We have another visit this week from the Six of Wands. Riding on his steed, accompanied by his allies and supporters, the leader carries the laurel wreath of victory. The sixes in the Tarot are ruled by mighty Jupiter – expansive and benevolent. And with fiery Wands being the force of passion and will, this card is ideal for the manifesting of our desire. It is the powerful combination of optimism, competence, and confidence.
In world events this week, this card may give us hope that President Obama might triumph in his ambitious agenda. While visiting Russia, Italy and Ghana, he will call for a free and democratic future for sub-Saharan Africa, attempt to restore better relations with Russia, discuss strategies for peace in the Middle East with the Pope, and at the G8 summit, address global recession, global warming and the dangerous situations in Iran and North Korea.
Will he succeed? It’s a long shot. But “the sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore.”
This is true for each of us as well. If we are not willing to act on behalf of our wildest dreams and most ambitious ideals, we’ll be lucky to accomplish even mediocre results. And we can be certain that real triumph will never arrive.
With the appearance of this card, you are challenged to look deeply into how you define “success.” What do you really want? Why? Are you simply following some program that your parents, or teachers, or leaders implanted in you when you were young? While this formula may have been well-meaning, it may not reflect the present truth of your own deep longing.
Imagine instead something far beyond the script you may feel stuck with. What if you dared something really big, something near and dear to your heart of hearts?
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? If you had unlimited resources, or the certainty of victory, what would you seek? Who are your allies that walk beside you, who are committed to helping you? If you knew that everything you touched, or did, or held would succeed in ways that fulfilled your highest purpose, what would you choose to do?
The Six of Wands dares you to find your passion, your desire, and expand your definition of success. Then move forward with boldness.
If you refuse to express your deepest, most authentic passions, you will achieve little. But if you will, you’ll discover you are already well on your way.