Walking back from one of my late-night corner store runs, my mind randomly wandered to ‘Today’s Temperature’, a fun little game I’ve created for myself to A) test my knowledge of the Tarot, every single day, and B), to strengthen my intuition.
Yesterday’s spread was a jumbled mess of pip cards: Six of Wands, King of Swords, Two of Wands, Eight of Wands and Nine of Wands. Make of that what you will. I was barely able to make anything out except all. those. Wands. Four in a five-card spread! I love the suit of Wands, I really do, but . . . that’s a lot of fire energy. I tried my best to chalk it up to the Moon entering Leo at 1:08 PM EST. I did this spread at 2:26 PM EST.
I take a picture of the cards, and then I take the picture to work with me. Look at it all day, gather some ideas, take notes on my iPhone. Today, though, the only card my mind kept going back to was the Two of Wands.
By the way, the art here is amazing. It’s literally a deck I could stare at all day, with that retro 70’s vibe.
Two of Wands, though? Why does this guy get so much burn? He’s been popping up all over my friends’ readings lately. All of the other cards here in this lovely but confusing spread and Mr. Two of Wands gets an entire blog post written about him? Who is this guy???
Six of Wands, I knew I was going to have a great day at work when I saw you. King of Swords, you have a healthy sense of detachment that I sometimes lack. Eight of Wands, I know that whatever comes with you is fast and furious. Like me being swamped at work yesterday. Nine of Wands, yeah, I’m worn out from work, weary, tired, but I have to get up and do it again until my next day off. Whenever that is. That’s how I use my intuition to gather new meanings of cards–just pull some before you start your day and sometimes, you’ll see the patterns, and it may or may not be a coincidence.
Two of Wands–you came up to me on a late night walk and spoke to me personally. That’s why you get a gold star and an entire post about you. Yes, you! Yay!
Let’s review some of the traditional meanings for the Two of Wands, which will be hereafter referred to as 2/Wands, for the sake of typing:
- taking a different approach
- being in charge
While I do agree with all of these meanings, I would like to posit a new opinion here.
In my deck, the Morgan-Greer, and in the Waite-Smith, the more familiar one to all–the image is almost exactly the same. A figure is shown with two wands and a globe (Waite-Smith) and what could be a globe but looks more like a crystal ball (Morgan-Greer). Staring at the card in the Morgan-Greer deck, it looks like a figure is handing the person a wand, but the orb in his hand prevents him from immediately taking it.
Looks like we have a choice to make!
Should I stay or should I go? Is here really the best place to be? In the following card, the 3/Wands, things improve greatly, like the ship’s finally come in, which is good and all, but…how do we get there?
I thought of this card as the literal gulf that is me and where I want to be. Do I really want more or do I want it because everyone around me wants it? Have I really outgrown my hometown? Is it really time for me to leave? I’ve got millions of questions related to seeing this card today, but these are the ones that popped up on my walk.
I adopted a dog that has the same name as where I’m from, and since I don’t believe in coincidence, this is huge to me. For years I’ve felt the mismatch between where I’m from and what I’m expected to be like and getting this dog was an out-of-body experience. As long as I have this dog, I can take a little part of where I’m from everywhere.
Literally. Dog hair gets everywhere.
I love the neighborhood, but I’ve been over it for at least five years now. I’ve changed so much I feel I don’t know anyone. I’ve been here my whole life and I’m starting to feel like it’s time to leave.
I also have a huge decision to make regarding my MIDI controller–my current one was a gift from a friend, and it’s dying key by key. I’ve said for at least six months that I needed a new one, but I don’t want to part with nostalgia. Another 2/Wands theme. The nature of the number two (1+1) immediately presents a choice.
Here, though, the choice is related to power. The power to level up and make those boss moves that might make others say ‘WTF’ behind your back or the power to just ponder the power of choice. That’s why the cards that surround this guy matter, also. I’ve made the choice to communicate. The choice to take quick action and mind my karma as I see where those wands fall. My mind’s all made up already, and here I am, just waffling, because all I see is that gulf and me falling in it.