Today’s card is the Eight of Swords. Often called ‘The Test’, this card usually pictures a warrior running the gauntlet, subjected to harsh examination or punishment, who finds out just how tough he or she is (or isn’t) in the process. Life provides us with plenty of experiences that put us in situations of close scrutiny — whether it’s an entrance exam, a decisive job interview or even the tough conversations that follow after a break of trust in a close relationship. Sometimes the challenge or obstacle has nothing to do with other people, as when an inventor has to face the question “Does it really work?” or when the acolyte has to decide how badly he desires to go through with some sort of initiation. This card shows what happens to that great idea in real time, where the rubber meets the road. ‘The Test’ represents your chance to prove out the time and energy spent in getting ready for a big moment. In most cases, you will either pass or fail, with little or no ground in the middle.
This card is asking you to rise to the occasion with confidence in your talent and ability. The Eight of Swords reminds us that every setback we experience is a teacher awakening us to renewed effort. This is a learn-by-doing situation; there is no formula that guarantees outcome. We can be sure, however, that an open-minded and optimistic attitude will serve us better in the face of surprising developments. Be willing to make the rigorous effort that is being called for now. Put your heart into it with good faith and hopefulness. As such, you’ll avoid argument and criticism, prevail against negative forces and overcome the demons of doubt and resistance. Get excited about your challenges; be confident that you have what it takes to improve the situation. If you’ve done your internal homework, the external situation will open up for you.
Today, may you slay it with wisdom and grace as you step into your future!