Today’s card os the Knight of Swords, also known as the Lord of the Winds and Breezes. Swords represent the Element of Air which rules over the mind and intellect, logic, wisdom, knowledge, and Magick. It also rules over all forms of communication, including spell casting and divination in all its forms. Air also rules over astrology as this system uses mathematics and alphabetical symbols to gain knowledge of the planets and how their movements affect us here on Earth. This Element also controls our intuition, insight, psychic ability, and third sight. It enables us to see what cannot be seen by normal means.
This Knight’s lesson is about invisibility. This does not mean that we, as witches, can twinkle our nose like Samantha on Bewitched and Poof!, we vanish. This does mean, however, that at times we need to remove ourselves from the thought forms, feelings, and actions of those that do not understand our ways of worship and magickal working. Unfortunately, the damage done to Paganism, and Wicca (witchcraft) more specifically, at least until recently, has been long and lasting. The campaign started by the Catholic Church regarding the fate of witches, and the ‘dark arts’, is what some might term one of the greatest acts of genocide perpetrated in the last millennia. Some estimate that up to 8 million people were tortured or put to death from 1484 when the ‘Hammer of the Witches’ was issued by Pope Pious IV until the era of the Salem Witch trials in 1692-93. Most of those who were persecuted during this time were those of influence and power in their various towns or regions, land owners, and non-members of the local church, although in some cases, were not guilty of any crime other than success. Some were known for their wisdom or their abilities as midwives or herbal healers. But all of these people were not in league with Satan; they were just living their lives as they wished instead of acquiescing to Catholic or Christian beliefs and practices, including, but certainly not limited to, the appropriation of individual lands and wealth to benefit the church’s mission.
Here in western culture, the media, movies, and television have done its damnedest to picture us as a bunch of Satanists and devil worshippers; images of the upside down pentacles and masked figures dancing around in goat leggings fill publications and the air waves with nonsense that perpetuates these archaic ideas. We in the faith of Wicca, and as Pagans in general, are trying our best to rework these images and impressions but it is an uphill battle. Some that I personally know have lost their jobs, their families and friends, their children in custody battles, etc… because they were practicing Pagans and Witches. Therefore, while even the most adept witch cannot become physically invisible, there are methods you can employ to make yourself less noticeable, and therefore less susceptible, to negative energy and attempts to subvert your success as parents, spouses, coworkers, and professionals in every field you can imagine. A quick fix for anyone who feels these pressures in their life currently is to rearrange/clean out your cellar, basement, closet, or shed. This will create a magickal ‘blind spot’ from which you can practice your craft without being noticed.
As with any court card, this Knight could represent and older gentleman with blondish hair and blue or green eyes that is shrewd, clever, and a skillful talker. He has appeared today to tell you like it is; that is to stay that this gentleman is so judicious with his words that he has no need to lie. He will deliver his advice in a tactful way so that it is received readily. Beware though that you make sure you are getting the full story. Sometimes this individual can weave a story that only tells part of the truth, the part that convinces you to go along with his greater plan. If this is the case, make sure he fills in ALL the details before you join him on his quest.
Today, may your friend with the smooth tongue bring you truly great advice and solutions and may you remain as invisible as you wish!