Daily Angel Oracle Card: Eight of Swords, from the Shadowscapes Tarot, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law artwork by Barbara Moore
Eight of Swords: “The Brambles Crone lives among the blackberry hedges where the fruit is tempting and sweet, but even the leaves have wickedly curved thorns to catch and hold. The little hummingbird can navigate with ease among such treacherous tangles. She can flit through the tiny gaps and weave past the thorns with great ease. But the noble and grand elegance of the swan, with the arcing expanse of her wings, is not for such tangled and thorny corridors.
This swan is not the first to have fallen victim to the lures of the brambles crone. The old one has a collection of the skulls of those others who have thought that might and arrogant strength could overcome everything. Like the tangled enchanted briar forest that surrounded Sleeping Beauty and tempted hundreds of brave knights to die within the thorny embrace, pure might and abusive power will not always cut the path to victory.
The hummingbird flits close. “Calm,” she urges, and as the swan ceases to flail, the thorns cease to cut and the little hummingbird gently pushes one branch aside at a time, and the swan sees the light of freedom shining through from above, distant but attainable.
The Eight of Swords is a reminder not to waste energy on the trivial. It is easy to freeze up in a crisis – to feel restricted, confused, powerless, and trapped by circumstances – but there is always a way out if you take a moment to breathe and reassess.”*
~ By Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
The situation at hand requires a lightness of Being. It requires joy and it also requires faith. This is not a time to get all caught up in the details, it is not a time to over analyze or fret over the if’s and how’s and why’s. It is a time to rise above the drama, refusing to be sucked into the material world. Speed, agility, intuition and decisiveness are all key.
Be the hummingbird, light and agile and free. The swan is gracious and beautiful but cumbersome in these circumstances; too high maintenance, too much work. Follow your gut instinct, assess the situation and take action, do not delay. For the longer you delay, the more you get wrapped up in the details, the harder it is to make a decision and an opportunity will soon pass you by.
In this stage of your transformation, and in order to make lasting change, you must rise above the mundane and find the joy and lightness of being. This is an important part of your ascension process. Release attachment to opinions and judgments of others. Release old, outmoded belief systems. These are the brambles that hold you, the ego is the Brambles Crone who would see you locked in place, unable to free yourself, stuck in the same old patterns of fear and doubt.
Find your inner peace, your harmony, you Light. Find the beauty in simplifying the situation. Center yourself in joy and manifest your dreams into reality.