This week I asked what we needed to be reminded of as we navigate the upcoming week, and this beautiful Magician card came out with an uplifting message for us
The Magician is highly creative and resourceful. The wand, sword, cup and pentacle which appear to be floating in an azure blue and pink sky, represent the four cornerstones of creativity. They are activated and ready to use, and all that is required of us is to grasp hold of them, and bring them down to the Earth plane so that we can utilise their powers in our lives.
The Magician reminds us that we already have everything we need to manifest whatever it is we wish to bring into our reality. We have the wand of imagination and inspiration; the sword of truth and discernment; the cup of heartfelt desire; and the pentacle to bring our dreams into concrete reality.
The possibilities are infinite, and limited only by our imagination and beliefs about what is available to us. If we can truly envision the life we wish for ourselves, and believe in our deepest heart of hearts that it is possible, then there are no barriers to our creating it.
It looks like there is a decision to be made this week. However, it doesn’t matter how long we stare at a list of pros and cons, this approach isn’t going to yield the answers we are hoping for.
The swords represent two deeply entrenched views at odds with each other. This can be two individuals “crossing swords”, two ideologies which clash, or opposing and conflicting attitudes within ourselves. Whichever scenario, the swords are deeply rooted in the bedrock of the mountain, immovable and hard to reconcile.
However, the small plant in the foreground is a symbol of hope that a way through can be found. The plant has survived and thrived by being flexible. When it has come up against stony ground it has changed direction and grown around the obstacles placed in it’s path. By taking a meandering path instead of trying to force things, it has triumphed and survived the challenging terrain.
The ocean also symbolises the emotional and feeling realm. It suggests that simply trying to intellectualise, and come to a rational solution is not the answer here. This situation also requires us to feel our way through it, by engaging our heart and soul in the process too. By doing this we will find a way forward, as evidenced by the sun just starting to rise in the background of the picture.
When I turned this card over today, the sight of it was a welcome relief. This is the Ace of Wands from The Spacious Tarot, a beautifully simple but evocative card.
It reminded me immediately of a line from a Kate Bush song, Symphony in Blue….
“When that feeling of meaninglessness sets in, Go blowing my mind on God: The light in the dark, with the neon arms, The meek He seeks, the beast He calms, The head of the good soul department.”
It made me feel as if there is a higher power, however we want to interpret that, whether we see that as God, the Universe, or our Higher Self, that is guiding us through this unprecedented time.
It gave me a sense of hope and optimism for the first time in a while. It seemed to be saying that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and although this glowing spark is small, it is real, and will grow stronger as it gains momentum. This makes me think of the energy and vitality of new beginnings. Maybe we can never go back to the way things used to be, but this crisis which has touched everyone in one way or another, will pave the way for new creative and inspiring solutions to take us forward into our new reality.
During Lockdown, each week I have been asking the question….”how can I use my time most productively?”. It has been interesting to see the progression in my consciousness as the weeks have rolled by.
Initially the cards were indicating to me that it was time to slow down, take stock and reevaluate my life. When all this was over, how did I envisage my “new normal”? I discovered that there were certain aspects of my life which I had no desire to rush back to. During this period of getting clear on my future vision I found that I was utilising many tools which help me to access deeper levels of consciousness, such as tarot, meditation, and journaling.
The next phase, for me, involved looking back to the past to see which aspects of my life had been placed on the back burner, but should now be reintegrated into my life. I found that I was using technologies such as Zoom and FaceTime to reconnect with many old friends, and it dawned on me that this was something I definitely wanted to continue to do in the future. I couldn’t believe that it had taken this pandemic to remind me to utilise these amazing tools which I had at my disposal!
I also rediscovered my love of walking in nature. If I’m honest, I had never really forgotten about this love, but I had certainly forgotten to make time for it. I am lucky to have beautiful places to explore right on my doorstep, and the sense of freedom, expansion and inspiration was a welcome antidote to the cabin fever of lockdown.
So, on to this week’s card….The Guardian (or Queen) of Wands. This is most definitely a card of action and dynamism. For me, it exhorts me to get moving again, to take some action towards my goals and vision. This will be many different things to different people, but in my life it has translated into quite literally getting my house in order. I have cleaned and polished; ordered and decluttered. I have felt, quite literally, that the time for navel gazing has passed, and a new active phase is underway. Cooking has always felt like one of life’s sensual pleasures to me, and I have loved creating some new recipes, and baking a sublime Venetian Lemon cake. I have also done a weekly yoga class via Zoom, and got together with family and friends to participate in a YouTube virtual Pub Quiz.
I feel as if I have rediscovered many old loves and lives during this period of enforced retreat from the world, and am grateful for many precious blessings to carry forward into the future.
This weeks card, from The Fountain Tarot, is the Six of Cups. I asked for inspiration to help us to continue to weather the ups and downs of isolation and social distancing, which I think many of us are finding increasingly difficult as the weeks go on.
This card speaks of nostalgia and warm feelings of times gone by, and maybe now is the perfect moment to invoke these precious memories? We are grateful for the wonderful digital technologies which are helping us to stay connected to our loved ones, far and wide, in these unprecedented times, but maybe we could go old school, and fish out our analogue memory keepers too? This would be a great moment to leaf through photo albums and scrapbooks of happy times from years gone by, to remember our ancestors and reconnect the threads of our lives over the span of years and history.
Maybe, instead of electronic means of keeping in touch, we could write a letter or postcard to a loved one, or send a small but meaningful gift?
Another way of invoking memories of the past is through our sense of taste and smell. Perhaps there is a particular meal or food which is evocative of years gone by, which we could prepare now to transport us back to another place and time?
Finally, what about the power which music has to transport us back in time? For those of us lucky enough to still have vinyl and cassettes from another era, and the equipment to play them, what about an evening of letting music trigger memories of people and places long forgotten in the mists of time?
I hope that you are all coping with these unprecedented times, and that these suggestions help you to stay connected with your loved ones, if not physically, then at least in memory and spirit.