Mostly based on whim, but also because I have a birthday coming up and I thought I’d I’ll draw a single tarot card each day for the week. Everything through Thursday this week was for my past/present, and the weekend (including Friday) for the shape of things to come. Today is a “future” card.
Caveats: See my 29 March post for full caveat language. I don’t see use as a divination tool, but as a tool for self-reflection. Interpretations are paraphrased or quoted from biddytarot.com unless I note otherwise. This is not an endorsement of the site or their definitions. Images are Rider Waite for copyright reasons, but I use the Crow Tarot deck in person.
Today is VI Wands (upright):
Success, public recognition, progress, self-confidence. A milestone is reached.
“The Six of Wands is a positive encouragement to believe in who you are and your accomplishments so far. Have faith in what you’ve done and how others will receive it. Do not let fear or guilt stand in the way of your success.” [Biddy Tarot]
The work is not done (milestone, not finished), so there will still be work to do and challenges to meet. With the support of those around, it should be easier to see things to the end.
Well, for once it’s an upright card…
Because a lot of the reflections I’ve had for this week of readings have centered around the idea of spiritual growth (perhaps subconsciously impacting my personal reflections), I’ll stick with that as what I should think about with respect to this card.
One of the things I’ve considered off and on over the years is trying to codify some of what it is that I actually embrace as a spiritual path. While it is all fun and games to confuse folks by saying that I am a “pan-poly-animist shamanist following a Celtic/Northern European/Irish Druid path influenced in part by Lakota, Anishinaabe and NW Coastal beliefs, with a Taoist/Zen Buddhist philosophy and influenced, in part, by Grail and Arthurian myths”, the general reaction is a bit of drooling or grumpiness leading to comments like “You forgot Christianity in there someplace, I’m surprised you didn’t add that your mix,” in which case I mention that I see value in that as well, but more gnostic and mystical traditions of that faith, mixed in with some Jewish and Islam, but that seems too much like a mouthful and they don’t influence my thinking as much as they once did…
It’s fun, but not entirely true over the past few years, as I’ve started shaving off the things that don’t fit so well into my cosmology. For my own benefit, I’ve considered starting to write down some of my actual thoughts so I can argue with myself and refine just what fits and does not fit into this thing I have in my head. I haven’t decided for sure, but I might start jotting these down on “pages” rather than “posts” so they are there to find and view for anyone interested, but don’t become part of everyone’s feed for those who have zero interest in such things.
How does this have anything to do with today’s draw?
Well, as I get more comfortable publicly returning to these discussions about what my worldview is, I think I’ll gain confidence and not just consider doing some of these things that I’ve been thinking about doing, including returning to the neo-pagan community. In part, while I don’t plan to use the credentials for legal purposes, I want to be able to feel I am contributing positively to other’s growth and well-being in a “ministerial” capacity (although I may very well be done with weddings this time around). Part of that is refining what I am and what I believe; and in the future, I am confident that in doing so I can have quite a bit of support for choosing that path.
So, in effect, I think Six Wands as a future read is encouragement to “step up” instead of sitting in the wings and endlessly “considering” a more involved path.