30 Days of Tarot — Day 8: Which card do you dread pulling the most?
Some bad news are harder to deliver than others.
It’s not the 10 of Swords, for as bad news as it is, the impact is immediately in the past upon delivery. The Querent is shattered, yes, but now the Querent can move on. The Tower is a card I actually welcome, because what fell down was improperly built in the first place. Now that it lies in rubble, the Querent can move on without false burdens holding them back. The 8 of Swords is dominated by fear. Sometimes all it takes to move on is having someone point out that you are your own worst enemy and best captor.
But the 3 of Swords leaves a pain that lingers. Betrayal hurts the heart from within and leaves scars that sometimes don’t heal. There is no immediate moving on from this. Sometimes I can see Crowley’s reference to the sorrow of the Buddha, but for most readings, this card is personal, intimate, and gutting.
It leaves doubt in its wake, and gives paranoia too many reasons to wake up. It is a visual reminder that the cruelest lie is, “I would never hurt you.”.