COTD – Wheel of Fortune (DruidCraft & Wildwood)

 

“Wheels in the sky keep on turning.  I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow” goes the lyric to a old Journey song.  And right now I can completely sympathize with this sentiment.  It seems as if things just keep changing and I have no idea where I fit in this new world order.  Of course the reality is life is change and the only thing we control is how we deal with those changes.  Unfortunately for me, change is something I tend to avoid like the plague.  I’ve had enough change and upheaval in my life.  Changes makes me feel uncertain and as though I’m not on solid ground.

The shirt on the loom of the Wildwood Wheel seems to be one with nature; woven of grass and feathers, it has an organic feel to it.  This speaks to me about the need to be one with your environment; see yourself as part of a bigger whole.  The figure on the DruidCraft Wheel seems to be carving out magical space; creating a circle within which she can safely perform her workings.  Each card offers a slightly different message – one seems to encourage becoming an integrating piece of the whole while the other suggests carving out your own space is important.  But are these two messages mutually exclusive?  Not at all.

It occurs to me the there is a time and a place for both approaches.  There are times when we need to be part of the community, integrated into the world around us and the community in which we live.  At other times we need to carve out time and space to do our own things; time to be on our own and explore our own interests.  This ties in beautifully with the overall message of the Wheel of Fortune.  There are cycles to life; ebbs and flows to the tides of our experiences.  Sometimes we are up, we are involved and we are extroverted.  Other times we are more introverted, more introspective and more desirous of solitude.

The reality is that change is inevitable.  We can’t stop change anymore than we can hold back the ocean or stop from aging.  The only thing we can control is how we handle these changes; how we go with the flow.  I have always had issues with water so I can sometimes be very resistant to going with the flow but I do love splashing at the beach.   I’m not quite as resistant to changes as I often claim but I am sometimes overwhelmed by the rapidness with which change occurs and there are certain changes I resist will all my might (and will probably continue to do so).  As long as I know my proclivities, I don’t think I’m causing myself any harm.  If I were oblivious to this stubborn resistance it might be a different situation but I am usually very aware of my quirks, and this is one of them.

 

COTD – Ace of Pentacles/Coins (Dream & Ferret)

 

 

Aces symbolize beginnings, the start of something new and the seed of new growth.  Pentacles are associated with the material world, acquisitions of wealth and possessions, our connection to Earth and Nature, sensation, matters pertaining to the physical plane and the element of earth.  Pentacles can also be connected with practicality, groundedness and being realistic.

“You are planting seeds for a new home, job, career, or form of security.  You may be getting a new sense of how to work with money , and finances.  You may be getting some urges to begin a new physical regime or a new direction in your health.” – Gail Fairfield

I love how confused the Ferret on the Ace of Pentacles appears.  He is holding what appears to be a large coin but apparently doesn’t know what it’s for or what to do with it.  At the same time, the ferret seems clear about his intention of holding on to his newly acquired prize.  This is a new experience for him.  Perhaps he has never had money before.  There is certainly no reason to think that a ferret, in the normal course of its life, would have any need for coins.  Somehow this ferret found one and plans to keep it.

The Ace of Coins in the Tarot of Dreams shows a muscular man with a gold breastplate rising above the forest treeline holding aloft a golden coin with a green gemstone at its center.  A mature buck with a full rack of antlers stand before the forest.  Both men appear to be at the height of their masculine powers; able to manifest their desires into reality.   There is a sense that a change in power has taken place here.  Perhaps these two powerful masculine figures have only recently achieved their success.  Having routed all opponents, they are claiming and embracing their newly acquired powers and authority.

Both cards offer a different take on the traditional meaning of this card.  The Ferret Ace of Pentacles offers a sense of new financial opportunities and fiscal growth.  The Tarot of Dreams Ace of Coins offers a view of someone just beginning to come into their own in a physical sense.  Having reached physical maturity and the height of their prowess, these two figures are ready to start manifesting their dreams and desires into reality.  They are ready to claim the power and authority they worked so hard to achieve and are ready to move forward and run with it.  I almost get the sense of a knight who has achieved his quest and fulfilled his dreams of being crowned king only to realize that a new adventure and destiny awaits in his new position.

