Tarot perspective from August 9--The 10 of Swords.

This is part 1 of the previous post regarding #tarotperspectives for this week. For August 9th, I drew the 10 of swords. The end of a conflict(?).

Again, I always like to take a look at the differences in the art. So, here, in the Llewellyn deck, Anne-Marie Ferguson (copyright Llewellyn) stepped back from the traditional imagery. Her image (left) doesn’t have the poor woman stabbed where the Smith-Waite Centennial Deck (Copyright US Games) and the Druid Craft decks' men are. She does seem to be mostly drowned and trapped by them. So, whatever their battles they still all came to bad or exhausting ends.

ten of swords, tarot cards by Llewellyn Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson, Druid Craft Tarot by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Smith-Waite Tarot copyright US Games; Photograph by author Juli D. Revezzo
Ten of Swords, L to R: Llewellyn Tarot by Anne-Marie Ferguson, Druid Craft Tarot by Phillip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm, Smith-Waite Tarot copyright US Games


And yet, an end is just an opportunity for a new beginning, and can I just say "Woohoo!" to that? New beginnings are awesome, aren't they? (Pay no mind to the pile of newly-started manuscripts behind the curtain!) But it's still an ending of some kind. I look at these cards and I see what various interpretations say about it, that it might not be a horrible end, and I have to agree. (Ironically, I'm almost finished with something I've been working on, so hey. Ending. Not so bad).

Yet when I draw it, all I can think about is, yes, she's going to have some sort of headache there (back ache?). Taken altogether with the draw from the other day (that I've posted here), would anyone be surprised if I wonder if I should be the teensiest bit nervous? Again, newbie me could still have this all wrong.

And yet, looking at the gal in the Llewellyn card, maybe it's not so bad. Maybe she just needs a breather. A few moments and she'll be up, grabbing one of those swords, Xena style, and charging back in. Not so bad!

On the other hand, it would make for an interesting story: Some girl walks into a bar, ten swords sticking out of her back and... Herm... Scuze me. I think I have an idea! ;)

What are your thoughts on the 10 of swords?



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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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