Go on then, grab your Tarot deck, shuffle and deal one card.
Mine’s the 9 of Wands. What’s yours?
Take a good look at it and take note of what jumps out at you.
What does it say to you? What do you think when you look at it? Does the picture speak to you? Or the keywords? Are you thinking about the Element it’s associated with? You should be, but we’ll come to that later.
Let’s look at my card – the 9 of Wands. If I answer my own questions, what is it saying to me when I look at it?
Keywords And Attributes
If I free associate, I see strength in its formation; being armed at the ready; all the battalions are ready to move; feeling proud; standing tall; being illuminated; there’s a softness to this strength; it’s non-aggressive; shining a light in the dark; the light at the end of the tunnel.
And the keywords – determination; strength of character; courage under fire; a test of personal strength.
What else can this card tell me? If you’re reading from the Crowley Thoth deck, then you can look at the astrological association, and the 9 of Wands is associated with the Sun in Sagittarius. Power and mobility.
Numerologically speaking, we can also add some universal keywords to the number 9 – strength, compassion, completion, optimism, suffering.
So far we have some decent information from one card, and we haven’t explored it with any great depth, but we can glean a bit more if we look at the Elemental association. Wands are associated with Fire and as such are well, fiery! Active, energetic, courageous, determined. When the going gets tough, the Wands keep going! In fact, it can be said that this card is a good representation of the esoteric meaning of Fire. So standing alone, we know what this card means, but what would this card mean if we’d asked a question? Let’s have a look:
Applying A Question
I had a job interview today, how do you think it went? I would say it went well. The interviewer was impressed with your strength of character, your confidence, but could also see that strength held no arrogance. You came across as capable, that you would cope under pressure and be relied upon to get the job done.
What do the next three months hold for me? I feel you may be facing some difficulties ahead that will test your mettle. You may find that you have a quick succession of problems, most likely work related. Despite feeling you have no control, please dig deep as you have the personal resources and resolve to not only get through this, you also have the ability to become stronger once this period passes.
My partner wants to take our relationship further, I don’t feel ready yet. What’s the best way to handle this? You have to do what’s right for you, and if you’re not ready for this relationship to go to new depths, then you must communicate that to your partner. There is no doubt he may be upset and even persist in his desire to get what he wants, but this is where you must show strength. Be firm but gentle in your response to him. You’re not indicating an ending to him, just that you want things to continue in the steady way it has previously.
So in three very different situations we can see how one card can have very subtle differences in definition. In Part 2, we will throw another card into the mix and see how that affects our questions, how the cards interact with each other and see what new information we can discover.
Till later then..
In Part Two of this Elemental Dignities Mini Series, Two’s Company, I will be adding another card to the 9 of Wands to show you how it affects the Elemental Balance, and indeed the real-life questions posed in this lesson.