We often thing of “happily ever after” as the end of the story.  What it really signifies is the end of that leg of the journey.  Once the prince and princess marry and become king and queen, an entirely new set of challenges, obstacles and opportunities await them.  They may no longer need to outwit witches, slay dragons or find hidden spiritual objects, but how they have to rule wisely and ensure their people have prosperous, abundant and healthy lives.  This may be a less active, exciting and dangerous tasks, but it is no less important.  It requires a level of maturity and practicality that the younger, more idealistic and energetic prince would have possessed.

COTD – Ace of Wands/Sticks (Legacy of the Divine & Rabbit)

 

Aces symbolize beginnings, the start of something new and the seed of new growth.  Wands are associated with inspiration, energy, passion, feeling, enterprise, ambition, matters pertaining to the “spark of life”, and the element of fire.  Skill; creation; the beginning of a project, enterprise, idea, or invention.  Enthusiasm; initiative; energy; the joy of life; sexual vigor; conception; a journey

“You are planting the seeds for a new public identity.  You’re beginning to create a new name for yourself to take on a new role in life.” – Gail Fairfield

The black and white rabbit on the Rabbit Ace of Sticks looks so excited and enthusiastic.  She reminds me of a child who has found a new treasure or learned and new skill and can’t wait to impress others with her new acquisition.  There is a buoyancy and excitement in her step.  The image on the Legacy of the Divine Ace of Wands of a bit more static but ornate and lovely.  For some reason as soon as I saw it the line “here’s a nice stick to beat the lovely lady” from the movie The Quiet Man popped into my head.  Not because I think it symbolizes spousal abuse but because I think I need to hit myself with a stick to get going (figuratively not literally).

One of my biggest flaws (at least in my view) is that I often know the solution to my problems but I resist implementing them.  I can be a stubborn as a mule.  And sometimes the mule does need a whack or two with a stick to get her moving.  I guess I need that too.  I know there is a lot of untapped creativity and energy in me but I’ll letting my just slug through life.  I feel like the young boy Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth when he’s stuck in the Doldrums.  Regardless of what efforts I make, I just can’t seem to break free and move forward again.  Then again I do like consistency and my rut is fairly well defined.

Perhaps now that I’m more conscious of this issue (and believe me lately I think the Tarot has been trying both subtle and unsubtle means to point this out) will enable me to actually change this pattern.  As I mentioned the other day, I’m getting tired of my whiny, self-pitying side.  It feels so inauthentic to me.  I might be cynical about some things but I do believe that I am blessed in many ways.  And I believe in the magic and joy inherent in all our lives.  We just have to be aware, be sensitized and look for them.  I’m tired of being desensitized and maybe a few whacks with a stick will bring those sensations back again.

COTD – Ace of Pentacles/Clouds R (Fenestra & Blake)

 

Aces symbolize beginnings, the start of something new and the seed of new growth.  Pentacles are associated with the material world, acquisitions of wealth and possessions, our connection to Earth and Nature, sensation, matters pertaining to the physical plane and the element of earth.  Pentacles can also be connected with practicality, groundedness and being realistic.

Ace of Pentacles reversed may indicate being so focused on holding on to what you have that you have failed to recognize the needs of those around you, especially needs for material aid; a false or premature sense of security; extreme competition where financial gain is concerned; blinding ambition; and reluctance to “leave the garden” and make our own way.

“You can potentially create a new form or level of safety and stability in your life.  You could experience a new kind of groundedness or centeredness.  you may feel the stirrings of a new connection with natural, earthy forces.” – Gail Fairfield

Dante LWB:  “The Celestial Pilot.  Change of environment.  Modernization of space and ideas.”

