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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?

Cards of the Day: Three and ten of swords


Drawing these two cards as a focus might cause many to run screaming from the room. The images in the RWS are bleak. The ten of swords shows a person sprawled out in a pool of their own blood with ten blades protruding from his back. The three of swords shows three swords cutting through the centre of a heart. Even the weather is dreadful! Traditionally, these two cards often represent sorrow and ruin. And, as luck would have it, they were the two focus cards I drew for myself over the past 72 hours. Those who know me personally know that I would never be so fatalistic.

Using a system I was introduced to by James Wells, I’m taking a different look at these two challenging cards. Swords represent intellect and cognition. This suit is linked to the element of air and thus speaks of communication, ideas, concepts, and information. The three places these concepts under scrutiny by forcing us to define and detail our communication, ideas, concepts, etc… and then the ten asks us to pause before acting.


It might be that some new idea or information needs to first be dissected and then sat on and contemplated. It might also be that communication is unclear, at time specific and detail-oriented and at other times loose and vague. When contemplating these two cards, I asked myself:


  • What message am I putting out there?
  • Am I really listening to myself or to others?
  • Have I stopped to look at all perspectives?
  • Do I have or am I providing clear insight?
  • Do I need to press my pause button before I open my mouth, press send, put pen to paper, etc…


Combine the two concepts represented by the three and ten of swords and see what questions come to mind.