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Tarot Tuesday; Eight of Swords

The Eight of Swords reflects that you feel trapped by your own thoughts and perspectives. The woman in this card is blindfolded and bound, trapping her into thinking that she has no way out. However, if only she could remove the blindfold and change her thinking, she would see that she does indeed have options. So, the Eight of Swords suggests that you need to look at a difficult situation from a new angle. Draw upon your intellectual self and your emotional self to determine the best path forward, one that avoids any possible victimization or restriction…

The woman in the Eight of Swords is often seen as powerless. She has surrendered her power to an unknown entity, thus rendering herself completely powerless. She has become the victim and is now waiting to be rescued. If you see part of this woman in yourself, then it is imperative you take back your power and personal accountability and open your eyes to the options that lie in front of you. The fact is that you do have options, even if you do not like those options. This is fine, so long as you accept that you do indeed have options and you do not have to be the victim here.

Biddy Tarot

#WorldMentalHealthDay

Well, looks like I’m being confronted by my own shortcomings. Thanks, tarot cards. I get it!

I struggle with my own brain, it’s nuances and processes, in a way that might confuse a “normal” person. It used to be is very hard sometimes to escape my own thoughts and feelings. I get “tunnel vision” or stuck on a comment someone makes – I can start to feel worthless, helpless, and depressed very easily. I would be lying if I didn’t say that every day is a challenge.

But it’s a challenge I now meet head on and face with discipline. I know that’s not the best course of action for everyone, but it has helped me tremendously. I can’t afford to wallow in my own sadness and fear. I can’t wait for someone else to save me from myself; how on earth would they? I’ve developed tactics and responses to help me cope, but also have been lucky enough to realize that I have a huge amount of support from those that care about me. It sounds corny and easily gets brushed aside, but really, if you think you’re alone when you struggle, you aren’t.

You’re never alone. You’re not trapped. You’re stronger than you realize.

There are things, great things, in this life I never thought I could achieve and did. There are moments that I thought I could never bounce back from and be happy again. Yet I did. I had to get to the point where I realized that there are people who love me and would help me, but they could not fight my battles for me. The battle could only be won when I changed the way I saw myself. When I changed how I saw myself, how I saw the way my mind works, then suddenly I saw all the opportunities laid out before me.

Shame on those who think that self-care is selfish. That depression is just something you “get over”. That mental health care and therapy are a way of capitalizing on weakness. I can say that because I thought all of those things myself. I was in no way helping myself or others by perpetuating these beliefs. I want to change that.

I have been motivated and called to speak my truth, to share my vulnerable moments, so that someone else might realize they’ve got it all wrong. The blindfold is off. My vision is clear. I refuse to be a victim and will help others to find that strength in themselves.

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thereluctantpagan

Writer, Wannabe Artist, Overthinker, List-Maker, Photographer, Chronic Under-Salter

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