Oh brother – this is quite a positive message isn’t it? I’m not sure what’s going on with this deck but the messages it’s been giving me are not exactly encouraging. Of course I suppose it’s in the way that you view things too.
The 3 of Swords might refer to a sense of betrayal or feeling as though you’ve been stabbed in the back. Or perhaps what’s it reminding me is that even when I feel that sense of betrayal and pain it is my choice to wallow in it. It is my choice to decide to let it go and move forward with my life. This has been a continual theme in my life and Tarot readings over the last few years.
In this instance I think it refers to the fact that I feel betrayed by my in-laws. Hubby and I are caring for the mom-in-law and brother-in-law with no assistance from anyone else in the family. There is another brother and two nephews/grandsons who spent their childhood with the family every summer for years (their dad died in the late 70s). I don’t expect them to help in caring for the mom- and brother-in-law but it would be nice if they visited or even called once in a while to see that we’re all alive. My hubby carries a deep and abiding anger towards them that will never go away. To him what they’ve done is unforgivable. I’m simply disgusted with them and can see no time in the future when I will want them to be part of my life.
The 10 of Rods is the burden I carry. It’s the responsibility I feel to family and the obligation I feel to ensure they are cared for at home as long as possible. In addition I still have a number of other burdens that need tending: bills to pay and home repairs to make. It’s almost impossible to work outside the home and care for the in-laws. I’m not sure what we’re going to do. I think the cards are trying to tell me that obsessing about these worries won’t make them go away and it won’t lighten them. Instead I need to find other interests and activities that will help me focus on more fun and positive things. Not easy but it’s worth a try.