Although full of passion and a pro-active enthusiasm towards life, I am still a human being who at times worries about my life direction? Am I on the right track? What will people think if I do this? What if I fail? What if I am not good enough? Will these ideas be fruitful? and so on. I am going through all these questions at the moment as I am going through a very changeable time in my life. I have always been a free spirit growing up (ask my mum & sister) who leaned towards unconventional life choices which was hard to grasp for a very normal working class family-What do you do with a child like that when all you want them to do is play hopscotch, ride a bike and dream of being a dentist or journalist, a normal person in society? Now as a woman they have accepted I am just a bit strange but well intentioned and full of imagination so when I tell them my next mind boggling idea, they are kinda used to it now.
What has this got to do with my Tarot reading? Well everything. I am going through a transitional period in my life which involves new ideas and new challenges. Yes I am still an artist, yes I am passionate about the community arts and yes I do still have ambitions to be an art therapist of some kind. But I have other ideas I want to pursue (because life is too short to go on the straight and narrow) and it will seem like an odd change of direction and in all honesty although excited, I do worry about the things I mentioned above (such as judgement from others & being discouraged which then can put doubt in anyone’s mind) so I gave myself a small Tarot reading and here it is:
First of all you can see it’s a very fiery reading with 3 out of 4 cards being from the suit of wands which are represented as the element of fire and the last card is an illustration of a heron standing over the warm glow of a fire. So to start with you can see it’s a very active, passionate yet temperate group of cards.
The Six of Wands:(Signifactor Card/represents the individual) Public recognition, victory, progress, self-confidence. The Six of Wands focused on creating success and building your personal brand and reputation. You want to be successful at what you do but at the same time, you want to ensure that others know about it and give you the recognition you deserve. You may need to promote yourself more frequently by sharing your success stories with others and encouraging them to follow a similar journey.You have overcome the challenges along the way, and now you are focusing your energies on the one goal that will lead to your success. This is your time to shine and to come out on top. Have courage and convictions in your beliefs. There is a blue butterfly flying out of the darkness in this card, the dark wands below her represent past struggles and perhaps people who have undermined her. A butterfly represents transformation, be aware that others will freak out at your soul’s new found strength and metamorphosis, that is their problem not yours. Blue is the color of the sky and sea, so perhaps something overseas is coming your way? It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
The Seven of Wands: Challenge, competition, perseverance. expect competition, jealousy and challenge, as other people will no doubt also desire the same things as you. The Seven of Wands can also indicate a challenge to the continued success of a venture or creative project from an external source.There needs to be acceptance with this card that you are not always going to be able to win everyone over. There will always be challengers and opposition to your point of view and you cannot keep everyone happy all of the time. Thus, now is the time to draw your line in the sand, and say, “This is who I am and this is what I need right now.” There cannot be any compromise or negotiation at this time, just hold your ground with determination and courage. the Seven of Wands is inherently a card of independence for the nonconformist.
Ace of Wands: Inspiration, power, creation, beginnings, potential. The Ace of Wands is a sign to just ‘go for it’. This highly action-oriented card sees you feeling incredibly inspired and enthusiastic about pursuing a new idea or project that you have in mind. Encouraging you to listen to your instincts, if it feels like a good idea, it probably is. So, start with a few basic actions to get things under-way, and then continue to grow and develop your ideas through more complex actions later on. The important thing is that you act now, rather than spending more time planning or researching. You are being offered an opportunity here that shows great promise but it will be up to you to make the most of it and to maximise the potential for the longer-term. In the present position, the Ace of Wands indicates your need to take a definitive stance. Many people who are leaving an old career and beginning a new, risky venture see the Ace of Wands in this position when they receive a Tarot reading. Starting your own business or pursuing the life of a creative artist (be it singing, writing, painting or whatever) is reinforced with this card in the present position. If you are torn about working in a rigid, confining, safe career or breaking out into the unknown and making your own way in the world, the Ace of Wands in the present position guarantees that it is time to abandon all drudgery and blaze a trail of your own.
Temperance:Balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning. A time of peace and calm after the storm. You are at peace with what you are doing and it is all coming together very well. Your inner voice is guiding you gently to the right outcome and you are patiently listening and following. You have a very balanced perspective on the situation at this time and you are in a very good position to make the right choices. In this card we have the water and fire mixing at the heron’s feet so he could actually be the Temperance angel (The Temperance card is usually depicted as an angel), the alchemist mixing opposing elements to get something new.
Herons are water birds but they are waders too, straddling both the realms of land, water and air since they are powerful fliers… Straddling different realms, different elements is seen as very magical just as places where different elements meet are magical places.. This fits well with the image of Temperance as an alchemist, using science and magic to find the Philosopher’s Stone, the Elixir or Life of the magical formula to turn base metal into gold. Heron’s are associated with balance too – they have long, skinny legs and so they are seen as birds that take balancing very seriously. This is perhaps a card that is personifying you, you are the alchemist patiently mixing magic with reality to make your dreams come true. A very calming card.This is one of the most welcome cards in the Tarot deck when it is in the future position. No matter how tense your struggles are now, or how unforgettable your past may appear,after all your hard work and after constant opposition from those around you, the future is a sunrise of peace and well-being.
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