Good morning everyone, and Happy New Year’s Eve. Originally, I wasn’t going to post a Tarot draw today, but after reflecting a bit, I thought better. The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a pretty arbitrary date, and any day is just as good as any other. Every culture that maintains its own calendar has its own day for the New Year. That being said, regardless of which calendar you use, New Year’s eve is a good day for reflecting on the recent past, namely the past year, and make plans or affirmations for the future. Personally, I don’t really buy into the whole “New Year’s Resolutions” because I’ve yet to meet someone that actually sticks to them. Instead I try to affirm the general direction I want my life to take. Nothing specific, like lose ten lbs, or make more money. More like, embrace a healthier lifestyle, or improve my attitude at work.
Today’s Tarot Card, the last of 2013, is the Ten of Swords
The Ten of Swords features ten swords laid out as a steel web, with the Lord of the Flies, a euphemism for Satan, at the center. The handles of the swords all feature Caesar’s betrayers, and near the tips of the blades, funeral flowers abound. Three hired mourners weep and wail along the bottom of the card.
Divinatory Meanings: Ruin, Pain, Affliction, Sadness. Mental Anguish, Desolation, Misfortune, Disappointment.
Reversed Meanings: Profit, Benefit, Temporary Gain, Passing Success, Temporary Favor, Momentary Advantage.
There are several ways to look at this card, depending where in a spread it turns up. In the past, Ten of Swords would indicate that the worst is over, and life is on the upswing. A present position would indicate that the querant is at a turning point in his or her life, and will be leaving the worst of it behind. Being as we only draw one card, I always choose to read them as the present. It is also the end of a year, however arbitrary the date may be. Expect big changes for yourself in 2014. 2013 may have been rough, but it’s a new year, and a new start. Let the worst aspects of the last year go, and embrace what 2014 has in store.