From the Mythic Tarot - Liz Green From the Rider -Waite Tarot
Fear vs Facts
Original Writing by Kathryn Ravenwood
In the above cards we see what I call Fear vs. Facts. The Five of Swords shows a person, probably a child, being overwhelmed by a huge figure of some authority. An angel? If so, the angel is in a punishing mode and the child is feeling small and helpless, afraid. The 5 of Swords is about feeling defeated or the fear of defeat. We have experienced defeat in a relationship or in moving forward. Fear controls our thinking and we become stuck in the past and negative thinking.
I love the Tarot because for every hard lesson help comes along just in time. In the 6 of Swords, the figures in the boat are in need of rest and a change of mind. They have found a boatman to take them across the troubled waters into smoother waters. This card is about our minds using facts to deal with the situation. We no longer focus on past fears nor do we “future trip” by setting ourselves up with outcomes to yet un-happened events. Even though we may just be getting started, we are on the way to peace of mind. Sometimes we need a time out, a rest or a change to help us see things in a new way. A physical or mental relocation helps to change things up, get us out of the rut of negative/programmed thinking into a neutral place.
The Six of Swords is always a favorite to me. We are given safe passage through the muddied waters of our minds. Fear is behind us, the future ahead, and we are right here, right now in the present. One of the big lessons here is that the Swords are OUR minds – no one lives in our head but us. It is up to us to use the 6 of Swords to analyze our thoughts, separate facts from fears and think our way into a better place.
Be your own boatman.