Deck: The Wizard’s Tarot
This post is part of my 45 Experiment: Using the daily tarot draw to bring more financial abundance into our life. I will be using the Wizard’s Tarot by Corrine Kenner and John J. Bluemen for this experiment’s deck.
Day 33: What can I do to bring more financial abundance into my life?
5 of Swords
In this card, a battle has been fought and won. The young man depicted in this image has several swords that he has taken from two other students. The “losers” appear dejected, distraught and upset. But the battle is not over for the winner now has to “pick up the pieces”.
Sometimes you are the winner, sometimes you are the loser. When I turned this card over, the thought, “cut your losses” popped into my head. Sometimes, we are holding onto something that is no longer serving us (this idea has popped up in previous posts but bears repeating). We pour our energy, time and perhaps money into a project that is not paying off, just because we might not want to be called “a quitter.” At times however, it behooves us to make a strategic retreat even if we have to disappoint some people in the process. If we try an idea or business and it just simply does not work out, then there’s no shame in moving on. There’s no sense investing in a dead horse.
So today, ask yourself: is there anything on which you are needlessly expending your energy? Are you afraid of being seen as a loser or quitter? This is one of those times where you might need to follow your own heart and disregard the opinions of others. If a venture or project is not delivering the necessary returns, then it might be best to put your energy into something more lucrative – learn from the experience and move on. It is difficult to bring in financial abundance if we are putting our resources it that which most likely will not generate adequate returns.
Another way to approach this card is to try and relate to the central figure in the card – that we should try and break through those situations which confine us and restrict us. In order to do this, we may have to engage in conflict with others, something we often try to avoid. We may however, need to engage in a confrontation if we really want to get ahead – especially if we feel constrained, restricted or otherwise held back by other people (those naysayers in our life) or situations.
The young man picking up the swords in the image made me think of the need to clean up certain areas of our life before we can move on. Close down old businesses, clear your calendar, get rid of obligations that no longer serve you, close down old accounts or credit cards that you no longer use or need, get rid of services that you could replace with something better, throw away old, broken down equipment – in short, get rid of any nonessentials in order to make room for the new. Sometimes, our old “baggage” weighs us down and keeps us stuck. With a clear calendar and “lighter luggage”, we are ready to jump when new opportunities arise.
The suit of swords often has to do with thought so the 5 of Swords card could very well represent negative thought patterns that we need to defeat. Rather than people or situations, it may be our own negative thinking, past regrets, or fear of defeat that is paralyzing us. Should this be the case, the 5 of Swords urges us to be aware of such negative thought patterns and defeat them, one by one. Today, try to be especially aware of your thoughts and work on replacing them with affirming, motivating thought processes instead. As the “Five” cards can suggest expansion or opportunity, I see the 5 of Swords as suggesting that by removing constricting, limiting thoughts we have the opportunity to grow, both personally and professionally.
Jobs/occupations for the 5 of Swords: Professional fencer, blacksmith, forger, soldier, career-driven executive, business owner, online entrepreneur/marketer, public defender, non-fiction writer, leader of a movement, insurance agent, professional gambler, stockbroker, comedian, actor, musician, inventors, scientist, electrician, professional sportsman