Too often we’re distracted by the things that don’t often really matter. It’s easy to get caught up in the race for success and acquisition, but it’s hard to stop and think about the real questions of happiness and fulfillment. The secret, I’m thinking, is to defeat the urge of physical self. And so, in this post, we’re going to talk about how we can find the Tao in tarot, and let go with the Ace of Swords, King of Pentacles, and Five of Swords.
Previously, we looked at the Ace of Swords as the unmanifested Tao, culminating with the idea of letting go of attachment and becoming the unmanifested, the so-called Nameless Name. Many of the questions I had about the original spread, and indeed the inspiration for both last week’s and this week’s posts, came from a follow-up clarification spread I did:
With this, answers to the larger questions that I struggled with came into focus. The Ace of Swords appearing again, right away, snapped everything into place. Instead of living your life looking at the pressing needs, let go and live, as much as you can, while recognizing that much of the things you consider so important are often only minor distracting details. Defeat your attachment to the worldly and live simply.
The King of Pentacles and Five of Swords
The King of Pentacles is the embodiment and culmination of the material world. This sees a mastery of the external, but leaves the internal for another card. All things considered, attention to the external is not necessarily a problem. Neglecting material concerns can be as much a cause for concern as neglecting the internal. But we surely must find a balance.
Don’t be afraid to defeat yourself. Short-term losses can lead to long-term gains. Consider what you need to do to find happiness, and what may be impediments to that goal. Are you working too much, for example? Does that prevent you from doing anything for yourself that makes your life more fulfilled? Consider how much you actually need versus how much you’re working to complete the expectations of our culture. While a job may be necessary to survive, it should never be the basis of your identity.
Fighting against these material things can be difficult; after all, many of us were raised with basic expectations of labor and in our capitalist society we are expected to work long and hard. To let yourself let go, you have to defeat these expectations and decide for yourself what you need.
Let go with the Ace of Swords, King of Pentacles, and Five of Swords
By being the Nameless Name, we can find the Tao in tarot, and let go with the Ace of Swords, King of Pentacles, and Five of Swords. Find your balance. Take care of your responsibilities and obligations and decide for yourself at what point you are comfortable. And for the rest… let go. Don’t bring your stress home with you. Let the material be the material. Give yourself the space to focus on the internal. You are not your job, you are not your bills, and you are not your obligations. Fulfill what you need to and balance the rest with your real self, so you can comfortably and unhurriedly ask, “what do I need today?” so you can live for yourself and not on somebody else’s behalf.
The cards used in this post are from the Linestrider tarot deck.