It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
~ Bilbo Baggins, via J.R.R. Tolkien
For only the second time since I began these online readings in 2004, and both being this year, this week we welcome the Two of Wands. The timing seems interesting indeed!
As our friend and frequent visitor here Lorna Bevan notes on her website, this week we can expect “a stimulating and active time.” This is typical of the Wands, of course.
However, she notes, “On Thursday, there is a stellium of planets in Libra linked harmoniously to the Nodes of Fate. Sun/Mercury/Saturn/Venus are all conjunct, re-balancing what’s out of kilter. Look for shifts back to basics in politics, the financial sector and especially relationships.
“The Saturn in Libra energy demands truth, realism, commitment and persistence. Anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows that after the initial flush of endorphins, the reality hits home. Your partner isn’t who you thought they were. You’re not what they thought you were. When you drop the projections and work with who’s right in front of you, only then does the commitment begin.
“So divorces and break ups will start this week as people hit the rocks of reality. On Sunday, as Venus enters Pluto-ruled Scorpio, intensity builds. All the old grievances resurface. Don’t stir them up into a toxic cocktail; instead look even deeper to understand what you need from any future alliances.”
The Two of Wands then offers us the wisdom to hold on a bit, and wait. While Wands so often chafe for action, the Twos portray choices, duality, this and/or that. This is the pause, the decision-making, the consideration that looks at the big picture.
As we can see, one wand behind the wealthy merchant is secured to his castle wall. He has turned his back on what is locked up, and looks in a different direction.
He holds in one hand a globe and seems thoughtful. Below him is the peaceful village, but his gaze is turned out to the sea.
In his other hand, he holds the second wand, which is free to be wielded, but for now rests on a parapet decorated with white lilies and red roses – a motif about purity and passion that we see prominently highlighted in a number of the cards, including the Magician, the Hierophant and the Ace of Pentacles.
This is as contemplative and reflective as Wands can get!
I always imagine that these two wands create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. But how shall he move through it, at this height and from within these walls? Surely he will have to depart the castle.
Will he be able to keep his feet? Will you?
Arthur Waite writes that this card echoes, “the sadness of Alexander amidst the grandeur of this world’s wealth.” Rachel Pollack explains that legend has it Alexander wept when he had succeeded in his final conquests, because he could not imagine there was anything else for him to do. Then, not long afterwards, he died.
Can the successful warrior learn to transition his skills to peacetime, or will he continue to hunger for war? Will the leader be satisfied as the manager? Shall the explorer and pioneer settle down, or will they forever long for faraway adventures?
How many times have we come to the end of an important event, only to long for new challenges? Once we have won the day, fought for our achievement, and hit the pinnacle of success, it may become our full-time job to then tend it.
But can we? Should we? Does this make us happy, or is it vaguely disappointing or boring?
Like the merchant, we may gaze out from the shelter of all that we have created. Are we in a castle of safety and security, or behind walls that lock us in place? What adventure beckons to us from the far horizons?
There is a quiet tension here between the security of success and the call of new risks. Which way will you go?