Something strange happened this morning. I shuffled my Wild Unknown deck and chose a card for the daily draw. Just before I turned the card over, an image flashed into my mind and I thought to myself “wouldn’t it be strange if the image on the card was the one I’d just thought of?” Low and behold, I flipped the card over and it was in fact the Five of Swords….the card that had emblazoned itself across my brain milliseconds earlier! This makes me think that the message of this card has something important to impress on me today. So, what is the interpretation of this card?
Because the swords are all about the mind, the thoughts and communication, this card shows where our thinking might be getting us into trouble. This card seems to describe a situation where we are fighting a futile battle which will end up “biting us on the bum”. The phrase “is it better to be right or happy?” springs to mind, as I see this as one of those situations where neither party will back down as it is more important to their individual egos to prove something rather than preserve the harmony in the relationship. Sometimes it is more important to pick your battles and question whether it is really worth the aggro caused, just to prove a point. Sometimes it is better to just let things go; when you look back in a few years time will this conflict really be important, or will you have simply “cut off your nose to spite your face” and created more problems for yourself?
This card can also relate to an internal conflict or battle. Sometimes our own thoughts can be turned against us, with a stream of negative self talk which constantly attacks and berates us for our perceived mistakes and shortcomings. We can often be far more vitriolic towards ourselves than anyone else would ever be. This shows the self destructive aspect of this card which can cause just as much damage as any external conflict with another person. Consider whether you are sabotaging your own happiness and peace of mind by your own negative thinking?
I love this depiction of the Seven of Swords from The Wild Unknown deck, showing a very shifty and devious looking fox concealing one of the swords beneath his curled up body.
When this card appears, be careful who you trust, as someone may be trying to “pull the wool over your eyes” regarding something. It could indicate a betrayal or deception that has yet to come to light.
Equally, it could refer to something underhand or dishonest that you are contemplating getting involved with. Think carefully, as sometimes although it may seem like the easier option, the truth is usually the best policy in the long run.
In the words of Walter Scott…..
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”
Equally, this card could also be about something that we are at pains to keep from ourselves. Sometimes we are all guilty of burying our heads in the sand, rather than facing up to the unpalatable truth of a situation, emotion or action that we would prefer to blank out and ignore.
Ok, so today I have drawn The Mother of Wands from The Wild Unknown deck for my daily card.
The “Mothers” in the tarot deck are all about the qualities of nurturing and protection and how we do this for others and for ourselves.
The Mother of Wands is passionate, vibrant, charismatic and creative. She is the type of mother who manages to maintain a warm and welcoming environment for her family and friends, whilst also finding the time to pursue her own projects and endeavours in the outside world. This is the woman who is able to “do it all” and often we marvel at what she is able to achieve in the same twenty four hours that we are all apportioned. I think of someone like Nigella Lawson, the ultimate “domestic goddess”, who also manages to juggle multiple business projects alongside family life.
As a mother she is likely to be fiercely protective of her family, defending them to the death and supporting them through thick and thin.
When this card comes up it is likely to signify the querent, or someone with these qualities and attributes who is already, or soon to appear in the querents reality.
Alternatively, it can also be a call to embody some of the qualities of The Mother of Wands in your own life. I think this was certainly the case for me today as I contemplate whether I have the courage and conviction to move forward with plans and projects. I feel that a large dollop of confidence, passion, enthusiasm and self belief would certainly not go amiss!
Time to take a pause and re-evaluate. Sometimes it’s good to look at things from a completely different perspective. This is how some of our greatest breakthroughs in thinking come about.
The Nine of Cups is often referred to as the “wish card” and this is reflected in the card from The Wild Unknown deck by the horseshoe shape the cups are arranged in.
This card reminds us to be appreciative of all the good things we have in our lives. Sometimes we fall into the habit of only focusing on what is missing. The Nine of Cups prompts us to place our attention on the donut rather than the hole.
This calls for a time to live in the moment and really enjoy and savour all the things we have to be thankful for. If we can come up with just three things a day to be grateful for and write these down, over time it will become apparent just how lucky and blessed we really are. Sometimes by doing this we realise that the things that make us truly happy really are the simplest things, such as love and appreciation for our family and friends, relishing delicious food, or toasting ourselves in front of a roaring log fire on a cold winters day. We then know the truth of the old adage that “the best things in life are free”.
This is a card that brings back happy recollections and the nostalgia of times gone by. In The Wild Unknown deck our “roots” are portrayed in vibrant colour to symbolise carefree days of laughter and fun and returning to a time when life was simpler and more spontaneous. Sometimes revisiting these memories can be therapeutic and can help to unearth buried emotional treasure. Maybe a problem or issue in the present time would benefit from being seen through the perspective of a more innocent and carefree lens?
I think that often as adults we are liable to take ourselves too seriously or to over complicate our problems and issues. Sometimes it might be better to just get together with an old friend or family member and have a good old laugh and reminisce about old times!
Of course, sometimes it is not possible to eradicate worries and problems so easily. In this case consider whether or not you need to review and come to terms with some aspect of your past life or childhood? This might be the time to seek out the services of a counsellor or therapist who can help you to reconcile and integrate any such issues.