TEN OF SWORDS § TEN OF WANDS § TWO OF CUPS
In the Ten of Swords we see a good friend who has hit the dirt and our best advice is: stay down. A series of betrayals have gotten the better of them, and getting up before they are ready will mean ruin. They need to regain their physical strength, along with their mental and emotional stamina, so they are able to weather what comes next. If we find ourselves blaming our friend for their situation, we will need to have a sit-down with ourselves. As animals capable of learning from what we witness, we look for what others could have done differently to avoid their fate. This basic function of human analysis becomes twisted, however, in a habitat artificially structured to benefit specific cultural and economic subsets at the expense of other subsets. Our instincts are exploited, our fear engaged, and we react with a need to separate ourselves from those who have sustained harm. It might feel good to think it wouldn’t happen to me because I wouldn’t let it, but this is simply not how reality works.
The Ten of Wands is traditionally known as the card of oppression and indicates that the work ahead of us is so dense we will not see where its cycle does, eventually, break. While we strategize to create healthy physical spaces, we will also be in struggle with the emotional fallout from the Ten of Swords. Be ready to self reflect, to consider how and why you accept and promote a specific narrative. If you are a caregiver of children, bring them into your chores and let them teach you. It will be all too easy to become overwhelmed by work and grief at this moment. If we are not present now, we will lose the time we do have, and the memories we desire, with our people and animals and communities.
The Two of Cups is a sweet omen that offers unity, collaboration, and a fierce brand of tenderness—though, for the month of June, it also speaks of a sorrow we cannot avoid. In sharing a recognition of loss, there is intimacy. What we have lost is gone forever and what remains needs not only our care and tending, but also our willingness to engage new approaches to old problems and to process our emotions as we go along. We will find the strength to hold our own feelings and to release old beliefs through the action of standing eye to eye with those who have endured what we most fear. The deepest love is a still and disarming presence. May we know our greatest potential in our profound interconnection.
illustration by Karla Rosas