears a multitude of foliage which drapes from the crown. The landscape behind is full of hills and valleys which seem to be bare, and the sky lays slate against the glowing nature of the hand and sword.

History

As with all Aces, the Ace of Swords is the representation of a new beginning and in many cases: the start of a new challenge. With the Aces of the minor arcana comes a great power and the Ace of Swords is no exception.

Symbolism

The hand on the Ace of Swords is white and and glowing, a sign of the mind and it’s intellect which in many cases is considered to be the divine gift in which human beings are granted. The sword itself is symbolic of the power which comes from within our minds. The greenery which hangs from the crown is a symbol of success and victory and the crown itself is a symbol of mental clarity and the inner power. Against the great nature of the hand and sword, the landscape behind indicates that the sword is harsh and at times, can focus too heavy on the intellectual side of life. The key ideas associated with the Ace of Swords are power, victory, mental clarity and in some cases: Chaos.

Interpretations

When the Ace of Swords appears upright it is a symbol of mental clarity. You are at a point in life where your mind is clear and strong. You are able to see all that you need to do and have a new understanding of the issues in your life. Now is the time to conquer them. With the Ace of Swords comes a slew of new ideas and creative thinking. You may be excited to pursue new options and in many cases, you are already on your way. If you do not feel that you are in a good place, the Ace of Swords encourages you to seek out the truth of life and stand up for yourself and others in the face of injustice.

Reversed, the Ace of Swords comes as a warning that you are lacking understanding and clarity in your life. Most of the time this applies to your goals and aspirations. The Ace of Swords asks that you take time to reflect on your goals and ask yourself: Do I understand what is happening? Additionally, you may have too many projects going on to truly understand where your path leads. Take time for reflection and resist the urge to plummet into chaos and confusion.

The Two of Swords

Iconography

The Two of SwordsThe woman on the Two of Swords is blindfolded with two swords, one in each hand. She sits upon a stone seat and behind her is the image of vast waters, a crescent moon hands high in the sky.

History

A blindfold is a classic symbol of confusion and disorder. Those who are blindfolded are quite often subject to deception and inner turmoil. The Ace of Swords is no exception to this reoccurring pattern.

Symbolism

The two swords in the woman’s hand are a symbol of the scales we try horridly to keep in balance, one which is within the mind and the other in the emotional realm. In the manner which they appear (crossed), the two are crying for an agreement to be made. Her blindfold is a symbol of her confusion. The landscape bears great waters and rocks. Showing that which the endless possibilities comes the inevitable of obstacles. The ideas associated with the Ace of Swords are indecision, blocked thoughts and feelings, and utter confusion.

Interpretations

Upright, the Ace of Swords appears as a reminder that all throughout your life you will run into obstacles and be forced to make decisions that you may not be too excited to endure. However, as with many things in life, whatever you are hiding from cannot be ignored. In fact, the longer you ignore the issues the more likely to grow it is. You may be struggling between ideas and either have put off making a decision, or are unaware of the struggles which brew beneath your surface.

Reversed, it is made clear that you are struggling between two ideas and are now plague by your inability to make a decision. This is also indicative of a person who has been plagued with too much information and now struggles to react in a healthy and positive manner. Do not try to to help where help is not needed. More importantly, make sure that you truly are needed or have the ability to introduce peace to the situation.

The Three of Swords

Iconography

The Three of SwordsThe image on the Three of Swords is nothing short of grim. A large heart, with three swords staved through the center. Behind the heart, clouds seem to shroud the landscape and and rain beats down upon the heart in an almost torrential manner. Altogether, this image is dark and torrential in the sense that hurt is inevitable no matter who you are or where you are at in your life.

History

Though in many cases the appearance of threes is considered to be of good luck, the Three of Swords supplies it as a warning that there is an eminent pain that must be dealt with.

