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Eight of Wands

Eight of Wands

Wands are representative of the fire element,  they signal transformation, change, new opportunities, new insights, new awarenesses. Wands are the “spark” that set things in motion.

Eights encompass the yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the good and the bad – and they challenge us to take what we think is a bad situation and convert it to a good lesson or positive experience.  I call these “beautiful gifts in ugly wrapping paper”.  It’s the classic cliche’, “When life hands you lemons… make lemondade.”

Eight of wands signals a whole slew of new events, not all of them appearing wonderful and glittery on the outside, but each of them bringing a lesson or some sort of value.  The trick is to embrace these opportunities – to take the seeds and plant them, without letting the opportunities pass you by. However, the caution with this card is not to allow Self to become overwhelmed with too much… being spread to thin, trying to do everything all at once, or biting off more than you can chew. Sometimes we have to pick and choose the “right” opportunity to run with and let the others go.  Eight opportunities may be present, but which one is going to be the most fruitful and which ones may serve as distractions? There may be a need to narrow the focus.

An inverted card can mean a few things.  It can mean either the energy is just beginning to surface in your life and hasn’t yet peaked; it can mean the energy is on its way out and waning, or it can mean the more negative aspects of this card are surfacing.  I believe I’m a combination today.

In one sense, I’ve been overwhelmed, and that’s clear in recent writings.  I even said in conversation yesterday, “I’m only one person… I’m doing what I can do. How much does the Universe want from me?” – and then, with this morning’s thoughts of realizing I’ve let Monkey Mind take over.  At the same time, I’m very much aware that there are several new opportunities being presented to me right now… and I wrote that in yesterday’s tag game… surprising my own self with my comment.  Those opportunities are just starting to move my way – and I may be required to be selective with which projects I choose to take on, and which ones I allow to pass. The card could be reflecting a need for time and energy management, to conserve and maximize my resources.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages; communications; Internet surfing and business; emails; phone calls; faxes; long-distance travel; hasty action; letters of love and passion; action and excitement; forward pursuit of one’s goals; much can be accomplished if you think before you act.

That connects a little bit with Monday’s Page of Swords card, suggesting logic, reason, and intellect as the method for facing challenges.

From LearnTarot.com:

taking quick action
making your move
striking while the iron is hot
declaring yourself openly
putting plans into action
rushing into a new area
moving into high gear
getting caught up in change 
coming to a conclusion
culminating an effort
having all elements come together
closing out an activity
experiencing a grand finale
finding a successful resolution
completing unfinished business 
receiving news
getting an important message
obtaining a needed bit of information
finding the missing puzzle piece
discovering the truth
having a meaningful conversation
learning more

In the film The Ten Commandments, Moses touches his staff to water to set a plague in motion. His staff is the agent of power that initiates events. Moses’ staff reminds me of the wands on this card. They are a symbol of the onset of action and its effects. Before acting, we think, imagine, speculate, talk and dream. This is the realm of air – the sky. Then, finally, we decide to make our move. We bring our ideas down to earth and put them into action.

In readings, the Eight of Wands is often a sign that now is the time to declare yourself. All the elements are ready and will work for you as long as you don’t hesitate. The iron is hot – so strike! If events are in motion, they will proceed rapidly. You may feel caught in a whirlwind, but soon the dust will settle, and you see how your plans have fared.

The Eight of Wands also stands for the arrival of news or information. You may see or hear something important. The news could show up in a disguised form, so stay alert. Pay attention to everything that comes your way for a while.

This card also signifies endings. Sooner or later all activities run their course. The eight wands on this card not only symbolize putting events into motion, but also bringing them to a close. They appear to be ending their flight by coming down to earth. If you see the Eight of Wands in a reading, it may be time to conclude whatever you have been doing. Celebrate the past, but prepare to move on to something new.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

EIGHTS

Going with the Rider-Waite deck, we’ll relate the Eights to Strength. Eights are about moving, taking action, as Strength is a card of courage and transformation. It’s very easy to let things stay as they are inside yourself or without (though, as the Eights warn, it’s easy but damaging). It is much harder to gather up the willpower and mental strength to make a real change. A scary change. Like the Strength card, it is scary to approach that lion, but you can alter the relationship you have with it.

Eight of Wands

Eight wands cut across the sky. The power and energy of eight combined with the energy of wands makes this a card of movement and expansion. There is no fear in the Querent at all! This is the card of a person who, on seeing that lion, says, “Allow me!”, rolls up their sleeves, shoves everyone out of the way, strides up and raps the beast on the nose. “Don’t you try to push me around!” they snap.

A lot of things are going to be happening fast, and the Querent is going to revel in and handle all of them. This will likely include trips – and the Querent will want to drive or fly him/herself, likely. Fast. No need to slow down or be impatient, with this card, you can really move, change, do.

Personal notes: Okay, so I need to add to my own understanding just a tad. I don’t feel I was wrong at all, but I ned to incorporate the fact that the time is now (which, incidentally, is a direct quote Indigo made yesterday during our visit at the park!). I also need to remember that this card can signal travel, messages, and that things happen rapidly. Interestingly enough, I made a comment yesterday about liking to take trips, and this morning, while I was pouring my coffee, I was missing some of the trips the kids and I used to take. We used to travel a lot – in part for business when I was doing public speaking, and in part for pleasure. Aside from my short weekend jaunts with T, I haven’t really gone anywhere lately, haven’t taken any trips, and I miss the whole “road trip” mindset. My mind’s eye can’t really see how that’s possible right now with my current schedule and school being back in session, but I’ve learned to trust that when the Universe has a will, it finds its way.

Okay, then… buckle up and brace yourself… whether it’s a physical trip or just the wave-riding through life, we’re in for an exciting ride!

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Page of Swords

Page of Swords

 

Pages, if I’m not mistaken, are the messengers – delivering messages, so unexpected news may be arriving.

Swords represent the element of Air, thought, and intillect – logic, and reason.

The keywords that come to mind when I see this card are flexibility and preparedness.  This page, although holding a sword, does not look as if he’s prepared to strike, but instead, looks almost as if he’s striking a pose, or dancing.  There are clouds around him, but to me, they look almost like a “mist”, as if to say there are forces at work, change in progress.

