In this card we see this man holding onto three of the five swords while the other men wander about searching. His smile indicates that something sneaky is going on and perhaps he has taken unfair advantage of a friend or a situation. His sense of power comes from feeling he has one up on you. He reminds us to reflect on our motivations and the motivations of others as well. Have you been taking unfair advantage of someone? Have you tried to impose your will on a situation without taking all sides into careful consideration? Or perhaps just the opposite, have you been deceived by a situation or person? Here we are reminded that true power comes from acts of integrity not acts of selfishness or manipulation.
Position 1: Background | Present Concern
Feelings of frustration; a time where you may be tempted to do something out of your nature or act on selfish motives. Sneakiness or unfair advantages.
Position 2: Your Drive and Motivations
You feel that you may never be able to overcome the obstacles on your path to your goals – this belief may have you trying to force your will on a situation, or manipulate things, caution about this.
Position 3: What’s Blocking You – Fears and Subconscious
Health flare-ups may be indicated here, also feeling burdened by problems while having little or no support. Broken promises, emotional imbalances, and fears might cause you to act out of character or to justify improper actions in both self and others.
Position 4: Perspective and Further Awareness – What you Need to See Clearly
You are in a time of inner conflict right now, but things are not always what they seem. Take a look at the path you have chosen and see if it is truly the correct one. If you are proceeding in error you will continue to confront obstacles. If you let go of all you think you want or need and allow the universe to lead you will find yourself on the best path.
Peace comes after you have given up the struggle for a false sense of control. Don’t allow your desires to color the truth of the situation. Before resorting to unethical means or persisting down a wrong path, ask yourself what you honestly hope to gain. Does the end really justify the means? Often when we aren’t “given” what we want, it is because what we think we want really isn’t the best option. Really, really think about it.
Position 5: Course of Action
Sometimes we are all tempted to do things that we really know probably are not in our best interest. These are the times in life when on hindsight we look back and think “what was I thinking? why did I do that?” Now is a time to be very honest, and to ask and be willing to listen to higher guidance and objective opinions. Don’t judge yourself harshly, just recognize the power you have to make wiser decisions based on your experience.