A fall follows the ascent from the Eight of Swords. Borders are tools to rationalize the world, to understand things by neatly dividing them into their categories. We have set borders between life and death, between past and future, between ourselves and others. The crisis of Swords comes in the title track “Divers,” with the dissolution of these borders. This image is inspired by both the Smith-Waite Ten of Swords and the Sola Busca Five of Coins (see Selected References). Though winged, the character is thrown to the ground. Her single blue sword is outnumbered by the fading pink rays, and she confronts the pearl of death as mortality defeats her ideals. This card represents vanquished expectations, works undone, and feeling defeated by a problem or a puzzle.
This card links to the mental crossroads of the Two of Swords.