Today’s Tarot 2020506 is a caution.
Today’s Tarot 20200506
I suppose we should say this is “Yesterday’s Tarot,” since I’m writing the post on Thursday. There’s a reason for that. I’m heeding the caution the 9 of Wands puts out.
9 of Wands
The traditional Smith-Waite image for the 9 of Wands is a seeker holding a wand, defending something guarded by a wall or fence of eight additional Wands. The seeker is weary, as if the struggle is only half over, with more to come. The card is a caution, that the seeker should rest and get ready for the upcoming struggles.
In the Silver Witchcraft deck, a group of witches sits around a fire. An Elder speaks to the group. He raises his left hand, a gesture of caution. A cat sits in his lap. His posture indicates caution, giving his friends (students?) a warning. The cat sits with him, bringing him rest and comfort.
Heeding the caution
For this specific draw, there are a number of possibilities. Being on guard during this time of pandemic is solid advice to anyone. An Elder speaking it to younger people is fitting. The Elder admonishes them, and encourages rest. There’s more to come.
I meant to write this last night. By the time I got back to the computer to do so, I was wiped out. While Getting Things Done is important, I heeded the warning and went to bed. In morning sunshine, that decision feels correct. Sometimes we know there are things ahead we must prepare for. Whether it’s the writing I want to accomplish in the next two days (since I’m not teaching), or the larger concerns of a “second wave” of the novel coronavirus, when the caution is raised, when the Elder issues a warning, it’s time to pause. Time to recharge. Summer approaches!
The Silver Witchcraft Tarot
Barbara Moore and Franco Rivolli created this deck for Lo Scarabeo. The images extend all the way to the edges. The edges simmer with a silver coating. So, the deck also comes with a matching bag. Lo Scarabeo knows how to market!
The images on the cards deviate from the classic Smith-Waite patterns, but the meaning of the individual cards still fits the traditions.I
I like the bling the silver edges offer. The witch-y replacement of the classic imagery resonates.