Tarot Card of the Day

3 of Swords (Deck: Tarot of the Divine by Yoshi Yoshitani)

The 3 of Swords is about heartbreak. Almost always, our hearts are broken by someone we love leaving or betraying us. Strangers don’t have the power to break our hearts. We aren’t emotionally invested in them, and so they have no power over us. Only those who are intimately woven into the fabric of our hearts have the power to break it. I’ve been through too much heartbreak myself, and know this truth. Does this mean we shouldn’t get involved emotionally with people? No! “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson. We need emotional connection to other people to have a fulfilling life, even though they have the power to hurt us. Choose the people you open your heart to carefully and thoughtfully.

In the Tarot of the Divine deck the 3 of Swords is represented by the Japanese fairy tale Crane Wife. A poor man comes across a crane caught in a hunter’s trap and sets it free. A few days later, a lovely woman appears at his door asking for shelter. They fall in love and are married, but the man struggles to feed them both. The woman asks him to let her have a room to herself and never come in while she worked. She emerged with beautiful fabric which the man sold for a very good price, and was able to buy them nice things. This went on for some time, until the man got too curious and peeked in the room. The woman was the crane and was making the fabric from her feathers. She saw that he had broken his promise to not look, and she left him never to return. They were both brokenhearted. Him because she left, and her because he broke his promise. So a fitting story for this card.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of not getting close to anyone so they can’t hurt us. But this also hurts us. Our hearts need the nourishing care of other people. Find the people you can trust and open up to them. Let them get close. Even if it’s slowly. In fact it’s better if it’s slowly, then you have time to build up trust and closeness. Don’t be alone by choice. Reach out to others. Even if it’s just online. Online friendships can be very rewarding too. No physical contact, but the emotional component is definitely there. Live. Laugh. Love.

-MAJK Mom (majkmom.com)
(Resource: Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani)

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