Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

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The Eight of Swords

Iconography

The Eight of SwordsThe image on the Eight of Swords is another image that seems to hold a certain degree of darkness. The woman shown on the card is not only tied up, but is also blindfolded. She stands alone amongst the eight swords which seem to almost create a semicircle around her. The landscape is barren, with very little water and no foliage. There is only one path before her.

History

The Eights frequently are associated with the infinity symbol, which signifies the consistent flow of life. In the case of the Eight of Swords, this represents a darker time where if one does not escape, this dark circle will continue almost perpetually.

Symbolism

The woman’s binds signify that she is trapped and isolated, standing alone in the midst of these horrid conditions. She can not see in front of her or behind her and for this reason, is stuck. The swords act as prison, which seems to hold her back from everything. This is an intellectual fight, and rarely is associated with emotions but rather the need to call upon logic in order to make more positive solutions. The key ideas associated with the Eight of Swords is entrapment. This is a symbol of self-inflicted imprisonment.

Interpretations

When the Eight of Swords presents upright in a reading it should be taken as sign that you are feeling trapped in more ways than one. There are choices you must make in order to relieve yourself of this pain but as it stands, you may not have done anything to release yourself. Additionally, the Eight of Swords can signify that a painful and difficult decision must be made in order to progress. Though many see the woman on the Eight of Swords as hopeless, she has every option to release herself and is not doomed to be a victim. The only one that can stop her, is herself. Adversely, you may be suffering due to your own reckless decisions. You must find your inner strength.

Reversed, the Eight of Swords comes with a bit more cheer. Though you are stuck in a difficult time you are starting on the path of self-acceptance and are able to change your previous approach. You know you have options and that your fate is not that of a victims. However, this also comes with the suggestion that in the future you must take greater accountability for your actions and where you are in life. Let go of the past and fully move on with your life in order to enjoy the progress you have been making within your own life.

The Nine of Swords

Iconography

The Nine of SwordsThe image on the Nine of Swords depicts a woman with her head in her hands, sitting up in bed. Perhaps she has awoken from a horrid nightmare. The swords hang on the wall behind her and on her bed is the carving of two people fighting. One is clearly defeating the other. Her quilt is adorned with a variety of symbols which seem to suggest various cultures.

History

The Nine in all suits has always been about a a making or breaking point. As a strong number, the Nine is symbolic of an end point. In the case of the Nine of Swords, it is often the death of expectations.

Symbolism

The woman who is raised in bed suggests that you are feeling very dark and in many senses are being kept awake by your inner demons. This card is very psychological and has much more to do with emotion than those that precede it. The nine swords represent all you have done or failed to do that have brought you to this point. The duel on the bed represent the inner turmoil, where one part of yourself must fight desperately against the other. The key words to take away from the Nine of Swords are depression, anxiety, and heavy despair.

Interpretations

When the Nine of Swords appears upright it should be taken as sign that inner turmoil is beginning to consume your mind. In fact, this card often appears when a person is beginning to worry excessively. Do no allow yourself to be consumed by worry because nothing productive will every come from it. Perhaps you fear for your future or a certain situation but everyone experiences fear and thus, everyone has the capability to move forward from it. Call upon your inner strength and remember not to be hard on yourself, even if the issues were of your own creation. Do not get too worked up about that which you can no longer control. Ask yourself: What is the source of my depression?

Reversed, the Nine of Swords takes everything from the upright meaning and duplicates the pressure and anxiety. At this point your worry and depression has begun to consume your life and largely, take much away from your life. Perhaps you are feeling as if you are going to be harmed but you must relax. No matter what is happening, you will be okay. If you feel that you cannot cope, it is time to seek professional help. Depression should not be taken lightly and if things have gotten to the point where you feel daily life is a challenge, it’s time to seek solutions that will benefit you.

The Ten of Swords

Iconography

The Ten of SwordsThe man on the Ten of Swords is laying face own in the dirt with all ten swords stabbed into his body. A red cloak covers the lower half of his body while the others had is left revealed. Int he distance there is a great body of water with mountains far off in the distance. The darkness is being ripped through by the sun and is slowly disappearing

History

As with six, there are many divine meaning behind the number ten. There are ten commandments, ten lost tribes of Israel, and in Hinduism there are 10 incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu. Additionally, the tetractys has been a symbol to many cultures for thousands of years.