I’m floundering a bit with this card this morning, second guessing myself, and I’m not sure why.  Generally, I associate it to Taurus energy, and a tendency to be work oriented (almost to a fault).  In readings, I usually caution against workaholic tendencies and remind the person to remain flexible.  The story I often associate with this card is that of a tree.  If a tree tries to resist wind when the wind blows, it will snap.  If it tries to hold it’s position when the wind blows, it will break.  However, if the tree is flexible and able to bend with the currents of the wind, it will survive the storm. Be flexible and bend like the tree in the wind, and keep the mind open to new possibilities.  Be prepared… change is in the air.

Now… because I’ve second guessed myself today (which is exactly why I do the Daily Dose… to LEARN as much as to get a grasp on the day’s influences), I’m extremely curious to see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages of a fact-finding nature. Young, intelligent individual. A flair for secrets and spying. Individual with an impressive network that can relay information.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Use Your Mind
analyze the problem
use logic and reason
reexamine beliefs
develop an idea or plan
study or research the facts
learn or teach
think everything through
 
Be Truthful
act honestly
face the facts
stop deceiving
clear up any confusion
expose what is hidden
speak directly 
Be Just
right a wrong
act ethically
treat others equally
champion a cause
try to be fair
do what you know is right
accept responsibility
acknowledge the other point of view 
Have Fortitude
face problems squarely
refuse to be discouraged
meet setbacks with renewed energy
keep a firm resolve
move out of depression
keep your chin up and head high

keep trying

The Page of Swords is a messenger bringing you challenges. He suggests that an opportunity for growth may come your way in the guise of a problem or dilemma. These challenges may not be your favorites. In fact, you probably will want to say “Thanks…but no thanks.”

The Page of Swords asks you to embrace these difficult situations. Think of them as trials designed to test your mettle. If you accept and prevail, you will become stronger and more resilient. In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit – honest, reason, integrity and fortitude.

The Page of Swords can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is likely to be troubled or difficult in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.

Sometimes the Page of Swords implies that your entire situation is one suffused with the spirit of learning, discovery, and mental activities of all kinds. At such times, use your mind and enjoy the delights of the intellect.

And from AeclecticTarot:

PAGES

The first court cards are the Pages/Princesses. It is always best to imagine them as young, and with a letter or scroll in hand or on their person. The element of the pages is “Earth” indicating something young, growing, a seed planted. So the Page of Wands would be “Earth of Fire” – the seed of fire, so to speak. The spark. Pages most often stand for children, though they can also be said to be the “Fool’s” alter ego. So, an adult who is child-like enough might also be a page. The Querent, if starting something very new and fresh might also be said to be “The Page” – in this case, a kind of apprentice. Deck-wise, if a Page, they can be male or female. If a Princess, likely a female young person; the prince will be the male young person.

When no children seem to be involved (the person you’re reading for is childless, has no friends with kids, etc.), then the Pages can indicate that the Querent is about to receive a message. The purpose of a page, after all, is to deliver messages. In this case:

Page of Swords

A message relating to a problem either solved or ending badly, or a message that gives one an idea or solution. Sometimes about illness. Sometimes rumor or gossip – in which case, check it out carefully, it might be false.

Page of Swords

You can’t shut up this kid. “Why? Why? Why?” he/she’s always asking. And even more alarming, anything they hear, they’ll repeat, just blurt it out in front of people. They’ll go up to Aunt Hazel and say, “Are you carrying a baby? Mommy says it looks like you are….” On the positive side, this kid could be quite a brain, good at puzzles, quick to learn. And they already know how to use the computer better than you do. Likeable, but also the most aggravating of kids because whatever you tell them to do, they’ll argue about it. You have to watch that they don’t become “know-it-alls” or tattletales.

Personal Notes: Well, I can connect a few things from the sources to what I’m currently going through. I am shifting back into a learning phase, and coming out of a depression. That’s a familiar cycle for me. The depression strikes when I feel “bored”, or have a complete lack of interest in learning anything new. When creativity is blocked, the muse goes on strike, and I feel completely uninspired. Then, something in me sparks, I get the hunger for knowledge again. I drink in as much knowledge as I can, studying a particular topic or starting a new project. Once the knowledge-drinking phase comes to a close, the creativity begins as I start to put into practice what I’ve learned.

I have been mentally lazy, there’s no doubt about that – and I think everything I’ve written in my blog to date shows that pretty clearly. I am learning to think things through, and to exist on more of a mental plane.

There’s not really anything I’ve been dishonest about or hiding, other than the fact that I have not completely and openly expressed my feelings in certain situations.  I’m not hiding them, so to speak.  In fact, I wear them pretty much on my sleeve – but vocalizing them has been a challenge for me and I keep my emotions well guarded – not so much because I feel vulnerable or like I may be hurt, but because I’m not completely confident in that other people need to hear what I have to say.  I don’t want to change the dynamics of a situation by “unloading” something on someone when they’re not ready to bear the weight of it.  July’s reading told me point blank to speak what I feel… and quite honestly, I was rigid and refused.  I came close once… and then backed out because of what I sensed coming from the other person. (blah blah blah)

I did just write about studying palmistry, so I’m sure that’s part of what’s being expressed here – but maybe I’m being cautioned not to talk about that too much.  When I get excited over something, I tend to talk about it a lot, to share what I’ve learned, because sharing it helps “cement” it in my mind… but it can get annoying to other people, I’m sure.

The source definitions remind me a bit of two of my three children.  Atlas was the one who always knew everything.  In his younger years, hanging out with him was like trying to have a conversation with an encyclopedia.  And Stinkerbelle is the one with the tattle-tale tendencies, the one who can’t keep a secret or who is subject to gossip. Maybe I need to look for reflections of those aspects within myself.

Will have to spend some more time with this card later.  I’m bothered that it seems so perplexing to me today when normally I’ve had no problem with it.

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Six of Swords

Six of Swords

Swords represent the element of air, thought and intillect and are therefore represented by Mercury (which may be relevent according to this morning’s correspondences as Mercury shifts into the sign of Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central time, approximately one hour from now. Incidentally, Mercury is Virgo’s ruling planet, so it’s a “homecoming” of sorts cosmically speaking. I’ve a lot to learn yet about the dance of the planets, so just ’cause I’m stating the facts does not mean I know exactly what it means *smirk*). 

