The Six of Wands is May’s card of the month from my year ahead spread. What I really love about the year ahead spread is that at the beginning of each month, it encourages me to slow down for a minute to recognize the passing of time. The card for this month – the Six of Wands – is so fitting: I feel like this month is what all of the other months have been leading up to. The groundwork has been laid, the messages received, and I am now ready to internalize, process, and act.
I love this card for a couple of reasons. The butterfly (my favorite animal since I was young), that brilliant blue color, and because when I showed my roommate the card, she immediately understood the meaning without knowing anything about tarot. This card is about victory, rising up, new life, overcoming obstacles. Rachel Pollack writes in 78 Degrees of Wisdom, “Optimism produces the very success it desires and expects. Often, though certainly not always, it requires only a true belief in ourselves to find the energy to accomplish what we want.”
I keep feeling that the messages of late are about my health, wellness, and physical body. Balance, not letting emotions rule the situation, enjoying the work while not worrying about the reward. Pentacles versus cups. It all kind of comes together here.
I’ve struggled against my body since high school. We’ve been through a lot, for better and for worse. And we’ve never quite struck the balance. With still somewhat recently converting to a vegan diet, and never fully (slash, willingly) embracing athletics, I still have a ways to go. But I’m learning – what foods make me feel good (and what doesn’t), what exercises I enjoy (and what I don’t), and my favorite ways to spend my time with me, myself, and I.
It’s a work in progress, but I feel the Six of Wands is telling me that this month will hold big strides. I’ve adopted a mantra for this month: “Fear of failure is the failure.” I must credit one of my long time inspirations for this mantra, Rich Roll, but it’s perfect for this month of pushing myself to victory, to rise from the ashes. My health is important, my body is important. I want to be the one in control, not fear, or any other emotion.
There is so much more I could write here, so much more that the Six of Wands (particularly this depiction) means to me, but my physical body is a big part of it.
What is your card of the month? What does the Six of Wands mean to you? Share in the comments….