Card of the Day: Four of Swords

S W I M I N T H E S E A

Today’s card is the Four of Swords from the Universal Goddess Tarot

This is such a sad card.  It depicts Kaguya hime, a celestial being from Japanese folklore.  IMG_0567She is adopted by a human couple after they find her in a field.  She is raised on Earth as their own child but eventually must return to the moon leaving her loved ones behind forever.

The four of swords is normally a card of rest, a well earned one, but this one reads differently.  This card talks about taking some time away from a painful situation, sitting with your thoughts and taking time to reflect.

In some of the old folk tales Kaguya forgets her human family the minute she re-dons her celestial cloak and the only people who remember her on Earth feel that sadness, but I think this figure remembers and misses them.

This four of swords is telling you to take some time with the swords you’re wrestling with, step back so you can gain some new perspective on the situation.

On this card Kaguya is bounded by swords above and below her, if she tries to move forward or backwards she’ll get cut.  She doesn’t have much of a choice but to sit with her thoughts.

The appearance of a rabbit is no coincidence either, there is a lot of mythology about rabbits on the moon.  Including a popular Japanese story about the rabbit pounding mochi on the moon.  Rabbits very often represent fertility as well, so the inclusion of the rabbit signals that this period of rest and introspection will be a fertile one.  Whatever you’re trying to figure out will come to you if you can ‘hermit’ just a little bit.

A little personal advice that didn’t come from the card itself is that if you’re hurting, make sure to take care of yourself.  There’s been a lot of grief and heartbreak in the world lately and if you need help during your four of swords rest, please please do reach out for it.  There are hotlines you can call anytime if you need help.  The Trevor Project is another specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) persons.

It’s perfectly okay to take time to yourself to process things, but don’t feel like you have to shoulder your burden alone.

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