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Mythic Tarot - Ace Swords

Athene stands in battle armor, wearing a war helmet as she holds a double-edged silver sword.

  • goddess of justice, she is the one who finally resolves the curse on the House of Atreus, in which Orestes finds himself trapped
  • goddess of wisdom and of the art of warfare
  • she has the ability to see things from a higher perspective, allowing her to see the best course of action to take
  • suggests the importance of a clear and balanced mind
  • represents the need to put feelings aside and closely review the current situation
  • intelligence, clarity, foresight and wisdom
  • use of intelligence over brute force
  • the fair administration of justice by a jury
  • double edge indicates the cutting power of the mind to formulate ideas and convictions, which in turn spur actions, which in turn have consequences; this mental power can generate both terrible suffering and sublime new resolutions
  • symbol of the passionate and rigid adherence to principles that starts the conflict and of the new and more viable principle that resolves and ends the conflict
  • immense energy that goes along with conflict before a final resolution can be reached
  • “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword” means that those who engage in aggression or violence will meet their death in a similar fashion
  • a burst of raw energy as the initial eruption of a new world-view
  • beginning of a great conflict between the old order and the new world-view
  • the awakening of mental powers that usually conflict with one’s existing beliefs
  • arguments, debates and quarrels that occur as one tries out the new world-view
  • inevitable and irrevocable change
  • quarrels and strife that originate with man’s arrogance
  • a change to come that will have far-reaching consequences
Random Thoughts
  • the power of the mind may be greater than the Querent can handle right now (Athene looks like the sword might be too heavy for her)
  • one is on the right track, but isn’t quite there yet since the sword is still tilted

Keyword/phrase I came up with in my workbook on 26Oct91 was "impending change".

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