8/25/2013 – 8/31/2013
“The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground….The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become….” -Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
I need to introduce you to the Ten of Wands.
Tens are are about the completion or fulfillment of a cycle. This young girl has quite a burden on her back, but she does not seem to carry it that way at all.
The young girl follows the cast cards in front of her along a cobbled path. The ones to her side reveal choices made or those that could have been made; she does not dwell on the should-have-been-made choices. Her right hand grips a staff with a well-lit orb. Her expression shows determination, deciphering and weighing each card as she weighs each steps in the moment of her journey.
Kundera’s quote above becomes very applicable also the cards falling around her, the choices, the opportunities presented from the heavens to her: “the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.” The young girl is a journeyer; she watches each step closely and steps into the reality that fits most well with her inner heart and her inner light.
Yes, fog surrounds her. Yes, it night and others are safe in their homes. Yes, there are choices which she has ignored that could have given her a safe home among the others on that safe cobbled path. Yet, she knows herself well enough to trust the choices she makes and the knowledge she gains with each step.
The Ten of Wands says a change of perspective is order. If something isn’t serving you or doesn’t fit, then look in a different direction. You can narrow or broaden the scope of your vision. Unlike the High Priestess (who places the cards in front of you and dares you), the Ten of Wands lets the cards fall where they may and does not control the outcome or framework; she is free to move and her steps are her own. The reality is created when she steps into it. Her steps are those of inspired action and creative freedom, relying on her gut instinct as well as what she has taken from past experience.
Interestingly, my favorite astrologer’s post — Kelly Surtees — closely parallels with this week’s tarot, encouraging us to finalize our commitments, getting to the bottom of things, encouraging openess and new perspectives, and looking closely at details without getting distracted by them.
What “burdens” do I carry? Do I have a healthy relationship with my past experience, and do I feel capable of taking leadership in my choices?
Am I present in my life? Do I trust my instincts?
What situation am I passing through? What attitude am I carrying forward into this new cycle of my life?
Do I have to know where I am going, necessarily?
Am I holding myself back from a choice that I know will serve me for my greater good?
Last week we discussed the Moon in our weekly tarot wherein our dreams were a bit absurd and our instinctive, feral nature was rearing its head because we weren’t being that truthful with ourselves. Now that we have taken a look at our inner underworld and witnessed what is there, it is time to trust our instinctive selves and take that step.
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Image: Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell.
Tiffany Chaney is a poet, a witchy woman that still swings on the swing set and wishes on stars. She paints naked and non-naked things, which are basically still naked. Snag a tarot reading, Between Blue and Grey (her first poetry collection), branding materials, and other things at tiffanychaney.com.