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Ghost Hunting

You might have noticed Daily Card was missed today, I apologize.  Last night I went on a ghost hunt with my daughter and an old friend, at the Cowra Prisoner of War camp. There are definitely some uneasy spirits there.

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This is the old chapel, where the ghosts seem to like to hang around.

I have been to this place a few times before, and have some good orb photos from previous visits. Though we didn’t catch a lot on camera last night, we sure felt some activity. We felt two distinct presences in the chapel, one very playful. We guessed this could have been a child. We could actually see her tugging on my shirt!
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I have been on quite a few ghost hunts, but have never felt actual contact like this. It was perfectly still all around us, but items of clothing would start flapping around and we’d get cold spots.

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This is one of the orb shots we did get, taken by Bek. You can clearly see two, but look closely, there are three.

This place is really quite spooky at night. It is dark and isolated. See the little light out the window? There were definitely no lights out there.
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Next, we explored one of the old sleeping quarters, now nothing but foundations. We found this entryway open underneath. Would you go in here?
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To my surprise, Drew and Bek did! I was not so concerned about the supernatural at this point, but crashing some poor homeless guys sleep out. Even standing at the door, we could feel how warm the place was.

Turns out my hunch was right. As spooky as that old place was, someone had been living in there!
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We had a bit of fun trying to get up the nerve to go through to the back room, but never quite made it that far. That place was hell spooky.
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The other direction was not even an option! We weren’t that brave.
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On a side note, have a close look at my Daily Tarot card, the Ace of Swords. The Sword and the Sylph are both ghostly. This is symbolic of their element, air. But today, it is hard not to overlook the connection, I drew a ghostly card on the day we went ghost hunting. Sometimes the Tarot can be very literal.
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Daily Tarot

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I seem To be drawing this card a lot lately. Interesting, as my big yearly spread came up with an abundance of Swords. 

I am glad to see this card today. These last few weeks have been a bit of a drag health wise. Feeling flat, drained and lethargic, so the breath of fresh air, that is the Ace of Swords, is very welcome. I do feel good today too.

Clarity and ideas are big themes of the Ace of Swords. Clear thinking, brilliant ideas and good communication are all available right now. What you do with this energy is up to you.

Be mindful that Swords are double edged. It is important to temper these ideas and insights with compassion.  Understand your motives and consult your heart. You have the potential to contribute to the greater good, but also, to do considerable damage to others if you become detached from empathy.

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Daily Tarot

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The energy of the Knight of Swords is fast-paced, and subject to rapid change. Be prepared for a busy day.

The truest of the Knights, he is courageous, ambitious and opinionated.  Ever ready to dash into action, be it an intellectual debate or a busy stressful day.

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, stand your ground and don’t be swayed by another’s opinion. Even though today could be extremely busy for you, you have the ability to handle it all with ease and grace. Making spur-of-the-moment decisions and making efficient use of your time will serve you well today.

Make multi-tasking a priority and don’t be afraid to delegate responsibility.

 

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Daily Tarot

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Back to normality after my weekend adventure to Tumbafest.  My hometown sure knows how to party! But I am definitely getting too old for that.

The Five of Swords warns of treachery and sneak attacks. Be careful of who you put your trust into today, as your secrets are not likely to stop with your confidante. 

It can also signify a hollow victory. You’ve won the argument, but have you really? Is losing a close friend or family member really worth the point you think you have proven? In reality, they have likely laid down their arms and walked away, knowing the whole thing is not worth the worry.

Be aware that sometimes it is better, and easier for all concerned, to just admit you were wrong and agree to disagree. Don’t throw away a friendship for they sake of a petty squabble or imagined slight.

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Daily Tarot

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Be fair, logical and objective in your dealings with others today. Beware of making harsh judgements until you have gathered and analyzed all of the facts surrounding a situation.

Clarity, education and experience are traits highly prized by the King of Swords. Furthering your education and applying the many intellectual and social skills you possess, will help you advance in your chosen field or ambition. 

