I've removed this segment from the revised manuscript The Enchanted Snare. The Enchanted Snare is magickal story with an instructional method that can help you become acquainted with the Major Tarot cards and be more witchlike. Don't fret, The Suit of Swords will re-appear in my up-in-coming release The Fool's Path.
Here is an invitation to tap in to the energies and the symbolic - pictures of the Sword suite of the Waite Tarot deck.
Light candles and incense, and then joined in.
The opportunity is yours'!
EARTH - PHYSICAL POWER - SOLID
AIR - THOUGHT POWER - GASEOUS
FIRE - WILLPOWER - ELECTRICAL
WATER - EMOTIONAL POWER - LIQUID
Today we will study gaseous energy, the air suit, swords, and the quality of intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity and perception. The wind is the air which flows paralleling earth’s surface. Earth’s winds vary day-to-day or blow mostly from one direction throughout a year or season. The wind is air in motion, a current and the power of respiration, the breath of life. The wind shapes or forms the clouds and is the sweeper of heaven and earth. Even though the winds are invisible, it can be felt against the cheek or seen rustling the leaves on trees as it passes by. The wind has a way of clearing away the old and renewing hope.
We have the power to call the winds when desired. Each point of the compass has been gifted with a purpose to help us to change or endure. The wind has a voice. All that is needed is to ask, then listen.
When performing spells or making a wish, one must try to match the wind with the quest. The east wind belongs to new beginnings and blesses the change with its energy. The south wind binds love and creativity. Apply the south wind for love enchantments and bring peace and harmony in relationships. The west wind erases negative thoughts and emotions. It has the energy to renew confidence and hope. The north wind transcends the other winds. It is a source of spiritual strength and great wisdom. It protects and increases intuition and divinatory power. It can harness and bind all winds together.
The Sword suit in the Waite Tarot deck represents the essence of winds. The winds rise, fall, shift, back, veer, prevail, freshen, gust, then relax. Like the wind, our minds swirl, twirl, regulate, adjust, settle and determine. The human mind has the ability to be brilliant. It is analytical and intellectual. The mind, through thoughts, creates reality. It’s not so much the size of one’s brain as it is the size of one’s thoughts that makes them who they are. How you think affects how you walk, talk, feel and act. A person is a product of his own thoughts. Others see in you what you see in yourselves. To think is to have an opinion: belief, to reflect on: ponder, to call to mind: remember, to form a mental picture: imagine.
The Sword suit represents the psychological function of thinking. Without thought it is impossible to look outside of self and understand another person. Thought enables us to deal objectively with conflict. It allows us to solve a problem through intellect, to distinguish clearly, or to comprehend the meaning and significance of events. The mind examines the situation and forms a perspective. Continual repetition of words, actions and ideas cultivate and discipline the mind.
Duality plays a vital role in our lives and throughout the universe. The Law of Duality states that opposites are two sides of the same phenomenon. Know for every negative thought there is a positive thought and for every positive thought there is a negative thought - together, but separate, unity, but disunity. This principle is reflected in everything we think or do. Examine your shadow side, the part within that is negative - you might not want to acknowledge, but others can see. What you tell yourself you program yourself mentally to believe. How you think plays a role in the outcome of personal destiny. Destiny is within your control and fate plays its part. Personal experience through emotions and actions, create your thoughts.
I suggest you let your thoughts work for you. When the mind doubts, it will attract reasons to support this and will function in ways to help fail. When the mind thinks positive it will attract reasons to support this and function to succeed. When one tells themselves that they are equal to others, yet an individual accepting self with confidence will condition the mind with positive thoughts to produce behavior and words.
From your Tarot deck search for the Sword suit and remove each card. Lay the Sword suit out in front of you from the ace to the ten in a straight line with the court cards at the end.
The suit of Swords is equivalent to the element of Air. It indicates mental activity of all kinds. All forms of written and spoken communications come under the Sword’s domain - the communion of our thoughts with others and the integration of our own inner dialogue which includes debates, arguments, discussions, logical planning, and creative ideas. The Sword suit shows how ideas are manifested. There are steps to follow to bring an inspiration to its potential.
To build new thoughts, one must reason, conceive, realize, reflect, speculate and deliberate. It’s easier to be a cynic and harder to believe. Optimism builds and creates.
The following diagram shows that, at one, a thought appears from out of nowhere; at two, stock in personal thought; three, interferance, then four, gain better perspective; at five, thinking of own needs; at six, entering new frame of mind; seven, keeping thoughts to self; eight, restricted thoughts; at nine, going over and over guilt, only at ten to have thinking reach its lowest point.
