Today’s daily draw is the Ace of Swords. I always argue that the Ace represents the Suit in its purest form, but today I’m getting a slightly different reading off the card. Probably because I just worked on looking for the other elements in each suit. The lightning in this card is just jumping out at me. This card is mental energy in a stormy setting, which is kind of the epitome of the Swords, but at the same time, I associate lightning with the Wands, with action, with projects, and passion. The sword is also wrapped in a snakeskin lemniscate (infinity symbol), the snakeskin connects back to the wands suit again, particularly in The Wild Unknown Tarot because the Wands’ court cards are snakes. It seems to be a card of adversary because of the white encroaching on the darkness. The white is coming from the sword, the sword is challenging the sky. This is an eternal battle (because of the lemniscate). This is a very action-y card–it is a card of mental strife to me today. I’m going to need to be mentally tough today, and I’m going to need to do some mental labor. What do I want. What do I want to be. Continue reading “Daily Draw: Fri 4-28-17”
The IV of Swords. I really love the art on this card; I find it incredibly descriptive. There sits the lamb, and above it are four, downward-pointing swords. In spite of this, the lamb is calm, peaceful, and fearless. It’s third eye is illuminated. I feel this means that it is the lamb’s wisdom which safeguards it from harm. This means that in order to deal with my current issues and obstacles, I need to find the calmness and mental space to do so. I need to be disciplined and calm and not fall to anxiety. It’s dead week and next week is finals week. I have tons of papers to write and I need to write them now. This card is telling me that I have to take a deep breath and push through. I can’t lose myself to a mental breakdown. I can do this, if only I remember to breathe. I must be calm on the inside to make it through.
Image Credit to Kim Krans for the Wild Unknown Tarot
Today’s daily draw is the Magician. For all of the spiritual energy of the High Priestess, the Magician represents physical energy. In some decks, he is call the Alchemist, strengthening his ties to the world of the physical and physical manipulation. He has full control of the four elements, which is why the four suits are represented on his card. He is a card of action. I have stuff I need to get done today. Real, mundane work to do. I’m sure there is more to unpack, but I’m just not feeling it.
Image Credit to Kim Krans for the Wild Unknown Tarot
Today, I pulled the III of Pentacles from my deck. The Pentacles is a suit that I don’t really connect with very much and struggle to read (that just means I need more practice with them). This card feels very structural to me. Institutional, almost. For whatever reason, I associate mountains with wisdom, so this seems like a card of institutional wisdom. School. I’m an American university student, so this idea of institutional education is very tangible in my life. Which makes sense when interpreting this card, because the pentacles are associated with the physical self or the body. These cards tend not to be too abstract.
Another Court card; goodness gracious. The court cards are some of the hardest cards to learn and interpret in the tarot, and they are some of the cards that I need the most work with. For me, the Father of Swords immediately invokes my actual father. I tend to associate people with the suits based on the element associated with the suit and the element associated with their Zodiac sign, and my father it a Libra–a little air baby like me (he’s totally not spiritual in any way and would probably gawk at being called a little air baby). Much like the Mother of Swords, I view the Father of Swords as yet another stern figure. He is someone who has faced many challenges in life and is colder for his trouble.
Today my draw is the VIII of Wands. The only word that comes to mind is: spark. Wands typically feel higher-energy to me. Yesterday was the Ace of Wands, which I feel embodies that quality to the highest degree; the Ace is pure, unfiltered energy. The VIII is more like potential or direction. The spark has ignited and now the shift occurs. Shift in thinking in life in something. It feels like a card of movement and change. My life has movement and momentum. Rainbow lightning strikes the center of a wheel of wands. This lightning is the force to get this wheel spinning.
This is a hard card for me. The art doesn’t really connect for me. Or maybe it does and I’m just psyching myself out. The Ace of Wands seems to be a super high-energy card. It is a tool of possibility, a tool which can be used for change. The flowers on it are vibrantly alive, epitomizing the energy of this card–vibrantly alive. This seems to be a card of doing–of action. Maybe tomorrow I need to be productive. Or maybe something is going to happen which I need to be prepared for. Or maybe I will have the right energies coursing through me to be productive and active. There is no place for a passive Carrina this Tuesday (contrary to all expectation as I rarely get enough sleep on Monday nights).