7 NETZACH OF SWORDS
Essence: Our constant search for answers has led us to the realization of the subjective nature of reality. We’re filled with doubts and confusion. We question all authority. Seeing too many possibilities and not wanting to narrow our options makes decisions difficult.
The Netzach (seven) of Swords represents the experience of the outsider or doubter. As a questioner, we have no belief in authority, even our own. Here is a situation or problem we cannot think our way out of. When we try to think things through, we find ourselves entangled in options, opinions and fruitless mental games and negotiations. At this time many signals seem mixed or otherwise unclear. Misunderstandings abound when we’re not sure of what information means or whom to trust. Each time we think we have found the solution, a new possibility negates it. We doubt ourselves, and others. Fearful of making a wrong decision we risk becoming hopelessly impotent. Through doing this we can miss the time for action altogether.
In the Netzach of Swords hesitation or confusion can be disastrous. This is not a time for halfway measures. We need to commit to a path of action and trust in the wisdom of the unconscious. It is essential if our endeavors are to be successful. Finally, if we remain frozen in indecision our choices may be taken over by another. This will not be to our advantage.
If we find ourselves circling yet never reaching the heart of a matter, we need to give thinking and analyzing a rest. Instead we should trust in our instinctive and spontaneous wisdom. When the house is on fire, there’s no time to consider how to rescue the grand piano; we just grab the children and leave before the roof caves in. Sometimes it’s appropriate for action to precede thought. This is the time!
When reversed, the Netzach of Swords indicates a situation where we should look before we leap and not let fear or a restless need for action make us unwilling to wait in the limbo of uncertainty. We must not now leap into action without sufficient thought or provocation. Our hatred of uncertainty and suspense may tempt us to push matters to a conclusion, any conclusion, even if it results in destruction and the manifestation of our fears.
For example, the reversal may indicate we’re willing to accept a partnership, job proposal, offer of marriage, or legal settlement because we are fearful of not getting another one. Or we may agree to a medical procedure without waiting to get a second or even third opinion. If we do so we may find ourselves in an unfortunate situation that we could have avoided had we shown greater patience.