This week’s card is The Nine of Wands from The Spacious Tarot. The Nine’s are all about nearing the end of a cycle, before the culmination and new beginning symbolised by the Ten’s.
In the Nine of Wands we may feel exhausted and depleted with the challenges we have faced. It has been a long arduous path and we may be on the verge of giving up and throwing in the towel.
In this card, we see a rose at the end of a long path, where there have been many deviations, crossroads and challenges. We have been knocked off course many times, and travelled down dead ends, and convoluted paths, only to find that we need to retrace our steps to get back on the right road.
However, the rose symbolises love, peace, beauty and unity, and we are so nearly there now. If we just keep going, even when we feel totally depleted and as if we have no strength left, then we will finally reach this destination we are striving for, and all our struggles and the challenging situations we have faced will be worthwhile.
This weeks card, from The Spacious Tarot is the Explorer (or Knight) of Cups.
The suit of Cups in the tarot is all about our emotions, feelings and intuition. Pictured in the card is a fish diving down, deep below the surface of the ocean, into the murky depths. The fish is swimming towards a cup on the sea bed. We cannot see what, if anything is contained within the cup, as this is a mysterious and subtle realm, full of strong undercurrents, and strange creatures.
Because of the Cup’s association with the inner realms of intuition and the subconscious, this week it will be very useful to pay attention to any vivid dreams. Remember that when interpreting dreams each symbol we explore is a facet of ourselves. Even when other people appear in our dreams, it is usually to convey a message to us about how we might better deal with a situation in our waking consciousness.
Other modalities which also harness the power of the unconsciousness, such as meditation, guided journeys and journaling, would also be great to disentangle the symbols presented to us, and figure out how to best understand them to navigate our path through life.
With the chaos and anxiety which a lot of us are facing when we view the outside world, the ability to stay grounded in our own power and secure centre becomes even more imperative. Our intuition speaks to us, whispering it’s truth, and keeping us on track and centred in our own truth and knowing about the nature of reality.
The Four of Pentacles is a card about stability, structure and security in the material world. The “pentacles” portrayed in this card, from The Spacious Tarot, are surrounded by dangerous looking spikes which protect them.
This week, make sure you protect yourself and your assets. At this time it is best to do your research and ensure that any financial or investment opportunities are rock solid. This is not a time to get involved with risky get rich quick schemes, or with questionable investments which may entice with claims of super sized returns. Make sure you get sound financial advice from a trusted advisor before you sign on the dotted line.
In some circumstances the Four of Pentacles can manifest as possessiveness and greed. If we are insecure, and scared of not having “enough”, this can translate into holding on too tight to material “things” and possessions. Only we really know if we are becoming too attached to stuff because of a need to remain in control and safe in an uncertain world. If this is the case, try to gently release things which are keeping you trapped, and travel through life with more lightness and ease. Remember that the more we hold on to “stuff”, the more we block the flow of abundance and risk damning the circulation of blessings entering our lives.
This weeks card is the Elder of Swords from The Spacious Tarot, known as the King of Swords in most tarot decks.
This card is all about truth, fairness and justice. It is examining the facts with forensic focus, rather than being swept away on a tide of emotive language and manipulation.
This week, don’t allow yourself to be swayed by anything that isn’t backed up by actual facts and figures, or scientific study. It is easy to be controlled and manipulated when we are barraged by information which is skewed to support a certain narrative.
This card, with it’s upright sword, and the crow illuminated by the sun, is a promise that the truth will out. Crows are known to be very intelligent birds, who noisily communicate with a large vocabulary of different calls. This week, listen to the voices which may be challenging the official narrative, but nevertheless may be speaking the truth.
The Temperance card from The Spacious Tarot is all about balance. The fire licking up from the bottom of the card meets the icicles melting above, and by a process of alchemy creates steam.
Balance however, is not the same for everyone. Each person must find their own sense of balance and harmony which is perfect for them. The process is a bit like baking a cake, where you add a little of this, and a pinch of that, to create something which is exactly to your taste.
An analogy I heard recently really resonated for the symbolism of the Temperance card. It is the story of Goldilocks, where she tries various things until she finds one which is exactly right for her. So, one chair is too large, one is too small, but one is absolutely perfect. This sums up the sentiment behind the Temperance card, where we all must find that “Goldilocks” balance and harmony in our lives, and this will be different for each individual.
This week you may be feeling isolated and out on a limb, and this may be engendering a sense of confusion and being off track.
Perhaps, because of your beliefs or views about a situation, you may feel ostracised and sidelined and totally alone. It’s hard to go against the pack and stand in your own truth and integrity when there is intense pressure to conform to the majority view. However, it is vital to remain true to our own principles and values, although this often requires much courage and strength to do, when it seems we are out of step with society at large.
In order to feel less isolated, we need to find our own tribe. The kindred spirits who resonate with our own beliefs and values. Thankfully in this day and age it’s easy to find like minded souls online, even if we do not connect with these people in our everyday lives.
There is safety in numbers, so join together with others, to be the difference we wish to see in the world. We may not be able to effect change singlehandedly, but like an individual bee within a hive, together we can make big things happen.
The Child of Pentacles is the archetypal “nature child”, although “child” in this context is more likely to mean someone with a youthful or child like attitude to the world. This is someone who loves to be outdoors, exploring their environment, and having adventures. They revel in the beauty and inspiration of nature.
This person has a fascination with how things work, and is endlessly curious and always asking questions. There is optimism and a sense of wonder here. The Child of Pentacles is very open minded about the discoveries they make. Nothing is set in stone yet, and so there is much freedom in this stance.
For the Page of Pentacles it is all about the journey, and the amazing discoveries along the way, rather than just reaching the destination. One important thing I feel most of us could learn from this character is to focus on enjoying the present moment; stop and smell the roses and be open to awakening our senses to the worldly pleasures which abound all around us. This seems to me to be an excellent antidote to the fear and uncertainty which is currently pervading our world, and reminds us of the wise tenet…..