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Tarot Reflections


  July 01, 2003

Meditation: Nine of Swords
Michelle Swan, Tarot Reader

Michelle Swan is a Tarot Reader and actress from The Bronx, New York. She fell in love with Tarot cards about four years ago. Since that time, she has found that her personal and spiritual development has flourished with my Tarot studies.

"I greatly enjoy writing The Tarot Meditations and I hope you all enjoy reading them as well. Bright blessings to all!"

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  Close your eyes. Imagine your feet becoming as roots of the earth. Grounded strength is what flows between you and the earth. Nothing can harm you.

You wake up to find yourself in a strange room. Is it furnished or is it almost bare? The bed you are lying on is a huge oak bed.  You get up and walk toward a small window. You look back at the bed and notice the unusual headboard fashioned out of nine swords. You hear the sound of a horse neighing outside.

A beautiful black horse looks up at you with eyes twinkling with intelligence. A crack of thunder rumbles outside and you can see the sky is getting darker by the minute. Despite this, you leave the room and go down winding stairs in your bare feet. You notice the robe you wear is a deep midnight with birds flying on it. You make it outside and walk toward the horse. How does this storm make you feel? Strong? Scared? Intrigued? Adventurous?

You climb up on the horse then ask, "So where are we going?"

The horse nods to where the darkest part of the sky lies in the distance.

" Into the storm. What is your name, friend?"

The horse looks back at you and you hear in your mind the name "Night."

"Night. You're a girl horse I can see, so that makes you a mare. You're my.." You laugh at the ridiculousness and seriousness of this all at once. "You're my Nightmare."

Night gives you what appears as a silly grin then off you go together like the wind. You hold on to the lone strap. The thunder becomes more intense as you ride closer to the darkness. Then you see another rider on a horse coming straight at you.

"Night, we have to stop. That rider is going to hit us."

Night ignores you. The rider wears a white cloak billowing on the silver horse's mane. You grab on tighter not sure what to make of this. Then as you are almost about to collide, the other rider swerves the other way.

Night finally stops and the other rider turns to face you.

"Are you crazy?' you shout out.

The rider says nothing. You get an eerie sense of déjà vu.

"Who are you?"

The other rider takes off the hood. Who do you see? Is it a woman, man or animal?  Is the person a stranger to you or a familiar face?

 I am fear, anger, aggression, death, grief. Everything you don't want to see. To live you must get through me."

After hearing these words what is your first impulse? Is it to run or stand to fight?
You look up to see you are now in the darkest part of the storm. The wind whirls around you but you don't feel it. After a few moments you say. "All right, come on them. Because I'm getting through you." You pat Night on her neck.

You take a deep breath. You spur Night on to ride as fast as she can. The rider gives a sharp cry and comes at you. You focus all your might on holding on despite everything.  In the moment of impact, you ride right through the rider. Night stops then a burst of light comes through illuminating the sky.  All that remains of the rider and horse is nine swords lying on the ground.

Is it a rush of relief or adrenaline that courses through you now? You gather the nine swords and Night returns you back to the castle. You hug Night around the neck.  She gives you a warm neigh and rides off.

You reach the room and put the nine swords back to where they belong in the headboard. The swords now vanish into the wood of the bed.  You lie down on the bed and close your eyes once more.  Now, it is time to open your eyes one last time to your reality. Ponder what this journey with the nine of swords has shown you.  As always, record your experiences in your Tarot journal.



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