Sunday, May 19, 2019
Deliberate Draw: Ace of Swords
Book: Truth, Yoni as gateway to powers of the sword, Inspiration, insight, and keen intellect, double edged sword
Guidance: Rationally analyze situations to make good decisions, commit yourself to the truth
I chose to write about the Ace of Swords today because for me this card symbolizes cutting away what is no longer needed. I view it as a giant pair of scissors that cut away attachments that tangle us up and serve no purpose. As summer is here, this card could also be viewed as a big pair of pruning sheers cutting away dead wood so that what is left behind can grow and find the sunlight. Unfortunately, pruning the dead wood out of our lives is not as easy as pruning dead branches, because all too often the dead wood is relationships that have outlived their usefulness or that are strangling us.
My separation (2010) and divorce (2011) not only cleared away the dead wood of a marriage that was strangling me and causing me to become an angry and bitter person, they also illuminated the root of the problem which was an unhealthy relationship with my mother. I realized that she had raised me to be a doormat and put everyone else's needs above mine. When I wanted to go to a writer's conference and my now ex was going to watch the kids, she asked me if he was okay with that. When I was chosen to go to a class at work, she said he should go because he worked in IT and I didn't. And what caused the final rift was when I told her John and I had separated and she asked how everyone else was, except me. She never once asked how I was feeling or if I was okay. It was all about everyone else. Then she had the audacity to say, "There's not going to be a divorce, is there?" It did not matter to her that I was crushed and devastated, all she cared about was everyone else's feelings and about social standing. That was a moment of truth for me and at that moment it felt as if a flashlight was illuminating my entire relationship with my mother and I realized how she had hurt me.
Cutting your mother out of my life was difficult because there was a part of me that felt guilty and as if maybe I was overreacting, but when she guilt tripped me on my 50th birthday and refused to even consider that my feelings might be valid, I realized I had made the right choice. However, knowing intellectually you've made the right choice and knowing in your heart you've made the right choice are two different things. There are so many moments in my life where I want a mom to be there for me and to listen to me and to help me figure things out, but I don't have that mother in my life. It hurts sometimes and there are times I Google estranged parents online to see if there is anything else I can do to heal the rift, but there's nothing. At the end of the day, if she refuses to acknowledge her part in the rift there is nothing I can do. I've also pondered if I could have a more superficial relationship with my mother, but I also know that that wouldn't work because anytime I told her she that a topic was off limits, she would pout. It still hurts, but I also know that I'm in a healthier place because she is not in my life.
I'm also working to apply the sword of truth to other people in my life and over the past week I've realized that I need to cut a friend out of my life who was my rock during my divorce. As I sat and listened to him complain about how people had teased him, I realized he was being a hypocrite and the teasing he'd endured was no worse than what he had dished out to me. The worst was when I fell and got a serious concussion. He told a coworker that I was drunk and wearing high heels when it happened. And when I protested, he said I was being too sensitive. As I look back at the incident, I realize I was in no way being too sensitive. It would have been one thing to say that to me in a teasing manner, but to say that to someone else was out of line. I reminded him of that and he chuckled as if it was no big deal. I realized that our friendship wasn't going to work any longer because I've grown and changed and I no longer accept disrespect in my life.
Visualize the toxic people who are holding you back and see the ribbons of energy that are attaching you to those people. Pull out your great big sword of truth or a big pair of shiny pruning sheers and virtually cut those energetic ties. Once you've got the times, take a moment to thank them for whatever lessons they've brought to your life and let them go. For some relationships, you may have to do this exercise multiple times, but eventually you will know that the cords have been cut.
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