Although represented by swords and thought, the image in the Six of Swords card shows three people in a boat traveling by water, and water represents emotions.  Could it be time to change the way I think about how I feel? How am I navigating the journey where thoughts and feelings merge? Perhaps it’s time to be led by the mind instead of the heart, or to find a way for the two to peacefully merge. Mercury, Virgo, and Swords indicate a more analytical energy.

There’s a change of direction in this card, if not a physical relocation or journey, then a complete change in perspective.  Now is the time to navigate, to take control, to “row the boat to shore”.  Because there are two additional people in this card, it indicates a sense of responsibility, an awareness that the actions taken by the quarrent will have consequences that affect others.

This makes me think of what I’d written last night about making sure my children feel secure and as though they’re on solid ground after such a difficult year of change.

Sixes represent the ability to reach above and beyond what seems like reality in order to tap into a higher source of strength, inspiration, and universal wisdom.  The round belly of a six represents the earth, and the arm extending beyond that round belly is the quarrent’s ability to reach out to the heavens and grab a handful of magick to bring down to earth.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Moving away from illness, pain, or sorrow; recovery; taking action to overcome one’s problems; better times ahead so keep going; a journey often planned due to unhappy circumstances; the need to “get away”.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

feeling the blues
experiencing a low-level sadness
just keeping your head above water
working to get through the day
feeling somewhat depressed
avoiding the lows, but also the highs
feeling listless
functioning, but not much more 
recovering
dealing with the effects of trauma
getting over a tough time
picking up the pieces
starting to cope
beginning to get your health back
heading toward a more positive place
feeling hope again 
traveling
changing location
moving from one place to another
taking a trip
experiencing a change of scene
being uprooted
going on a journey
entering into a new frame of mind

At one point in The Pilgrim’s Progress, the hero Christian (who is also on a Fool’s Journey) becomes mired in the Slough of Despond. He struggles for a time until drawn out by Help. Help tells him that “…many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions…settle in this place.”

The Slough of Despond is a good name for the Six of Swords. Sometimes this card represents a dull, listless state. Nothing is seriously wrong, but nothing is really right either. You’re getting by, but not thriving. In the picture the figures in the boat seem sad and disengaged. Life is indeed uninteresting when we feel the blues.

In a more positive vein, the Six of Swords can indicate recovery. This is especially true when you have just experienced a tough time or psychological blow. During the crisis, you felt numb and disconnected; nothing mattered at all. Now you are beginning to heal and pick up the pieces of your life. The travelers in our boat are at least moving forward. They are headed toward a new place, even if they are not yet ready to eagerly embrace those shores.

In fact, the Six of Swords can indicate travel and moves of all kinds. This could mean an actual change of scene, relocation or trip, but not necessarily. A journey can also take place on the inner planes as we move from one frame of mind to another.

Although the Six of Swords does not promise great joy, it also avoids the depths of despair. A slough is not a bottomless pit, but simply a hollow or depression. When you see this card, know that even though the situation is not ideal, you are moving toward a more positive place. Change is in the air, and new, more hopeful conditions lie ahead.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

SIXES

Sixes are balance and harmony, especially after the upsets of the fives. These cards predict a solution, and not just any solution; there will be an exchange, a give and take that results in a new equilibrium. It may not last, but for that moment, everything is stable. With this card, there is an almost “Ah-HA!” of recognition, of understanding in the solution, and more than a little awe at the symmetry achieved by it.

If you connect the sixes to the Lovers card you’ll see how it works. The “love” aspect of the Lovers card is that of recognition and equilibrium. Like Gemini, you recognize your twin, your soul mate. Maybe you didn’t even know how uneven, how lopsided your life was, but now that you’ve met this person, you can feel the scales coming into balance. Here is harmony. Here is the solution.

Six of Swords

A boat of swords being ferried across a river with a woman as passenger. The classic Rider-Waite meaning is that one is leaving difficulties behind. A trip or change of scene may be the answer to restoring balance here. But there is more to it than this. In relation to the mind, ideas and words of the sword suit, this is also about finding a solution to math problems and brain twisters, not just troubles. The ferryman may signal help here, a silent partner (a reference book or internet website perhaps?) who helps you row your way toward the other shore…and THERE is the answer, a way to make your idea, your argument, your formula work smoothly, perfectly, beautifully. Also, of course, a card about trips by boat.

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The Empress

The Empress

 

I love this card. 

The Empress can represent many things, but above all, she represents fertility, maternity, and earthly pleasures.  She is the ultimate mother in that she can represent pregnancy itself, situations with the quarrent’s mother, or Mother Nature, and she encourages enjoyment of life’s treasures – meaning she can indicate a fertile financial situation.  Represented by the number three, she also celebrates friendships and group activities, communication, and social engagements, including nurturing those she surrounds herself with. She’s a celebratory creature – enjoying everything that life has to offer. I’ll share my ideas about how/why she’s shown up today after I list the referenced sources.

As  Major Arcana card, she will trump other minor arcana cards in a full spread reading, meaning the minor arcana cards (Ace-9 and the suit cards Page-Kings) will support her message.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Heralds pregnancy in body, mind, or spirit; abundance; fertility; motherhood; nurturing experience; gardening; female entrepreneurship; gaia; domination over the Earth. Astrological association: Venus.

From LearnTarot.com:

mothering
giving birth
nourishing life
nurturing and caring for others
cherishing the world
expressing tenderness
working with children 
welcoming abundance
enjoying extravagance
receiving lavish reward
luxuriating in plenty
having more than enough
feeling rich 
experiencing the senses
giving and receiving pleasure
focusing on the body
appreciating beauty
feeling vibrantly healthy
being earthy
doing physical activity 
responding to Nature
relating to plants and animals
embracing the natural
feeling connected to the Earth
going outdoors
harmonizing with natural rhythms

The Empress and the High Priestess are the two halves of the female archetype in the major arcana. The Empress represents the fertile, life-giving Mother who reigns over the bounty of nature and the rhythms of the Earth. From her comes all the pleasures and joys of the senses and the abundance of new life in all its forms. The Empress encourages you to strengthen your connections with the natural world which is the ground of our being. Too often false sophistications and pleasures take us far from our roots. Let the Empress remind you to keep your feet firmly planted in the Earth.