Don’t be afraid to draw upon your vast array of knowledge and experience, but beware of coming across as arrogant and cold. An intelligent and strategic mind can achieve brilliance, but should always be tempered with empathy and kindness. Otherwise, the brilliant leader can, all to easily, become the cruel, tyrannical dictator.

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Daily Tarot

Betrayal, Hurt, Finality

Betrayal, Hurt, Finality

The suit of Swords can contain some pretty harsh cards, and the Ten of Swords is one of them. Although this card does look rather alarming, it doesn’t signify murder, or death of any physical kind. Though it does foretell the death of a situation that has caused you much pain and has you feeling utterly defeated. Usually in the form of a deep betrayal, it is now time to pick yourself up from this shocking discovery and move on. The worst has happened and it is now over. It is time to begin the healing process and to move on with your life.

The Ten of Swords also warns against portraying, and seeing yourself, as a victim. A ‘poor me’ attitude is of no use to anyone, least of all yourself. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. If you are unhappy with your life, do something about it. You, and only you, have the power to improve your situation. Remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life. Use it wisely.

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Daily Tarot

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Choice.  Indecision.  Truce.  Consideration.

More on the Two of Swords?  https://spinningwebbs.com/2014/01/15/two-of-swords/

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Two of Swords

The Two of Swords brings to mind a character in one of my favorite, much read, books, Tully by Paullina Simons. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. As well as being a great read, it will also give you an in-depth understanding of the Two of Swords.

Doubt and Indecision.  Two of Swords- Witches Tarot

Doubt and Indecision. Two of Swords – Witches Tarot

Indecision is what this card is all about. It is sitting on the fence, hoping the problem will go away, without you having to decide one way or the other.

Funny thing is, I have written several posts about this card, and unhappy with each, I have deleted them. This is a good example of the energy of the Two of Swords. Self-doubt and hesitation are what this card is all about. It even seems to manifest in just trying to write about it!

The calm, reflective stillness of the water in the background is our way around this problem. Calm and logical reflection, putting your head before your heart. The waxing moon connects to the water, suggesting a new opportunity is possible here. The right choice could well lead to a new, unexplored path.

The blindfold symbolizes willful blindness. An ‘if I can’t see it, it will go away’ mentality. This approach is very rarely successful and will usually just lead to more problems.

Even the bench she sits on is suggestive of ‘sitting on the fence”, unwilling to fall to either side in a firm decision.

As with all the Twos, the card is also suggestive of balance. Of the two Swords she holds, we can see one is slightly less upright than the other, implying there is an area of your life that is slightly out of whack. Some time reflecting on your habits and routines will serve you well here.

Again, this post just doesn’t seem complete, and I am feeling indecisive about hitting the publish yet again. Think I’ll take my own advice here and just act on this one.

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Ace of Swords

The Ace of Swords is a breath of fresh air, bringing with it clarity, focus, new ideas and fresh inspiration.  The winds of change have the power to blow away the fog of illusion and misunderstanding, revealing a bright new truth. A truth that holds the potential for a new direction.

 Potential to soar - Witches Tarot

Potential to soar – Witches Tarot

This is the card of the fighter, the one who sees an injustice taking place and is ready to fly into battle, all guns blazing. This is the card of the social activist, the political protester. They fully understand the issues and know the truth, and they are prepared to fight for the greater good. As the suit of Swords stands for reason, logic and communication, our warriors are fully informed, knowledgable and able to voice their concerns most eloquently. Being such great communicators, they are easily able to sway others into seeing these issues in a new light. Cutting to the heart of the matter, the essential truth, is their specialty.

Ace of Swords is also a card of the highly intelligent and inspired, the card of the inventor.  Full of creative vision, you can see the light in their eyes as a brilliant new idea pops into their heads. Watch as they strategically plan and devise their concepts, working diligently until they have made their ideas a reality. Being a card of achievement and victory, this grand new invention is highly likely to become a great success.

