This card is immediately reminiscent of the zodiac sign of Leo and shares many of the characteristics of people born under this sign, such as loyalty, devotion, generosity, courage and trustworthiness.
The ‘strength’ symbolised in this card represents a gentle fierceness which although extremely powerful uses a softly softly approach to problems and dilemmas. This person will never use a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ although they certainly possess the power to do so if they were so inclined. Instead they will always prefer to use patience, perseverance and kindness rather than strong arm tactics or brute force.
The infinity symbol on the lions forehead shows the infinite wisdom and inner strength to do what is right in any given situation. This person will always find the courage within their heart to follow their intuition even though it may not always be the easiest option.
The lion has mastered his own mind and tamed the beast within, allowing him to always display the utmost self control and mastery, and implicit trust in the guidance of his inner wisdom.
This week, if the situation arises, try to emulate the lion in the Strength card to help you deal successfully with any issues that come up in your life.
The randomly selected card for the upcoming week is the Seven of Wands.
The first thing that comes to mind on studying this card is the need to stand firm in the face of opposition. If you need to defend yourself this week, maintain courage in your convictions and make sure that you remain true to yourself. If you have to stand alone, stand tall and be a beacon in the darkness!
It could also be that you have lost some of the fire in your belly and your fighting spirit? Maybe you need to add a bit of spice to your life and shake up a stale, boring routine. Let your own flame burn brightly and honour your passions. Find the fire and confidence inside either to stand up for your beliefs or who you are as a person, or to find it again when you’re in a dark place.
This card could also indicate that it is your turn to shine and take centre stage in the limelight, and to bask in the admiration and respect of others.
This burning torch will always provide a quiet but powerful light, illuminating our inner guidance, inspiration and direction. Focus on it and forge ahead with faith and self belief.
The tarot suit of Cups is all about emotion, feelings and relationships, and so the Mother of Cups is the queen of this realm. She is powerful and fierce whilst simultaneously being protective and nurturing. She is depicted as a swan in this deck which perfectly describes her ability to be compassionate and empathic, but also extremely aggressive if pushed.
She is highly sensitive to the vibes around her, so much so that her insightful intuition can border on the prophetic or psychic at times. This gives her a reputation for being deep and mysterious, inhabiting as she does the realms of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Here dreams are dreamt and magic happens.
She is associated with the unknown…..where gut instinct and perceptive hunches are the modus operandi. A place of spirituality and receptivity which is symbolised in this card by the sparkling blue, pink and purple stars which twinkle in the darkness of the night sky behind her.
When this card appears it is time to take note of your dreams and intuition by turning your attention inward. Use creative visualisation and magic to bend reality to mirror your deeply held wishes.
There is a time and place for rationality and logic, but this week tap into the traits of the Mother of Cups within yourself. Use her emotional sensitivity, intuition and empathy and trust that in the situations you encounter this week they will be the way to achieve the best results.
The Daughter of Pentacles holds the energy of curious, alert exploration and discovery and keen instincts. She is sweet natured and kind and although she can be shy and watchful she has an alertness and curiosity which means she is constantly learning about the world around her….not in an intellectual or theoretical sense, but by hands on experience.
This young fawn has much to learn and discover about life, but she is keen to get stuck in. She uses the power of trial and error to experiment with what works and what doesn’t.
Accept where you are in your life and use the resources you’ve got. Where your current approach is working, keep it up! Take ownership of your own progress and development and assess areas where you need to build your skills and confidence further. The rainbow and pentacle towards the top of the card show the enormous potential for growth and development on the material plane.
The Daughter of Pentacles can also signify that a new start, new dreams and greater prosperity may be on the horizon. To draw in the perfect circumstances and opportunities to relaunch your life and bring new inspiration, enthusiasm and passion to a project or experience, it is important to make a plan, stay focused, and make it happen!
She could be described as a child of nature, and this may be a message that it is time to embrace the healing energy of the earth in your own life. Try to get outside and experience the wild, raw energy of the natural world and soak up the healing available when you recalibrate your life and get back in touch with your own sense of wildness.
As always with the tarot the energy of the Daughter of Pentacles could be an energy we need to develop within ourselves, or alternatively it may be that we will be exposed to these character traits within someone we come into contact with this week.
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Seven of Cups, which in The Wild Unknown deck is portrayed as a mind bending optical illusion. Depending on your perspective you might see a pyramid shape with a cup balanced precariously on it’s apex; or looking at it another way, it may appear as a channel or trench with the cup placed at the end.
When this card appears we often have many seemingly interesting and appealing choices. However this card cautions us to take our time and weigh up our options carefully. This could be a classic case of ‘all that glitters is not gold’. Can we trust what is in front of us, or is all not as it seems? Often when there is a plethora of options it can lead to confusion and paralysis making it almost impossible to make a decision.
So this week we need to be very clear on what it is we really want, and beware of being taken in by a mesmerising fantasy which may subsequently crumble to dust. Don’t be tricked into falling for a scenario which turns out to be no more than smoke and mirrors with no real substance.
This weeks randomly selected card is the Father of Wands. As always when working with the energy of the tarot this could relate to a man or a woman, or to qualities within yourself which should be brought to the fore at this time.
The Father of Wands is highly creative, charismatic and intelligent. This person is a natural leader who can inspire, encourage and motivate others. They are very confident in their abilities and extremely ambitious and goal oriented. So much so, that sometimes these traits can be taken a step too far and spill over into ruthlessness or showing off.
It is fair to say that the Father of Wands character is very easily bored so needs constant stoking of the fires of inspiration if they are to maintain long term interest in a project or creative endeavour.
Nothing fazes or scares the Father of Wands, and although this character doesn’t go looking for trouble they can be intimidating and become aggressive if confronted. They certainly have a hot and fiery temper, and a flair for the dramatic! This is definitely someone you do not mess around with as they are more than capable of defending their domain and will not shirk from doing so with vigour.
The Father of Wands is a reminder this week not to shy away from our own power. Be the flamboyant, force of nature that you know you can be! What is it that you want to create in your own life, and which skills and strengths can you utilise to make it happen? Have you got plans that feel both exciting and inspiring but also grounded and workable? If so, try out the Father of Wands approach to life and see what you are capable of manifesting!
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Ace of Swords. In the tarot deck an Ace is akin to a seed which contains the essence of the suit….in this case Swords, which represent ideas, the intellect and communication.
In this card we see a brilliant white sword which stands straight up, piercing the black of the night sky. This symbolises truth and clarity and can indicate that any hidden motives or agendas are about to be exposed, for better or worse.
The white lightening which zigzags across the sky represents those brief moments of illumination and insight when we suddenly see the truth of something, or experience a light-bulb moment. Although these revelations can come and go in a flash, what has been revealed can never be forgotten and remains an everlasting truth in our lives, symbolised by the rainbow coloured lemniscate coiled around the hilt of the sword.
The Ace of Swords also heralds the arrival of inspiration, new ideas and fresh perspectives. However at this stage the insight it brings is just pure potential and it is up to us to put in the work and focus to bring these embryonic beginnings to manifestation and fruition. The lightening in the card can be viewed as both dangerous and inspiring, reflecting the fact that sometimes new and exciting ideas can seem threatening in the way that they often shake up the status quo.
I hope that this week you receive some amazing insights and flashes of illumination which spark off new beginnings in your life! Let us know in the comments below if the Ace of Swords visits you over the upcoming week.