“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
― Joe Klaas
The quote above is often misattributed to feminist Gloria Steinem. I should know because I used to think it was hers. But we’re here to examine the meaning of this statement rather than its origins.
This morning, lying in bed and procrastinating, this quote popped into my head quite visually, in the form of a two-card Tarot spread.
Until this happened, I really didn’t want to get up at all but as soon as I had the idea, I fell deeply in love with it and couldn’t wait to get out of bed, grab my cards and read on it.
Oh, how I came to regret that decision. Because yeah… it really did piss me off. If you look at the two Major Arcana cards below, which I randomly pulled from a well-shuffled deck of 79 cards (The Frideborg Tarot has one extra), and you know anything at all about the Tarot, you will understand the magnitude of what I had to confront within myself here.
For those of you new to the Tarot, allow me to break it down… Two for two in Major Arcana cards means BIG lesson and massive, life-changing truth, when really, secretly I was hoping to start with something small. Ha!
The Magician corresponds with Mercury and is considered the messenger between the realm of the Otherworld and this. It can signify skills and talents, as well as the fact that now is the time to start using them. The Magician is also the card I have pulled twice in the past year or so in answer to the question ‘What am I here to do?’
The Star is a card of hope, beauty, and faith. It follows the trauma of The Tower and inspires acceptance as well as a belief that everything will be OK. It can be summed up in the passage from Scripture: ‘Hope is the evidence of things not seen.’
Why would the second card piss anybody off, I hear you ask? Ego is how. You should have heard that whiny voice when I saw these two cards:
Tchea right. You?! As IF! Who do you think you are? Your mother didn’t even love you well enough to stick around… and then you failed your own children monumentally (feeling down after morning drama with my youngest who overslept and was late for school). You struggle with mood swings and depression. You are utterly, utterly worthless. Go away and hide under a rock somewhere – you’d be doing the world a favor!
Choking away the tears, anger, humiliation, and frustration for the rest of the morning while I was working, I later decided to go for a lunchtime run. Boy did the anger and frustration increase my speed! The internal dialogue continued and little by little my Higher Self was able to take over my thoughts, which I find is always easier when I am in motion than when I’m sitting still.
Sharing this is how I give my ego two fingers up and tell it where to shove it. No, I’m not perfect but I have the courage to be transparent which is another keyword for the Star as it happens. I cannot be everything to all people but I can and I will shine my light and share my gifts with the world. My personal lessons and humiliating defeats are no more monumental than those of other people. That’s also just ego. I take past ‘failures’ and make them into lessons. I ask for forgiveness when I need to and I rely completely on grace (another keyword for the Star).
All of us struggle in different ways and all of us face really tough lessons. And sometimes we have to get really pissed off in order to break free from the ego’s self-imposed prison, which we like to think of as our ‘comfort zones.’
So yeah. I’m pretty pleased with how the day has progressed so far because here I am, still standing and able to hand you a precious gift, straight from my heart to yours:
The ability to use the Mirror of the Soul, aka the Tarot, to set yourself free. But I can’t do the work for you and you have to promise me one thing, OK? Allow yourself to feel the full force of your frustration before you release it heavenward because only then can it be transmuted into light and love.
Queen of Cups, reversed and 8 of Swords – in relation to a question about moving to another country.
I’m out of touch with the reality of this move isn’t happening, because I just don’t want to believe it it won’t. I need to acknowledge this is a kind of running away, and I’m interfering with my own forward movement because I’m not trying that hard. Additionally, my spouse (who is passive aggressive) doesn’t really want to leave and is interfering by not doing anything (including refusing to talk to a couple of companies who contacted him about work and visa sponsorship).
If you want it to happen, you’re going to have to make it happen. These two Water Element cards are showing you why it’s not happening. You’r stuck at the dreaming stage. If there is literally no way to make this happen now (or as soon as you want to), you have to think much longer term and break things down into achievable short- and long-term goals. Recognising that you are out of touch with reality is a good insight to begin with but then you have to decide what to do about it.
