Daily Tarot for August 25, 2013

4swords

Greetings all!

We have another of my favorite cards, it’s not a fancy major arcana it’s just a simple four, and believe it or not, it’s part of the scary suit… swords. This card traditionally means to take a well-deserved break.  Swords are always about facing challenges so for those of us who love to be active and busy the challenge for you is to slow down and rest!

In the Mythic Tarot, the card depicts Orestes seated in a cross legged position meditatively contemplating four swords that are all pointed away from him. Sometimes in order to gain perspective on a problem we must step back and give it some thought. As a reminder, his story is the one in which he must seek revenge for his father’s murder at the hands of his mother. This indicates the need to rest and prepare before a big task. It is also at the point in the story when Orestes is unaware of the family difficulties. In this way, this card may also indicate “ignorance is bliss”.

This is a great card to pull on a Sunday! Particularly if it’s the Sunday before school starts again! In our modern world we often don’t even take breaks on Sundays. Business is habit forming and it can be really hard to break that habit. Take time out today for R&R. It’s good for the mind, body and spirit. You will be glad you did before hitting the road for the week ahead!

Blessings!

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2 thoughts on “Daily Tarot for August 25, 2013

  1. Curious choice of words, that Orestes “must” seek revenge for his father’s murder at the hands of his mother. Why must he? Because of a Greek tradition? Obsession with revenge in the countries around the Mediterranean? Was his mother wrong and his father right?

    The Four of Swords plays an important part in Return from Avalon (and Points West). The image in the Waite-Rider deck, the man perhaps lying in state with the four swords, is ultimately what allowed Arnie to make the connection between himself and Arthur, who went to Avalon “to rest and heal until the world again has need of heroes.”

    • geekyg1rl says:

      Hi Rusty,

      According to what I know of the myth and what is played out in this deck of cards, Orestes is ordered by Apollo to seek revenge on his mother for his father’s murder. He is caught then between Apollo’s orders and the Furies who are against matricide. It is finally the Goddess Athena who takes pity on Orestes and protects him from the Furies and their wrath. It’s thought that this story originated at a time in history when the changeover was being made from Matriarchy to Patriarchy and the subjugation of the Goddess by the God. Therefore what is being played out here is the power struggle between the matriarchy and the patriarchy and Orestes is caught in the middle. I’ve heard some experts see this story as a warning to women what would happen if they sought to be independent. Athena, while a woman, was also very much her father’s daughter. She is kind of seen as a turncoat by the matriarchy for protecting Orestes.

      I actually don’t remember that part of Return to Avalon, but I am in the process of rereading it so I will let you know when I’ve come to that point. 🙂

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