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What Does The Ace oof Wands Tell Us About Life As We Know It?

 

The Steele Wizard Tarot, by Pamela Steele, 2006

This is one of my favorite decks, and I have not worked with it in a long time, so I asked it to share its wisdom with me today. I drew a random card for what we need to know about the world around us on this day, and how we can maintain a semblance of sanity during a pandemic that is keeping us sheltered at home, with many not working, scared about finances, health, relationships, and a myriad of other things. This is a lovely, clean-cut Ace, with the green leaves of new life surrounding it.

I love the sense of power that we see here, and the feeling of conscious thinking. We are at the beginning of a new phase of life globally. Changes that are coming will affect all people and all cultures. It is amazing to see the photos of wild animals coming back to roam in areas that urban sprawl had taken over. The canals in Italy are running clear, and are populated with dolphins. In Yosemite National Park we are seeing coyotes, bobcats, and bears reclaiming their territory. In north Wales, goats are coming down from the hills and taking over the streets. Without air pollution, we can actually see the land around us. Will this last once the pandemic is past its peak, and we are back at work and out in the streets? Probably not, but we are being given a clear view of what climate change is all about, and how we as humans brought it about. It is a thump on our head to change our ways!

We can be reborn, we can do things better, we can be better stewards of Mother Earth. Our current crisis has myriad pieces – medical, financial, political, educational. We can fully expect all of those major areas to see huge changes in the near future. Why did we not listen to the experts? Why were we not prepared? Why did we deny what we knew was coming?

It is of interest that the seven countries that have handled this crisis best are all headed by women (Germany –  Angela Merkel, Taiwan – Tsai Ing-wen, Norway – Erna Sloberg, New Zealand – Jacinda Ardern, Finland – Sanna Marin, Iceland – Katrin Jakobsdottir, Denmark – Mette Federiksen).

We need to accept that we have the power to change, and that while reality after the coronavirus will not be the same as reality before the coronavirus, it will be our reality, and it is filled with many possibilities. Many individuals, and many businesses (large and small) have stepped up to help people through this crisis. We have breweries making hand sanitizer, Formula 1 teams working to design and produce a breathing device called a CPAP to help those affected by the coronavirus, clothing designers putting their people to work on face masks. The list is endless.

I feel hope in the Ace of Wands that we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move forward with purpose.

Here is a link to a guide that will help you prepare for sheltering in place – https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/19/21177527/coronavirus-guide-shelter-at-home-preparedness.

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Posted by on April 15, 2020 in Tarot

 

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Things Coming Up …

High Deck

This post is a mix of things coming up, and a short Tarot reading. We will lead off with the “High Deck”, from Arthur Amberstone and Wald Amberstone. I have this lovely deck in hand, but have not started reading the companion book or working with the cards yet. Subtitled “A New Universe Of Symbols”, its very being is symbolic. It is a work that developed between Wald Amberstone and his father, Arthur, which to me means a great deal. That Wald was able to bring this into the world to share with others is a true gift!

Lenormand Revolution

Please excuse the image for this deck … my copy is on its way, and I could not find a better pic! This lovely deck, from Carrie Paris and Roz Foster, is a traditional Lenormand deck. Each card features a French title with an English translation. I very much look forward to both reviewing it and working with it!

Prescient Remembrance

The following is something very new for me … so new that I am not sure that I am qualified to review it! Many of you will recognize Jordan Hoggard as the creative force behind the Mystereum Tarot. He has begun what is planned as a ten volume story series entitled “Prescient Remembrance”. Done in poetry format (which is where the “I am not qualified to review this.” comes in), it is about the centuries long search of a Vampire. I have volumes One and Two, and they are riveting! See more here – “Prescient Remembrance“.

These are things that are upcoming. For “real time”, I would like to do a three card reading. I will focus it on relationship, as that is such a large part of any readers work. I defined the cards as follows:

1. Partner Number One
2. Partner Number Two
3. The Relationship Between Them

Cards drawn, from the “Steele Wizard Tarot” (Pamela Steele, Second Edition, 2006

1. Justice
2. King of Wands
3. Five of Pentacles

There is indeed some stuff going on here! Partner Number One feels that the relationship is out of balance in some way, and needs to be corrected. Partner Number Two is showing some strong fiery energy – he wants his own way! Their relationship is in a bit of chaos – each partner seems to feel isolated, and there are underlying issues of personal insecurity, as well as financial/material insecurity.

SW Five of Wands

I drew one more card – the energy this couple could use to bring their relationship into balance. The card drawn was the Five of Wands. Now, how is chaotic energy going to be used to balance chaotic energy? he first thing we want to look at is the energy of the suits – we are balancing a very earthy energy with the energy of Fire. We are adding passion to the mix! We are also adding a sense of competition and conflict. If these individuals are willing to look at what is causing the conflict in their relationship, they can move forward. Once they realize they are not in competition, that they function as a couple, they can move past their personal insecurities and work on the financial issues.

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Valentine’s Day – The Lovers

The Lovers

7 lovers

Note: This post was written for Pamela Steele’s “Steele Wizard Tarot” Facebook Group. 

Valentine’s Day is here, and we are looking at the card of the Lover’s. On the surface, one might automatically think romantic love, and certainly that is a part of this card. In the archetype of the Lovers we find gentleness and harmony, a union of male and female. We need to remember that this union can be with another individual, or it can be the union of our own male and female energies.

The Lovers is about making important choices … not just romantic choices, but choices in all areas of our life. The process here is an intuitive one, as opposed to a logical one, and the choices are generally of a dualistic nature.

When functioning well, the Lovers speaks of peace and harmony, of choices made that support the Seeker on their path. The Seeker is able to operate from a loving place, and make responsible decisions.

However, when the Lovers card is not functioning well, the Seeker could be indecisive, conflicted, and prone to not being able to trust. This is not a good time for making choices, as they will tend to be irresponsible ones.

With the Lovers, we can be looking at how we live our outer life, and whether or not our outer life is in conflict with our inner life. What mask(s) are we presenting to the world? What mask(s) are we presenting to ourselves?

On this Valentine’s Day, we want to look at the bond we have with ourselves before we look at any bonds we may have with another.

Questions that we may want to look at include:

  • How free do I feel?
  • Is there a sense of balance in my life?
  • How comfortable am I with making decisions?
  • How do I feel about my relationships (romantic, work, family, friends)?
  • Do I feel empowered in my relationships?
  • How well am I communicating?

Affirmation for this Valentine’s Day:

I accept love into my life unconditionally.

Image from the Steele Wizard Tarot (Pamela Steele, 2011).

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Tarot

 

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