These two popped out together today. The Tower in this deck, the Law of Attraction Tarot, is rather unusual. The Tower seems to be a human figure made of rock looking at a tree that is being hit by lightning.
XVI – THE TOWER
7 OF SWORDS
The Tower always gives me the whim-whams, making me cringe to think of big changes or trouble. I rather think this card shows our human inflexibility and rigidity, whereas nature and natural forms allow some bending in a storm.
I am reading a library book called The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman, and he suggests that we might be better off embracing classical Stoicism and the Buddhist view of non-attachment in life. Humans apparently fear uncertainty more than anything else, hence our current society’s emphasis on goals and optimism and positive thinking, anything to cover up this inherent uncertainty and our fear. And yet, uncertainty and change are a regular part of being human, it’s the way life is. While a goal is fine, we must also realize that improvisation and flexibility need to be factored in, or we can cause ourselves harm by not adapting and accepting circumstances, by grabbing onto a rigid goal, without using our imagination to change it as needed.
He cites some interesting examples and talks about our current business models and the harm they have caused us economically, and also the harm they do to human health and relationships. A really fresh book given our current propensity for motivational living and the endless pushing and rushing of the grand meritocracy of Western society. All the feel-good seminars in the world will not save you from the reality of being human and the nearly constant uncertainty. I found the book a revelation.
The 7 of Swords allows us a light at the end of the tunnel and hope. A better direction will occur to you if you choose to ride the lightning bolts of uncertainty with patience and awareness.
Get used to it, they never go away!