When I saw this card I was struck by how much the image on the Fenestra Ace of Pentacles reminded me of a hand dropping a seed into the soil.  It made me think of a seed being planted within me.  The seed of new growth and the opportunity to manifest new prosperity and abundance in my life lies within my hand but I have to be willing to do the work.  Just because we plant a seed does not mean it will grow.  We must tend it and nurture it.  It needs sunlight and water in order to sprout and grow.

Having the seed of an idea is not enough; hard work and dedication is essential too.  And I have historically had a challenging time with the dedication and hard work aspect.  It’s not that I am incapable of either; it’s simply that I sometimes lack the patience and belief in myself to stick with things.  My self-doubts and inner demons can erode my confidence and undermine my belief that the seeds I plant will sprout to fruition.

The pilot on the Dante Ace of Clouds is a reminder that in order to nurture this seed and encourage it’s growth, I have to steer my own course.  And of course that is the scariest part of all.  If I’m the pilot then wherever I end up is my doing.  When I allowed others to pilot my life then if I didn’t like where I ended up I could always blame them.  Taking responsibility means that I also have to accept the results of my own decisions.  Sometimes it just so much easier to deflect the blame on someone else.

I realize as I review some of the cards that have shown up for me this month, I am being pushed into exploring a path I’ve spent a lot of time trying to avoid.  I can work hard and be dependable and responsible but I’m rarely very daring – at least when it comes to finances and my career.  Reviewing the cards that have been showing up for me, I am getting the inescapable sense that I’ll be dragged onto that road kicking and screaming if necessary.  I guess my choices are obvious – take charge and guide the direction my life takes, or try to avoid it and get a cosmic slap upside the head.

COTD – Ace of Pentacles/Clouds (Fenestra & Dante)

Aces symbolize beginnings, the start of something new and the seed of new growth.  Pentacles are associated with the material world, acquisitions of wealth and possessions, our connection to Earth and Nature, sensation, matters pertaining to the physical plane and the element of earth.  Pentacles can also be connected with practicality, groundedness and being realistic.

“You are planting seeds for a new home, job, career, or form of security.  You may be getting a new sense of how to work with money , and finances.  You may be getting some urges to begin a new physical regime or a new direction in your health.” – Gail Fairfield

Dante LWB:  “The Celestial Pilot.  Change of environment.  Modernization of space and ideas.”

When I drew this card the first thing that popped into my head is “new income” and “manifesting new things in my life”.  In the words of the Laverne & Shirley theme song, I’d be “making my dreams comes true”.  The Ace of Pentacles is often about new opportunities to make money, improve one’s wealth and prosperity or to manifest new things in one’s life.  It may also symbolize a new time for practicality and being realistic.  Sometimes when we want to manifest our dreams into reality we don’t have a realistic viewpoint about what is achievable.  The reality is that there are some things in life that are beyond our control or our ability to make true.  And I an accept that, even while it frustrates me.

I  love the image on the Dante Ace of Clouds.  That figure standing on the prow of the boat seems to be actively seeking his future and is prepared to chart his course in the direction he wants it to go.  He is prepared and capable of creating his future; manifesting his desired reality.  The image reminds me a bit of the famous scene from Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet standing on the prow (or is it bow) of the ship.  They give the viewer the sense that the future is theirs to create and a lifetime of potential and possibilities lie ahead.  The Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of hope, potential and limitless possibilities just waiting to be manifested in our lives.

Perhaps it is also a reminder that it might be a good idea to establish a new connection or renew my commitment to healing my physical self.  I have been working on developing a healthier, more sensible eating plan.  I was doing good for several weeks but I’ve been back-sliding a bit lately.  I think it’s time to refresh my brain cells on why this change is important and beneficial to me.  I realize that it’s like anything else – I need to occasionally sharpen the saw so that it’s fresh and easily accessible.

So this card offers a new opportunity to start anew; to refresh some things that I’ve lost contact with and to manifest these blessings and concepts in my life.  It’s about being sensible and grounded – not losing myself in a cloud of optimistic daydreams.  It’s good to be hopeful and have faith but it’s also important to maintain touch with reality.