12/16/12: Using all the Archetypes | Queen of Wands

queen of wands meaningUsually we think of the Queen of Pentacles as the lady of caretaking. But the New Vision Tarot shows us a kinder spin on this card, even though the lady behind the throne seems to be more dimensions of the Queen herself.

I don’t know the artist’s intention here—told you, I threw out the Little White book! But in context of the feminine archetype of the maiden, mother and crone, we can find all three here as aspects of the Queen herself. The maiden is unsure, inquisitive but tentative. The mother is the Queen sitting on the throne, doing what needs to be done. And the crone is comforting the maiden, armed with the fruits of her experience. So while I often use keywords like “determined” or even “stubborn” to characterize this queen, here I’m moved to add “pensive” and “wise” to the lineup.

We all have different people inside us (and I ain’t talking Dissociative Identity Disorder, man). Maybe, just maybe, the trick is calling up the aspects of our inner power that are needed at any given time.

To be this Queen, dig down and connect with your fire, your passion and your resolve. Know that the stakes are high, but just as much that you have what it takes to get there. Let your inner wisdom and the lessons you’ve gathered up in your basket comfort that little girl (or boy) inside you who worries and is unsure while, to the rest of the world, you carry on with your game face, strong and determined as ever to do what needs to be done, sunny and upright.

So sayth the Queen of Wands.

Can you use some of this energy today? I sure can!

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12/13/12: Long Haul Win | Strength

My eye immediately is drawn to the snake in this rendition of Strength, who the lovely maiden keeps in line with her foot, all while gently keeping the lion at bay at the same time. While she’s dealing with the Lion head-on, she’s also not being taken by any back-door treachery. She’s constantly aware.

The infinity symbol above her head shows her infinite patience and her virginal white dress shows us her purity of intent. She’s also here for the long haul.

The cloud formations showing a griffin—a combination beast of lion and eagle—who is known for his strength and intelligence, was also said to be drawn to battle the fiercest beasts. No shirking. He was known as a divine guardian.

Aside: Anybody know who the statue is? I don’t have the Little White Book anymore to reference.

To me, this card points to righteous battling. You don’t have to be bigger or stronger or more intimidating than those who would oppose you. Being strong enough and courageous enough to stand up as required, holding fast and calling upon an inner strength, being aware of everyone and everything, you can win against foes who appear much more fierce. This isn’t a showy kind of winning. It’s a steadfast, reliable kind of winning.

Whenever I see the Strength card, I know the person I’m reading for has what it takes to persevere for the long haul. It’s very encouraging. But always, always, always it’s also a choice. Here, you want a light but very steady hand, with a conscious, ongoing attention to what’s happening in the background. That’s how you make it through the challenges.

Listening, Tarot. I’m listening!

Are you in for the long haul?

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12/12/12: Upright Priorities | Reversed Justice

Uh oh. Reversed Justice. I don’t dig the sound of that! This card is from the interesting New Vision Tarot, showing the “behind the scenes” view. The baby in the basket behind the judge’s throne is reminiscent of the story of  Solomon splitting the baby—and probably plenty of custody disputes, for that matter.

One of the things most challenging about custody disputes is the interplay between personal wants and the needs of the children. But it’s far from the only situation where someone by necessity has to get the short end of the stick, you know?

What helped me through my personal experiences in that venue was understanding I was doing the best I can with what I had to work with at the time. The outcome was not good, and the emotional fallout lasted many years. But knowing that I acted with as much integrity as I could throughout, never resorting to “the ends justify the means” approach, and didn’t lose sight of WHO I wanted to be in the process, made it tolerable if not pleasant. I won’t say I never wondered if we’d have been better off taking an “any means necessary” approach. In terms of winning, we may have made it further. But always with the question, “At what cost?” You know?

Some decisions will go down in your favor, and some won’t. But if you keep sight on your highest values and consistently act in accordance with those values, you don’t lose your soul in the process. You may lose the battle, but you’ve got the war sewn up. That’s my perspective, anyway.

Have you struggled with “splitting the baby” dilemmas?

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12/11/12: Pick up the Hope and Run with it! | Star

I enjoy using the Tarot of the New vision for the slightly altered spin it gives on traditional showing us the scenes from a different perspective. And sometimes, isn’t that all we really need—a different perspective?

