Card 4 Reversed — He of the Fiery Sword

From the Faeries' Oracle...

Reversed Reading

Like all of the Singers, this card does not have a reversed meaning as such because He of the Fiery Sword is present in full measure throughout the universe on all levels. Reversal here speaks of an archetypal energy blocked or unaccepted by the querent or another involved in the issue. Look to the cards around it or to those involved in your question to see what may be causing this. When He of the Fiery Sword is reversed, the question we need to ask ourselves is "How may I free strength and will in my life and allow the vital force to flow through me?"

Faery Lore — the inside story

The Active Principle. Spiritual Will. Justice. Strength. Protection.

When the Òran Mór, the Great Song, comes into any of the manifest worlds — this world or Faery or any other — it first encounters two principles, sometimes called yin and yang, or masculine and feminine, or the Great Goddess and the Great God. He of the Fiery Sword is the primary manifestation of the yang principle — action, will, movement, force, fire. We see Him in many ways, each one an aspect of his total being. All of the great gods and protecters are aspects of this power. Written on the blade are the words, Draw me not without cause, nor return me without honor. A member of the Oracle group noted, "His fiery sword illuminates truth and dispels not-truth."

The fiery sword is the archetype of all magical and mundane swords,
of us, both in will and in compassion. Another of the Oracle group reminds us, "He will do what needs to be done with love."

We can call upon the master of the fiery sword when we have difficult things to do, when we need to take action that is going to require much of us, both in will and in compassion.

When looking at this card, my neighbor saw it not as a sword but as a feather of light. He saw it as a symbol of the ability to fly, to rise above things. An Oracle group member saw it as someone reaching up, ascending, surrounded by multiple reflections, and filled with light and power.

To understand this card more fully, please read the comments on She of the Cruach (Card 5). They are the two halves of the same whole.

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Jessica Macbeth & Brian Froud

Text copyright ©2000 by Jessica Macbeth.
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