Friday 31st May 2019: 8 of Swords

And you may find yourself stuck, trapped and unable to see a way out. The creative aspect of your being feels trapped in your current exterior circumstances. Remember, we are in the last quarter of the waning moon, a time of pouring out, a time when a sense of helplessness and sharp thoughts of self-recrimination may come to the fore. You may wish to indulge yourself in this mood during this time, to fully enter into your sense of entrapment and explore and understand yourself more fully. I would suggest you do that by taking some time out to write a journal about your current situation so that you can make it more concrete and begin to consider some ways through. Keep in mind the upper arcana equivalent of the 8 of Swords is (8) Strength and that there the lady calmly controls the lion whose jaws are open yet whose teeth do not threaten any more than the eight impaled swords do in today’s arcana.

Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads

The feeling of entrapment, and the low tide, or the watery ground of the card, reminds me of that song, Once in a Lifetime, on the album Remain in Light by Talking Heads:

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

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