The Empress can also represent lavish abundance of all kinds. She offers a cornucopia of delights, especially those of the senses – food, pleasure and beauty. She can suggest material reward, but only with the understanding that riches go with a generous and open spirit. The Empress asks you to embrace the principle of life and enjoy its bountiful goodness.

In readings the Empress can refer to any aspect of Motherhood. She can be an individual mother, but as a major arcana card, she also goes beyond the specifics of mothering to its essence – the creation of life and its sustenance through loving care and attention.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

THE EMPRESS

Basic Tarot Symbols

A gown decorated with pomegranates, a crown of stars, a rod, a heart-shaped shield with the symbol for Venus, a field of ripe wheat.

Basic Tarot Story

Having decided what shape his future will take, the Fool strides forward. But he is impatient to make his future a full-grown reality. This is when he comes upon the Empress. Her hair gold as wheat, wearing a crown of stars, and a white gown dotted with pomegranates. She rests back on her throne surrounded by an abundance of grain and a lush garden. It is possible that she is pregnant.*

Kneeling, the Fool relates to her his story. And she, in turn, smiles a motherly smile and gently gives him this advice: “Like newly planted grain or a child in the womb, a new life, a new love, a new creation is fragile. It requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, it needs love and attention. Only this will bring it to fruition.” Understanding at last that his future will take time to build and create, the Fool thanks the Empress and continues on his way.

* Pregnant. Well, not in the Rider-Waite deck she isn’t. But she is in early decks, and it is an apt symbol for this card.

Basic Tarot Meaning

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s Mother. Generally, Mother in a good sense, patient, loving, giving, generous. If defining her as the Querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. If defining the Empress as someone related to the Querent, well, it might well be the Querent’s Mom, or a woman who’s very motherly toward them.

Of course, the Empress can also be the worst aspects of an attentive Mom; she can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the Querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as neglect.

This card tells the Querent that if they want their new romance, new career, new business, new creation to grow into all it can be they have to pay attention to it, baby it and be willing to let it take those first steps when it is ready. Most of all, like any pregnant mother or good gardener, they have to be patient. All things need time to gestate and sprout.

Wendi’s Thoughts: I can see a multitude of ways this card resonates with me today. Yesterday, I’d drawn the “Making New Friends” Fairy Oracle card and had much to say about my resistence to the idea. All the while I was typing, I had one person in mind – someone I’d met recently with whom I had sort of a cosmic connection. I dunno – I admired her, respected her, and felt comfortable sharing energy with her. T introduced me to her by arranging a Tarot reading for her. The morning I met her was a rough one for me – no coffee, no Daily Dose… not even time to do my hair properly. I’d over-slept, so it was a get up ‘n’ go rushed situation. Yet, the moment I met this woman, my nerves calmed and I knew I was right where I was supposed to be – and the precise moment I was meant to be there. Yet, because time was limited, we were able to discuss things pertaining to her reading, and then I was whisked away for the next appointment. We communicated later a bit by email, and then she graced me with beautiful and generous gifts a short while later. I knew that if I were going to want or have a friend, she’d be exactly the type of person I wanted to connect with. She’s been reading along here and caught the vibe of yesterday’s fairy card. While I was at work, on break, I got an email from her. She acknowledged what I’d written, that I don’t ‘do lunch’ *smirks*, and extended an invitation anyway – offering room for adjustment, saying if I preferred not to do lunch, maybe a glass of tea and a visit in the park. I was delighted to hear from her and replied immediately that I would, indeed, love to do lunch. I’m excited. I believe the Universe has crossed our paths with intent and that we have much to share with each other in the way of knowledge and energy. So, in that regard, I see the Empress nurturing new friendships, as per yesterday’s Fairy.

I also see the Empress at work in relationships. I haven’t written much about T lately, and there are reasons for that. I haven’t seen him since last Saturday. I spent time with him Friday night, and saw him for about five minutes on Saturday night when I went by to pick up my daughter who had gone to a horse show with his daughter, but I haven’t seen him since. I didn’t hear from him Sunday, but called him just to say hi before I went to bed. Didn’t hear from him Monday. I called him Tuesday night just to touch base and let him know I’d be back at work Wednesday, and haven’t spoken with him since. I know he’s busy as can be right now – his work load is incredible and I’m doing my best to respect the demands life is placing on him. At the same time, so much distance leaves room for doubt and insecurities to creep up. I’ve decided not to phone him… he’ll call if and when he’s ready and has the time and interest, and I’m doing what I can to keep my own emotions/fears in check. What will be will be… and when I read the message from Aeclectic Tarot about giving things room to grow and time to mature, it helped me relax about the whole T situation. It’s only been 3 1/2 months since I met him, so I’m not sure why I think things should be anything other than what they are. Relax. *exhale*

I can also see the workings of the Empress in business. I’ve been thinking for a long time about this magick shoppe idea, but I can’t seem to get into gear with thoughts, planning, preparing. A business plan would be a good idea, but I can’t figure out exactly where or how I want to start. It’s just a seedling of an idea. But the Empress’s influence over female entrepeneurship definitely trips my trigger this morning.

Then, there’s the mothering factor. Heaven knows my mind has been on my own maternal state lately, with my youngest child starting highschool. I can’t get pregnant – I had a hysterectomy when I was 25, so I know that’s not an issue… but I’ve been all soft and gushy mushy emotional over mothering my kids lately, so I can definitely see that energy here.

With my mother living next door, there’s also that maternal influence, and with my birthday two days away, she’s all mushy gushy emotional over mothering me, even though I resist. I’ve been scheduled to work 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday, which is exactly how I wanted it, and every time my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I insisted “Nothing… it’s just another day.” I do celebrate the fact that I’m alive, and I appreciate the opportunity to experience life to the fullest, so I honor the day in that regard, but I’m not all about birthday cakes and pressies… that’s just not me.

So the Empress is right on time and right on target. She’s an appropriate card for today.

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Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

Ah… it figures I’d draw this card just after checking my bank account status. *sigh*

Pentacles represent coin, or money – and tangible things of the physical world.  On the Four of Coins, we see a person clinging to one coin with both hands, pinning a coin under each foot, and even balancing one on his head.  The phrase “penny pinching” comes to mind! This is a card of financial struggle, of not wanting to part with the few coins that are in posession.

