Daily Tarot: Five of Swords

“Drama don’t arrive by surprise; it is summoned.”  T.F. Hodge

As anyone who is familiar with my tarot readings knows, I absolutely loathe the five of swords. Its appearance never bodes well and you can expect to encounter negative circumstances that require a fair amount of effort to overcome.  This is the day when you lock your keys in the car, delete an important file, or make that costly mistake because you weren’t paying attention. And if that isn’t enough to rattle your nerves, it can be quite easy to get embroiled in confrontational situations where manipulation, underhanded tactics, and one-upmanship are modus operandi for the win. With an all-or-nothing, take-no-prisoners attitude, the loser is likely to walk away embarrassed, with pride wounded and tail between the legs. Not that anyone cares–the focus is, after all, self-interest. The woman depicted on the card in this deck looks as if she’s saying, “You can kiss my *#$!”  which pretty much sums up the sentiment for the day. Whether you’re a casualty of the war depends on if you’ve been watching your own back or taking too much for granted because of impatience, arrogance or over-confidence.

The only positive, if there is one, is that your frustration motivates you to take action and address a dilemma in which you’ve hit the proverbial brick wall. Wherever you’ve been biding your time or biting your tongue, you’ll decide to bring issues out into the open so that you can finally deal with them.

(Tarot Deck:  Klimt Golden Tarot|Lo Scarabeo)

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