As I mentioned in my previous post, I love writing. A few months back I had an idea to create a little story around the suit of swords, a magical journey if you will. Well, it turns out that I have recently finished writing and putting together this little booklet of mine and I would love to share it with all that are interested or curious. I promise, it is short and, hopefully, sweet. Here it is. Simply click on the image below and a pdf will appear, like magic! You can download and share it freely.
This creation comes from the heart, and I hope all those who read it enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed creating it. I will be creating and writing much more, I am working on a little postmodern oracle/bibliomancy booklet. So keep your eyes peeled for that. For future reference, all these materials can be found in the Writings page, underneath the Mist and Aether tab.
3 thoughts on “A small gift”
I think you already know that I find your association of Swords with Earth a little odd, although in the context of this small writing, you make a decent case for it.
I can also see that you have a magical connection with this suit (the spade behind your avatar makes sense to me now). I feel the same way about the Coins (which I prefer to call Pentacles for magical purposes), which, of course, I associate with Earth. So while I find the association odd, I completely agree with everything you say. And, given the somewhat morbid direction you’ve taken with this writing, Swords absolutely make more sense. And, whether I agree with it or not, I can’t deny that the concept you present is very intriguing.
I am also fascinated by your use of Death here. Just food for thought: how do you connect the suit of Swords with Justice, who carries a Sword herself?
Back to Death. I’ve never thought about this trump in connection with this suit before, although it seems like such an obvious connection now, especially with the tie-in to magic. I wonder, have you read my post on Death? If you haven’t, I think you’d find it interesting.
I wasn’t expecting this to be about magic and initiation, and I was very pleased to read it. These sorts of subjects are difficult to put into writing, and I enjoyed your take on it.
Also, the Keep it Simple message at the end was very well put.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
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There are several ideas here I’d like to respond to, I apologize if it’s a bit all over the place.
I actually associate both Death and Justice with with the suit of swords, or I think of them as three aspects of the same thing. So for example, the function of justice is to balance and cut, with swords, as I view them, face problems that leads us to the place where one has to balance and cut away what is not working. Order and balance restored. Death is another more dynamic aspect of the swords, cutting away and bringing drastic change. One can definitely go more in depth here but this is the gist in general. I included death here because it is this aspect of the suit I wanted to talk about in relation to the magical journey. Obviously, I am not all knowing in things magical, all this is just my take on the suit when reading it from a magical framework.
I have mentioned this often, in some traditions of cartomancy regular playing card divination, the suit of swords has has magical connotations, 8 of spades is the coven, Jack of spades is the fetch, things like that. And really, as you mention morbid, I view magic containing a very real morbid and gritty truth, in dealing with magic one deals with spirits, ancestors and things of that nature. As I see it, magic challenges monist modalities and reality. In magic, dealing with death, coming to terms with our own corpeareal death is important.
If I have read your post on Death I don’t recal. I am going to look for it.
I am glad you liked it, thank you so much for reading and responding.
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