It's a funny card, this 4 of Swords. At first glance I thought, this poor, exhausted knight, sleeping in the sanctuary of his beloved and trusted church is going to be killed by his swords. I always imagined this would be a very unpleasant occurrence for a knight who apparently has faith in his work and trust in his God.
Then, I looked at this card. I began to examine the surroundings of this knight, the colors of his bed, his clothes, his surroundings. The incredibly beautiful symbolism of this card. What was the actual meaning conveyed in this pure artistry?
Of course, I could look the meaning up in my handy dandy library of tarot books or on the numerous sites available on Google, but alas,
I don't do easy.
It is a curse as well as a gift this "take the long way home" brain of mine.
Where a dull pencil and ruler would result in one nail hole to hang a picture, I choose to make roughly six nail holes.
When using GPS would make for a more comfortable trip, I decided to take numerous paths just to make sure I know all the ways to get there...
I decided to absorb all this card was saying to me over the course of a few days.
Thinking over and over and over about the meaning and how it would portray in my life and the lives of others.
Each client became the sleeping knight.
I wondered what would make someone sleep, in a church, on a golden pillow, below a beautiful stained glass window with swords over his head.
Maybe he's dead.
What is he thinking?
He's NOT thinking.
He's NOT praying.
He's NOT sleeping.
He's NOT under his swords.
He's NOT dead.
He's RECHARGING his soul.
The Knight has absolute faith in his souls work and while all souls are meant to thrive there is an element of struggle and battle.
You are a soul having a human experience.
You know this, you preach this, the knight never forgets this.
The knight places his swords on the wall of his temple. He rests on the bed he has created in his temple.
He places his one golden sword beside him while he lies contentedly, prayer hands, face up, in the golden glow of Angels and Illumination.
He knows that it is in these times of complete faith, he will know his next step. He meditates in the Cathedral of his soul. Aligning himself with all that is and all that will ever be.
Yes! Of course.
The 4 of Swords reminds us to put down the swords.
The battle well fought and the victory sweet.
The time now is to rest, recover, rejuvenate, grow.
This card reminds us that, in the words of my Spiritual teacher, Michael Bernard Beckwith,
We are at a choice-point in every moment of each circumstance, each activity, spoken word, and thought.
Do we live in a minefield or a garden?
When we live in a minefield mentality, we explode with the weeds of worry, doubt, fear, lack, and limitation.
We must choose to cultivate our inner garden.
We must stop looking outside for help. We are sourced and fuelled and funded by a renewable resource, which is within us.
It never runs out.
It is the Essence of our lives, and the universe corresponds to the nature of our song.”
Go within now.
Have faith in all that is and all that will be.
Allow your soul's growth to take form in whichever way it shows itself.
Align yourself with your SOUL-self.
Do it now.
Jennifer Belanger is an
~Intuitive Tarot Reader~ Medium~
~Certified Chakra Therapist~
~Certified Energy Therapist~Licensed Massage Therapist~EFT Practitioner
who specializes in Body and Soul Therapies
If you would like to work/consult with Jennifer please
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"Why is my neck not getting any better?"
"I can't keep my shoulders down!"
"This pain is starting to kill me."
Yeah, I know.
My hands need some ice and love from all these necks and shoulders visiting my table.
"So, what more are you doing for yourself other than a massage?"
"What can I do? If you can't fix this problem, then no-one can."
"Let's examine what is happening or has happened in your life that could be a factor in your muscles."
This conversation is almost daily in my practice.
It is a double-edged sword for a massage therapist.
Yes, we love working on those tight muscles and would be standing in the unemployment office if we didn't have clients with "issues in their tissues," but we also want to see our clients be pain-free as well.
At this point, is where our life and our muscles meet.
When the soul is ignored long enough, it starts speaking with pain.
Continual pain that is not from a recent injury or response to a specific situation, sleeping on the couch, painting a ceiling, outdoor activities, etc. are most likely responses from years of pent up emotional pain. Pain that you are now facing but are not able to escape from are emotions that have nowhere to express themselves, or worse, being ignored.
A person who has had a traumatic, difficult, angry childhood will be more likely to have low back pain, where the Root and Sacral Chakras are located.
Our Root Chakra and Sacral Chakra represent the "Who am I and Where do I belong to my tribe?" that we learn from birth into our early teens.
When this Chakra isn't functioning correctly, the pain will become present.
