This card indicates the need for vigilance and awareness of the motives of others. Is everything as it seems, or is someone trying to conceal something or deceive in some way? Equally it could be that we have something to hide or that we are keeping some information under wraps. Sometimes it is necessary to play our cards close to our chest depending on the situation or circumstances we find ourselves in. There are times when a tactical and strategic approach is the way to go.
Well, what can I say about this card? At first sight it looks like the stuff of horror movies, with it’s discombobulated collection of eyeballs, maggots and jaw bone.
When this card comes out it is usually an indication that there is a lot of worrying going on at present. This is the kind of worry that keeps us wide awake at night and seems far worse in the dark than in the light of day. These can be vague fears and worries which gnaw away at us leaving residual anxiety and a sense of vulnerability. Often they are more of an internal product of the mind rather than based on anything real out there in the world, but nevertheless can cause disturbed sleep in the form of insomnia or nightmares and be magnified to frightening proportions. Sometimes problems are over analysed and picked apart causing undue stress and worry. This is the kind of energy which has us embroiled in an overactive imagination which churns out terrifying visions and worst case scenarios.
These deepest, darkest fears can spill over into our everyday lives filling us with a sense of unease and forbodeing.
If you are experiencing this kind of unsettling mental unrest at the moment the best thing to do is to try and get a few good nights sleep ( which I know is easier said than done!). If you can manage this it will help to get these rampaging negative thoughts under control and hopefully give you a sense of perspective. Remember with this card that a lot of the fears and worries are likely to be a product of your own mind and don’t necessarily have any basis in reality. Often our imagination can be our own worst enemy, and if we can avoid getting overtired, over stressed and rundown, then this will go a long way towards curbing these negative excesses of the mind.
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!
The card for the upcoming week is the Nine of Cups, also known as the “wish card”.
If you look closely you will see that the cups are arranged in an inverted horseshoe shape, which is traditionally a symbol of good look and prosperity.
The colours graduate from a beautiful serene blue at the bottom of the card, to a gorgeous rosy pink at the top. It puts me in mind of a heavenly sunrise or sunset over a tranquil sea. The colours suggest that everything in the emotional garden is currently rosy and relationships, either familial or romantic are going through a settled and harmonious phase.
If you notice the cups all look full and they are stable and solid rather than teetering on slender stems that may topple over or snap at any moment. In this way they likely mirror a relationship which is rock solid and built on strong foundations. It may not be in the first flush of romance and trying to impress with grand gestures and flashy, extravagant gifts, but it does have the advantage of having moved on to the next level of quiet comfort, warmth and support. This is probably a relationship that you can rely on and trust to be there for you.
So, the romance may have paled somewhat, and perhaps sometimes you look at others and wish that your partner still showered you with gifts and that you were still in the exciting and intoxicatingly first flush of love? However, “be careful what you wish for” as outward appearances can be deceptive, and it is likely that your partnership although it may not be perfect, is the real deal.
This weeks randomly drawn card is The Magician….one of my favourites in the Wild Unknown deck.
The Magician is able to wrangle the raw ingredients represented by the Wand, Sword, Cup and Pentacle laid out before him and transform these into something new. He can perform a form of alchemy and with dynamic action is able to channel energy from the infinite potential around him and make it into something tangible.
The orange and yellow rays emanating from a concentrated point represent energy, vitality and creativity. The Magician can use this focused energy in conjunction with the tools at his disposal to create something new. He has supreme confidence in his ability to tap into direct Universal energy making him an empowered creator (as we all are).
This card advises us to tap into our full potential without holding back. It is time to take action and go for it! The Magician points to the talents, capabilities and resources which we already have at our disposal. We have everything needed to make any venture we are contemplating a success.
Often the twists and turns of fate can feel random and arbitrary. But what if there is inherent meaning in everything, and interconnection between the complex patterns woven into the Universe? Just because these relationships are too tangled to unpick doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and give a deeper meaning to our existence.
