3 March 2019 26 Adar 1 5779 3 BINAH OF SWORDS


Essence: Indecision, worry or frustration traps us in an endlessly repeating pattern of negative thoughts. We are anxious and can obsess over fearful imaginings. We need to examine our assumptions and possible areas of self-deception.

The Binah (three) of Swords represents a time when our thinking is circular. Indecision turns to worry, to anger, to increased anxiety and obsessive thinking. Unable to break free of a fixed thought pattern we feel frustrated and trapped. This becomes yet another obsessive thought pattern.

Our rationalizations appear true. Self-deception or worries only dig our rut deeper. The problem requires we open ourselves to additional ways to understand reality. Sometimes thinking is not the only way to solve a problem. Here, the Binah reminds us that sometimes we can’t think our way out of a situation or solve our problems. In that case, it may be wise to invite advice from a trusted friend or counselor, or to turn to books or other sources for help.

This is when we need to ask ourselves, ”What other way can this problem be approached?

“Would even an arbitrary or spontaneous action help bring more options to light?”

“What are my feelings and emotions?”
“What intuitive sense or aid can I turn to, or trust?”
The Binah of Swords may be inviting us to go into our fears instead of denying them, so we can finally see through them to the truth of the situation.


When The Binah of Swords is reversed, the way out is harder. We may be in danger of drowning in self-hate or self- pity.

It may also indicate our focus is too outwardly directed and caught in the externals of the situation.

The Binah of Swords reversed can indicate there is an urgent need and benefit to be gained from seeking guidance from outside inspirational or emotional sources. It’s strongly recommended we look to someone who can lead us to deeper awareness where we can explore our own inner wisdom, or introduce us to more profound sources of knowledge that can help us break out of fixed, obsessive or habitual thought patterns.