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Tarot Card of the Week, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2014: Two of Wands

Two of WandsEvery horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.
~ W. Eugene Smith (American photojournalist, 1918-1978))

Today, I was very curious to see which card would guide us in this week that ushers in the Lunar New Year of the Wood Horse, the turning of the Wheel that celebrates the sabbat of Imbolc/Brigid/Candlemas, Venus stationing direct, and the New Moon in Aquarius (also a Super Moon and a “black moon”).

With such potential for heaviness and drama, it is a relief to welcome the Two of Wands.

Twos portray choices, duality, this and/or that. And Wands are associated with the element of Fire, depicting action, energy, passion, and power.

As we can see, the wand behind the wealthy merchant is secured to his castle wall. He has turned his back on this, and looks in a different direction.

He holds in one hand a globe. In his other hand, he holds a second wand, which rests on a parapet decorated with white lily and red rose – a motif of intertwined purity and passion that we see prominently highlighted in a number of the cards, including The Magician, The Hierophant, and the Ace of Pentacles.

I always imagine that the two wands here create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. But how shall he move through it, from within his castle walls and at this height?

Magical Timing

Like it did last year, this card appears during the week that Barack Obama will be giving his State of the Union report.

Increasingly, I see Obama as a conflicted figure much like the one in this card. For, as Arthur Waite describes it, the man on the parapet is like the Emperor Alexander, who thrives on change, striving, and innovation, but is poorly equipped for the harness of routine obligation and ongoing management.

And our frequent visitor and friend astrologer Lorna Bevan writes of this week, “The changing of the guards takes place on Thursday and Friday with an electric New Moon in Aquarius followed in less than 24 hours by Venus turning direct [conjunct] Pluto, Mercury entering emotional Pisces, and Venus/Pluto opposed by Jupiter.

“This Chinese New Year will bring a huge, palpable shift in energies, as we move from two Water years of deep introspection into the extroverted, progressive, ground breaking Wood Year of the Wild Horse. This is a once in 60 year opportunity for every one of us.

“After recent years of degenerative energy when endless corruption, soul searching and emotional battering ruled, 2014 will be a year of fast personal growth. It’s time to follow your inner voice, to reset your compass and find deep reservoirs of hope and faith.”

In addition, it seems to me that the Two of Wands is well-suited to Imbolc’s celebration of the rebirth of the Crone Goddess as the young Maiden, heralding the first stirrings of Spring. Indeed, this is one of the great threshold moments of the Craft; a fire ceremony for dedication, and for setting a new intention for our studies, work, and devotion.

The Choice

This is an ideal moment for gazing out upon your own world, and considering what goals you will be setting, and what oath of power, magic, and transformation you will make for a year and a day.

Will you remain within the sheltered safety of your walls? Or will you dare climb down from the heights you have achieved, ready to risk it all and begin anew?

How will you wave your wand of manifestation and magic?

There is a choice before you. Take your time and consider carefully, knowing you have enormous power at your fingertips.

Then move forward into your most passionate calling.

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  • January 27, 2014, 1:29 pm Madeline

    I do not know how much MORE accurate this card could be for our lives right now.Ken and I are 60 (once in 60 years year of horse..) and the “changing of the guard” comes on Thursday and Friday for us.Handing over our 30 year busy/baby to another young fella.. One sceptre tied to the castle and the fortune– yes, those paychecks will be all gone!!!!!! We are climbing down from that throne..and suddenly we are feeling the import and identity we had attached to those “descriptions” of ourselves… Standing at the edge of fast change, personal growth and a chance to deepen our faith and hope. I see adventures ahead, surely, but damned it is so scary. A very scary week.I am feeling sooo vulnerable and shaky.With Pisces Rising I expect this to get even more pronounced as Merc. goes to Pisces on Friday and the New Moon is right on Ken’s’ Ascendant! (Knowledge is power..I am doing as much self care as I can right now..) We do have new dreams, feel a need to return to simpler lifestyle. Spend much more time in nature and with animals.. We have our lovely smaller home in the woods,waiting.. but still so much details to clear up HERE in this life we are relinquishing.A poignant time, for sure. I guess Astrology and Spirit and Tarot help us stay as aware as we can.. and cognizant of being the ONES who make the choices..thanks for this Beth.Hold me in your prayers and rituals this week.. 🙂

  • January 27, 2014, 1:45 pm Madeline

    P.S. Didn’t want to put all that on facebook!! 🙂

  • January 27, 2014, 1:58 pm Beth

    I am so honored and glad you posted here, Madeline! It is my intention that this be POWERFUL sacred space for our conversations and sharing, so thank you for recognizing it and choosing to.

    You are never far from my heart, dear one, but I will indeed be sending you especially bright good energy of support, brilliant new beginnings, and great happiness in your HUGE new adventures! Hugs!

  • January 27, 2014, 5:49 pm Madeline

    Your site IS a powerful and safe place to share.I always feel supported. I feel such a Soul Sister connection with you..guess the readings I received bonded our Spirits, and of course, our deep love of Tarot,Ram Dass,Joanna, Lunnaea, the Wheel of the Year, etc.. we share a lineage,Dear Sister!!!! Thanks for your light!

  • January 29, 2014, 10:05 am Maria

    Funny, I just got here on Wednesday, after a personal Tarot reading that said, basically, “Stop dragging the past with you and get on with it!”