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