Here you see a woman sitting alone on a seat, blindfolded and protecting herself with two swords crossing her chest. Swords, the card of Air (mind) and the number two is the card for choices, decision, balance, contemplation and connection.
This woman has blindfolded herself, however, her arms are free to take this off at anytime, but she is occupied protecting herself, and in the process missing out on everything else around her.
We had the Full Moon on Friday, so I absolutely love the timing of this card. This card is the calling to take off the blindfold and face the things that you are not wanting to see. To let it go and to move through it. It is the reminder that while it may feel safer and more comfortable to protect your heart, by allowing nothing to approach you, you are actually preventing yourself from feeling everything that needs to be felt. While it may feel safer this way, the good can’t approach you either, and in the process, you miss out on the ability to truly connect with others, and most importantly, being able to truly connect with yourself.
This is the reminder for us that feeling into the hurt and moving through the things that we don’t want to see and feel, is actually a form of freedom.
This is the time for decision, to either keep holding the swords and to remain blinded and closed to the things not wanting to be faced… Or, to put down the swords and to lean into the discomfort and work and move through the feelings and emotions.
You can still be protected, even with an open heart. You can perform energetic protection and ask for protection from your guides. You can be vulnerable and still have strength. True strength comes from leaning into your vulnerability with an open heart, and from this open heart, we are able to connect with others and connect with ourselves.
Brené Brown speaks so beautifully on the topic of vulnerability, and the below really speaks to the essence of the Two of Swords message…
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
Remember, you are stronger than the things you are not wanting to see. You are lighter than the darkness and this light will carry you through.
The Full Moon energy can still be felt, so below (with this card in mind) I have written a ‘Letting Go’ ritual to help move through this energy.
RELEASING THE SWORDS RITUAL - LETTING GO….
In a comfortable position, sit with a piece of paper and pen.
Close your eyes and breathe love into your heart.
Think of the things that you are holding on to that you need to let go of. The things that are holding you back and that no longer serve you. (Be really honest with yourself).
Thank these things for the lessons they have given you.
When you are ready, open your eyes and write on the piece of paper the things you are wanting to let go of.
Take a fire-proof bowl outside (or use your fireplace if you have one) and safely burn the piece of paper.
As you watch the flames take away the paper, know that you are letting go of these things.
As you watch the paper burn, repeat:
As this burns
I set it free
This is no longer attached to me
My heart is open
My heart is strong
My heart radiates joy to everyone
You might like to follow this ritual with a space clearing ritual, to clear stuck energies from your house and aura (see here for guidance).
Wishing you a week filled with Heart Love and Light xx
Deck: Rider Waite Tarot
Photography: Megan Cook