The beginning of your journey...
For as much as I adore the Anna K tarot deck, I am not in the love with the image for the 8 of Wands, which is:
I much prefer the Llewellyn's image for this one and as I explain what is going on in Llewellyn's perhaps you will see why I prefer it.
Initial impressions: Focused trajectory of a specific spot. An aerial view of the world, with a set goal and purpose in mind.
What is happening in the card: There are 8 wands, some of them flowering, are all aimed at the same point, flying in the air and sure to land on point, on target. They are approaching their goal, but are not there yet. But don't worry - they will get there. They are in flight and moving rapidly. They are also soaring over a beautiful landscape, one that is rich and diverse: water, mountains, grasslands, even a little forest tucked in there.
Symbols that stand out: There is the movement and energy of the wands - that you are on a trajectory that will come to be. It's moving rapidly and it will happen quickly. Be ready to jump and say yes if you are looking for a new job, or if a you are seeking a new opportunity. You are on goal. You will get there. A good friend of mine tells me all the time, "Stay the course." In this instance, you won't have to stay focused too long. Change is coming and it's coming soon. It's also coming to you as you need it to be. The mountains for those who desire adventure, the grasslands for those that desire a more tranquil setting, water for those who are craving new life, abundance, the ability to make things grow. Since the wands are air-born, it can mean travel as well. (And with this being the week of the Fourth of July, there are probably many travel plans.) This is a card of the whirlwind trip - a quick trip there and back, a cruise of 10 days with 10 countries barely explored and taken in, a road trip of a couple of hours drive with a weekend away.
Greeting card message: You will attain your goals sooner than you think. Stop and notice this moment - it will be quick and it will be fulfilling; you won't want to miss these memories so pay attention. New opportunities are coming fast, so be ready to jump.
Additional thoughts: Something that stands out in my exploration of the meaning of this card - if you are doing a career reading this card can mean that the job opportunity you are aiming for is a fast paced job, one that will require time management and organization, because so much will happening quickly and you will need to be able to manage under the pressure. It could also indicate that your job requires lots of travel.
Initial Impressions: Don't panic. This card means change.
What is happening in the card: A rather attractive, if bedraggled looking male, with a bare (and rather pale) chest and potentially a black skirt is making a shrugging "what if" kind of gesture with his left arm, while his right holds a scythe. There is light coming on the horizon - whether sunrise or sunset sort of depends on what is changing. The new thing I'm noticing today in this card are his black wings. I love them!
Symbols that stand out: The scythe - it's in the very forefront. It's the agent of change - a cutting down, cleaning out old stuff. The body language expression on Death - he feels like he's asking, you up for this? You willing to join me on this adventure? And then the glowing light blue on the horizon - a start? a finish? a bit of both, most likely.
Greeting card message: There are new things happening, go for the ride, and keep your hands and heart open or this could be more painful then we all would like.
Additional thoughts: This is the first time I've had this, but a song popped in my head. It's by Semisonic and it's their song "Closing Time" and the line is "Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end." It's the sunrise/sunset in the background. In order for change to happen, a new thing needs to start and an old thing needs to drop off.
Initial Impressions: Friendship, camaraderie, celebration.
What is happening in the card: Three women are standing around the table filled with abundance - notice the cheese! (I love cheese!) They are holding hands, showing unity, and they are sharing drink - a sign of spending time together. They are smiling and enjoying each other.
Symbols that stand out: The cheese (yesh! abundance, richness, depth of friendship). The cups - celebration, deepening of emotions as the cups as a suit are representative of emotions in many ways. The holding of hands showing unity. The birds the background, that there are potential blessings that these women do not see.
What emotion is expressed: Joy. Delight.
Greeting card message: Make time for each other. Your soul needs to be connected to others. You need each other.
Additional thoughts: I'm reading Anna Karenina right now and I'm nearing the end. She has been isolated of late by decisions she has made. She is being stifled socially and it is messing with her perception of the world, her perception of her reality. This card also seems to be saying - as it is reversed - reach out to others. Do not think that others will not understand you, do not want to hear from you. Too often we think that people are so busy, we don't want to "burden them" with what we are going through and then we wind up isolating. This card seems to be saying today - reach out. Make time for friends. Tell someone what is really going on with you. So many people I know have come to me of late sharing how miserable they are at their jobs. Not just colleagues, but lots of other people. We need to be open with others so they can support us in our struggles, so we can support them. We need each other and isolating only distorts your perception, especially if you are one bent to the negative. With events going on in our nation, where we are forcibly separating families, this card is saying, intentionally reach out to your community and make sure you are connecting with others. We need each other.
Initial Impressions: Balance, harmony, character and integrity. Doing the right thing and being of good character on the inside.
What is happening in the card: Justice is seated at a raised bench - much like a judge. The book of the law is in front of her and the bench has a balanced scales on it - a person gets what they deserve or earn. Her sword is up, as in judgment is imminent but isn't yet. There are two pillars next to her, one black, one white. Binary. Yes or no. Right or wrong.
Symbols that stand out: The balanced scales and the two pillars. The book of law - a sense of right and wrong. Also that Justice is wearing a crown - what she says goes.
What emotion is expressed: Fairness. Impartiality. What you have been sowing, you will reap. What you have been investing energy into, that is what will grow. Either good or bad - both sides are in balance here - you get to choose what will be the thing that flourishes: positive things in your life or negative things in your life. The fact that it's reversed means that this is a card about my and your character, your and mine personal decisions, our own personal selves are on trial, per say. Not in a negative way or a positive way, but in a realistic where-are-you-right-now kind of way.
Greeting Card Message: Some people call it Karma, but Justice calls it getting what you have earned. Check your character today, your motives, and walk in pure intentions.
Initial Impressions: I have lost some of my internal optimism and how can I get it back?
Symbols or Images that stand out: The star itself, pulling me out of myself and into the world of hope again. I've been discouraged of late. I got into a business venture that pulled me away from time with tarot and I have decided to come to back to it. So, I also see this card as a pulling me out of what was hard, challenging, and ultimately unfulfilling, into something that fills my soul with joy. This is a card for finding what fills you with joy and hope.
Greeting Card Message: Look for things today that inspire you. Find things that make you feel joy and gladness. This is a day to start fresh with new eyes, new perspective, a delight. Discouragement is just around the corner, looming its head (especially in my day job), but this is a reminder to lift yourself out of your normal routine, and find things to be excited about, find ways to shake the routine, and find ways to be inspired.