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The 10 of Swords, or, embrace your own spiritual death

 As part of my semi-regular daily ritual, I shuffle a tarot or oracle deck while silently repeating, "tell me what I need to know today." I use the insight I gain from whatever card I drew to guide my thoughts and actions throughout the day and beyond.  Today I used the Thoth Tarot, a deck by infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, and drew the 10 of Swords: Crowley titled it "Ruin."  We can see a bright orange and yellow field, suggesting an explosion, or at least, fire. In the field are 12 8-pointed stars. In the foreground are nine swords, each being thrust into a 10th sword, causing it to break apart.  The hilts of the swords give us clues to the meaning. Justice, magic/time, religion, and the basic concept of duality all attack a center sword with a hilt that looks suspiciously like the heart of Christ.  Immediately I thought of cycles and the endless repetition of nature. 8 and 3 (1+2) are referenced with the stars in the background, and those numbers made me thi

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