A person who has mid back problems will in many cases be suffering from a broken heart or have a lack of self-worth.
The "being kicked in the gut" feeling causes a ton of mid back and stomach area pain.
Hello, Solar Plexus, are you talking to me?
Those who have neck and shoulder problems were very likely not heard as children and young adults were not respected for their words or felt silenced in some way.
When the Throat Chakra is not functioning well, teeth, neck, shoulders, sinus', chest pain will become a chronic issue.
What are your thoughts saying to you?
Are you or someone else pounding something into your head?
Your Third Eye is looking for some attention.
Did you ever wake up with excruciating pain in your hip for no reason? What are you holding back? Where are you unable to move forward or who/ what are you unable to walk away from?
Knee pain? "Are you becoming stuck?" "Where do you to become more flexible?"
Are your eyes tired? Dry? Itchy?
"What are you not seeing?"
"Where are you not looking or looking?"
These are just a few examples of how chronic pain is an expression of Soul.
The Soul will continue to express itself to you; you must continue to learn and grow.
Growth is why we are humans.
Why we are Souls incarnate into a human body.
Our body temple and our Soul will always work together to bring about our highest self.
No matter how much it hurts.
Jennifer Belanger is a
Certified Chakra Therapist~
Energy Therapist~Licensed Massage Therapist
who specializes in Body and Soul Therapies
If you would like to learn more about the Chakra/Muscle/Soul Connection
and how to break through chronic pain
Schedule your appointment at
Sunday brings us the Knight of Cups,
With all his lovely energy, the Knight of Cups reminds us that nothing, and I mean nothing, is more worth fighting for than love. Love flowing through us is as important as the blood flowing through our veins. As a matter of fact, love is the blood flowing through our veins. It is what keeps us breathing, what keeps us passionate, excited, happy, moving, alive. Love is who we are and Sunday we will know be reminded of this.
Question: How do you give and receive love?
Do you recognize love around you and within you?
Monday brings us the 10 of Cups.
Oh, what a wonderful day filled with joy, peace, laughing and happy children, rainbows glowing down on us, love filling the air. All of our dreams, hope and desires have been met and we are feeling pretty fulfilled. Enjoy this energy. It doesn't come often, but when it does, man oh man is it a wonderful world!
Question: How can you allow yourself to overflow with joy?
What part of this joy did you partake in?
Tuesday brings us the Magician.
What kind of magic will; you inspire today? Will you finally learn to balance yourself in all elements of the Universe? Will you learn that your emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, earthly you is all you will ever need to live a magically inspired life? The Magician brings new ways of making life work. Your life work. Using all the tools in which he was born with, the Magician show us that infinite life is possible on Earth as it is in Heaven. This is the day to manifest your vision to life? You have to BE it to SEE it.
Question: How are you using your innate gifts to create your vision?
Do you manifest your life or do you allow others to manifest for you?
Wednesday brings us the Fool.
With all this love, the happiness, this new found knowledge of all we are is within us, we are ready to embark on a new path. A path in which we may not know where we are headed or what we will find, but we have all we need in our little red pouch to set us on a grand adventure. Today we take a step into the unknown fearlessly and effortlessly.
Question: Where are you headed today?
Are you filled with fear or are you the glorious fool who knows nothing can stop him?
Thursday brings us the King of Wands.
This King is all about action. Inspired action. He knows that whatever the problem, whatever the issue it can be solved by right action. He knows that in order to live a life worth living you must not only look for opportunities, you must act on them. This is the day to "grab the bull by the horns and move forward."
Question: What have you decided to DO?
What are you now growing in your life?
Friday brings us the Queen of Wands.
The Queen tells us to nurture our ideas with action and thought. She reminds us that in the light of day we can see growth, but her black cat reminds us that growth also happens in the dark. We need light and dark to be in perfect balance. Use your alchemy skills to blend and balance.
Question: Do you have a good balance between work and play?
Do you take the time to nurture your dreams and blend them with your daily activities?
Saturday brings us The High Priestess
This is the card of mysteries and intuition. This card tells us it is time to use our intuition, our gifts, abilities, spirituality to round out this week of movement and manifestation. Continue to follow your instincts, your soul. Continue to meditate, imagine, manifest, move, do and create with love the life you alone chose to live.
Question: What do you intuitively know is in your highest and best good for you right now?
What mysteries are within you that are seeking to emerge?