Most of us have experienced discomfort in our throat at some point in our lives, whether as a result of swollen glands, a viral infection, an injury or an emotional response to external circumstances. And, perhaps, at these times, we have been more aware of what that impediment meant in relation to our voice and our airway and the importance of that channel within us.
As a rule, we don’t tend to question our voice and the ease with which we can communicate until something interferes with it. We simply take it for granted, not giving our airway – and breathing and staying alive as a result of that oxygen – much thought or energy until something threatens it.
In this reading I address what might be the energetic cause of your throat complaint, i.e. what external event or circumstance is contributing to it; for what is physical always has these emotional components attached.
In this reading, the Hierophant speaks of something that is stuck and which has become too strict and rigid. The image in the card is cold, austere and the man is unsmiling. He rules from a position of power with the church at his back. The men at his feet are his acolytes, they do not dare question him. At first glance, the two grey columns stand out, reminding me immediately of a throat. The Hierophant then presents as a block in this airway; so he is what is stuck and causing the lump.
Are you being dictated to or dominated?
Are there voices in your present or carried forward from you past that are silencing or controlling you?
This card suggests that something that is hiding under the guise of moral rightness is the cause of your ‘lump’. Perhaps that is the medical system if you have tried to find answers via doctors. Perhaps it is the doctrines of society if you have tried to shift, change, challenge or grow at work. Perhaps it is your cultural roots if you were raised within a certain a belief system or under a specific religious canopy. Figure out what might be obstructing you from not only speaking your truth but also living it.
If you are already using your voice to stand up for yourself, what about the voices inside? How do they speak to you and how much of what they say do you believe and take to heart? Something needs to be loosened and set free. There is too much rigidity and stricture. Try something different. Think outside the box. Be a little more eccentric.
The Three of Swords shows us how to remove this lump and how to heal it. The answer is in the wounds that we carry in our heart. For just as the card depicts a heart punctured by three separate steel swords: so our own heart has been stabbed by events and individuals. Healing, therefore, comes from a thorough examination of story and self and work on addressing and releasing the trauma.
Who do we need to forgive?
What chapters in our narrative do we need to return to in order to rewrite?
Where has our own opinion and our own beliefs been stoned and silenced?
Your throat may hurt but it is your heart that needs the healing and perhaps your throat is only blocked in response to trying to stem, silence and still that grief and that work.
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