Tarot Series: Seven of Swords

This tarot card series, by Nadia Nadesan, explores intimate worlds of womxn, the distance in between, and intimate spaces. Nadia began sketching this series as a way to explore the ways in which the women around her interpret their innate flexibility, intimacy, and hardships. 

Nadia lives in Madrid, enjoys Korean horror movies, writing, coffee made by other people, pickle rice, and, when possible, a room of her own.


While this seven of swords shows a woman in the comfort of a peaceful space, she is in serious thought with the leaves changing outside her window. Transitions are often difficult. They pose challenges that we often understand but cannot completely foresee. As autumn turns to winter, the change in season asks us to to prepare for growth not by planting seeds but by conserving our energies, by gathering what we can to maintain during the winter, and also to profoundly let go. Neither of these processes are easy or straightforward. We struggle in public but also in private, in spite of the comfort that we have around us, as we strive to simultaneously gather, care for, and move forward for ourselves and others.

Often we can underestimate the profound work of our own thoughts. They are in fact swords with which we cut through obstacles, into ourselves, and others. So we must be mindful as we transition to check in with those closest to us to keep us in balance.

As we change, we utilize many tools to recreate ourselves: strength, care, and even deception. We lie to ourselves all the time. When we are not safe, these lies help us to be brave. You tell yourself you are invincible as you step into spaces that require you to wear armor; you tell yourself that you are infinitely capable as you push to new plateaus, or possibly you tell yourself you must keep a low profile or sneak away as confronting problems head on seems like an impossible task we are not ready for. Again, tread carefully, reflect, seek council, consider your moral compass, and above all else remember that confronting winter is not about speed or ease. The easy way out can create more problems than you might think.

As we transition, sometimes we must ask ourselves how can we manage being uncomfortable when it is necessary.

Maya Acharya