The idea of opening your heart to others and appreciating oneness with other beings on the planet gets a lot of attention these days. This is well and good, and certainly has its time and place. Let’s face reality though. Sometimes you simply don’t want to open heart. Sometimes you’d rather keep to yourself and not feel the pressure to be at one with others. Maybe you don’t want people knowing your business. Maybe you don’t want others fussing over you. Maybe you would rather not have to fuss over anybody else. Perhaps you want to keep yourself to yourself for yourself. Maybe there is something on your mind and you’d prefer a little personal space over a hug. Is this a bad thing? Of course not. It is all part of the human experience and needs to be honored. The seven of swords can sometimes pop up in a reading to remind us of this.
Sometimes, you should just be aloof. Go ahead. You’re allowed to be. How crucial is it that everybody knows everything about you? Maintain some mystery. What is nobody's business but your own, keep to yourself. Let people wonder about you. What’s wrong with that? Nothing. Get your heart off of your sleeve. Keep things to yourself. Share what you want to share when you want to share, but don’t let anybody make you feel obligated to, because you are not. Be you in any way you feel like being yourself. As long as you do so within the bounds of the laws and rules of society, you don’t have to explain yourself. Let others adjust. Let others adapt. Let others figure you out. If you are looking for permission to do this, here it is. You have it.
Be a quiet force. Make your plans in private. Surprise people with what you have been planning. Work. Achieve. Share. When you are ready, when everything is in place, then let people see the brilliance of your true self. Don't give too much away too soon. Don’t let people in on the inner workings of your great masterpiece. Accomplish great things quietly and let them ask, “How did he/she do that?” Be amazing this way. Be mysterious. Mystery equals intrigue. Intrigue equals advantage. Create advantages for yourself by keeping quiet. Can you do it? Some can. Some can’t. Practice at it.
When the seven of swords comes up for you in a reading, take it as a sign. Let it remind you that it is okay to take time to yourself. It is okay to stay to yourself. Give yourself some space. Don’t feel obligated to be what others want you to be. Be yourself instead. We all have these days, moments, weeks. When you are having one of these days, moments, weeks, honor them by giving yourself the space you need. Others will just have to understand.