The Star is a future-oriented card, always. In simple terms, it’s often read as “hope.” But like the stars themselves, distant glimmers of light, the hope doesn’t necessarily feel close at hand.

Some say the 7 stars in the sky correspond to the main chakras. I haven’t found a definitive reference for that symbolism (in the course of this post, at least), but it does work well enough. Your energy has to be free flowing and in balance for your energy work to be effective.

Stars have long been considered as a mechanism of navigating. The huge star above her is kind of difficult to miss, huh?

The connections to Temperance just a few cards back in the lineup are clear, with the main figure and central focal point of two pitchers. Here she isn’t mixing fire and water as the temperance angel is, but her emotional energy is poured both onto the ground of the physical, and into the stream of spiritual energy at the same time. She also has one foot in the water and one foot out—she doesn’t live a purely earthly or a purely spiritual life. She lives in both worlds. Her nudity shows both vulnerability and sincerity. She hides nothing!

In this version, I find the torch behind her interesting. I always want to warn her to be careful, lest she burn herself! It’s like a fire lit beneath her backside.And as one of the Tarot Eights (1+7 reduces to 8), you also would expect an ongoing, sustained effort to achieve with this card’s energy. It’s not passive by any stretch.

The fellow in the background going the other way? Well, she takes no note of those on a different path. Nor does she need to do so. Her way is her own.

The take-home message I’m seeing here is that you must combine both spiritual intention and physical action to attain your long-range or even seemingly distant goals. She has the Star above her to help navigate her way, the purity of intention and the lack of hidden agendas. (Where would she hide ‘em? Ha!)

Be honest, forthright and pure about following your dream. Hook up with your long-term desires both energetically by spiritual work and phsycially by acting upon the opportunities, urges and synchronicity this energetic work produces. THAT is how you get there!

Are you ready to pick and run with a little hope?

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05/28/12: Brain/Mouth Filter ON! | Knave of Swords reversed

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“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.” Robert E. Lee

It’s nice to be a dreamer sometimes—head in the clouds, playing “what if,” thinking, thinking, thinking about all sorts of wonderful things. Airy-fairy intellectualization has it’s place in the natural order of the Universe. Ideas ARE important.

But are you getting so caught up in the ideas that you miss the practical (Pentacles), emotional (Cups) or creative (Wands) implications of your ideas (Swords)?

The Knave/Page of Swords is Earth in Air. Air energy can become a little too detached at times, even when the ideas are clear and technically correct.

I often see this guy inverted as a reminder to watch the mouth! The words can carry more weight than you realize, perhaps having an impact that was not intended.

But even more, he can advise us to watch our thoughts! Thought energy is the first ingredient in manifesting reality. It’s lighter and finer than the energy created with words, which in turn is lighter and finer than the energy created with action. All of this is lighter and finer than what we see as physical reality, but it’s all part of the same whole.

If you find yourself with uncomfortable thoughts, look to readjust them. Use the Knave’s intellectual prowess to reframe and redefine. Maybe that sounds lame, but it’s a more powerful technique than most realize.

Filter out thoughts that don’t support the life you want to live, and make sure your words support your thoughts. Make sure your thoughts and words add to what you want, and not inadvertently tear it down.

That helps aright this young fellow so he grows up in the way you’d hope: effective, kind and sharp at a tack. Upright, he can cut through a lot of dredge to find his treasures.

Do you thoughts and words tend to support what you want in your life?

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05/27/12: Trust Starts at Home | rev 6 Cups and rev Chariot

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” Alan Watts

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Fun with reversals! We’ve got an inverted Six of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) and The Chariot (Cancer) inverted. The energy is there, but blocked.

If you have no trust in yourself, you cannot trust anybody else. The world becomes a sour place and there’s no peace of mind to be had. Uncertainty hovers. There’s no exhale moment. It’s exhausting! And innocents may bear the burden of your baggage.

Scorpio digs deep and Cancer roosts at home: these issues hit where you live, way down into your soul. It filters how you see the world. Healing those old wounds gets that Chariot righted and gets you back to the business of winning. That is what you were doing, before you got distracted.

How you doing at trusting yourself?

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