Symbolism

The man who is laying face down on the Ten of Swords has come to a point where he has no option but to renew himself. The red cloth covers him with a certain level of respect and the sword’s themselves are representative of all that has lead up to this point. The sunlight that breaks through the darkness is symbolic of how even after the darkness, the light will always present itself. Though this card traditionally ushers in ending and loss, it is also a sign of a better future.

Interpretations

When the Ten of Swords appears upright it associated with the notion that you are feeling very hopeless. You may feel that you are the victim and have tirelessly been looking for pity from others almost forcing others to care for you. However, this is not productive and in many cases holds you back in the long run. Additionally, the Ten of Swords also indicated that you are undergoing loss and pain. However, think of this time as a release and now is the time to evolve and release.

Reversed, the Ten of Swords suggests that you are trying to avoid that a fate is inevitable. This card indicates that regardless of if you are ready or not, things will progress and you will have to deal with the aftermath of your actions. Do not be deeply worried about how bad something is going to hurt you because you are the only one holding back your personal transformation.

The Page of Swords

Iconography

The Page of SwordsThe Page of Swords depicts a man standing in the midst of up and down landscapes and holds his sword with both of his hands gripped firmly around the sword. The winds blow hard but the sky is generally cheery and there are birds in the sky. There is a high energy about the entire image.

History

As with all minor arcana suites the Page of Swords represents a passionate and energetic presence. There is not a Page that does contain some sort of energy, yet it is interesting that all Rider-Waite Pages are high of energy as this is not always the case with other versions of the tarot deck.

Symbolism

The Page’s garb suggest that he is well rounded man that has accomplished much in his life. The wind that blows heavily in the card signifies the energy that is present in the current occasion. His grip on the sword symbolizes her strength. This card ushers in a new time of energy that is almost curious and at times can be restless. However, the urge to indulge in the this energetic time should not be denied.

Interpretations

When the Page of Swords appears upright you should take it as a sign to move forward. Essentially you’ve gotten the green light to follow your passions and start putting your life in motion. You know where you need to go and how to do it. A chance to personally develop should never be denied. Be expressive and commit to developing your own way of doing things. You are agile and able but be careful to not fly to too close to the sun. With high energy comes inertia, and such when you fall you may hit much harder than you expected.

Reversed, the Page of Swords warns that this very energy that will take you so far in life is now beginning to work against you. You may have a lot of drive to complete your goals but you are going about it impulsively and are trying to deal with everything at once as opposed to tackling one issue at a time. Additionally, the Page of Swords warns that you are not taking action fast enough and have begun to be more talk than walk. Make sure that you are only addressing the things that truly matter to you. Now is the time to expand your horizons and educate yourself.

The Knight of Swords

Iconography

The Knight of SwordsThe Knight atop the horse on the image of the Knight of Swords seems to be moving with an incredible push. The horse is large and white and lets off an air of purity. The sky is clear yet seems to still have an element of rage. The horse is adorned with robes which signify that this is quite a worthy steed. He is ready for anything.

History

The night seems to always have an energy that is admired by others. Through the entire Rider-Waite minor arcana, the Knights remain as figures of aggressive energy. In fact, the Knight across all aspects of cultures has been an admired figure of strength.

Symbolism

The armor of the Knight suggests that he is ready for anything and that he is not afraid to fight for it. With his sword held towards the sky he is a card of action and does not wait for anything, without a thought of the harm he may encounter. His horse is pure and white to represent the degree of intelligence that is utilized in the Knight’s execution. The horse is wearing garbs that have symbols of energy and purity. The clouds behind him are tossed wildly with the wind as he is a figure of endless commitment and charge. Now is a communicative time where everything is feeling a little more action oriented.

Interpretations

Upright, The Knight of Swords appears when you are embarking upon a new path and feel that there is nothing in the world that can stop you. A new burst of energy gas overcome you and you are moving forward at a rapid rate. You are focused and committed to your goals and will stop at nothing to attain them. Though you may be strong, your may act too aggressively. Often times the Knight of Swords also appears as a warning that you need to take others into considerations. Do not cut corner and conquer every challenge you must. He also warns that you must try to overcome your issues from an intellectual standpoint.

