Mercury is in retrograde for most of the month of October this year. One of the most important aspects of Mercury, the “messenger of the gods,” is communication.
When Mercury is in retrograde, it is easy to misspeak, and to be misunderstood. Connections are harder to make and easier to lose.
Rather than panicking about the potential problems Mercury’s retrograde might reflect, why not use this time to improve your communication skills?
This month, make sure you speak clearly, and listen well. Remember the way cultural differences change our communications. Listen with your heart, even when there is a language barrier or a cultural disconnect.
So many times communication is difficult because we are afraid of saying what we are feeling. Remember that tone and word choice make a difference. Think before you speak, and speak in a way that people can really hear you.
There are few mere coincidences in tarot. That we are studying the suit of Swords in the “Learning Tarot” section of this newsletter during Mercury retrograde is a simple example of how the right cards will always be present at the right time.
The suit of Swords in tarot is often misunderstood as the suit of “fighting” or the suit of “sorrow.” Truly, since the suit of Swords relates to the element of Air, the Swords cards are about our thoughts and our words.
The next time you see a difficult Swords card in a reading, think about the Swords in the image as the thoughts and words that might be hurting you.
In this way, tarot becomes a source of healing. As we identify the source of our pain, we are often able to adjust our thinking to bring healing.
Tarot is a great tool for communication. You can use the cards to help you understand and communicate from the heart.
Start by looking through your deck. Think about the feelings each card might describe. For instance, the High Priestess could describe a feeling of serenity, the Nine of Pentacles could describe security, or the Four of Swords could describe tiredness.
Now look through all your cards, and pick the one that describes the way you are feeling at a particular moment.
How does looking at this image help you understand your feelings, and communicate them?
If you are having a hard time communicating with someone, ask the cards to help you understand that person. Think about the person and ask the question “What is this person feeling?” Pull a card at random.
How does the card help you to understand and communicate with this person?
Sometimes we aren’t sure how we really feel about something. When you are unsure about your feelings on a particular topic, ask the question “How do I really feel in my heart about this subject?” and pull a card at random.
How does the card help you understand and communicate your heart?
In tarot, Four is a number of stability. In the airy, mental suit of Swords, that stability appears in the form of retreat.
In the Three of Swords we see an injury. In the Four of Swords we see a space where healing can take place. While the image in the Four of Swords may look somewhat dire, the Four of Swords can indicate recovery as easily as it might indicate something less pleasant.
Key words for the Four of Swords include tiredness, rest, recovery, emptiness, absence, solitude, retreat and meditation.
The Four of Swords may appear in a reading to indicate a person’s absence. The Four of Swords may appear to instruct you to let go of something, to give something a rest. The Four of Swords may encourage meditation and introspection.
When the Four of Swords appears, you may need to retreat from an uncomfortable situation. It may be time to focus on your own well-being.
Next week we will take the next step in the Suit of Swords when we prepare for battle in the Five of Swords.
We’ll continue our conversation of astrology on the Psychic Café with an encore presentation of our show featuring Shamanic Astrologer Aliandra Starre.
October 15, 7 pm
Global Tarot Circle
Spend an hour with the tarot! This month, in honor of Halloween, we will do some seasonal work with tarot. This will include using tarot to communicate with those in spirit, and to manifest abundant harvests in our lives.
You can join on your computer, tablet, laptop or smartphone, or you can call in.
Christiana has been a full-time tarot professional for more than twenty years, and is the author of two books about tarot. In 2008, Christiana was granted the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America. Christiana provides readings by phone, Skype, and in her office in Lutz, Florida.