On the weekend, four friends from the EarthSong Mysteries circle joined my partner and me in our home to mark the Autumn Equinox. We began casually, enjoying a pot-luck lunch, a couple of jokes, and conversation. Then the six of us descended to the basement room for council circle and ritual to honour the natural threshold we were crossing.
The personal details of council are, naturally, confidential, but something that came forth for us to carry into the world was/is the idea of holding the tension of contrasts simultaneously. It was, after all, the time of equal night and day. Some of the contrasts we felt are inviting us to hold them include:
- dark and light
- weaving and undoing
- terror and bliss
- change and stasis
- being and doing
- immersing and educing
- dissociation and union
- immanence and transcendence
I asked the tarot, “How can we hold the tension of these contrasts in a good way?” and received the Princess of Swords. This card suggests, to me:
- defend values that are sacred to us with fierce clarity
- fight off, or transform, unproductive moods
- boldly ask for what we need
- courageously honour and express our truths
- cut through cloudy/foggy thoughts to get to the core truth
- be in beginner’s mind
- have a “touchstone” to ground us while we face the immensity of the contrasts
What way(s) of holding such contrasts do YOU perceive in the Princess of Swords? Please share with us.
Image: Princess of Swords from the Thoth Tarot (Lady Frieda Harris & Aleister Crowley).