Ha. Eight of swords and ten of wands. I’m battling self-imposed limitations and I can’t keep doing it all by myself. Argh.
Ouch! Right, you know what you must do then 🙂
Grumble and pout? 😀
Haha, I was thinking seek out a mentor/counsellor…?
Indeed…and you did warn us that it would piss us off, LOL.
LISA, your explanation of this two card spread seemed spectacular to me…..thank you so much for this….Love and light….
Thank you – Love and Light
I loved this and needed it, too. Thank you! My whiny ego is playing with massively as of late and this is exactly what I needed to read.
So glad you found this helpful 🙂
I get The High Priest as nr 1 and the Hermit as nr 2.
Think it means that I want go to courses in real life and study more of tarot, angels, healing etc but I am forced by the hermit to do it alone at home because I need to take breaks, naps because of my pain. And of course that piss me of
How would you read the cards?
Yes, that sounds spot on but there is another layer to this message… you ARE the High Priestess and you don’t to take courses to step into your power as the High Priestess. The Hermit would confirm this in meditation and contemplation of your own spiritual truth… and that would make you angry at first because your ego won’t like it. Your ego will keep telling you are not ready to start shining your light unless you take this course and that course.
Thank you so much for the second message!
Lisa, you are amazing…. I’ve been finding you so inspirational in so many ways & you just keep gaining even more transformational energy & power – I’m so glad I found you!
Your tarot spreads blow my mind!!!!!
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, Lynne! Have a great weekend. Blessed Be!
Ohh, lol this is an interesting spread and quick to the point! I pulled the high priestess and the 7 of swords after. I’m still pondering all the scenarios with this. Thank you so much for sharing this layout, I think I will be using it frequently as I learn to read clearer.
Thanks Diane… Yes, I’m still pondingering my reading. Thankfully, I’m no longer pissed off 😀
I pulled 9 first. The fool is last.
Sorry, I wasn’t clear – I mean, please give us your interpretation and I’m happy to help with any part of it you may be stuck on.
I pulled the 5 of Pentacles and the 6 of wands.. any thoughts are appreciated..
Hi Annie, please share your own interpretation. I’m happy to help with any aspect you are stuck on.
I feel like it’s saying the struggles I’ve been through really are part of a greater plan. I have been left out in the cold by someone, but probably for my own good. I will be rewarded if I accept this, but of course I’ll have to admit maybe I was wrong about some things.. the victory will be bittersweet.
Hi Annie, the 6 of Wands is something that will seriously piss you off and I don’t thinkyou’re seeing that aspect yet. One aspect of the 6 of Wands that would piss the ego off is to have it’s pride (one of the keywords for the 6 of Wands) exposed… Any resonance?
The 5 of Pentacles as a truth then could mean a need to humble yourself and ask for help.
Ha should have went with my first thoughts which were I need to swallow my pride and ask for help… I’m def not an ask for help kinda person he he yet another lesson this little spread taught me… Stop over analyzing things and trust my gut.. Thanks Lisa!
You’re welcome, Annie!
I pulled 9 pentacle and the fool. Not sure about that.
Happy to help but please give me what you’ve got first and let’s see if we can make sense of it 🙂
Powerful and honest sharing, Lisa. Thank-you for that. Mine wasn’t quite as dramatic – card 1 is 4 of swords (I don’t think I have ever pulled this card) and card 2 – Knight of Wands. They seem quite opposing, no?
The truth is that you need to be still and meditate (4 of Swords) and the Knight of Wands is restless so that will piss you off 😀
You’re so right!! I need to set up my life so I can spend more time, alone, with myself. And I am so restless – even as a child. Thank-you!!
My initial interpretation is that I need a break (4 of swords) – from my life, relationship, etc. – and the problem is that I want to do it yesterday already (Knight of Wands) and that does not work. But I also like your view on it 🙂