Symbolism

The heart which appears on the Three of Swords is a symbol of life’s inevitable pain points. Perhaps the heart is a symbolic of you, someone you love, or a dire situation you have found yourself in. The swords are symbolic of the various degrees of pain that arise from logic, emotion, and our physical beings. The sky which seems to pour endlessly is a sign of the grim nature of this time in life. The key ideas associated with the Three of swords are pain, separation, and grief.

Interpretations

When the Three of Swords appears upright it is a sign that you have or will be experiencing pain which will cause you a great deal of sadness. However, with every ounce of pain comes a new lesson that will invigorate your life as person. After all, recovery will happen with time. You must count your blessing and keep in mind that nothing happens without reason. Additionally, you may have buried a hurt yet still allow it to hold you back. Now is the time to take into account all you have to be grateful for.

Reversed, the Three of Swords is a sign that you are finally moving past a deep hurt. Perhaps you’ve recently left someone behind or a loved one has passed away. Regardless, this time of sorrow is now coming to a close and you are free to move forward. In fact, the choice is in your hands. Now is the time to come to terms with your hurt and move forward towards the next chapter of life. If you are in a fight with a loved one, the Three of Swords is a sign that it is time to make amends. Think before you speak and never be afraid to say sorry or grant forgiveness where it is deserved.

The Four of Swords

Iconography

The Four of SwordsThe image upon the Four of Swords can be taken in many lights. As always, the perspective upon the card is left up to the viewer. The effigy of a knight laying upon his tomb within a great church. A single sword sits next to him, while the other three hang on the wall behind him. The stained glass through the window depicts the image of a woman and child.

History

Though many say the direction of the sword is irrelevant, many believe that the three swords pointing downward is symbolic of the darkness associated with this card. However, Rider-Waite professionals have no defining order for this argument.

Symbolism

The knight’s effigy is a symbol of a great hero is at rest. The sword which rests besides the knight is a symbol of one key issue that plague’s the knight. The woman and child in the stained glass are perhaps a suggestion that there is more to be sought after. As is made obvious by the church, there is a divine element to this card. The key ideas associated with the Four of Swords is contemplation, passivity, and relaxation. Not all things need to be faced head on.

Interpretations

When the Four of Swords appears upright it comes as reminder that every crisis is followed with a new wave of energy and in most cases: a new challenge. Though you may feel stressed and lack concentration, you must begin to ready yourself for the next challenge. Additionally, the Four of Swords want you to take the time to relax and refresh yourself with meditation. Now is the time to indulge in rest and frolic in seclusion. The answers are within yourself.

Reversed, the Four of Swords indicates that you are beginning to feel restless and feel the need to do far too many things at once. Though you may be trying to avoid getting lost in thought, the Four of Swords comes as a sign that time alone for reflection is exactly what you need in this moment. It can also represent that you have an extreme lack of action in your life and need to get to a place where your energy can realign and take action. Take action rather than waiting around for a more desirable course to appear. No progress will be made if you just sit around waiting for it.

The Five of Swords

Iconography

The Five of SwordsThe image upon the Five of Swords portrays a young man with a look of concentration upon his face. Behind him stands the images of his fallen enemies. The men walk away from him with backs turned, looking defeated. The sky is disheveled and tumultuous to signify the terrain has been difficult, however the clouds are starting to part.

History

Though this card is generally seen as a way to signify you have been aggressive in defeating your struggles, some Rider-Waite followers believe that the Five of Swords is a suggestion that you have isolated yourself by being too aggressive.

Symbolism

The man’s face suggest that he has been through harsh times. His face is worn which suggest that through the struggle, you have been hardened. The men walking away represent the people you may have shot down from others. The tumultuous sky represents the journey that has been difficult, as well as the conflict which ushered in many hardships. The swords which he holds as well as those which surround him on the floor were taken from his enemies. The key meanings to take away from the Five of Swords are conflict, resentment, and betrayal.

Interpretations

Upright, the Five of Swords warns that a conflict may require compromise. You may feel as if everyone is against you or that a recent quarrel has left you feeling like everyone is against you in one way or another. You know the way you want thing to pan out but are not sure of how to accomplish your goals. There is more than a struggle and you will have to work hard in order to correct your negative ambition.