9 Moves to new level
8 Proceed and understood
7 Learning lasting effects
5 Reaches initial peak
4 Grows stronger
3 Grows in intensity
2 Something begins Problems arise
1 Back to new thought
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
With the Ace of Swords on the Tarot card laid before you, we see a white radiating, angelic hand, issuing from clouds and grasping the hilt of the sword which supports a radiant celestial crown from which depends on the right, the olive branch for peace, or on the left, the branch for suffering, consumes our thoughts.
Falling from its points are six yods which are drops of light or dew from heaven, descent of Spirit. At the Ace of Swords, thought is original and waits to manifest. It is an extremely powerful card linked to destiny. Life experience creates perceptions. Through our emotions, water, and willpower - fire, a new thought or idea was born. This means that desire and personal will have formed a new perspective which enables change to a particular stimulus experienced which, until then, triggered irreversible thought patterns.
At the Ace of Sword the mind is open. It can turn things around and form a new point of view, a change in attitude between personal success and failure, happiness or sadness. The mind organizes centers and focuses the thought to manifest it outward. The difficulty arises when the origin of thought manifested through expression and outer circumstances appear as a disruption.
The five of Swords indicates a verbal battle which, if won, would feel hollow. It is a card of conflicting impulses. There is friction or struggle. Victory can turn into defeat when intelligence is out of touch with its emotional base. Here there may be too much concern with what others think and put too much stock in external appearance and results progress being blocked out.
The six of Swords, there is movement, mentally or physically. It is a time to forget worries. There is progress through mental effort. The mind supports emotions, emotions support the mind.
The seven of Swords, two swords are pointed downward, solid in the ground, while five others are being carried away. Two thoughts are established, five are yet to manifest. Theft, to ideas is sometimes foretold. This card sometimes represents by using one’s own wits and resources, problems will be solved
The nine of Swords is a card of suffering, grief and submission in the face of adversity. It is the most ominous card in the minor suit.
The ten of Swords, the figure lays flat on the ground with quite a few swords in the back. Words written or spoken cause a betrayal of confidence and trust which causes a victim mentality. This card represents the completion of a mental cycle. The sun rising in the background possibly means the end of disillusionment.
The King of Swords symbolizes quick wit, cleverness and informed. Analyze any problem with reason and logic to bring ease. Take action by speaking truth, use thinking skills to come up with a solution, communicate well or judge others fairly. An impartial but just decision can be made.
Each Tarot card embodies a very specific concept and psychology. Today we will use the One Card Technique to assist in a ritual beneath the Full Moon as a meditative tool.
Pick up the Sword suit and with your left hand knock three times on the back of the deck to remove past influences from the tarot cards. Shuffle the cards eleven times then hold the deck face down in one hand and covered the cards with the other hand. Pause to become center and calm. Place the cards in front of you, then cut with the left hand and re-stacked.
Turn over the top card.
An enchantment to add to Full Moon - Esbat ritual.
The Ace of Swords - go beneath the night sky with fresh air surrounding, the force of truth. Ask the Moon Goddess to cut away the falsehood and remove the doubt within your mind.
The two of Swords - as the clouds part and the Full Moon is in full view, request the Moon Goddess for faith and balance. To release the struggle within and to achieve equilibrium.
The five of Swords - release attachment from victory. As the Full Moon casts its light in the clouded sky, request a new thought from the Moon Goddess for success. Try to release tensions and be open to a new experience. While the cool wind blows at night and the clouds move away from the Full Moon, request the Moon Goddess to clean away the old thought patterns to make room for the new.
Six of Swords - a different perspective recently formed into a change in direction.
A difficult cycle in life recently ended and hope the future will be less turbulent. As the Full Moon floats across the night sky ask the Moon Goddess for a new thought to support new direction.
The eight of Swords - truly need to make a decision to break free from a controlling environment. When the Full Moon illuminates the earth below request from the Moon Goddess for clarity to help decide between vice and virtue.
The three of Swords - there is incompatibility in relationship with others. Thoughts are bitter from the experience. Go beneath the night sky and as the clouds move away from the bright, Full Moon, request the Moon Goddess to release the negative thoughts of the past and allow positive inspiration in for a new perspective.
The phrase "Blessed Be," which is pronounced with an emphasis on the final syllable of "blessed" (bless-ed), is nearly ubiquitous among Wiccans and many other neo-pagans. It is typically used as either a greeting or a farewell, much like the Christian "God bless you," Islam's "salaam" or the Jewish "shalom." In context, it is often understood as shorthand for "may you be blessed by the Goddess," as it appears in the long version of the Wiccan Rede, but its origins lie in the Gardnerian tradition's Five Fold Kiss ritual.