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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tarot, 2nd Edition by Lisa Lenard, Arlene Tognetti

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Chapter 15
Swords: Action, Power, Obstacles
In This Chapter
◆ Swords represent conflict, obstacles, and aggression
◆ Royal Swords: logic and thoughtful attention to all sides of issues
◆ Everyday Swords: struggles and difficulties
Swords represent strife and aggression as well as the process of developing courage and mental strength. These are the cards of everyday conflict and problems, the obstacles you encounter, and the way you use your mind to deal with those obstacles. No life is entirely a primrose path, and Swords are the first to remind us of that!
 
In medieval times, the way someone held his sword next to him would tell other tribes what his tribe was thinking. If the sword pointed up, it meant victory; pointed down, it meant retreat ...

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