The fours generally represent a solid foundation and plenty of room to work with – but, inverted, could mean just the opposite.  In the case of Four of Coins inverted, I’m inclined to say that the financial foundation needs fortified – and that there may be feelings of being bound or confined by the current financial status.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From: Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

(this one is totally new to me – I’ve never seen this definition for this card before)

Beginning a garden; adding on to a building; purchasing property; home and property renovations; setting down roots of a project; prosperity; stability; working toward ambitions.

And from LearnTarot.com:

wanting to possess
keeping what you have
getting your share
acquiring material goods
hanging on to someone
being greedy
penny-pinching
declaring ownership
saving
 
maintaining control
wanting to be in charge
denying weakness
directing
demanding compliance
insisting on your own way
imposing structure
setting limits and rules
creating order
 
blocking change
maintaining the status quo
wanting everything to stay the same
refusing to look at new approaches
stagnating
obstructing new developments
holding on to the present
resisting the flow

Spend time with a 2-year-old, and you will soon hear the sounds of the Four of Pentacles: “No!” and Mine!” These are the cries of the ego, which is just developing in the young child. The ego tries to guarantee power by imposing its will. The desire for control is the hallmark of the Four of Pentacles.

Some control is valuable. In chaotic situations, a firm hand is needed to provide structure and organization. Too often, however, the urge for control gets out of hand, stifling creativity and individual expression. In readings, this card asks you to weigh carefully the level of control in your situation.

The Four of Pentacles can stand for issues of ownership. You may be involved in getting and keeping money or some other commodity. You may be having problems with possessiveness or jealousy. Use the energy of this card to preserve and defend, but not to lay claim. People need to be free to determine their own lives.

The Four of Pentacles also implies blocked change. It’s as if the stubborn little man on the card is thwarting your every move. Opposition may come from those who want to maintain the status quo. It may also come from within yourself. Are you resisting change that is truly needed? We often cling to the familiar even when we know it’s not for the best.

The lesson of the Four of Pentacles is that control is impossible. We stand in the world as in a great ocean. Who could manage or possess such power? The only way to keep from drowning is to ride the currents. The ocean will support us as long as we swim with the flow.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Pentacles

A man holds tight to his four pentacles in this card. And in this case, the refusal to budge may be damaging. This is the miser card. Remember how the Querent got more work, money, luck, health in the last card, the Three of Pentacles? Well, he’s holding on tight to what he’s got, not sharing it with anyone, not investing it in the future, just holding onto it, trying to keep it still and unchanging. When this card appears it tells the Querent that they’re in a position of status, health, money, even comfort. Solid, and unchanging. But the Querent is too afraid of losing all this.

The card reminds them to throw their bread upon the waters. Share the wealth; be generous with good luck and good fortune. A miser lives always in fear, never able to take delight in what they have, or create from it those things worth having like friends, family, a good name. Relax a little, be less worried about loss of what you have – it’s not going anywhere. Focus, instead, on how to make the best of what you’ve got while you’re around to enjoy it.

 

Notes: These definitions are for the card in its upright position.  I think it’s interesting that the first defiinition speaks of moving or renovating – the past three months were packed solid with hopes and dreams and plans to move – and the Universe decided we be best to stay put right where we are.  It wasn’t me resisting change – it was change resisting me! *grins* As for renovations, this house needs them badly – but I’m not in a financial position to even think about that at the moment.

The other definitions speak of control, of which I feel I have none at the moment, nor am I struggling to obtain it.  On the contrary, I realize that the more I try to control a situation, the less control I have over it. Normally, I try to at least have an edge on it – by way of Daily Dose, or by engaging in or enhancing certain energies and/or influences in my life. Yet recently, I’ve been on complete shut down – rolling with the punches, so to speak.  Maybe, then, it means its time for me to regain control?

As for holding on to what’s had, that’s comical.  The account is currently overdrawn. Yesterday was my first day back at work. It was a fair day financially, and yet, I wake this morning without a dollar in my wallet – and an overdrawn bank account.  I put just enough gas in the Jeep to take the kids to the store last night and to get back to work this morning.  Took the kids to the store to buy the basis and mandatory school supplies, a box of cereal, a gallon of milk, and some juice.  Just enough to get them through ’til Friday, when I can spend everything I earn today on just enough to get them through the weekend. Obviously, there is no “holding” anything… it comes, it goes – and sometimes, like right now, it’s gone before it ever gets here.

The trick is to not freak out.  I was in a fairly decent position before I missed that week of work. Had I not missed the week, I’d not be overdrawn and we’d have what we need.  Now, I need to work extra hard to try to catch up.

I hit the nail on the head in my own definition when I said “penny pinching”, which was the exact phrase that came up in the definition from LearnTarot. And, the definition I offered up before referencing sources seems most fitting to my current situation.

Financially tapped and strapped.  That’s the moral of this story.

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Ten of Wands

Ten of Wands

Well, here’s a repeat card from six days ago – not even a full week and the card surfaces to remind me I’ve not yet dealt with its issues.  I had a lot to say about it, apparently.  Ah… and re-reading what I wrote then, I can see why it’s still a present factor, especially in light of what I just wrote as my coffee thoughts. *smirks* –
Overworked, over-burdened, over-taxed, struggling….  *nods*
When I drew this card on the 22nd, the Fairy Oracle I drew with it was Beauty.  I’m curious to see which Fairy comes out to play today.  But, before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the referenced definitions for this card:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Overworked; carrying too many burdens; too many family or work responsibilities; feeling like a project will never end, but you are advised not to give up – the end is closer than you believe. Trying to hold on to outdated or outmoded situations. Trying to accumulate too much too fast.

And here’s from LearnTarot.com:

overextending
trying to do too much
refusing to say “no”
taking all the blame
assuming another’s debt
doing the lion’s share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load
feeling burdened
never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
assuming responsibility
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag
struggling
fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
experiencing resistance
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
laboring

On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can’t even see where he’s going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.

In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it’s all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.

The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion’s share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.

The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don’t have to handle everything yourself.

Finally, here’s a comparrison from Aeclectic Tarot:

TENS

As the aces were the pure, elemental spark of the suit, the tens are the element of the suit complete. Not as in the nines, which are physical completion, but in a transcendent fashion. It is the ultimate good or bad of that element.

