January 11, 2019
The six of wands acts as an anchor. It’s seen as a celebratory card, and I agree that it is a sign of something gone “right.” However, it comes (just over) midway through the journey of the wands, and so it is not a culminating card. With the five of wands, the Seeker has overcome a struggle and brought something in to alignment. Here, the six of wands reminds us we’re doing alright, but we’re not quite there yet. It says, be your own best bet, baby.
January 12, 2019
The Lovers can be an awkward card to read. I mean, look at it — there are two beautiful, naked folks on this card, and the symbolism is very sensuous. Is tarot telling me I’m about to get laid? Short answer: no (but, like, fingers crossed amiright).
Long answer: I read this card as not about someone else, an external force. Tarot is outside of my love life and all about me-myself-and-I. I see this card as urging me to explore places where I am experiencing duality. Coming in the major arcana as card six, it is the first card that openly addresses the Seeker’s physicality. As such, the Lovers asks me to check in with my spiritual AND physical bodies. What do they need? Where can I give a little more?
Since January 5, when I did my last card progression check in, I’ve pulled: ten of wands, nine of pentacles, four of swords (twice!), ten of cups, six of wands and the Lovers. I feel a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and specifically seeking a balance there. Interesting, as I am pushing myself to commit to a 30-day at home yoga practice starting tomorrow. Hmm! Time to set some serious intentions methinks.
I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises. I fell behind this week with the weekly exercises (worked lots of overtime…!) so I will be continuing with week 2 this week.