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!
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.
The Six of Swords is a card about transitioning from a place of stress and worry to a calmer place where peace of mind can be restored.
Sometimes it can seem that we are trapped in a situation that we know is doing is no favours, but it can be scary and disorientating to move forward. Often we feel that it is “better the devil we know” even though if we are truly honest with ourselves we will acknowledge that staying in this situation is self destructive and damaging.
We can find ourselves stuck in many circumstances that no longer serve us, whether that is a job, a relationship or a location. The longer we remain paralysed by fear of the unknown and afraid to move forward, the more likely it is that the stress and anxiety this engenders will progress to depression. Once this happens it is even more difficult to clamber out of the trap we have fallen into as we then are bogged down even further in the lethargy and hopelessness of despondency.
The rainbow overarching the card is a promise however that things can only get better if you can find the courage to move forward. Even if you only take “baby steps” you will eventually find yourself in a much more hopeful and positive place. It is challenging and scary to move out of your comfort zone, but necessary for your long term future happiness.
The Sun! One of the most overwhelmingly positive and auspicious cards in the tarot deck.
Just one look at this card says it all really. The beautiful warm, radiant colours emanating from the centre speak of vibrancy and vitality. The little birds at each corner look as if they are soaring with the joy and exhilaration of freedom and spontaneity. All is well with the world. The Sun has most definitely got his hat on and he’s coming out to play!
This card is a symbol of hope, happiness and positivity. Whatever issues you are grappling with, things can only get better!
Things can only get better – D:ream
This is a beautiful card, depicted in The Wild Unknown Tarot as a pair of geese flying in harmony and unison towards a shared goal. Geese, like swans, are known to mate for life and so the symbolism of this card has a clear message of union, trust, partnership and a beautiful soul mate connection.
This is a relationship based on shared values, mutual attraction and desire, compromise and working together as an invincible team.
This partnership is far more than just a “flash in the pan” attraction which burns out just as quickly. This is something meaningful and long lasting with commitment, contentment and a deep sustaining happiness woven into it’s very fabric.
Today’s Daily Draw features another King or Father card; this time it is The Father of Wands.
The Wands are all about creativity, action and manifestation and as the Father expresses the strongest essence of this energy we would expect the person this card represents to display strong characteristics of a fiery, spontaneous risk taker.
This is a person who is extremely visionary and action oriented. Although very charismatic and powerful, these qualities have the potential to spill over into arrogance and ruthlessness. This person “takes no prisoners” in their drive to get things done and in their ambitions to manifest their ideas into the realm of reality. Anyone that gets in their way can be on the receiving end of their intimidating and sometimes aggressive response and their overbearing demeanour.
These people are the natural born entrepreneurs of this world who like to “strike while the iron is hot”. This spontaneity can sometimes become impulsiveness and can result in making loads of money, but also have the potential to lose a fortune too.
When a person with these qualities puts in an appearance he or she may be showing you where you could bring a bit more drive and measured risk taking into your own life.
By the same token if this is an aspect of your own personality then try and keep it positive and use the fiery, action oriented manifestation of this energy in order to move your projects forward with creativity and aplomb.
The Pentacles represent the physical and material aspects of life, so the Father of Pentacles is someone who has dominion over the material world and through hard work, discipline and a conscientious attitude is able to create wealth, security and stability. This person has reached the pinnacle of prosperity and affluence and consequently is now able to take pride in their achievements and enjoy the luxury, abundance and sensuality derived from the fruits of their labour.
This person is skilled in wealth generation and never misses a business opportunity. The Father of Pentacles is strong and powerful and takes great pride in being an excellent provider who ensures the stability, security and protection of his loved ones.
The more negative aspects of this character which can sometimes be apparent are a tendency to be authoritative, controlling and domineering.
When The Father of Pentacles puts in an appearance it may be an indication that someone with these qualities may enter your life. It can also be a time when you will achieve the best results by incorporating the energies of this card into your projects!
The Devil Tarot Card! So many negative connotations and associations, but sometimes a bit of devilment is just what the doctor ordered.
In this card from The Wild Unknown the cloven hoofed goat seems to have a wicked glint in his eye as he dares us to succumb to temptation and lures us into his lair to partake of “naughty but nice” pleasures. I’m thinking here of small indulgences like rich, velvety Devil’s Food Cake with lashings of whipped cream, or a monster bar of chocolate greedily consumed in splendid isolation!
It brings to mind cheeky and flirtatious “kiss me quick” hats from the bygone era of traditional seaside holidays, and striptease and burlesque artists teasing and titillating their audiences.
The picture on this card depicts a goat with what looks like fire licking around his hooves. This symbolises just how easy it is to overstep the mark when transgressing into the realm of The Devil card. When you play with fire it is easy to get burned, and this is graphically portrayed here. Something that is at first perceived as nothing more than harmless, sexy fun can become much darker and more sordid when obsession, lust, addiction and materialism are added into the mix. Suddenly we have the much more negative associations of temptation, like addiction, dependence, cravings and materialism.
This is when the dark and gloomy world that The Devil beckons us into can become a whole lot more seedy and sordid, and we must keep our wits about us if we are to emerge back into the light again and avoid the entrapment of his world.
Sometimes we all need a bit of a “devil may care” attitude, and a little naughtiness can be nice, but watch your step as you walk the fine line which separates this world from a much more shadowy place.