Ten of Wands

A man carries ten heavy wands on his back. This is a card that says that the Querent has used up all the energy they started with at the ace. They don’t feel that creative, driving force any more. The image on this card implies that the Querent has complete control of all the many things he wanted control over. He is the leader, the boss. But this means that all the burdens are his as well. He’s trying to do everything, and it leaves him drained. Advise your Querent to delegate, to put down some burdens and find his energy again.

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Six of Cups

Six of Cups

The six of cups suggests that it’s time to review patters and cycles – patterns and cycles that most likely were established early on in life. This card reminds me of a karmic loop.  When we find that we keep landing in the same place over and over, it’s easy to understand that we’re landing where we are because we’re following the exact same patterns and cycles.  If we want to land in a different place, we have to change the pattern, start a new cycle. 

Because the card is cups, we can associate it with emotions, planning, and spirituality – so the cycles and patterns are most likely connected to how/why we feel the way we do, how we handle our relationships, and our deeper, spiritual view of life or belief systems.

As it applies to me directly, one example of this card’s meaning could reflect the amount of time, energy, and effort I’ve put into romantic love and relationships – and why, in spite of my investments, the relationships I’ve had prior to now haven’t worked out.  There’s a pattern in it… is it that I’ve been choosing the same type of partners?  Have I been expecting too much from my relationships? Could I have a skewed understanding of how partnerships are meant to work?  Recent writings of mine would indicate that my core problem is that I had a complete misunderstanding of Love itself – and that I confused it with all sorts of other thoughts and feelings, including co-dependency, attention, sex, or other life circumstances/lessons that had nothing to do with true love. If I want this cycle of “lost love” and failed relationships to end, then I have to break the pattern and make sure that I’m giving and receiving genuine love with a partner with whom I’m well suited.

The six of cups also represents a possible mentor, teacher, or role model from the past – from early years, possibly childhood.  In the past, I’ve always viewed that possible mentor as a good teacher, a happy memory, or someone we’d choose to be like – but in this morning’s reflections, in relation to the example I’ve given of failed relationships, I can look back into the past and account for an ancestral trend.  My grandmother has been married seven times.  My mother has been married four times and had several long-term, live in relationships wherein she never got married.  My father has been married several times… and neither one of my parents are currently in relationships, nor do I recall either of them ever having a healthy relationship. The only examples I’ve had, aside from Aunt P and Uncle H who have been married as long as I’ve known them (nearly thirty years), are of failed relationships and of illusions of love vs. genuine love.

When we look at a number six, we see a big round belly, and an arm extending over the top.  The big round belly, to me, represents the earthy plane – reality as we know it, the “real” world, so to speak.  The arm extending beyond that is indicative of our ability to reach beyond the limitations of this reality, tap into a higher power – a Universal Wisdom -, grab a handful of that magick, and bring it down to earth.  It’s a number of trancendence – reaching beyond the obvious to grab hold of something more.  In this case, it could simply be the awareness of patterns and how to break them.

Let’s take a look at what the other sources say.

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

“Living in the past; not willing to let the past go; the study of history or geneology; a discovery about the past; meeting someone from your past; learning about a legacy; a gift from an admirer (usually supported by other cards), nostalgia; the possibility of a lover returning (again, look at surrounding cards). Actions of the past bear emotional fruit in the present; sentimental journey.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

experiencing good will
acting kindly or charitably
doing a good turn for another
sharing what you have
having a noble impulse
receiving a gift
feeling blessed
being well-intentioned
 
enjoying innocence
feeling simple contentment
surrounding yourself with goodness
being blissfully unaware
having a clear conscience
shunning corruption
being acquitted
appreciating simple joys
 
focusing on childhood
being with a child or young person
feeling carefree
being taken care of
feeling nostalgic
indulging in play
enjoying youthful activities
having a baby

In the film Parenthood there is a scene in which all the members of a large family come together to witness a birth. As the camera moves from person to person, we see as if for the first time the uniqueness of each one. The people talk and laugh, but suddenly their actions seem anything but ordinary. There is a sweetness in the air that builds until we see its very embodiment – the new baby. This is the spirit of the Six of Cups.

It is a truism that there is violence, anger and mean-spiritedness in the world. Certainly there is enough of this, but there is also much good will and caring. A mother hands a drink to her child. A friend lends his car for the weekend. A worker fills in for a sick colleague. Small gestures, barely noticed, but so important. The Six of Cups is a card of simple goodness. It encourages you to be kind, generous and forgiving.

The Six of Cups also represents innocence – a word with many shades of meaning. You can be innocent in the strictly legal sense of lack of guilt. You can be innocent of the truth – unaware of some secret. You can be lacking in deceit or corruption – innocent of ulterior motive. Finally, you can be virtuous or chaste. These are all possibilities that can apply to the Six of Cups, depending on the situation.

Notice that the two figures on the Six of Cups appear to be children. Often this card represents a baby or young child. In a larger sense, it embraces all of childhood and the feelings we associate with youth (ideally!) – being carefree, playful, secure and loved. Children are our treasure, and the sweetness of the Six of Cups is a quality to be treasured as well.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

SIXES

Sixes are balance and harmony, especially after the upsets of the fives. These cards predict a solution, and not just any solution; there will be an exchange, a give and take that results in a new equilibrium. It may not last, but for that moment, everything is stable. With this card, there is an almost “Ah-HA!” of recognition, of understanding in the solution, and more than a little awe at the symmetry achieved by it.

If you connect the sixes to the Lovers card you’ll see how it works. The “love” aspect of the Lovers card is that of recognition and equilibrium. Like Gemini, you recognize your twin, your soul mate. Maybe you didn’t even know how uneven, how lopsided your life was, but now that you’ve met this person, you can feel the scales coming into balance. Here is harmony. Here is the solution.

Six of Cups

Two children among six flowering cups. There is a great deal of rich and complex symbolism in this card, but in a nutshell, it is a frozen moment of perfect balance, the boy and the girl both touching that one cup with the flower in it. I like to think of this as taking place in early spring, still cold enough for the girl to wear mittens, but warm enough for the first flowers to have blossomed. The girl, possibly accepting the flower, looks up and sees the boy, and he, perhaps giving the flower, sees her as well. Perhaps, on that cup, their hands touch for the first time. It is a charming moment of recognition, of puppy love. The meaning of this card refers to a moment of nostalgia, of something or someone from our past coming back into our life. Given an old photo, or an invitation to a school reunion, we get, in return, a memory of harmony. Perhaps we meet with a friend, relative or teacher we haven’t seen in years and the exchange of memories restores to us past love, past balance. We rediscover lost equilibrium and a solution that we could never have found in the present.

