If the Three of Swords brought betrayal, deception or heartache, the Four of Swords invites us to go within and stabilize our thinking. This can be a profound internal process where we either regurgitate our pain or we begin to release the attachment to our story. The choice is ours and sometimes we do a little bit of both.

Betrayal. Deception. Heartache. The Three of Swords which corresponds to the second decan of Libra is one of the most challenging cards to receive. It often appears when we’re going through a crisis that’s left us feeling low and disillusioned. A person who we thought was a friend betrayed us. A love we held on to for too long breathes its last breath. Our last hope falls through the aching hole in our heart, gaping wide, raw and senseless.

Libra is a cardinal sign and like the other cardinal signs—Aries, Cancer and Capricorn—it begins a new season. Cardinal signs are good at initiating, responding and getting things going. In tarot, the cardinal signs correspond to numbers 2, 3 and 4. And as an air sign, we use the Swords for Libra. Put it together and the first decan (ten days) of Libra corresponds to the Two of Swords.

What’s a decan? The zodiac is divided into twelve signs of 30° each and every sign is further divided into three 10° spans called decans. It’s like dividing a pizza (zodiac) into 12 slices (the signs) and then into three mini slices (the decans). Since the Sun moves roughly 1° per day, it takes the Sun just about ten days to move through one decan and approximately 30 days to transit one sign.

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