Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week: May 4-10

(sorry this is late; I was not able to dial in from the road on Monday. — B.)

The Six of Wands

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight,

but rather the hero’s heart.

— Anonymous

The Six of Wands, somewhat rare in my weekly readings, is a card of triumph. The hero of the battle returns home, carrying the laurel of victory. His enemies are defeated, his people look forward to peace and prosperity.

Ruled by Jupiter, the sixes in the Tarot are expansive and benevolent. They are about the benefits of cooperation and sharing with others. With Wands representing the fiery life force, we see the victorious hero surrounded by his joyful followers.

Arthur Waite, creator of the Waite-Smith deck, hinted that perhaps this hero had not yet won the victory. Instead, perhaps it depicts the power of optimism, and the magical thinking that what you will, will come to be. Of course, Wands are all about that – will, manifesting, and magic. So in many ways, this card indicates that the true victory is in acting upon one’s beliefs. It is to live with the heart of a hero.

In a violent, uncertain world, we need real heroes that can face down pirates, halt rampaging gunmen in nursing homes, or save 155 people from a jet disaster. For each of these heroes, the moment of testing came suddenly, without warning. But each had also cultivated, for years, the attitude and skills necessary for their heroism.

This week, define your goals. Ideally, you might prefer that there be no conflict. But if it comes, know clearly what battles you are fighting, so that you will know when they are won. Make sure you are in the company of your friends and allies, and those whose aims are in harmony with your own. Then, upon the mighty steed of desire and will, ride bravely forward.

Practice and dare to be extraordinary, so that, if called upon, you can rise to the occasion. Believe in yourself, for you are at least the hero in your own life, and almost certainly for others, too. And heaven knows, we need all the heroes we can muster.

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  • May 5, 2009, 9:18 am ARIE

    I can connect this card with the Beltane season energy in the air.
    Lots of Passion.

    I haven’t had much time to post here lately. To much work at my job. Sales went down by 25% and everybody is hysteric.

    Love and Passion

  • May 5, 2009, 2:00 pm Star

    I have several current heros, one is the Visionary/Landskeeper at Four Quarters, the earth sanctuary for freedom of religion ( ). Others are the live-in staff at Four Quarters who live quite simply so that Four Quarters can thrive and be available for all of us seekers.
    Another hero is Iona, the publisher of The Order of the Earth news, a local independent earth centered monthly publication
    She also lives extremely simply and puts most of her income into keeping this source of information available to all. Both of these organizations have put their money where their mouth is and the individuals who sustain them are committed to their cause for life. They deserve support from all of us. I help out in any way that I can because these individuals and organizations have taken a stand and made personal sacrifice so that others may benefit and freedoms may be protected. That is my idea of a hero.
    The next hero on my list is Beth Owl for keeping this blog faithfully going, offering wisdom and guidance, and giving me and others a place to commune and share. Thank you Beth Owl. You are goddess!


  • May 5, 2009, 2:40 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, golly… thanks, Star.. it is my great pleasure and honor..


    Arie – That is scary financial news, and I send you whatever calming and hopefulness energy you need.

    – Beth

  • May 6, 2009, 8:14 am ARIE

    Twinkle, Twinkle for Beth on the Hero’s list. :-))))

    I would add Starhawk and all the wonderful Reclaiming folks for the work they are doing on behalf of this planet.

    Mahatma Ghandi
    Martin Luter King
    Dahli Lama

    Beth, thanks, I’m calm in an hysteric environment. Just overloaded with work.