The Suit of Swords in the Tarot is most commonly seen metaphysically to symbolise the power of the mind. The sword is seen as a symbol of the action of the mind to think, to discriminate, to make choices and to perceive the truth. The process of the mind is then expressed through thought and action. The sword in action is a symbol that can be used to wound as in battle, or to heal when used in the hands of a surgeon. To be able to perceive the truth clearly we need to be unencumbered by ego and our feelings. In Carl Jung’s work with the four function types he saw the functions of Thinking and Feeling as being opposites and therefore difficult to integrate and access simultaneously.
I would like to invite you to come on a journey with me through the suit of Swords from the Rider Waite Smith deck, using its imagery to explore the complexities of the power of the mind with the complications that arise when this function is combined with feeling. I am using the template of the Kabbala Tree of Life as a map.