of shadow work
facing the darkness /
to live in the light
to live in the light
Peace family! Today we are looking at the final Ace of the series, the Ace of Swords (haha, the last sword).
Remember, the Aces are the source of raw power & potential within their respective element. Since Swords (Words) represent the element of Air, the Ace of Swords is the infinite energy behind all communication, whether in thought, speech, hearing, writing, telepathy or silence. It is being handed into the frame via the right hand, which means that the Air element is something we do, or express. Communication is active, not passive. Even as I typed that, I questioned it a bit- because imo (up until this post anyway), I felt communication is passive, yes? Don't we receive words, whether we hear them or read them? Aren't you receiving this word right now? But when you think about it...you have to think about it in order to receive it- which is technically active. (Ok, makes sense lol)
So the fact that the Sword is being handed via the right hand means that no matter what words we are given, we must first make the decision to take them or not, & then how to take them, which puts the responsibility of activity on the hearer. Maybe this is what Jesus meant when he said let he who has ears, hear, because you can choose to take what you hear one way... or another.
Words are a double-edge sword. When I was a child, my mom loved to say that life & death lie in the power of the tongue. If we study the picture, we see that the Sword enters the frame in a burst of light, illuminating the shadowy peaks & valleys below. This reminds me of the beginning of the bible, when God spoke, let there be light. Now y'all know how I love to break words down & take them at their sounds (let she who has ears, hear, not spell lol). So to me, let there be light also means let there be life & let there be lies. There has to be both, because the sword is double edged, yes? So if there's light, now we understand darkness. If we understand darkness, we see it lives in the depths & shadows. In terms of life, depths is also deaf- so we have light vs. depth & life vs. death. If you are a person determined to only "hear" truth & let deceptive words fall on deaf ears, then we can also say, lie vs. deaf.
As indicated by the crown on the top of the sword, we are ruled by our minds The philosopher James Allen wrote, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Notice that there are two types of growths spilling from the crown- one that bears fruit (abundance) & one that does not bear fruit (lack). Thoughts that bear fruit are thoughts that give life (Jesus said, I came so that you may have life, & have it more abundantly), & thoughts that do not bear fruit, yield death. This choice is crucial once you realize there are no passive thoughts, only active ones even when you hear them from someone else. Every single thought is a choice between abundance & lack, or life & death. This is where lie/ deaf comes into play, because you have the choice to decide that someone's words are lies as it pertains to your reality & allow their opinion of you or your circumstance to fall on deaf ears. We hear this choice hidden in our language all the time- return to sender, rebuke, ignore, don't pay it no mind, don't listen to them, that doesn't have to be your truth, silent treatment, no contact, etc.
No matter what a naysayer might say (even if the naysayer is faceless & masquerades as our own thoughts), we always have the power to speak life/light over ourselves.
Seriously, look at the picture; see how it appears that the peaks are the only landscape in the photo? That can't possibly be true though can it? Because common sense tells you that you can't have peaks without valleys. You can't have highs without lows. So even if the valleys are hidden, they're there. Which means that in terms of this picture, PEAKS LIE. Peaks only tell half the story. Hidden behind every peak (success/ victory), there is a valley (failure/ defeat). When you are in the valley, there is nowhere to go but up. But when you are at the peak, there is nowhere to go but down. How frustrating, to struggle & climb out of the valley, only to reach the promised peak only to realize that from that vantage point, everything must go (back) downhill. It's at that moment that our mental power becomes necessary, because once you recognize the truth that peaks lie, this becomes the perfect moment to SPEAK LIFE. What is life, but abundance? Growth, yes? So speaking life means talking to yourself & others with the expectation that any circumstance (peak or valley) will yield some sort of growth, or fruit that will someday be valued. It means being confident in value-able expanses (valuable experiences) rather than fruit-less and death here (fruitless endeavors).
This whole "linguistic gymnastics" is funny to me though, because when you break it down further you realize that speak life & peaks lie is also, SPEAK LIES. Even though the bible says, "thou shalt not lie," we lowkey do it all the time when we speak life over ourselves, except in this case it's called faith, which the bible describes as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If something is "not seen," that means its in the darkness, yes? So the Ace of Swords is the reminder that through our faith, we can call forth circumstances out of the darkness (valleys) that we believe we will one day see in the light (peaks). In the book of Romans, when discussing Abraham's faith, it is written that he, "calleth those things which be not as though they were." Remember how Abram was an old man living alone with his old, barren wife Sarai? He'd had a dream where the Most High had promised him that he would be a father of many nations & Abram was like, How Sway I don't have any kids & I'm OLD. But God told him don't worry about all that, just trust. God then changed Abram's name to Abraham, "father of many nations," which means from the day Abram dreamed about a future different from his present, he went forth literally being "called a thing which he was not, as though he was." He was a childless man with a barren wife being referred to as the ancestor of millions (& sure enough his wife gave birth at the age of 99 & he is indeed the ancestor of millions).
This story represents the subtle distinction between faith & lying. Abraham didn't go around telling everyone he met, I HAVE NUMEROUS DESCENDANTS because that would have been an outright lie. Instead, he spoke the lie/life/ light over himself (only!) & changed his own name to represent his own vision, which was simply being obedient to his personal sight, or peak perspective.
The fact that we can speak light/lie/life (LET THERE BE LIGHT!) over ourselves & call forth circumstances out of the darkness proves that we are indeed God's children endowed with the same power & responsibility of our Father. In Isaiah 55:11, it is written that God said, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." In other words, if I say it, it's going to happen, PERIODT. What we often fail to recognize is that we have the same power, & it is activated by the two most powerful words in our language, I AM.
When Moses met God, He introduced himself as I AM THAT I AM. So every time we use that title, we create in God's name. What words do you put after I AM? I must admit, I have been guilty of putting the wrong shit & speaking all sorts of deathly circumstances over myself- I am so sick of him, I am so tired, I am exhausted, I am worried, I am broke, I am so fucking stupid, I am lonely, etc., etc., etc. & ALL of those things have come true because there are no idle words, only speaking or not speaking, just like there are no idle swords, only cutting or not cutting.
When I first began to study metaphysics & the law of attraction, this was the principle that used to trip me up the most, because I don't like to lie. But you don't have to lie to speak different circumstances over yourself. For instance, I am so sick of him can become, I am looking forward to the day when I feel differently about this person. Or, I am so tired can become, I am looking forward to feeling rested & rejuvenated. Or, I am so broke can become, I am in the PERFECT position to receive & truly appreciate a financial windfall. Y'all see what I'm saying? Reality is flexible but words are sharp so we have to use them wisely to bend & carve our lives.
The more we do this, the more we'll see miracles happen right in front of our eyes, as the wonderful things we've called forth, appear (a prayer). Truly, miracles are only the mechanism of experiences revealing our ability to communicate effectively.
Mir-a-cle = Mirror Oracle.
We are our own oracles & our lives mirror what we say.
(And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.)
all of us.