Life is a delicate balance and we all experience joy and pain as an integral part of our journey. It is vital to embody the wisdom of the owl and know that all is in constant flux. The trick is to try and achieve balance and inner harmony no matter what is happening in our lives. We judge things as good or bad, but how do we really know until further down the road? The Wheel of Fortune expresses the truth that everything happens for a reason, and there is always a lesson to be learned from our experiences. There is nothing to fear, as depicted by the bright stars twinkling in the night sky. All we can do is embrace it all and use our intuition (symbolised by the owl and the crescent moon) to navigate any stormy waters. It won’t see us go wrong.
The Wheel of Fortune can indicate a ‘stuck’ energy where we need to be reminded that positivity moves us forward whereas negativity keeps us tangled and stuck. We must keep in mind when we are feeling trapped and stuck that the wheel is constantly turning. Change is always happening and things will get better. It is only a matter of time until the daytime comes back around again as everything is cyclical.
The archetype of this card puts me in mind of the quotation
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Because swords represent the mind, thoughts and conflict, we can see that this card shows the negative consequences which can result when we become embroiled in power struggles and hostility with others. For me, the phrase which immediately springs to mind is that we may have ‘won the battle but lost the war’. This card can depict a situation where we may want to win at all costs, but end up being the loser because we have alienated and angered others leading to isolation and ostracism. It is vital that we pick our battles and don’t become involved in conflicts simply to get our own way, prove we’re right or because we feel challenged or threatened by another person.
This card symbolises a complete breakdown in communication leading to the severing of ties and relationships. We can also see that the earth worm has been torn asunder; this is not a clean cut but a jagged and messy wound which will take a long time to heal. This is a deep betrayal driven by spite and pettiness leading to loss and defeat. It seems that in our need to win or be right we have become our own worst enemy and quite literally ‘cut off our nose to spite our face’.
The Five of Swords can also point to self destructive behaviour and thoughts. Instead of cutting and aggressive language and communication being directed at another, perhaps we have turned this on ourselves in a self sabotaging, critical diatribe which leaves us cowed and bludgeoned into submission. Examine your self-talk and choices to see if you are indeed betraying yourself and being your own worst enemy.
Today’s randomly drawn card is the Ten of Swords…..a particularly disturbing image, especially in the Wild Unknown deck. Before I go any further I would just like to reiterate that tarot is a metaphorical language, and so although it is an horrific image, it’s purpose is to draw attention to and highlight the darker aspects of human nature and the psyche. If we turn a blind eye to suffering and injustice how can we expect to change it and grow?
There are various ways to see this card. It can be interpreted as a ‘dark night of the soul’, in the sense that we have reached rock bottom and now the only way is up. It reminds me of a quote by Oscar Wilde ~ “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. It can indicate that the lowest point has now been reached. This phase is over and it is time to get ready for something new. We can view this state of affairs as all doom and gloom, or we can adopt the cup half full attitude and choose to believe that the worst is over. Sometimes this card can even be hinting that we are being a touch melodramatic…..are things truly as bad as they seem, or could it be the case that we are not perceiving the problem with clarity? Confusion can make it impossible to see which way to proceed and often we can be blinded by the seeming enormity of issues which appear insurmountable.
Of course it could refer to something altogether darker. As I have already alluded to, tarot is metaphorical, and in this card the bull represents strength, dominance, toughness and ferocity which has been taken down by thoughts, ideas and words symbolised by the swords. This shows the ways in which we hurt each other with our thoughts, judgements and self righteousness, and how we can quash the spirit of others, no matter how strong they may appear on the outside. Human beings have an ugly tendency to gang up on and bully those who are different….who threaten their own sense of self just by being who they are.
This card exposes the darker side of human nature. It shows how we can destroy the spirit of others when we allow the lowest, most base aspect of ourselves to take control, or when we encourage or join forces with others to do the same. This card is a warning that we must not look away; it is only when we acknowledge the worst and recognise it in ourselves and others that we can take action for positive change.
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it” ~ Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin
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.