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Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

 

It’s hard not to laugh hysterically because this card couldn’t be any more accurate or any closer to the truth. Bullseye!

Nine of Swords represents trouble sleeping, possible nightmares, heavy stress, worry, not knowing what actions to take or how to navigate through change.  The nine’s represent the end of a cycle, and in this case, the quarrent is “freaking out” a bit about what’s going to happen next.  When I do a reading for others and they draw this card, I encourage them to let go of their worries and stop trying to micro-manage the details of their life. Let things run their course and understand that you can’t control everything.  Let go of the weight and the worry and trust that the Universe will guide you to the right actions.

Appropriate? I’d say.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Nightmare; bound by your own fears; difficulty sleeping at night; personally imposed misery or disappointment; worrying needlessly; being disappointed in someone; possible danger – check surrounding cards.

And from LearnTarot.com:

worrying
doubting all will go well
brooding
making yourself sick over your troubles
going over and over an issue
feeling anxious and tense
getting worked up
 
feeling guilty
regretting some offense
refusing to forgive yourself
wanting to turn back the clock
focusing on your “sins”
being hard on yourself
denying that you did your best
getting overwhelmed by remorse
 
suffering anguish
despairing
feeling you’ve reached your limits
having sleepless nights
feeling depressed
going through a dark night of the soul
forgetting joy
wanting to cry

It makes sense that the figure on the Nine of Swords is in bed because it is during the night that our griefs and regrets come to mind most intensely. The quiet darkness strips away the distractions of the day, leaving us alone with our thoughts. Who has not lain awake at 4 A.M. filled with worries that refuse to go away? The Nine of Swords represents this unhappiness which can strike us at any time.

Unlike the pain of the Three of Swords which seems to come from without, the Nine of Swords represents the pain that we generate from within. What tortures we put ourselves through when our fears and doubts overwhelm us. Worry is probably the most common. Have I done enough? Will everything work out OK? What am I going to do? The thoughts go round and round – impossible to turn off.

Guilt is another source of pain. When we have done something that we feel is wrong or hurtful – or failed to do something we think we should have – the distress can be very real. It is worse when nothing we do relieves the bad feelings or makes them go away. Finally, there is just pure anguish. Sometimes the pain of life is so total that all we feel like doing is crying into our hands.

Needless to say, the Nine of Swords is not the most pleasant of cards, but it doesn’t always indicate major distress. Often it is just a sign of some element of unhappiness or trouble – a vulnerable spot in your life. This card is often a warning from your Inner Guide that the path you are going down may be a difficult one. If you approach the Nine of Swords in this spirit – as a caution sign – you will be able to use it constructively. Examine your situation carefully to be sure you are making the best choices. Even a small change can make all the difference.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

NINES

Nine is a card of completion (so is Ten, but we’ll get to that). Like the Hermit, who connects to the nines, it is a card where something is finished and the person in turn steps back to look on what he’s done, earned, or gained. Nines are among the most powerful cards, usually granting the Querent what it is they, like the Hermit, are seeking.

Nine of Swords

A man wakes from a nightmare, nine swords on the wall. It can be a good thing to find what you seek, except when it comes to ideas, words or problems. Find too many of them and they will overwhelm you. We all know this card, it is the one where we wake up at night and go over our troubles, problems, worries, thoughts, what we said, what others said. The Querent must be told that while their problems may be real, they’re blowing them out of proportion, making them worse, nightmarish. They are spending too many sleepless nights alone and awake with these words, ideas, problems. What they are really seeking is to wake from this bad dream – which they can do by realizing that it is a bad dream – most of it is in their head.

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Ace of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles

 

Aces represent the very best a suit has to offer, the un-tapped, raw energy of the suit.  Pentacles represent money, the coming together of a process, or other earthy gains.  The Ace of Pentacles, when upright, indicates that everything that’s needed is being provided, along with a little bit of divine intervention. It’s golden opportunity.  When inverted, it could indicate that either the energy of the card is just beginning to manifest and hasn’t peaked yet, that it’s a waning energy that’s on its way out, or that there may be a lack of faith in regards to believing that what is needed will be provided.  When upright, I get a jolt from this card… an excited wiggle because I get excited for the person who drew the card (even and especially if it’s myself!) because I know that the quarrent is about to receive a much needed hand. When inverted, I’m inclined to advise to have faith and trust in a higher power, in Universal wisdom, and know that everything will be taken care of.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Abundance; wealth, a monetary contract; accomplishment; good news; a new start, especially in financial and property matters; gifts; positive material gain; new business proposition.

From LearnTarot.com:

using material force
focusing on concrete results
having a real-world impact
working with the physical
achieving tangible results
improving the body/health
becoming involved with nature
 
prospering
having the means to reach a goal
enjoying abundance
drawing to you what you need
flourishing
seeing efforts rewarded
increasing assets
experiencing growth
 
being practical
using common sense
getting down-to-earth
taking advantage of what works
being realistic
grounding yourself in the real world
accepting the tools at hand
 
proceeding with trust
believing in the good faith of others
feeling safe and protected
knowing you have total security
operating from a known position
having a support system
knowing the situation is stable
consolidating a firm base

The Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of possibility in the area of prosperity, abundance, trust, security and groundedness. In readings, it shows that a seed of productivity has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a feeling of centeredness, desire for results or need to focus on practical matters. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.

When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its solid energy could work for you. Now is not the time for fantasy, drama or daring. It is a time to be real and centered. Seek out comfortable, reliable experiences that make you feel secure. Build a foundation of trust in your life both within and without. Your common sense will tell you what to do. Focus also on the natural world to help you stay grounded. Enjoy your body and all the joys of material existence.

