Musings on Mystereum Swords… Part 2…

So… the 1o of Swords is the card in Mystereum that fascinates me the most…

It feels to be an anomaly for several reasons…

For a deck that went out and created itself a new way of talking, suddenly this card pops up and there seems to be a throw back to the old school Rider Waite…

 And what’s with that X? It’s the only card in the deck to bear its number boldly in the image…

And then there’s the notable exception of there being a figure present… figures are absent from the Sword pips, other than here at 10 and the hand in 6…  What is that figure? Is it a man? Is it a washed up seal…?

10 of Swords (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

10 of Swords
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

I think generally, in any deck, the 10 of Swords is perceived as being heavy duty and often it sends people like this…

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Though I find that is the effect on the casual passer by… when it appears in a reading and we start to talk, it often shows up as being the point where someone has finally had enough… the last straw… you know, the one the broke the camel’s back…

Or did it?

When I look at the 10 of Swords, it starts to multi-stream thoughts a bit like those screens in Minority Report… Swoosh! Swoosh!

I’ve flung down a couple of slip streams…

10 of Swords ~ The Kingmaker...

10 of Swords ~ The Kingmaker…

I like the 10 of Swords…

To me it says  – What are you going to do? Lie down and quit… Or get up and kick ass?

Get some clarity and take your fate into your own hands…

So… I go back to that anomalous X and maybe its not a 10 at all…

Maybe it’s a letter X…

Maybe it’s an X marks the spot…

The place where your inner treasure is buried…

Musings on Mystereum Swords… Part 1…

I suppose I shouldn’t really be that surprised given the nature of the suit… but it is the Swords that cause me most to ponder…

There are a couple of notable exceptions but mainly this suit is without a character in view…

Mystereum Swords

Mystereum Swords

I look at the sky which appears to be the same in each card and it puts me in mind of a phenakistoscope… and the Swords want to leap and run like this…

But then I look at the 4 and the 5 and I notice an odd bulge like a golf ball stuck in a hose pipe… and that is not there in other cards…

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But… I’m going to leave that to digest on another day…

What intrigues me most, is that the sky is full of clouds and yet they do not move… It’s almost as though you’ve been frozen in time to allow you to play with your thoughts for as long as you like…

 Tarot in the Land of Mystereum (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010