Adversely, when the Five of Swords appears reversed tells you that you desperately want this time of disagreement and hardship to come to an end. However, you may be upset to realize that there is no winning in your current situation. Now you are more open to change, as you have already agreed with the thought that you have approached this situation in a bad way. Additionally, when the Five of Swords appears reversed to suggest that you may he reopened an old wound that you never quite came to terms with. Try to forgive yourself or the one who has hurt you or history is doomed to repeat itself.

The Six of Swords

Iconography

The Six of SwordsThe image on the Six of Swords displays a woman and young child who are being rowed across a great body of river in a boat. The woman’s head is covered and child can barely be seen. The man who rows them works vigorously to push them forward. The six swords seem to stand on their own in the boat and the in the distance, trees and foliage stand.

History

The number six has a number of religious connotations. However, the most widely recognized feature of the number six comes in relation to the Star of David which has six points standing strong. Additionally, in Islam there are six articles of belief.

Symbolism

The woman’s head being covered is a symbol of her shame, to which she is hiding from her past or something that has damaged her in a strange way. The child is representative of the innocence we feel even as we grow older. The water is an obstacle, but if they endure they will be greeted by the calm, steady, and stable. The swords represent the power of the mind over an irrational heart. The key ideas associated with the Six of Swords are transition, passage, and change that is hard.

Interpretations

Upright, the Six of Swords is symbolic of a difficult transition. At this point you know you must move forward even if it is hard. This decision will likely take you in to a new phase of your life where new opportunities will present. Now is the time to decide who you really want to be and though this may affect your spiritually, growth is a constant in life. Even if it feels like you are being coward, you are not. At times it is best to use our minds, as hearts can be restless without rhyme or reason.

When the Six of Swords appears reversed is a sign that you know you must move forward but have neglected to do such. Now is the time to let go. If you don’t, the thoughts and feelings that are plaguing you will continue to introduce new levels of pain in your life. Additionally, this card’s appearance also suggests that you are flat out denying opportunities due to old baggage and fears. Baggage can be very heavy and for this reason, you will continue to be held back until you make the decision to move forward with your life.

The Seven of Swords

Iconography

The Seven of SwordsThe man on the Seven of Swords is sneaking away from what appears to be a military camp with the seven swords in his arms. He appears to be struggling and thus, two of them stand planted in the ground behind him. It is made clear by the background that he is indeed a thief.

History

The number seven is frequently identified as a a sign of the seven sins, which given the image of the Seven of Swords is very fitting. The thief will always be found and thus, the seven sins are always easy to be identified.

Symbolism

The all around symbol of the man and the swords is thievery. This is a card of betrayal and in many ways it symbolizes someone who is trying to get away with something. The two swords that stay in the ground behind him are a sign that there will be consequences for his actions. Additionally, in the far left of the background a slew of soldiers can be seen suggesting that no matter how far the thief roams, his punishment will be served.

Interpretations

When the Seven of Swords appears upright it is often suggestion that though you are trying to hide something, your intentions will be found out. The easy path often comes with the most consequences. True success comes from handwork and dedication. Perhaps you feel you need to take the easy way out, but you couldn’t be more mistaken. Additionally the Seven of Swords can point to your desire to sneak away from obligations or situations which are not working for you anymore. Do not make the mistake of skipping out on your feelings, else they will come back to haunt you. Whatever the case, every action comes with consequence whether it be positive or negative.

Reversed, the Seven of Swords signees that you are coming up on mental challenges Whether you feel there has been one trial after the other or coming up on the first challenge, you mustn’t give up. Be patient. When the time comes you will find all the answers within yourself. Try doing things differently and do not become trapped familiar and look towards the horizon. Possibilities are endless. Actively pursue the new and accept everything that is happening to you. Without a doubt, your pain will be eased and you find your path easier.

 

Raider White Tarot Guide

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot III

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot IV

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Comments

comments

NO COMMENTS

Leave a Reply