I pulled the card for this month’s blog a few days before the month of February ended. We were slowly emerging from (in my experience) one of the most deeply felt Mercury Retrogrades in recent memory. If you are wondering what Mercury Retrograde is, I wrote a blog about it last year, http://www.dinaberrin.com/2013/02/22/mercury-retrograde-ahead/ , though the dates are changed, the theory remains the same. February was a month of curve balls, unexpected situations and emotional drama. Did you feel it?
We move from Mercury Retrograde to the Five of Wands.
Have you ever had one of those days when things just aren’t going your way? You get in the shower to find there is no soap? You arrive at the train station in time to watch your train pull out? You get mustard/ketchup/tomato sauce on your shirt during lunch? I had one this week when I bought a pair of cute flats and I came home to find 2 left shoes in the box!?! Minor as they may seem, they are maddening!
Let’s take a closer look at what is happening here.
As we enter the scene of the Five of Wands, five boys are waving their wands around at each other in a harmless yet chaotic free-for-all. Is this sport practice? A brainstorming session? Have they been given a problem to solve and this is their way of working on it? They are dressed in play clothes of their era, no team uniform is worn. The variety of colors and patterns shows the different mind sets and personalities each individual brings to the “fight”. There is a clear blue sky overhead. The color blue symbolizes expression and communication, especially in the form of speech. There is solid ground underneath the boys, signifying the fertile soil of originality and creativity.
Wands are the suit of Fire. They represent ideas, intention, energy, will, desire, and growth. Wands are the active, creative force behind our actions.
Fives in tarot are hard. They appear when change is needed. For many people, change is hard, which is why the five cards often show loss, sadness, distrust, competition and difficult times. But, there is more to the five that is not always seen. Fives are also about adventure, change, freedom, expansion and exploration. I often look at the fives as short term difficulties. It is time to use this challenge as a learning experience that will end with you coming out on top!
If you look at these hindrances with a positive attitude, they can be positively dealt with. It makes me think of a poster I saw last week at my daughters’ gymnastics class – “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right”. Henry Ford said that!
The Five of Wands tells of the games people play, and their determination to play the game to win. Competition and struggle are a part of our daily lives. In order to really get in the game, it is important to be honest with yourself to figure out what you really want (and need) right now. Once your goal/target has been set, you can position yourself to play to win.
Some questions to think about: Am I listening to other points of view or am I always looking for a way to get my point across? Where can I find common ground? What good and solid information has emerged from (this) conflict? How can I add new color and my own sense of style to my wardrobe? How can I make this less conflict and more play/fun?
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Until the next time . . . . .