Friday, September 01, 2006


TODAY'S CARD IS The Five of Wands. This version is from the Tarot of the Cat People:

For comparison, here's The Five of Wands in the Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE FIVE OF WANDS: Unfortunately, the scene in this card (in the RWS and many other versions) is how I feel a great deal of the time: embattled. However, one of the readings for this card -- to take a more playful stance -- is definitely applicable. (One of my family of cards in the Tarot, The Devil, also advises not taking things quite so seriously.) On those occasions when I have been able to take a lighter stance -- provided the situation itself was also amenable -- the situation became more productive. OK, so where'd I find that lighten up switch the last time? Maybe that slightly bemused/amused cat in the first Five of Wands above knows? :-)

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE FIVE OF WANDS (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Fives in general: A sense of separating (or wanting to) from "the herd," as during the times of emotional and psychological growth and change.

Stage fright; the anxiety experienced by some before a creative project or sharing.

Fear of not being in control, especially of one's own feelings and/or actions.

Feeling embattled; a contentious or challenging situation.

Defensiveness and/or blaming of others, possibly out of fear of being blamed.

Whatever's been a struggle or long and arduous is almost completed.

Try to take a more playful stance.

Accomplishing a great deal at a busy time.

Playful competition.

Energy for creative use being raised in a collective effort.

Preparing for victory.

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Resource: Understanding Tarot: Beyond the Myths, by Christin Snyder, a good overview of what Tarot is and isn't.

Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.

‘til next time, keep remembering to play, and enjoy The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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