THE SUIT OF SWORDS
Who has never heard about Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. Excalibur was a sword of legends, but it was not the only one. There existed many legendary swords, used by great man in combat. Some of them, Like Excalibur, existed only in legends, others were real swords belonging to real heros. Some of these swords survived, at least partly. The sword shown here at right is exposed in the Louvre in Paris and legends say that this sword was the one that Charlemagne was using in combat. What is sure is that this sword has been used for many centuries as the Coronation Sword for the French Crown, the first time for the coronation of Philippe III in 1270 and the last time for the coronation of Charles X in 1824. We can see it on a painting of King Louis XIV made in 1701 (see the image below the Sword). It is doubtful that parts of it ever belonged to Charlemagne. In any case, it was a very famous sword and of great value. It had in the late Middle Ages the same value for the French Kings as the Lombardian Iron Crown for the Holy Roman Emperor.
Swords are associated (at least in the system I prefer) with the Element Air and they have dynamic male characteristics. Being associated with the Sword of Justice, the male characteristics can be associated with a father figure, an older wise man, who is capable, because of his long experience, to advise in conflicts and to pronounce the verdicts of Justice when necessary.
More generally speaking, the suit symbol of Swords is associated with our Intellect, with our capability of learning and reasoning. Because Swords are associated with our intellect, the body part with which they are associated is our brain, the part of our body that is governing all functions of our body, the center where the Human Soul is residing.
When looking to relationships, the intellect does not know about emotions. Justice can be pronounced just based on facts and rarely taking into account the emotional reasons behinds these fact. Behaving bad is not be able to control yourself, so it should be punished. Even if every act could be explained and justified by emotional reasons. Justice is not emotional. Personal relationships are forgotten. Only the facts are counting. For this reason Swords are associated with the third person, with He and She or They. Only logical and rational considerations are accepted, there is no place for anything else, and certainly not for love and friendship.
Again I will show you cards of the three Visconti decks. I have chosen this time to display the Aces. From left to right the Visconti di Modrone, the Brera Brambilla Visconti and the Visconti Sforza deck.
The cards need some explanation:
So also here, let me show some cards comings from printed decks.
From left to right the Ten of Swords of the Tarot of Bologna (+1600), the Seven of Swords of the Tarot of Paris (+1600), the Ten of Swords of the Tarot (of Marseille) of Jean Pierre Payen (1713) and the Seven of Swords of the Mitelli Tarocchini (+1660). Differences there are, but they are probably only cosmetic, the only thing that counts is the number of swords.
In conclusion, the swords deal with other people and their keywords are He, She or They. Not those people you know, but the other ones. And even if you know them, emotions don't count, only cold reasoning. You can discuss about them, judge them and decide what will happen with them without any second feelings. Just do what you think is logically the best. So if many swords pop up in a reading, the spread is likely talking about the outside world, and you can resolve any question just by cool logical reasoning.
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