Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.
– The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Another visit from the Wands of Fire and Summer this week. The Six of Wands is a card of challenge, inspiration and triumph. The hero of the battle returns home, carrying the laurel of victory. His enemies are defeated, at least for now, and 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. It may instead depict 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.
This week, we may indeed need to find our heroic hearts. The Cardinal Drama is in its climax, bringing stress, challenge and a pivotal period when our destiny may in fact hang in the balance. As I have been discussing in past posts, we start this week in the final showdown between Saturn and Uranus. And this week ends August 1, a time that one astrologer calls, “the most five-planet alignments in perhaps thousands of years. Known as the ‘Cardinal Climax,’ this is the meanest, nastiest, most challenging and most transformational of any planetary phenomena in all of written history!” A bit of dramatic hyperbole, maybe? Maybe not.
Astrologer Lara Owen writes, “The July 26 opposition [of Saturn and Uranus] at zero degrees Aries/Libra is super powerful, occurring at a Full Moon …
“During this intense period, (which will probably be felt from the preceding New Moon on July 12 through the first two weeks of August), everything we have been going through with Saturn opposite Uranus, every squirrelly, squirmy place deep within us that resists maturing, that refuses to accept that our actions have consequences, that is indulgent of self and others to the point of mutual annihilation, that balks at needed change, that squanders our inspiration and creativity, comes up for examination.
“In the big picture, this means grappling with climate change, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, scientific breakthroughs, political accountability, and the long term effects of aggression. Individually, it means finding the courage to move forward with confidence into a rapidly altering world, even when you don’t know what the outcome will be. Because we never do, do we? The illusion of control is not an option any more.”
This week, define your goals. Ideally, you might prefer that there be no conflict. Real heroes do not long for such times. But they do prepare for them. And make no mistake — this is not an invitation to, as astrologer Ralfee Finn warns, let loose irrational rage, frustration and resentment that may be simmering to the boiling point.
But if difficulty comes, see with clear vision your victory, so that you can move towards it with confidence. Know with certainty what battles you are fighting, so that you will know when they are won. Make sure you are in the company of good friends and allies, and those whose aims are in harmony with your own. Then, upon the mighty steed of your 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, believe in what is good and noble and true. Believe in victory. And then make it so.