In Honor Of Mars Rx…

The 8 of Swords, reversed:

Image courtesy of the Robin Wood Tarot.
Image courtesy of the Robin Wood Tarot.

“She wasn’t looking for a knight; she was looking for a sword.” @AtticusPoetry

In tarot, the 8 of Swords upright is the traditional “damsel in distress” card. Here we see a woman bound and ostensibly waiting for some handsome, heroic, knightly Mars figure to come rushing to her rescue. When the card becomes inverted (Rx), however, it’s a bit of a different story. Instead, she uses the edge of the sword (intellect) to which she was tied to cut her bonds free – what she had really been a prisoner of was her own mind!  But by whittling away at a stuck situation little by little (mentally and/or physically), she was able to emancipate herself and rip the blindfold off that prevented her from seeing the way out of her predicament.

The moral of this story: With Mars stationing retrograde in Sagittarius, if you are feeling stuck try shifting your perspective to one of being your OWN hero. It may take some time and you may have to slay a few dragons or “demons” (within or without) on the way with this planet parked near Fixed Star Antares, but nothing is impossible if you harness the abundant Martial might this placement can offer.



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