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The Fool and the Page of Swords

These two cards exude youthfulness!

 The Fool

What’s going on now – The Fool – The Fool, as the only unnumbered card from the Major Arcana, and one that is often placed at the beginning position in the Tarot deck, often represents a beginning. There is a child-like enthusiasm to the Fool, that tingling we get when we’re about to start a new venture or adventure of some kind. Enjoy that foot-loose and fancy-free feeling as you begin your journey.

 

 

Page of SwordsWhat’s getting in the way – The Page of Swords – The Swords are our mental suit and the Page is the first of four court cards. Our Page can be seen as the sword’s equivalent of the Fool. New ideas, whatever their origin, might sidetrack you from your quest. If you are moving just to move, then make sure that you put those new ideas off to the side for now. If your journey has a destination, stay the course!

The Queen of Wands and the Three of Pentacles

RWS Queen of Wands
RWS Queen of Wands

What’s going on now: Queen of Wands – Wands are conduits of energy. The Queen makes us aware and keeps us in touch with the passionate, creative energies in our lives. This passion might present itself through a role that we play in our own lives or it might be channeled to us through someone else’s creativity.

 

 

 

 

RWS Three of Pentacles
RWS Three of Pentacles

What’s getting in the way: Three of Pentacles – The Three of Pentacles in this position reminds us that it’s OK to accept kudos for the finished product of our creative process. Whether it’s from a self-directed pat on the back or high praise from others, it is important the we relish in the moment and recognize the importance of our innovative accomplishments and not shy away from well-deserved praise.

Judgement and the Two of Wands

JudgementWhat’s going on now: XX Judgement – Well, whatever it is that’s going on now, it’s big, and you need to let people know about it by exclaiming it at the top of your lungs. You’ve had a ‘Eureka’ moment that will allow you to blossom with new ideas and insights.

 

 

 

Two of WandsWhat’s getting in the way: Two of Wands – As big as the moment is, it still involves choosing one idea over another. Robert Frost wrote:

“Two road diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

 Before you shout, pause. Your Eureka moment might be dependent on the path you choose.

Six of Wands and the Eight of Pentacles

Six of WandsWhat’s going on now: Six of Wands – We’re feeling quite good about ourselves and expressing that clearly. Our self-confidence is a result of our own successes and not at the expense of others.

 

 

 

 

Eight of PentaclesWhat’s getting in the way: Eight of Pentacles – Well now, this could be summed up in one word: ‘work’ :). In this position of challenge, the eight of pentacles reminds us that whatever we define as work can get in the way of expressing ourselves with confidence.  Are we taking the time to enjoy this self-assuredness? Are we caught up in the details and losing sight of the bigger picture?

Tarot Questions

Feel free to submit your questions. I will briefly explore one randomly-selected question and respond here. Please note that your question may not be chosen for a response on this page. Please include “White Sage Tarot Questions” in the subject line and send your query to whitesagetarot@gmail.com.

 

D asks:

 

“Do you think I should finish off my nursing degree? I started it at the age of 58, and have now done two years, though I deferred this year because of health issues. Now, I’m wondering whether to finish it off part-time and whether I will then have the strength and energy to see this through and work in a hospital after that. I’m trying to follow my life’s dream, but I don’t know whether I can do so.”

 

As a Tarotist, I felt that the querent was initially asking a question that could be answered by a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. The Tarot has a wider application. We reworked the question. D agreed that “What do I need to know to successfully follow my dream(s)?” better reflected the information that was being sought and allowed for a broader exploration.

 

For this question, I used a spread from Trish MacGregor and Phyllis Vega’s “Power Tarot” called the Outlook Spread. The first card focuses on the outlook for the situation; the second focuses on what/who will help; the third on what this will lead to; and the fourth looks at how the querent will feel about the outcome.

 

Outlook for this situation: King of Cups – Trust your emotions. Regardless of what happens, be a master of your emotions. The outlook to this enquiry shows success and achievement, but could be in an unexpected area. For example, it might be that the training you’ve undergone so far will be applied to another related field.

 

What/who will help?: The Empress – Support will come as compassion and tenderness. This may indeed be the type of nurturing support that comes via the healing professions. It may also come in the form of another person or may be qualities that come to the surface for you during this time. Often the Empress’s passion is unbridled and can be overpowering. This passion is yours; use it wisely and don’t ignore the role that emotions and intuition play.

 

What will this lead to?: The Queen of Swords – reversed – There can be an element of falsehood around the Queen of Swords when she’s reversed. This may lead to thoughts and words that do not truly reflect the situation.

 

How will you feel about the outcome?: The High Priestess – The High Priestess can symbolize that untapped inner strength. She is mysterious. Her appearance suggests there is something unsaid,  unexplored or concealed. She often tells us to trust our intuition, especially in a position that refers to our own feelings.

 

Some important questions to ask are:

 

How do I trust my feelings and instincts to guide my decision?

How will I focus my unbridled passion?

What is the real question?

 

Your instincts and emotions are key. You are asking one question but might be feeling another. The King of Cups and High Priestess have shown up. They serve as reminders to trust your emotions and instinct. Think of it as something similar to the feeling that instructs you to change directions when you sense something unsafe in your chosen path. Gavin De Becker in “The Gift of Fear” suggests this instinct is one that should be acted on. The Queen of Swords reversed is a reminder that not all things said or unsaid are true. It appears that you may already have the answer to the question about following your dream; it just might not be the answer that you’re looking for.