The Ace of Pentacles can be a sign that you will be able to make your dreams real. Your ideas are ready to be turned into something tangible. Figure out what will work and make it a reality. You can now attract all the wealth you need to get your projects going. Tap into the material force of the Ace of Pentacles, and all your enterprises will flourish.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

ACES

Aces are the root force. They are the spark. Relate them to the Magician, who presents the tools to the Fool. They have no purpose yet, but are filled with raw potential. They are the active energy of the suit ready to be used. They can also indicate direction or season, though which stands for which is often debated. Here are the “usual” directions and seasons. If, however, they don’t feel right to you, the reader, use whatever works best.

Ace of Pentacles

North/Winter

New luck, health or money for a new “job”. There is no desire to burn, or flow or fly; here is a physical need to be grounded, to do solid work, make, create and touch. Like a seed in the ground, there is a desire to sprout roots and just become. The pentacle is taken in hand, and, for now, the querent wants only to have it solidly in his pocket.

These are the aces, the raw or initial passion, feelings, thoughts and needs that can be directed into something more. They represent hope, a possiblity, an action to take. The Querent can use them, or leave them behind. Choose wisely what you take up from the Magician’s table for each has its pitfalls as well as pinnacles.

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Ten of Wands

Ten of Wands

 

Hmm.

Well, let’s start with the number.  Tens represent the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.  Nines are like reading the last chapter in a book… there’s still a bit more to go, a few loose ends to tie up – whereas tens are finishing the last word on the last page, closing the cover, and looking for a new book to read. It’s the “tween time” – in between cycles.  I guess, now that I’m thinking about it, I can compare it to the moon’s “void-of-course” phases, where it’s already left the house of one sign, but hasn’t yet reached the other.  With the ten, we’ve left the cycle we just completed, but haven’t yet arrived at the new cycle.

And the wands? Wands represent fire, transformation, change, new insights, new awarenesses, new possibilities, new perspectives, new opportunities. Wands are the seeds of change and transformation.

In short, in relation ONLY to myself (and not necessarily the way I’d translate this card for someone else), it implies that the last cycle I went through changed me completely, and by the time I reach the new cycle, I’ll be transformed – if not physically or fundamentally, then in how I view the world, how I process my own emotions, how I “navigate” my journey.

Looking at the picture on this card, we see a man gathering up ten wands, ten opportunities… trying to conquer them all at once.  He’s set in his work, determined to do things all by himself (that gave me shiver me timbers!). He’s able to carry his load… and we can see by the muscle mass in his arms and legs that he’s strong and capable.  Looking deeper, we can see that he’s carrying his wands toward a town… as if he’s taking his work or his opportunities to a new place. In fact, going back to my first paragraph in comparing this card’s number to the moon void-of-course phase, we can clearly see that this man has left one location and is in route to another, but hasn’t yet reached his destination.

That being said, it would make much sense to me for this card to indicate a change in location regarding work or home, a transformation of residence in the way of work, home, or both.

When I’ve drawn this card for others, my instictive interpretation was that they may be too involved in or too absorbed by their work, that they’re trying to do too much at once, or that they may be overwhelmed by the tasks at hand. 

I’m not sure why today’s reflections are steering me away from my “standard” interpretation and leading me to a different understanding.

Let’s see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Overworked; carrying too many burdens; too many family or work responsibilities; feeling like a project will never end, but you are advised not to give up – the end is closer than you believe. Trying to hold on to outdated or outmoded situations. Trying to accumulate too much too fast.

And here’s from LearnTarot.com:

overextending
trying to do too much
refusing to say “no”
taking all the blame
assuming another’s debt
doing the lion’s share
having to work overtime
shouldering all the work
being saddled with an extra load 
feeling burdened
never having time to relax
feeling tied to a treadmill
being taxed to the limit
assuming responsibility
being held accountable
carrying out an unpleasant duty
cleaning up a messy situation
being left holding the bag 
struggling
fighting uphill
doing everything the hard way
experiencing resistance
pushing against the current
having to work for every gain
finding that nothing comes easily
laboring

On the Ten of Wands, we see a bent figure trying to carry ten heavy poles. They are ranged so closely in front of him that he can’t even see where he’s going. Nothing exists for this man except his burdens and responsibilities. How true this is for so many today! We take on so much, trying to do all the things that need to be done. We think that if we can hang on until the weekend (or vacation, or end of the semester) then we can finally relax. The weekend comes, and the overload continues.

In readings, the Ten of Wands can be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. If your days are an endless round of duties and tasks, then you need to lighten up for the sake of your health and well-being. Cut back, and take on only those activities that give you pleasure. If you love your work, but it’s all-consuming, you may be too narrowly focused in one area. Balance your life with other interests.

The Ten of Wands can also stand for times when you have to assume the lion’s share of responsibility. You may be blamed or left holding the bag. On the other hand, you may have to step forward and take charge because you are the only one capable enough. Rightly or wrongly, the cleanup will fall to you.

The Ten of Wands indicates that your life is going to be tougher than usual for a time. You will have to fight uphill for every little gain. Each step will feel like a struggle. When you see this card, be kind to yourself. Lighten the load wherever you can, and let others help you. You don’t have to handle everything yourself.

Finally, here’s a comparrison from Aeclectic Tarot:

TENS

As the aces were the pure, elemental spark of the suit, the tens are the element of the suit complete. Not as in the nines, which are physical completion, but in a transcendent fashion. It is the ultimate good or bad of that element.

Ten of Wands

A man carries ten heavy wands on his back. This is a card that says that the Querent has used up all the energy they started with at the ace. They don’t feel that creative, driving force any more. The image on this card implies that the Querent has complete control of all the many things he wanted control over. He is the leader, the boss. But this means that all the burdens are his as well. He’s trying to do everything, and it leaves him drained. Advise your Querent to delegate, to put down some burdens and find his energy again.

Well, I can most certainly see where the referenced definitions are right on target – as is my traditional or “standard” interpretation of this card when it comes up in readings I do for others. Heck, anyone reading my blog can tell that I’m over-worked, that I feel the responsibilities of being a single parent (not that I’d choose any other way, mind you), and that I’m forever waiting for that vacation, weekend, getaway that will allow me to let my hair down, take off my shoes, and exhale. There is a constant drive, and I write over and over and over again that I don’t have enough time to do all the work that needs done – that I’m overwhelmed.  Not sure why I strayed off into my own instinctive interpretation of transformation and relocation… although I cannot rule out that instinctive understanding.  If it came to me that way, I believe there’s a reason for it.

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