The barren mountain landscape in the background shows how unemotional this card, and suit, is. It is positively mind over heart with the Swords and its Ace. A card of logic reason and truth. Lies and conjecture will  be exposed with the swift mental clarity of the Sword. Insight and understanding wins through. A card of great potential, it is up to the bearer of this sword as to what direction this powerful new vision will take. In other words, the Sword can be used for good or evil. Will you take up the Sword and fight for the greater good, or will you fight only for your own advancement? Wars have been fought, beginning with the energy of this card. Usually starting with great intentions, the end result is usually greed, power and self-advancement. Using the perception and insight of this Ace, could we not find a better means to an end? Here we find those who have fought injustice and changed the world. We also have the tyrannical despot, hell-bent on furthering his own power, collateral damage is no great upset for this type. His own power and riches is all that concerns him.

Personally, this card foretells of a brilliant new idea, a new direction. A fresh view of your circumstances and surroundings. Like the eagle on the Witches Tarot card, you have the potential to triumph, to soar above any and all challenges and difficulties life throws at you.

Ace of Swords also brings a warning. Beware of becoming to cold-hearted. This Sword is best wielded when intellect is combined with the compassion of Cups and the passion of Wands. Without both of these elements we risk becoming heartless, cold, callous and indifferent of the needs of those around us.

If your intentions are honorable and your heart is in the right place, you are in a great position to really make a difference.

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Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords is a card I can personally relate to, I have overcome its restrictive energies.

I have posted before about my battle with chronic pain, this card is how I beat it. Well, not quite, I still have it, and still struggle with it at times. But on the whole, I now live a relatively normal life. It took me a long time to get to this point, to realize I held the key all along.

Eight of Swords - From the Witches Tarot.

Eight of Swords – From the Witches Tarot.

Chronic pain is pretty well summed up in the Eight of Swords. She is bound, blind and helpless. If she moves, she will be cut and experience terrible pain. Here she has two choices: She can stand, frozen, frightened, and remain trapped, stuck in place among the Swords. Or, she can gather her wits, unlock the powers of her mind and find a way out. Notice behind her, there is a gap in the Swords, that seemingly surround her. It might take a long time to work herself free of the ropes that bind her, but even so, it is better than being frozen in place.

The rope represents the mind. It is the way that you think about your circumstances, that decides how bad it will be for you. To remind yourself of those that are so much worse off than you is a good start. Someone, right now, is breathing their last. Little kids with terminal cancer, but still with a positive attitude and a smile on their face. Children in third world countries that are starving, but are still so happy to receive the smallest of things. There are plenty more examples. Take a look at these things, and you realize that maybe, just maybe, things really could be worse.

The blindfold represents willful blindness. She refuses to see a path out, a future for herself. Behind her is a castle, shrouded in fog. If only she can find release, the castle, no doubt, will be hers. The castle here, is all her wishes and wildest dreams for herself. But she doesn’t see this, nor the gap in the Swords. She doesn’t want to. She is too busy feeling sorry for herself and blaming others for her predicament. She could also be using drugs or drinking heavily to numb her pain, but this is only helping to distort her predicament.  We also see a lake in the background, it is calm and clear. It symbolizes the emotions, and the emotional state she needs to reach. Only then can she achieve the mental clarity she needs to be able to see her way out. When your emotions are in turmoil, everything seems so much worse than it truly is and it is impossible to think clearly and decide the way forward.

Meditation is a big step now. Focusing the mind, clearing it of all the negativity and defeatist thinking. This is what helped me gain control over my pain levels. I can now tune out, relax, and actually get some sleep. Being sleep deprived is no help at all, it all just becomes a vicious cycle.

If our heroine can achieve these things, find some faith in herself, her ability and her body, which has seemingly turned on her;  she will then find she is able to slip her bonds and walk away from the restrictions of these eight swords.

Only then can she begin her journey towards her castle.

Her castle, her healing.

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