When the Knight of Swords is reversed it comes as a warning that you are beginning to act far too impulsively. You may feel an almost crippling need to attain freedom but now are beginning to act incredibly impulsively and are at risk of burning out. You must be able to think logically on your own and not make the mistake of letting others direct you. Be sure to not be reckless in your actions and do not get stuck in the fluster energy. In the form of a person, do not become obliged to anyone who is constantly bringing chaos into your life.

The Queen of Swords

Iconography

The Queen of SwordsThe Queen of Swords comes off as a very stern woman who sits high on her throne with an overseeing eye. No one can fool the Queen of Swords. Her throne is adorned with many lovely images and she clearly has earned each of her decorations. The birds are soaring above her head as confirmation that her status is elevated amongst the skies and she is a force to be reckoned with.

History

In every case of the Queen, she appears as a mature woman who represents an element of female energy. These cards are have something in common: the women stand as am image of impartiality where they are able to see all aspects of each situation.

Symbolism

Her sword which is pointed towards the towards the sky indicates that no one can fool her and symbolizes how she will always stand up to injustice. Her hand is raised to symbolize that she has much to offer her peers. The spring sky and changing landscape signifies that she is unbroken by the passage of time. The birds that fly above her head symbolize how her mind is risen above the every day issues of common man and now constantly seeks to deliver results that are helpful and on point. The key ideas associated with the Queen surround the ability to be independent and perceptive while gravitating towards quick thought.

Interpretations

When the Queen of Swords appears upright to signify that you must continue to employ the use of logic. If you find that you are too giving and spend all of your time helping others in hopeless situations, its time to align with logic and realize where you can help and where you can. The Queen encourages that you tell it all, but do not act with cruelty. Be noble in your actions and thoughts with others and be honest but do not be unnecessarily blunt in order to enact pain on others.

Reversed, the Queen of Swords warns that you are relying far too heavily on your emotions and have almost abandoned any type of logical thought entirely. Make sure that you are able to look at things objectively. Additionally, the Queen may warn that certain relationships are clouding your visions and you have begun to let people walk all over you. You must be strong and think about yourself in a high light, so that you can be assertive and confident. As always, this is not to say that you should be cruel or narrow-minded. You must simply remove reaction and try to handle interactions from a logical base of thought.

The King of Swords

Iconography

The King of SwordsThe King of Swords is a stern man who seems to almost demand respect. His sword points upward and is firmly in his grasp. His throne and decorated with butterflies which are the perfect image of transformation. The sky is relatively clear as he sits atop what appears to be a high cliff. The trees and landscape around him is still.

History

The King is a timeless symbol of energy and power. He is the protector who watches over everything that occurs over all parts of his kingdom. The many faces of the King all appear as a stern, logical, and calm man who approaches each element of life with a compassionate degree of logic.

Symbolism

On the left hand of the King is a Saturn ring which a symbol os his ability take things seriously and engross himself in his responsibilities. His blue robes are a symbol of his desire to remain understanding and strive to see each point of view that comes in contact with him. His purple cape is a sign of his compassionate nature. With a clear sky, it is clear that his mind is stable and calm. Able to see all things with clear eyes. His sword is strong and tall. This is a time of clear thought and authority.

Interpretations

When the King of Swords appears upright it is a sign that you need to take a more diplomatic route about doing things. It’s time to gain an objective point of view and try to remain as rational as possible during all of your persist so as to protect yourself from foolish mistakes. Also be careful in your judgement, as you must aspire to be fair. You must be able to take any situation and come to a just conclusion on the matter.

Reversed, the King of Swords says that you or someone close to you is beginning to misuse the power you have. Perhaps you are now acting selfishly and think you are above everyone else. If this is the case, it is time to move away from such interests that allow you to step on the thoughts and feelings of others. Additionally, if you are feeling indecisive now is the time to make a plan and move forward with it.

Raider White Tarot Guide

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

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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

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Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

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